Born November 27, 2018, baby Basset Hound, whom we've affectionately named "Norman," wasn't born with the physical advantages of his six sisters. Every day he struggles to stand, walk, run, play, and even eat. In his short 16 week-long life, Norman has been struggling with multiple birth defects that could break your heart, but he's determined to live his best life and we are earnestly seeking help to provide that for him. Here is his story, the medical details of which I have updated to reflect his recent consultation and x-rays with his orthopedic surgeon:
When we were researching "pets for rehoming" online, we came across Norman's litter and learned that one of the seven puppies, the only male, was born with a forearm/paw malformation, likely due, according to his veterinarian at the time (Beaverton Crossroads Vet Services), to the umbilical cord strangulation in utero. After seeing Norman's little face in photos and learning of his disability, we drove three hours north to meet him. While all the other puppies were spoken for, no one wanted Norman -- no doubt because of the intimidating factors (money, time) of caring for a special needs puppy. The owner of the litter loved Norman, but he couldn't keep him, nor did his remote geographical location afford him access to surgical and rehab specialists that being close to a city could, so all we could see for Norman's future was a shelter/the SPCA, and from there, god only knows. We needed to make sure Norman never saw the inside of a shelter.