This is a picture of our little Princess Mia. She came to us as a puppy that some vets believed did not have a chance at life. Rick and I along with our vet disagreed.

Mia had mega-esophagus. This means that her esophagus had an area that lacked muscle control. It was explained to me as a “balloon” in her throat that had been expanded too many times. The muscles were not functioning correctly to allow her food to pass down to her stomach.

So Mia ate a very liquid diet and needed to be held upright for 20-30 minutes after each meal. When she came to The Promised Land Dachshund Sanctuary, we already had over 30 special needs and seniors Dachshunds to care for. So we found this harness to allow me to carry her upright while I fed the other dogs.

Mia had a wonderful life. She had lots of wonderful friends, and we spoiled her rotten. She lived to be 8 years old. We lost her to kidney disease.

Her 8 years was 7 1/2 years longer than her first vet predicted she would have.






Author: thepromisedlanddachshundsanctuary

I rescue senior and special needs Dachshunds

2 thoughts on “Mega-esophagus”

  1. I’m so so happy to hear of your sanctuary for all those little babies. You are truly wonderful people. Have heart’s of gold like me. If I could do what all you do I most definitely would and enjoy every minute of it because animals are my life. I’m disabled and on disability now but I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. I became disabled before I could get started on my goal. I’m OK though. I’ve got a happy little life here in Georgia with my dachshund boy named Bailey. He’s my world and such a joy to have everyday I awake. This little boy you had on here is so so adorable. That little face is just the cutest. I could have kissed that little face every second of the… I’m 39 years old and enjoy all I can in life and have had lots of heartache and trauma in my life and my Bailey boy has helped me so much psychologically. They do take pieces of your heart. I also used to have another dachshund girl named sadie sue. I had her for 14 years. I waited for few years to get another one. I prayed about it for it to be the correct timing in my life and the exact one for me that God wants me to have and one night I got a phone call from a friend that knew another friend that just got a puppy dachshund boy and could not take care of him due to her feet and surgeries and not able to walk good and already had another dog and cat. So she brought him on over and my heart just melted the second I seen him. Ikknew right then that God was blessing me with this baby boy. YOUR stories truly inspire me. Just saying thanks for all you do out thier for these special babies that needs it desperately so. God bless you, your family and babies. Sincerely ms. Bridgette.


    1. Thank you Bridgette! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the stories here on my blog. I hoped that they would be inspiring and educational. Sounds like you already know how much love these little guys bring with them and I’m so glad you have a special baby in your life!


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