Georgia is my first Ibizan to photograph. She is lovely, regal, and free-spirited. Her mom, Lara, is absolutely in love with her and I can totally see why. I want to let Lara tell the beautiful story of Georgia’s beginnings…
“She was the last puppy to come out and she was breached for one – the breeder was thrilled to see a little red girl come out and then her heart sunk when she saw that Georgia’s front paws were completely turned under – she was also MUCH smaller than the others. But she immediately pushed the bigger puppies out of the way at every feeding and made no bones about getting mom’s milk.
A few days later all the pups were taken for a vet exam and the breeder knew they would most likely have to put Georgia to sleep. The vet in her 30+ years had never seen a case like this and was stunned at the turned under paws. The breeder asked to spare her a week or two to see if she could straighten her legs through physical therapy. The breeder and family took turns several times a day massaging her little legs and within, I think, a week they started to see improvements. Then she was able to stand but her little feet were very “east-west” pointed so they continued to work closely with her teaching her how to walk. The breeder assumed that she would keep Georgia and that we may not want her – and I said to her “she has been our girl all along” – I mean, I fell in love with her from the first photo and didn’t care what was wrong with those legs!!!
So – I flew to Florida and I met Georgia – and that was it – you have to understand I had lost my girl Jupiter 5 months before and I was so afraid I was making a mistake – but as soon as I held her my heart opened up and I felt so alive:)
Within a few months she was not getting as “leggy” as her siblings – we had her x-rayed and examined and everything was healthy – she was just “little” – we did take her to a specialist who immediately said she was a dwarf – and that the leg deformity had nothing to do with the fact that she was a dwarf. Personally I think her ankles didn’t develop in the womb and that is why she isn’t a long leggy “beezer” – a typical Ibizan is about 24-25 inches tall at the shoulder and she is 19 1/2 and sticking – but as you saw, size is of no concern to her – haha:)
So…she swept into this house and everyone is in love with her – Aramis adores her and she has mom and dad wrapped around her pinky.”
Thank you Lara and Georgia for sharing your story with us and thank you for a wonderful session!
They are adorable together…