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Dog born without a collar defies the odds and finds the perfect family

Dog born without a collar defies the odds and finds the perfect family
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Cooper is a lovely dog ​​who lives with short spine syndrome, a condition that affects only a few dogs in the world. This causes his spine to be fused together and compressed, giving him his characteristic striking appearance. The adorable canine lives in Virginia with his adoptive parents, Elly and Andy Keegan.

Apart from his condition, Cooper had quite a difficult start in life, at only two months old he was found near a puppy farm. It is not known how a puppy like him survived this situation.

Cooper was transferred to Secondhand Hounds , an animal rescue center in Minnesota. There they helped him find his new family, he received treatment for ear mites, worms and a hernia, they also supported him to overcome the problems that his condition entails.

Dog born without a collar defies the odds

Dog born without a collar finds the perfect family
FACEBOOK/ COOPER – SHORT ON SPINE, BIG ON LOVE

Cooper is a happy dog ​​and doesn’t seem to be affected by his physical limitations, he runs and plays like any other mischievous boy.

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Elly, the dog’s foster mom, said according to the Ron Project :

“I am lucky to have the support of Secondhand Hounds and the right environment for a special needs dog. That does not mean that we do not have incidents. A few months after his arrival, he fell and broke his neck in five places.

naughty dog
FACEBOOK/ COOPER – SHORT ON SPINE, BIG ON LOVE

Elly reports that Cooper’s spine is fused to his neck and lower body, causing him some difficulty going to the bathroom.

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However, for his new family to have him home as a member of their household is truly a wonderful thing, he is a sweet and very loving boy who deserves to have this second chance and be loved and cared for.

Adorable collarless puppy
FACEBOOK/ COOPER – SHORT ON SPINE, BIG ON LOVE

Teri Woolard, Secondhand Hounds Coordinator, said:

“Cooper is an example that dogs with disabilities have a lot of love to give and make great pets. We are very happy to have been a part of his journey.”

Adorable dog on the stairs
FACEBOOK/ COOPER – SHORT ON SPINE, BIG ON LOVE

Although this adorable dog tries to lead a normal life, his adoptive mother explains that there are some complications arising from his physical limitations. A while back he underwent surgery to help with his bowel functions and was also diagnosed with a bone infection called osteomyelitis.

Ellie added:

“Because her spine is so compromised, she was dangerous, but luckily we controlled her with antibiotics.”

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There are currently about 30 dogs in the world with the condition, two of them, including Cooper, have been cared for by Secondhand Hounds, according to the shelter’s executive director, Rachel Mairose.

Rachel told People :

“Cooper is a true example of why we do what we do! At Secondhand Hounds we love the underdog, the broken, the left out. We find these are the animals that give back the most with their confidence and zest for life. Coop is no exception!”

two puppies in bed
FACEBOOK/ COOPER – SHORT ON SPINE, BIG ON LOVE

Fortunately and thanks to the support of his family and Secondhand Hounds. Cooper has climbed every step and enjoys a fantastic life in the company of his sister Tuva.

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