Meet Hope, the Golden Retriever with Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Our Stay at Horse Creek Stable Bed & Breakfast of Blue Ridge, GA - Hope, CH DogLast week we enjoyed a memorable and inspiring trip to Horse Creek Stable Bed & Breakfast in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA. I came across this place purely by chance a few months back. I was searching the cerebellar hypoplasia hashtag on Twitter, looking for cute photos or videos of fellow CH kitties. Though I did find some cute kitties, I also found a post by Horse Creek Stable about Hope, a golden retriever with cerebellar hypoplasia.

I did some more digging and discovered that Horse Creek Stable B&B is a rescue animal sanctuary, and many of their resident rescues are special-needs animals. Hope is one of them. Then when I discovered that this farm of my dreams was only a short three hour drive from us, I knew we had to visit at our first opportunity.

We’ve met so many wonderful friends online that have CH cats and dogs, but I had never met another CH animal in person before. Getting to meet and hang out with Hope was by far one of the biggest highlights of our trip.

Meeting Hope for the First Time

We arrived at Horse Creek Stable on a Sunday late afternoon. After meeting the wonderful couple that owns and runs the farm and B&B, the first thing I asked was, “Can Hope come out to play?!” They said she had had a big day out on the lake swimming (hydrotherapy), but that she could come out after she finished eating dinner.

Meet Hope, the Golden Retriever with Cerebellar HypoplasiaIt wasn’t long before the most adorably clumsy and happy-go-lucky dog came bounding through the yard over to us. Just like with Sophie, I was immediately taken by Hope’s positive, loving, and joyful spirit. She wobbles, falls over, and doesn’t have the easiest time getting around, but none of that matters to her. All that matters to Hope is love and play. I watched her tumble and face plant countless times, but each time she got right back up with a big smile on her face and continued on her way.

During this first visit with Hope, her mom and dad took her down the hill in front of their home and then we all called her name to encourage her to run back up on her own. This is a daily exercise that they do with her to help build up her leg strength. As we all called her name, you could see her eyes light up and that look of pure determination as she ran up the hill.

The coolest part? She made it all the way up without falling over once! Her mom and dad were so thrilled, as they told us that this was Hope’s best performance yet. Getting to witness that moment was truly heartwarming and awe-inspiring. I know too well the feeling of watching Sophie accomplish something big for the first time. Getting to see that happen for Hope and the Aradi family was such a treat. And thankfully I caught it all on video!

Click here to view video on YouTube.

Hope’s Story

The Aradis told us Hope’s back story, which shares a lot of similarities with Sophie’s, and I’m sure lots of other CH animals too. Hope was born to a breeder who, after a couple of months, noticed that something wasn’t quite right with her. She then took her to the vet, who diagnosed her with cerebellar hypoplasia. Upon learning this, the breeder asked that Hope be euthanized. Thankfully the vet knew better and asked if he could take Hope and turn her over to Adopt a Golden Atlanta. The breeder agreed, and the Aradis took in Hope as a forever foster.

Our Stay at Horse Creek Stable Bed & Breakfast of Blue Ridge, GA - The View + Dogs
Hope with Bobby and her brothers Hank and Blue

Hope is now 9 months old and has already made huge improvements thanks to the Aradi’s care, encouragement, and love. She used to need a wheelchair to walk, but now she can walk on her own. She used to need help going to the bathroom because she couldn’t stand up on her own, but not anymore. And now she can run across their yard in one go! I can’t wait to see what else she accomplishes as time goes on!

Hope is a shining example of the fact that animals with cerebellar hypoplasia can live full and happy lives. CH cats and dogs have such carefree attitudes and the strongest spirits of determination and positivity. They can and will accomplish anything they put their minds to. We could all learn a lesson or two from Hope, Sophie, and all special-needs animals.

A video of Hope made by Lester and Diane Aradi. Click here to view on YouTube.

To meet Hope, you’ll need to take a trip to Horse Creek Stable Bed & Breakfast. We highly recommend it if you ever get the chance.

By Emily

22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Summer

    Hope really does remind me a lot of Sophie! So sweet and happy.

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    Cleo

    Wow, what a story. Hope sure sounds like an amazing critter. We’re so glad Hope’s doing so well and that you found such a wonderful place.

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    Shelby @ For The Love of Paws

    What a perfect name for her – Hope! She’s SUCH a cutie as well. 🙂 Thank you for sharing her story.

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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    We’re so glad Hope found a great forever home! And we’re so grateful that her vet stepped in and saved her. She is a little cutie patootie for sure.

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    Tamago

    Hope is such a wonderful doggie! I’m so happy the vet suggested AGA and now she has a wonderful home and family! She sure looks very happy girl, no health condition stops her. How amazing she even doesn’t need wheelchair any more. Like Sophie, she is an inspiration!

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    kelly

    How inspirational Hope is! The look on her smiley face makes my heart warm. I’m so happy that she was able to find a home that loves her and lets her be the happy dog she is.

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    Eastside Cats

    Hope is a beautiful woofie!

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    The Swiss Cats

    Hope is such a happy dog ! We’re glad he found a forever home with humans who understand his difference. Purrs

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    Paroma

    such a beautiful little Golden ball of fur, and to think she would be euthanized! I love how she has a good life with humans who are compassionate and kind, just like you!

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    Kitties Blue

    What a beautiful and heartwarming post. I am happy the vet and the Aradi’s were there to save Hope and give her such a wonderful life filled with love and caring. Astrid, who is right here standing on the laptop, sends Sampy bazillions of kisses and a lifetime of her love. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    Wow. That’s so much improvement in a short time. It sounds like the therapy and other work they’re doing really helps her. Did Sophie get a chance to meet her?

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      Emily

      Yes, she has made amazing improvements! CH animals are always extra clumsy when they’re babies though, so I’m sure it’s a combination of therapy and growing. She’s an amazing girl! And no, unfortunately Sophie didn’t get to meet her. They don’t allow other animals onto the farm. Maybe one day!

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    Random Felines

    so sweet – we are very very glad that the vet took a stand and that Hope found such a special place

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    The Dash Kitten Crew

    I saw Hope’s video on IG wow she is just amazing! What a dog and such an encouragement to those who worry about adopted special needs pets!

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    Ellen Pilch

    Such a sweetie. I am glad the vet saved her from euthanasia.

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    Lori Hilliard

    What a Godsend the family is that has taken Hope into their homes and hearts. When a dog has such special needs it is comforting to know that there are special people out there to help them. It restores my faith in humanity.

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    Sweet Purrfections

    What a special moment you were able to see Hope run up the hill for the first time! That’s a pretty insightful and educated vet to save Hope from euthanasia.

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    Sandy Kubillus

    Such an enthusiastic and happy dog, who could ever think of putting her down! I’m glad she’s making progress and no longer needs the wheelchair.

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    MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko/

    What an endearing real life story! Thanks for sharing your experiences and Hope’s!

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    Amy Shojai, CABC

    I knew of this with kitties, of course, but haven’t seen many examples with dogs. Hope is truly a joyful soul! Loved the video, thanks for sharing and educating about the possibilities!

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    mommakatandherbearcat

    What a courageous and beautiful girl!

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    Shayla

    I’m so glad I stumbled on Hope’s story today! She is so so cute, and what an adventure she has had to get where she is now. Thanks for sharing 😊❤️

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