One’s life is the sum of all their choices. It is rarely what your circumstances are that matter, but rather how you rise above them that do. Will you let your conditions define you? Cassiopeia, a two-year-old corgi decides to blaze her own trail. With her pawmom Keen, the duo overcome hip dysplasia with peace of mind and explore Singapore’s many nature trails.
When Keen first met Cassiopeia in 2020, she mistook the doggo for a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Although Cassie did look like a corgi, and act like a corgi, so there was little room for doubt anyway. Imagine the shock, when it was revealed in a DNA test that Cassie was actually part Russell Terrier! “Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade her for the world!”
Instant energy at the flip of a switch
Cassie’s spontaneity shines in how ready she is to match a mood. The pooch is content with just taking full-day naps or playing fetch at home. But when the pawfamily brings her out, she is raring for an adventure. Keen takes Cassie out every weekend for all sorts of activities, and lets Cassie run alongside her when she’s on her kickscooter. Cassie is also a natural water doggo, and enjoys swimming with her pawrents while out on their woodland adventures.
Funnily enough, Cassie startles easily and lends herself to peer pressure. “She loves humans but is very selective when it comes to other doggos. She has a fear of missing out (FOMO),” Keen said. “Even though she may be cheeky, and uses her smarts for mischief… Though she gets weird about sudden noises, and thus hates our air fryer.”
The thing about small dog breeds
“My biggest fear is, one day, something will suddenly happen that will take Cassie away from me.”
Keen was sorely aware of the health risks that would lay dormant in small dog breeds like corgis. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is prone to Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and Hip Dysplasia, the latter being exceptionally common among poorly-bred corgis. “We took her for an X-ray when she was 11 months old and sure enough, her hip socket is shallower than it should be.
Canine Hip Dysplasia is a condition that results in a loose fit of the hip joints, causing hip pain and limb dysfunction. There is no cure for it, but dogs can take measures to delay its symptoms, such as maintaining a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine.
The only thing they can do, Keen says, is to make sure that Cass is fed right and take as many preventative measures as possible, all so that she lives her best life every day.”
“It was never a question to get it too.”
Keen wasted no time in finding Cassie an insurance plan. “It’s never a question for us humans to get insured. Considering vet fees are also very expensive, it only makes sense to get insurance for Cassie as well.” They are now insured with Aon Happy Tails, which provides coverage for congenital conditions like Hip Dysplasia and IVDD (with no pre-existing conditions). This way Keen is able to have peace of mind knowing that she will be able to tide through any rainy day expenses, such as surgery.
“I think a lot of people don’t realise that getting a pet costs much more than just the initial price tag,” Keen says. Other than its coverage, pet owners also need to consider the affordability in proportion to the coverage offered. “Personally, I’d rather pay the premiums once a year, than be suddenly hit with a ginormous vet fee with nothing to offset the cost.”
Check out Cassiopeia’s shenanigans on her Instagram, @littlenutcass.
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