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Handicapped puppy finds home
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Maegan Evans holds Noodle, a 7-month-old Shih Tzu puppy, Tuesday afternoon after a quick change of Noodle's diaper.

Noodle the wheelchair-bound puppy has finally found her home.

The dog had been up for adoption since Nov. 1, but Maegan Evans saw the Shih Tzu on Facebook a week and a half ago when she was searching for a new dog to join her family.

Evans, who lives in Clarkesville, was immediately attracted to the idea of adopting her.

“It means a lot that she’s special, she’s not like just any other dog,” Evans said.

The 18-year-old brought Noodle home Monday, when the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is normally closed.

“We opened up for her,” said Julie Edwards, executive director of the Humane Society.

Edwards had been taking applications from people before Evans came along, but a few fell through.

“When people were told about how much work it would be … it didn’t happen,” Edwards said.

Edwards described Evans as someone who seemed responsible and that Edwards had no reservations about allowing her to adopt the handicapped dog.

Evans was chosen after being interviewed Thursday by Edwards; Edwards’ mother, who had been taking care of Noodle; and the Humane Society’s adoption coordinator.

“They wanted to know where I worked or if I had ever had a dog before,” Evans said.

Evans has a part-time job working at Cato’s, a women’s clothing store, in Cornelia.

Taking care of Noodle will be a family affair when Evans is at work.

When she isn’t home, her family will be watching Noodle, including her husband Josh Evans.

“He has already gotten attached to her,” Evans said.

She has also had experience with the Shih Tzu breed.

Evans used to have a Yorkie/Shih Tzu puppy, but she was unable to keep it after the dog bit her niece and “took a huge chunk out of (her).”

Even though the dog had hurt her niece, it was still important for her to find it a good home.

“That dog was like my child. It was so bad,” Evans said.

The dog now lives with a veterinarian, and Evans has a new puppy.

A new puppy, especially one like Noodle, usually requires a trip to PetSmart.

Evans purchased a pack and play, which is normally used for children, to act as Noodle’s crate. She also picked out a stroller for the dog to sit in so she wouldn’t have to wear out her wheels.

She also bought outfits for the dog and a child’s car seat for her to sit in when they go places.

“She is just like a baby,” Evans said.

Noodle even wears diapers like one. Evans’ grandmother found out that diapers for dolls fit the best.

“She pokes a hole in them for her tail,” Evans said.

While taking care of a handicapped dog may be a full-time responsibility, the dog will be well taken care of, Evans said.

“She’s spoilt rotten,” she said.

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