Paralyzed dachshund relishes life with new adoptive owners

Smiley recently graduated obedience school. (Courtesy: Facebook)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Smiley, the paralyzed dachshund who had been found abandoned next to a dumpster earlier this year, seems to be relishing life with her new adoptive owners.

The tiny dog was discovered in Donelson, Tennessee on a bitter cold January day when the temperature had dropped into the single-digits.

The pint-sized dog now has her own fan page on Facebook called “Smiley’s Space.”

In early June, Smiley was pictured on her page graduating from obedience school, while wearing a miniature mortar board.

The Facebook page also shows Smiley doing physical therapy in a pool to help strengthen her legs.

Her page has more than 700 likes.

Happy Tales Humane, the animal shelter which rehabilitated Smiley after she was rescued, said her new owners have experience with disabled dogs.

Happy Tales said Smiley’s new home has ramps to accommodate her cart, which is similar to a wheelchair for the tiny dog.

For more information on Smiley, and to keep up on her progress, visit her Facebook page. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s