When Nubby was born, he didn’t have any front legs. The veterinarian suggested that it would be best to put Nubby to sleep. His mom hadn’t rejected him, but left to his own facilities he would perish. His disability made it so that he would not be quick enough to maneuver around his siblings and find his mother to nurse.
Lou Robinson founded a dog rescue group named Warriors Educate About Rescue. She and her husband, Mark, live in Houston, Texas, and have been rescuing animals for many years. Lou teaches community classes about how to care of animals.
Nubby was a Boxer dog. When Lou took Nubby in as a foster, he was being bullied by his siblings and needed extra care if we were to survive.
Every day, the puppy ate, and he grew and grew. Finally, he opened his eyes. From the start, he had a will and what Lou and Mark felt like the soul to live. He progressed as any normal puppy would, other than his missing limbs.
In the beginning, Lou and Mark had no expectations. They just wanted to get the puppy through the day. Then day 3 came and went, day 7, day 10, day 16 and the puppy thrived.
Nubby did not know he was disabled, and he did not realize he was different.
But then one day they started to feel that something was wrong. The puppy was sneezing, he was not pooping, he wasn’t hungry, and milk bubbles were coming out of his nose. They watched him closely, but in their heart they knew something was wrong.
They took him to the veterinarian took x-rays and did many tests, and finally diagnosed the puppy with an esophageal abnormality. The puppy’s esophagus had a pouch that was trapping the milk and causing his aspiration.
The puppy was given heavy IV antibiotics, some time in an oxygen chamber, and finally he started to regain his health. He was a fighter, and was not giving up. As long as he had a chance, the Robinsons were not going to give up either.
Doctors don’t know at this time how severe the puppy’s esophageal problem is. They will have to wait until he gets older and they are able to do more specialized tests.
But for now, the puppy is doing well, eating again, and he’s not burping or blowing bubbles out of his nose. He has found his voice again and enjoying life.
Today, the puppy is five months old. Mark hopes the puppy can help teach kids that being different is okay. You can follow him on his Facebook page.