Dog-lover Claire-Louise Nixon has told how she shares her semi-detached house with her family - and a staggering 27 rescued pooches.Claire-Louise, 48, rescues sick and paralysed dogs from around the world and looks after them at her humble home in Milton Keynes, Bucks.She says looking after the brood of canines is a full-time job and takes her from 6am until midnight.Her motley crew of dogs now stands at 27 that all live in her four-bed semi-detached house with her husband Gary, 50 and daughter Rhia-Louise, 22.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.Claire said: "They're part of the family.
The dogs have a free run of the house. "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."Husband Gary and daughter Rhia-Louise both help take care of the dogs and have become as attached to the dogs as Claire.Claire added: "Rhia has her own little gang of dogs and my husband has his favourites too.
He probably does come second to the dogs but we both just love them so much!"The dogs get regular exercise and are taken out into the orchard on the property or into the acres of land opposite their house. 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 has even been dubbed a "miracle worker" after managing to get severely paralysed pooches up and walking again.The mum cares for injured dogs from all over the globe- including some that had their limbs blown off in war-torn areas and some who suffered horrific cruelty.But no matter what condition the dogs arrive in, Claire is determined to get them walking again through intense physio sessions and time spent on wheels.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'."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."Vets bills can be a huge drain on resources, but local vets are sympathetic to her cause and often offer a discount.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.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.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 raises funds through her organisation, Wheels to Paws UK, to provide them with medical treatment, rehabilitation and the equipment they need to walk again.She 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."