There are instances when a dog is born with multiple deformities and medical conditions. Sadly, these dogs are automatically put on the kill list because people assumed that they couldn’t be adopted. Besides, it is costly to take care of these dogs because they need close monitoring from the vet and constant therapy.
However, one dog born who was born with half of his spine, misshapen rear legs, and no pelvis was given a chance to enjoy the world even for a short time.
Meet Bonsai, the English Bulldog who conquered the world despite his multiple congenital disabilities!
Bonsai was born on April 27th, 2015, to an English Bulldog breeder in Arkansas. It is sporadic for a dog to be born with several and rare physical deformities. Bonsai was born with Sacral Agenesis (Caudal Regression Syndrome) and Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis, with a variation of Spina Bifida. In short, he was born with tiny and non-functional hind legs, half spine, and no pelvis.
Besides Bonsai’s physical deformities, he was born a “Walrus Puppy,” which led to “Swimmer’s Syndrome.”
While Swimmer’s Syndrome can be treated over time with intensive therapy, Bonsai’s malformed spine and pelvis do not have any cure nor surgical intervention.
To help Bonsai with his mobility, he underwent a bilateral amputation of his hind legs in June 2015. Thankfully, the surgery has helped Bonsai to move using his two legs.
Bonsai is one dog who is determined to live and make a change in the world. He is the official mascot of the International Sacral Agenesis/Caudal Regression Association.
Look at this video on how he enjoys swimming in the water!
Bonsai’s story has been shared on his Facebook Page “Bonsai-Half A Bulldog, Twice The Love.” It has more than 47,000 followers.
Sadly, Bonsai passed away in September 2016. It was already expected that his life would be shorter because of his multiple medical conditions. Despite the limited time on Earth, Bonsai inspired pet owners to love dogs like him.
Run free, Bonsai!
Video courtesy of Friends of Emma Medical Rescue via YouTube