Woman, 48, who shares her home with 27 injured and abandoned dogs is dubbed a 'miracle worker'

Daily Mail Online 2 months ago

A woman who shares her home with 27 dogs has been dubbed a 'miracle worker' for helping disabled pooches get back to health.

Dog-lover Claire-Louise Nixon takes in dogs that no-one else wants at her home in Milton Keynes. 

The 48-year-old, who gives the dogs celebrity names, looks after sick and disabled pooches that have been on the streets, been abused, or lost limbs from mines and explosives in former war zones.

But no matter what condition the dogs arrive in, Claire is determined to get them walking again through intense physio sessions and walks on wheels.

Dog-lover Claire-Louise Nixon (pictured above) with some of the dogs that she has rescued
Dog-lover Claire-Louise Nixon (pictured above) with some of the dogs that she has rescued
Claire shares her home with the the dogs and has ample space for them to move around together
Claire shares her home with the the dogs and has ample space for them to move around together

Her motley crew of dogs all live in her four bedroom semi-detached house with her husband Gary, 50 and daughter Rhia-Louise, 22.

Despite the amount of dogs living in the house, neighbours seem to be fine with the set up and many have actually homed some of the disabled dogs which were once in Claire's care. 

While Claire's initial plan is to find forever homes for the dogs, quite often, their needs are too complex with some even having to wear nappies.

She said: 'When I get these dogs who are in such a bad way, the vet would say: 'Claire, you won't get them walking again'.

Walkies! Claire is pictured above taking the dogs out for a walk, some of which are on wheels
Walkies! Claire is pictured above taking the dogs out for a walk, some of which are on wheels 
Dinner time! The dogs can be seen tucking into their food in the living room of the property in Milton Keynes
Dinner time! The dogs can be seen tucking into their food in the living room of the property in Milton Keynes
Claire says looking after the brood of canines at her home (above) is a full-time job and takes her from 6am until midnight
Claire says looking after the brood of canines at her home (above) is a full-time job and takes her from 6am until midnight

'But now they say nothing is impossible! They say we work miracles with them!

'I think all they need is love, kindness and patience. When they walk into my house they see other dogs like them so they don't feel any different that's why I think they do so well here.

'If you give them a reason to walk again then they will.'

Claire says looking after the brood of canines- seven of which are paralysed- is a full-time job and takes her from 6am until midnight.

Rita Ora Collie from Romania who was abandoned on the roadside after beeing born deformed and was sent to Claire as no one wanted her
Rita Ora Collie from Romania who was abandoned on the roadside after beeing born deformed and was sent to Claire as no one wanted her
Forest Gump a small collie crossed pomeranian who was run over on an Army base in Romania. Men on the base found Clarie on Facebook and sent Forest Gump to her for treatment
Forest Gump a small collie crossed pomeranian who was run over on an Army base in Romania. Men on the base found Clarie on Facebook and sent Forest Gump to her for treatment

Feeding them alone is a mammoth chore involving 15kg of biscuits and a complete crate of dog food every single day.

Eight of the dogs have to wear nappies, with little body suits to keep them in place and they all need daily baths to keen them clean and infection free.

There's a lot of hoovering up involved and Claire is constantly trying to keep on top of the housework.

It all started 12 years ago, when a puppy who was only a few days old was brought into the vets to be put down.

Kylie Minogue a Jack Russell Cross who Claire-Louise Nixon helped to walk again
Kylie Minogue a Jack Russell Cross who Claire-Louise Nixon helped to walk again
Doris Day a Pomeranian from Romania who was run over and taken to a death shelter
Doris Day a Pomeranian from Romania who was run over and taken to a death shelter

He had a hair lip and cleft palate which prevented him from suckling milk and feeding-but Claire was determined to save the puppy called Thomas Cook.

Claire had to painstakingly hand-rear Thomas Cook and would feed him with a bottle every few hours- and from there it escalated into having 27 disabled and sick dogs.

She added: 'It went into having paralysed dogs and dogs that had their legs blown off in Bosnia and dogs that had been shot and still had bullets inside them.'

All her dogs are named after celebrities which she feels describes their personalities.

Sir Elton John was rescued from Romania after he was ran over and left on the road to die which left him with a broken spine.

Claire is pictured above in a parking helping pooch Sir Elton John to sit up straight
Claire is pictured above in a parking helping pooch Sir Elton John to sit up straight 
Sir Elton John, a Jack Russell cross who Clarie Nixon has helped to walk again
Sir Elton John, a Jack Russell cross who Clarie Nixon has helped to walk again

But with the help from Claire, he can now go on small walks and was called Sir Elton John because of his song 'I'm still standing.'

Sherlock Holmes was a street dog in Oman when he was shot by a security guard and gained his name from his intelligence and curiosity.

They are joined by Patrick Swayze, who twitches all the time, previously paralysed Freddie Mercury who wanted to 'break free' and David Bowie who was 'under pressure.'

Claire said: 'They're part of the family. The dogs have a free run of the house.

Patrick Swayze a Maltese dog from Romania who had distemper leaving him paralysed and with involuntary movement and Claire-Louise has been treating him for the last 4 years and he is now walking again
Patrick Swayze a Maltese dog from Romania who had distemper leaving him paralysed and with involuntary movement and Claire-Louise has been treating him for the last 4 years and he is now walking again
Claire is pictured above walking eight of her 27 dogs which come from all over the world
Claire is pictured above walking eight of her 27 dogs which come from all over the world 

'They sit where they want and they sleep wherever they happen to fall asleep - often on our beds.

'The dogs arrive with the most horrible past we give them love and wonderful future. They come from all over the world but with me they are home forever.

'I'm really lucky in that all the neighbours have dogs themselves so we don't get complaints. And although 27 dogs sounds a lot, they are really quite well behaved.'

Claire raises funds through her organisation, Wheels to Paws UK, to provide them with medical treatment, rehabilitation and the equipment they need to walk again.

Vets bills can be a huge drain on resources, but local vets are sympathetic to her cause and often offer a discount.

For long walks the dogs are put in specially-made harnesses with wheels to act as false legs so they can enjoy going out of walks while hose that can't walk are put in buggies.

Other dogs are regularly taken for doggy hydrotherapy, while all those that can walk are taken out for exercise in rotation, a few at a time.

Claire added: 'The dog rescue charities abroad all know of me. So if they get a badly injured or disabled dog in need of specialist care they will pay to transport them to me in the UK. I can never say no.

'It is tremendous hard work but I can't tell you how rewarding it is. The love these dogs give back is amazing. I would not be without any single one of them.'


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