A couple of weeks ago, a woman was walking outside when she saw a car pull up to a curb, dump something out, and immediately drive away. Upon inspection, this woman saw that the item dumped was actually a puppy. Upon closer inspection, she saw that this puppy had been born with only three legs. The kind soul picked up the puppy, took him home with her for the night, and brought him to the APA the next morning.
When we received him, we first noticed how irresistibly cute this special puppy was. We next noticed that the small fellow was only about 5 weeks old, too young to be adopted. Fortunately, one of our adoption counselors, Jessica, saw the tiny, adorable, three-legged Catahoula mix and selflessly volunteered to foster the young pup, who she named Nemo.
For the past three weeks, Jessica has worked with Nemo on socialization and training. The friendly Nemo took a liking to the 90-pound Labrador Retriever in the house, and even licked a kitty’s nose. He learned how much fun playing with toys can be, especially ones that squeak. Maybe most importantly, he started jumping off the couch and running up and down the stairs. Nemo might be missing a leg, but he certainly isn’t missing out on life.
Nemo recently turned 8-weeks-old, which means he is old enough to be adopted. After his neuter surgery, Nemo became the APA’s Pet of the Week, and even got to go on TV! When Nemo was featured on Facebook, his post was flooded with comments, likes, and shares. He became quite a sensation!
Happily for foster mom Jessica, Nemo has been adopted by her own brother, so she will be able to watch him grow up. In every way, Nemo is a happy, energetic puppy who has no idea he is different from other dogs. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone saw Nemo as he sees himself? That would make for a lot more of these happy tails….er, tales.