Living with IVDD                                                      by Buddy Dackel



We all know of the risks of falling victim to Invertetabral Disc Disease (IVDD) that can prevent us sausage dogs from creating the normal mayhem that is part of our everyday lives. Treatment outcomes can be, at best, “variable”.

Lisa Jane Cameron (“LJ”) is out to change all of that … using her formidable skills as a rehabilitation pioneer and a one-person emotional support team for hoomans who are owned by the affected dachshunds.

LJ and her family of helpers operate a one-of-a-kind sanctuary and rehabilitation centre in sub tropical South East Queensland … “Storybook Farm”.

Visitors to Storybook Farm are comprehensively barked at on arrival by a couple of permanent, wheelchair equipped sausage dog residents including my buddy Krumm.

Although I like to think that she has a special focus on dachshunds, LJ takes in a range of animals with serious problems including blind and abused horses and non sausage dogs with crippling injuries.

With more than 30 years experience, LJ is producing outcomes that are nothing short of miraculous. I recently met Frankie at a sausage dog day … she was completely paralysed in her rear legs from IVDD (and had been for some time). LJ has put Frankie through Storybook Farm’s world leading “Paws & Recover Program” and against all odds (and “expert” opinions) little Frankie is back on all four paws! Still a bit of therapy to go but up and walking without any discomfort.

Storybook Farm is always grateful for much needed donations. The dachshund group I’m a member of has done quite a number of fundraisers for LJ’s programs as it’s not cheap to run this sort of thing. Encouragingly, following on from national TV features, Storybook Farm is beginning to receive corporate support it so richly deserves. My tail is wagging.


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