The Moo Cow


Moo, also known as Minnie (amongst a handful of other names), is our 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. We believed otherwise. Determined to give Minnie the best shot she had, we 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.

67 thoughts on “The Moo Cow

  1. zirah1 says:

    Thanks for stopping by my Evolution Made Easier blog and liking my recent post. It’s always fun when someone does that and I appreciate the gesture. It also gives me a chance to find out about other people’s posts that I wouldn’t otherwise, like this one on Moo/Minnie. As an animal lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the Cliff Notes version of her life and am glad she’s getting along so well, despite some curveballs thrown her way. Best wishes to you and Moo!

  2. magnificentmanagers says:

    Stephanie, you inspire me as a blogger. Thanks for stopping by blog – as I can see you spread the love all around. Amazing to read the posts on your page. Yours was my first like, well, third after mine and my husbands. I enjoyed my visit to your blog today, thanks.

    • Simply Stephanie says:

      Hi Lorraine! Thank you so much. I really enjoyed your blog and your writings. As a corporate leader, I actually took a lot from your posts and hope to become a better manager from it. Additionally, your “be present” was incredibly significant to me. Being present in all areas of our lives is so important. It is nice to find you in the blogosphere and I look forward to reading more from you in the future!

  3. Jeff Walker says:

    Fantastic blog Stephanie! You had me intrigued with the shot of you maniacally carving a pumpkin, but Moo won me over. We have a 10 month old beagle named Buster and he’s been the greatest. Never thought we’d be able to replace our shih tzu who died in 2006 but Buster has won us over. Again, terrific blog and I look forward to reading more. All the best!

    • Simply Stephanie says:

      Thank you so much Jeff, I am so glad you enjoyed! It is always nice meeting a fellow beagle owner. They really are amazing dogs. I’ve had two (Moo is my second) and I have loved their amazing personalities. Do you have any pics of Buster up?

      • Jeff Walker says:

        I do not, but I’ll have to work on that. Considering what a character he is I’m surprised I’ve not posted any. He’s well chronicled on my Facebook page but I think it’s time I expand his audience. His color is a lot like Moo’s. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

  4. Vanessa Vallozzi says:

    I am in love with your dog. And the purpose of your blog overall is great! I love free spirits. You have so much to offer the world 🙂 glad to see you are doing it!

      • Vanessa Vallozzi says:

        Yes I have a Dog 🙂 a Schapendose (dutch sheep dog) his name is Brody! I love animals and it is so great to see someone take the time to really take care of their animal and give it a good life rather then put it down when it may be deemed an inconvenience.

  5. awordfromsolo says:

    It’s lovely to meet you both. Moo sounds like an adorable lady who is getting on just fine, despite the obstacles that came in her way. I myself am unable to trot – so I skip instead, rather like a rocking-horse. It doesn’t stop me doing anything at all, though! 🙂 Good for Moo!

    Big WOOFS from Solo 🙂

  6. Jessica says:

    I had no idea Minnie Moo Moo had been through so much! She has officially become my new favorite beagle (take that Snoopy!). Extra hugs and kisses to her for overcoming all that and you for sticking by your furry friend!

  7. molixiu says:

    I have a beagle too. They are the most awesome dogs.
    It is funny coz she was supposed to take care of us but instead we take care of her (lightning makes her go crazy!)

  8. Bernadette says:

    Just read your post about Minnie. My little Yorkshire terrier was paralysed for two weeks after an attack by another dog. Like you,the vet told me she would never recover, and would be best if i had her put down. However I would not do this, and keep encouraging her and just loving her, then one day I saw a slight movement in her, rang the vet told him and he said it was very goo sign. After a while she gradually got back on her feet, and it was amazing seeing her getting back to normal!

    • Simply Stephanie says:

      That’s incredible bernadette and kudos to you for giving them a chance. Sometimes medicine is not always right, and too quick to give time time! Not saying that it always works out for the best, but I give you so much credit for taking the chance. 🙂 Always nice to meet a fellow “miracle” dog mom!

  9. Maylana says:

    What a beautiful and touching story. I’m looking forward to reading Minnie’s autobiography. She looks like such a sweetheart in your photo. Best of luck to both of you.

