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How old are you?
6 years old. I was adopted at 5/6 months.
Where did your name come from?
Mom saw me on a pet adoption website, as her friend was searching for a small dog to adopt. When mom saw my sweet little face, it was love at first sight. She came to see me in person where I was being held and had to make a decision. She called dad and, since we already had two dogs, he said no. She told me goodbye, cried, then got in her car
to leave. When she started the car, “Little Jeannie” by Elton John was playing on the radio. Jean is mom’s middle name. She turned the car off, went in and adopted me on the spot. Except, unlike the song, she spells it with one “N”. She figures, if this baby can get by with one front leg, she can get by with one “N”. (My middle name is “Ilene”, for obvious reasons… You know, “I lean”. Get it? Lol)
Were you born with 3 legs or did you lose a leg?
I was born with a crippled, deformed front leg that did not reach the ground. It was a little heavy and pulled me down, so the Dr. removed it.
Was it hard learning to walk on 3 legs?
Not at all. Although, going downstairs or balancing to poop on a windy day can be a challenge. I stumble… A LOT… But this whole family is clumsy so I fit right in.
What is a Pomayorkapoopillon?
It’s my trademark. The perfect mix that makes me! Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, & Papillon. Maybe others, but that’s all that would fit on DNA results form. Possibly the result of puppy mill.
How did you become a therapy dog?
I’m very sensitive to those who are sick, depressed or lonely. So mom called a local lady involved in and running a therapy dog program and she helped us get tested. I passed with flying colors.
Where do you go on therapy visits?
Our group, Dr. Dogs, visits local hospitals, nursing homes, adoption events, juvenile detention, seminars (domestic violence, grief & loss, etc) church events, festivals & conferences. They call and we go! And I’ve personally made a few house calls.
What has been the best reaction?
Children, usually, have the best reactions. Of course, they also have lots of questions about my legs, or lack thereof… Like, “will it grow back?” And “can you get her a hook, like a pirate?” But my favorite patients are the ones in the hospitals or nursing homes who have furbabies at home, or that they have had to give up, that they are missing so badly. They hold me tight and sometimes cry. I fill a void, a need in their lives. And in that moment, I know I’m right where I need to be. On a much lighter note, I did hear a patient once say “I had a dog JUST like that. Except it had 4 legs and wasn’t calico. Is that a teapot Yorkie?”
I see you are also an astrophysicist, how did that come about?
Sarcasm. That’s how. Just pure, unbridled sarcasm on mom’s part. Or maybe I just look really smart? Possibly.
Do you have any fursiblings you live with?
Yes! My brother, Jack. He’s blind & old & grumpy. He’s never too far behind me as I’ve sort of become his seeing-eye-dog. I don’t mind, though. We had another fursibling, JB, that we lost to cancer several years ago.
Are you a football fan?
Oh, yes. It’s kind of the criteria around my house. I’m actually working on game days. If Dad’s team screws up, I go sit with him until his blood pressure goes down. Always on call, I tell ya.
If so what team do you like?
New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!), LSU Tigers & McNeese State Cowboys. All local teams to me. Saints & Tigers & Cowboys… Oh my!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Photo shoots, outings to Petco, watching The Price Is Right, lying in the sun, riding in my stroller & guiding Jack around the coffee table & other dangerous obstacles. And napping (I have several fancy beds and pillows but I prefer Mom’s pajamas… Where ever they land, I’m on ’em.)
Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Yes. Handicapped or elderly animals can be the perfect pet. They’re often over-looked and the first to be euthanized because of their conditions. Don’t discount them while searching for a pet to adopt. None of us are perfect, and love can heal. Save a life, & yours just may be saved in return.
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Jeanie and her mom for answering the interview questions. Pictures were used with permission. You can visit Miss Jeanie on her facebook page Jeanie the 3-Legged Pooch.