Moo, also known as Minnie (amongst a handful of other names), is Stephanie’s beloved special needs beagle.
Minnie was Stephanie’s 17th birthday present to herself. It was love at first sight (Stephanie likes to think for both of them). Minnie spent many years by Stephanie’s side as her loyal companion. She was present during some of the most difficult times in Stephanie’s life. Therefore, when Minnie needed spinal surgery to repair a herniated and ruptured disc, Stephanie never hesitated to proceed with getting Minnie the care she needed, despite the hefty “price tag” associated with it.
Unfortunately, Minnie’s surgery left her paralyzed in her back legs. Doctors said that she would never walk again. Stephanie believed otherwise. Determined to give Minnie the best shot she had, Stephanie had Minnie go through a year of rehab and worked with her at home to help her walk again. Despite all odds against her, Minnie walks again today. She can get around on her own, play, take walks, and go potty all by herself again. However, because she cannot run, go up or down stairs, needs thicker bedding and has to potty more frequently, Minnie is seen as a “special needs” dog.
Because she is unconditionally loved by all around her, Minnie is a happy girl and lives the very best life that she possibly can. On most days, she can be found lounging around the house taking several naps, soaking up some sun, and enjoying the great outdoors. One day, she is going to get around to finally writing her autobiography, in the hopes to inspire others struggling to overcome life’s obstacles. Minnie is her mom’s motivation to succeed herself, as Minnie is living proof that anything is possible.