  10. markeabell says:

    That is a very lovely story! It’s full of both love for your pet and the devotion you put forth “against the odds” and the prognosis that you heard! It’s all about perspective and the degree to which we are willing to either accept or deny the future as told to us by others! While I am certainly not one that believes in fate (as I feel that we make our own histories, which, in turn, helps determine not only who we are but also who we can or will be – and therefore we are not puppets on a string), you have certainly taken not so good news and helped your loving pet enjoy her life! Bravo!

  11. miss1sue says:

    That is awesome. It warmed my heart to learn that she overcame those obstacles and was able to walk again. Dogs are really great creatures.

  12. artzent says:

    Oh, Sounds like Moo is blessed with a wonderful mom and her autobiography is being written by a ghost author. Ha Ha. Seems like when we take care of other animals we take care of ourselves in the process. Heartfelt post! Love it.

  13. lauriebest says:

    I don’t really have photos on the computer…I’m old school in that I like to have photos in my hot little hands! That way, I tend to look at them more often. But I do like to celebrate our various pets by writing about them. If you check back through our blogs, you’ll see many references to (and stories about) Mrs. Beeton, the parakeet, Elvis the coonhound, L’il Sis’s beagle The Pig(She Who Pees on my carpet and snorts like a pig in search of truffles) and my own dear ‘Poochie’. The pets seem to take center stage when road trips and mishaps of any sort take place. Pets…what would we do without them?

    • Simply Stephanie says:

      There is nothing wrong with that as well. I actually have an entire storage closet stuffed full of boxes of photos that I cannot part with. For sake of space, I had to go electronic, lol! I look forward to reading about your darlings. They have the most adorable names too! I know what you mean about them taking center stage too, Minnie fits that well..

  14. lauriebest says:

    Our family has always looked to rescue organizations for new family members. We’ve had two beagles and a coonhound. The beagles are especially close to our hearts…they’re delightful little characters — so gentle and perky! Enjoy Moo…

    • Simply Stephanie says:

      Oh my goodness I’d love to see pictures of them if you have any posted! How wonderful that you adopt them, there are so many that need homes. Thanks for swinging by and saying hi!

  15. Taylor says:

    Thanks for the “like” on my Inspiration Thursday quote! Hope you increase your blogging again soon so you can complete #1 on your bucket list! Also, Moo sounds wonderful…perhaps a video post is in order?

  16. jacquelineparis says:

    Omgg Moo is TOO cute!! As a furbaby mommy of 2 kitties (no room for a pooch yet) I totally empathize with you about dealing with her injury and treatment. Several years ago, my beloved kitty and best friend Juliet stayed with us for an additional 6 months of wonderful, enjoyable life because I convinced my parents to put her on a mini-dialysis for her kidney disease. I like to think I “nursed” her back to health. It’s hard to put a price on the joy that our little ones bring to our lives. What a lucky little Moo to have a mommy who saw that! I mentioned to my hubby the other day that when the time comes that we can get a dog, I’d love to get a “less adoptable” dog i.e. blind, special needs, or whoever needs a home, because I really feel like I could do it, and make a difference in their adorable little life.
    Looking forward to reading more about gorgeous Moo on this blog- I’m a new reader, sorry for all the comments on old posts…it’s late at night and I’m procrastinating:)

    • Simply Stephanie says:

      I’m so glad to have you as a new reader, and I love your comments…especially when they are about my little Moo! It’s always nice to meet another furry mom who loves her children as much as I do. Only we truly understand each other! I admire you for wanting to adopt a special needs puppy, and respect your for what you did for your Juliet. It takes a special person with a big heart to care for their animals to that extent. Thanks for dropping by and saying hi! If you have a website, please let me know so I can visit your site. Keep in touch, Furry Mom Friend!

  17. darkjade68 says:

    lol, wow she’s cute… We also had a Beagle when I was a kid, named Pauly… When are large Sheppard/Mutt Amos would try to take Bologna out of our hand when we were little, we’d put it behind our backs… And then Pauly would sneak up and take it from us, lol

    Great Story


  18. nicole says:

    minnie, it’s lovely to meet you! your puggle counterpart in pennsylvania understands exactly what you experienced with your trauma. read about gwendolyn’s experience here: she lost her eye. but after surgery, plastic surgery follow-up surgery, two months of dormancy, and doctors’ beliefs that she’d never see again, gwendolyn’s gained back 80 percent of the original capacity. you have a really good mommy, and i’m honoured to be reading her blog! x

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