No, this is not photoshopped. This is Pig.
Born to a feral mother outside of Atlanta, Pig came into this world with some severe birth defects. It was thought that, because of her unusual shape, she was not long for this world. In fact, it was advised by a vet that she simply be put down because of how slim her chances of survival were.
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And yet, Pig is alive and well.
WATCH PIG FETCH
Sure, the life of Pig has some unique struggles. She is missing a good portion of her spine and several ribs, some of her vertebrae are fused and twisted, her hips and joints rotate incorrectly, and her spinal cord splits in half near her neck. Because of her crowded chest cavity, she cannot eat a lot without it causing pressure on her lungs. She is also prone to choking, especially if she eats too quickly. In fact, her caretaker has had to give her the Heimlich maneuver multiple times.
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Despite the sack of lemons that life has handed Pig, time and again, she has managed to find a way to make lemonade. And, just like the best lemonade, Pig makes hers with loads of sugar. A bright, vibrant, joyous dog, Pig loves to play fetch, wrestle, and take naps with the people she loves. Pig’s owner, Kim Dillenbeck, told AL.com that “Pig doesn’t know there’s anything wrong with her.”
While Pig has been making a big splash with people online, as well as at events like Do Dah Day and the Big Ice Cream Festival, unfortunately, her time may be short lived. At only eight months old, Pig’s condition will make growing up difficult. Dillenbeck said in an interview with AL.com that “she’s still gaining weight. At this point, she has the potential to gain another 20 pounds, and that would probably kill her,” because of the additional strain this weight would put on her already maxed out chest cavity.
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So, though Pig has drawn a tough lot in life, her positive outlook and upbeat attitude have made her an absolute treasure, as you can see in the video above. “Whatever time we get with her is our gift,” Dillenbeck told AL.com, “I’m the lucky one. She makes me laugh every day.”
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AL.com – It’s Pig! This unusual dog, a star at Do Dah Day, has found a home in Alabama
Huffington Post – Meet ‘Pig,’ The Dog Who’s Beating The Odds and Winning Hearts