A Loving Dog With An Extremely Rare Condition Who Still Has A Lot Of Heart
05 Feb 2016
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Quasimodo (aka, Quasi the Great) is a purebred German Shepherd living with Short Spine Syndrome, a condition so rare that there are only 13 known cases affecting canines worldwide.
Quasi had his neck clipped and cleaned to help the skin heal from his collar wound and he was neutered. He will be seeing a specialist to fix what is called a screw tail, a vertebrae deformity in the tail.
He is quite a charmer! He says “Why do so many want to hear about me?! I’m just a normal dog! I’m not handicapped, I’m special and I’m different. That’s all!”
The pup was found as a stray and brought to a southern shelter, where it was determined that most of his life had been spent in a kennel. When Minnesota animal rescue
Secondhand Hounds (SHH) heard about the special dog, they wanted to give him a second chance, and a new lease on life!
'For anyone interested in my X-Ray, here it is! Maybe my hero Sara can tell us what we are looking at! All I can see is a handsome little guy with a twisty spine!' - Quasi
But despite his deformity, five-year-old Quasi enjoys life as much as any other happy, healthy dog.
'Quasimodo has arrived! He's just as sweet and lovey as he looks! He was a bit scared tonight but who could blame him!!! He's off to bed in his foster home now, and will be seeing our vet in the morning to clean up his neck wound and assess his condition. I'll be sure to post lots of pictures and updates!' - Quasi
'So many people have been so kind to help me along the way, so I am excited to potentially give back!' - Quasi
'My foster mom tells me I need to rest in the mud room tonight while I recover. I would rather be out with the family, but at least my baby foster brother comes and visits me periodically!' - Quasi
Although it seems that Quasi’s condition doesn’t cause him any distress, SHH is making extra sure that he is 100% healthy and pain-free before he is adopted into a forever home.
All images: https://www.facebook.com/quasithegreat/