Cooper is a sweet puppy that suffers from short spine disease, which affects just a few dogs worldwide. His spine becomes fused and squeezed as a result, giving him his distinctive look. Elly and Andy Keegan, the dog’s adoptive parents, live in Virginia with him.
Cooper had a tough start in life, being only two months old when he was discovered near a puppy factory.
Cooper was given to Secondhand Hounds, a Minnesota-based animal rescue organization. They assisted him in finding a new home, treated him for ear mites, worms, and a hernia, and assisted him in overcoming the difficulties that his condition involves.
Cooper appears to be unaffected by his physical constraints, as he runs and plays like any other rambunctious youngster.
According to the Ron Project, Elly, the dog’s adoptive mother, said:
“I am fortunate to have Secondhand Hounds’ assistance and the ideal environment for a dog with unique needs.” That is not to say that there are no incidences. He collapsed and shattered his neck in five places a few months after arriving.”
Cooper’s spine is connected to his neck and lower torso, according to Elly, making it difficult for him to go to the restroom.
However, having him at home with his new family as a member of their family is truly amazing; he is a nice and extremely affectionate pup who deserves a second opportunity to be loved and cared for.
Secondhand Hounds Coordinator Teri Woolard said:
“Cooper is proof that dogs with difficulties can provide a lot of love and become wonderful companions.” We’re thrilled to have been a part of his adventure.”
Despite the fact that this cute puppy wants to live a normal life, his adoptive mother notes that his physical restrictions cause some issues. He had surgery to aid with his bowel movements a while back and was also diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a bone infection.
“It was hazardous since her spine is so weakened, but we were able to manage her with medications.”
According to Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds, there are around 30 canines in the world with the ailment, and two of them, including Cooper, have been cared for by the shelter.
Rachel explained to People:
“Cooper exemplifies why we do what we do! We love the underdog, the damaged, and the outcasts at Secondhand Hounds. These are the creatures who, with their self-assurance and enthusiasm for life, contribute the most. Coop is no different!”