All dogs are beautiful in their own way, and are deserving of good, loving homes — even the ones that look a little unusual. Cooper, an American foxhound, is one such unique-looking dog who had a rough start to life due to his differences. Cooper was born with a genetic condition known as “short spine syndrome,” in which his vertebrae are fused together and compressed. According to Daily Mail, he’s one of only 30 dogs in the world with the condition. His spine is fused in two places – on his neck and on his rear, making him appear as if he has no neck.
Cooper’s story started in Halifax, Virginia, where he was likely born at a puppy farm and later abandoned due to his birth defect. It’s also likely his disability was the result of inbreeding at the puppy mill. In 2017, rescuers found Cooper and took him to Secondhand Hounds, a shelter in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out in the first home he was placed in, as he liked to chase their cats. But Cooper soon found his perfect home with Elly Keegan and her family.
Elly, who has a warm heart towards differently-abled dogs, committed to giving Cooper all the love and help he needs. She was aware Cooper would need medical attention but had the support of Secondhand Hounds. Early on, the dog had a few medical setbacks, including a fall that fractured his neck in five places and a bone infection. But despite everything, Cooper is the “happiest dog,” and people are always happy to see him, too. Elly says that wherever he goes, he draws attention, but he revels in it. He has a lot of fans on Facebook, and he’s such a friendly dog.
Despite his unique appearance and disability, Cooper has made remarkable progress under Elly’s care. His birth defect left it so he essential had his “butt on his back,” but a surgery has made it easier for him to go to the bathroom on his own. However, his condition still poses some challenges. His fused vertebrae make it difficult for him to look behind him, as he has to turn his whole body. But this doesn’t stop him from living life to the fullest.
Cooper’s story is a testament to the power of love and compassion. Elly’s commitment to providing Cooper with a loving home has transformed his life. It’s also a reminder that all dogs, no matter how unique-looking, deserve a chance at a happy life. Sadly, many dogs with birth defects are often euthanized, but Cooper’s story is proof that these dogs can make wonderful pets if given the opportunity.
Short spine syndrome is a rare genetic condition, and not much is known about it. Cooper’s story has brought attention to this condition, and his positive attitude towards life has inspired many. His story has also highlighted the importance of adopting dogs from shelters, as they often have unique stories and personalities.
In conclusion, Cooper’s story is one of resilience, hope, and the transformative power of love. Despite his disability, Cooper has found a loving home, and his unique appearance has made him a source of joy for many. His story is a reminder that all dogs, no matter how different they may appear, deserve a chance at a happy life.