Walter wandered into a concerned citizen’s yard. Seeing that he did not act normal she took him to a vet. The vet clinic called us and asked us to take him because Walter has cerebellar hypoplasia.
Cerebellar hypoplasia is a condition where a part of the cerebellum--which makes up a large part of the brain--has not completely developed. This causes Walter to lose control of his limbs or fall down. It increases with the more excited he becomes.
That doesn't stop him from doing what dogs do and having a happy life. You do end up with lots of bruises when playing with him or nipped fingers from time to time when giving him treats. But well worth it! It can be intimidating when you have 90 pounds of uncontrolled dog coming at you with nothing but pure enthusiasm to greet you. But that's just Walter being happy.
Walter is a bit wobbly and a bit wild, but he moves around just fine and is happy as can be. He’s a wonderful example of a gentle giant who is great with kids and one of our best Pit Bull ombudsmen.