We can learn a lot from a dog.
In a pen at the Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton, Florida sits a happy pup with a lesson to teach us. Her name is Pandora and sadly, in many shelters across the country she would have been euthanized by now due to being deemed a ‘special needs dog’. Thankfully, Tri County is a wonderful, no-kill shelter so Pandora’s life is safe. Staff and volunteers there like to think of her only as ‘special’.
This 5 month-old Labrador / Boxer / ? mix was admitted to the shelter with 4 litter mates when they were 8 weeks old. All were healthy and normal, including Pandora, but after a few weeks she alone developed problems with the ‘back half’ of her body. She now has a little trouble with her back legs tending to ‘go a different direction’ than the rest of her and sometimes giving out.
But please don’t tell her!
You see, Pandora has no clue she has an issue. Veterinarians believe she has some sort of neurological damage that causes the ‘hitch in her giddy-up’. This energetic, cute puppy still runs, plays, romps with other dogs and definitely gives plenty of kisses. When her back legs give out, she’s got them up and working again within a second or two.
This is Pandora’s official bio:
“Special needs dog? Who? I hear there’s one here but….wait….me? Nah. I can run and play and be happy as a clam, so it can’t be ME. I’m Pandora and they say I have a neurological problem with my hind end. It sometimes fails to follow my front end and I get a little tangled up but I get going again right away, big smile still in place! I love to run and my ‘disability’ lessens when I run fast and in a straight line, so that’s a lot of fun. I’m active, playful and happy just like any pup should be. I’d love some kids to live with and I can probably teach them a thing or two about not complaining or feeling sorry for yourself. I like cats and other dogs, too. Did I mention I’m just darn adorable, too? Please ask to meet me. I need a loving home so I can LOVE YOU RIGHT BACK!”
Pandora is spayed and working on becoming housebroken. She’s a pretty brindled girl with an expressive face and soft brown eyes that gaze lovingly at you when you hug her. She’s ready to go HOME, sweet home where she can be loved as part of a real family.
Can YOU write Pandora’s happy ending?
If so, contact Tri County Humane Society @ (561) 482-8110. And be ready to RECEIVE far more than you GIVE, because grateful shelter dogs ROCK!
Watch the slideshow of Pandora to the left of this article.
Read about other ‘special’ Tri County dogs who found their forever homes, Jesse and Jenny.
This amazing couple rescues special needs dogs from death in shelters.
To anyone who’s ever rescued a dog.
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