A mix German Shepherd puppy with a birth defect (bow-legged), recently get adopted by a family in the US.
Antilles, the rescued puppy has undoubtedly had his share of issues as he was brought to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe on 1 March 2018. A birth deficiency along with overfeeding had left his furry little legs extremely bent and couldn’t support his weight.
The vets at the Helen Woodward centre observed him and fitted him with special braces. The braces were removed a last month.
“First 30 minutes that the news story went out nationally, we just started getting calls from all over,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center spokeswoman Jessica Gercke.
The Otsuka family sent an adoption application along with PowerPoint presentation that stood out, Gercke said that the daughter of Otsuka family Cassidy has some health challenges of her own and Helen Woodward Animal Center officials decided that Antilles and Cassidy would be a perfect match.
“We’re super excited and happy haha. I’m so happy I could do my happy dance,” said Cassidy’s mother, Desiree Otsuka
The Otsuka’s family said that they are very grateful to have Antilles as a family member. They said that dog is a reminder that trials don’t break us- they make us stronger.
“Everyone has their challenges and my own daughter, she actually suffers from absence epilepsy, which is a very unique condition. She’s a little bit different, and she knows what it’s like to be a little bit different. And because of that, that really drew her to Antilles too, because he’s a little bit different ,” Otsuka said.
The news about Antilles went viral, and when the Blue Buffalo Dog Food company heard about him, they sent his new family a year’s supply of dog food.
“I think he’s going to live a very happy life and be able to run around like other puppies,” Gercke said.
Reference : Fox 5 San Diego
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