About Me

Name: Valerie
Gender: Female
Breed:  miniature poodle
Estimated Birthdate: 2/14/2012
Height: About 6" since she's always laying down
Weight: 8.8 lbs
Good with dogs: yes
Good with cats: yes
Good with kids: yes
Good with men: yes
Good with women: yes
House trained: Valerie is incontinent due to her injuries
Crate trained: no
Leash trained: no
Must have fenced in yard: no


Valerie was turned over to our sanctuary program after she developed disc disease and became a paraplegic.  Her family knew they could not offer her the skilled nursing that she requires.  

Valerie is sweet, happy and affectionate.  She has physical needs we can meet with support from our sponsors.  Among other things, we have to bring her food and water and express her bladder.  

Valerie was initially unable to move any of her legs but now has movement in her front legs and can push up.  As she grows stronger, we hope to outfit her in a wheelchair one day.  Her first week she could not eat and we had to syringe food into her . That has changed now that she has front leg mobility and she can eat happily on her own.  

Valerie is a normal dog mentally and emotionally trapped in a body that can no longer hear her mental cues to move.  She is engaged with the world around her and seems happy now that she has lots of attention and lots of things to watch and observe.  We think we can give her a happy life and she will continue to show some mobility improvement. While she will never be the bouncy little girl she was she has a lot of love to give and asks for little in return.  We are enjoying accepting her life.


Can’t have a dog of your own? Have a soft spot for old, sick or hard to place dogs? It only takes a $20 a month donation for me to be your virtual dog!  I need at least 10 virtual adopters (sponsors) to help cover my monthly costs.  If I have medical challenges I need even more!  The caregivers at Carolina Poodle Rescue will do the rest.  Just think, without ever having to leave your home, you can have your very own online dog that will send you update emails, make Facebook posts, and be eternally grateful for your support!  Go to the donate link at the top of the page for instructions as to how to donate. Questions? Email:

I am looking for angels to sponsor me.  I love my sponsors!   BETTY B, KELLY C-T, JUDY AND DENNIS C, LAURA D,  MARSHA K, LORI M, KRISTIN M, JENNIFER R, BONNIE R, DENISE S, TERRY S, JANET V