Dogs with disabilities and medical issues often have a rough time. They’re frequently at risk of being euthanized, or abandoned by owners who don’t want the responsibility of caring for them.
But as long as a dog isn’t suffering, they should get a chance to live and be loved like any other dog. After one disabled dog got a second chance, he’s not only doing well but he’s the “happiest dog in the world!”
In 2016, a woman named Jennifer Osborne saw a dog named Moose in a pet store—he was very distinctive-looking, with a fixed smile and big underbite.
She found out this was due to a medical deformity Moose had had since birth: he was missing parts of his brain.
“Moose’s nose was pushed into his skull which caused the under-bite, crooked nose, deformed skull, deformed brain and eye issues – probably when he was still in the womb,” Jennifer told Metro.
Jennifer instantly fell in love with the dog—and most of all she was worried that, in the wrong hands, Moose would be put to sleep due to his medical issues.
So, she adopted him herself, giving Moose a home where he would be safe.
Jennifer knew it wouldn’t be an easy road ahead: Moose’s medical issues required a lot of attention.
He suffered from frequently seizures: “They affect the body and the brain and left his whole body twitching and him foaming at the mouth,” Jennifer said.
She got the dog an MRI, which revealed the scope of his medical problems: he had no forehead and sinuses, and there was a cyst where the parts of his brain were missing.
“His brain in the front is squished in but the rest of his brain is good,” Jennifer explained on Instagram. “His neurologist has never seen a dog with an issue like Moose’s.”
She found out that the dog’s seizures would continue his whole life, however they could be treated with medication, and it wouldn’t affect his life expectancy.
Jennifer is ready to face any challenges ahead and is still grateful to have Moose in her life. Despite everything, he’s one happy and playful dog.
“With everything that’s happened to Moose, we’re very lucky he survived, period,” she told Metro. “He is literally a miracle.”
Moose goes through life with a big smile on his face, as if grateful for every day he gets to be alive.
“He is amazing and a blessing on my life,” Jennifer said. “He is the happiest dog I have ever met and I’m thankful he’s my dog.”
We’re so glad Moose is doing well and living his best, happy life!