Go ahead and fall in love with Quasimodo, a dog with Short Spine Syndrome
Our hearts are aflutter over a dog named after Quasimodo, the tragic and misunderstood hero of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The three-year-old purebred German Shepherd was recently rescued by Secondhand Hounds in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He’s been diagnosed with a genetic condition called Short Spine Syndrome, which is the cause for Quasimodo’s crooked spine and missing vertebrae. Short Spine Syndrome is super rare. So rare that there are only 13 documented cases of it in the world, according to Secondhand Hounds. THIRTEEN!
Quasimodo’s condition makes him unable to turn his head, but because he’s clearly an awesome dog, he doesn’t let this limitation get him down. Sara Anderson, Secondhand Hounds’ large breed foster coordinator, says, “He gets around just fine and knows exactly how to snuggle to fit into a lap…Born different but never knowing any other way, he seeks to please the people who have shown him kind hands and warm hearts.”
Quasimodo sounds like a really special little guy, not because of his physical differences, but because of his amazing, positive attitude and affection spirit. As he says on his Facebook page (because of course he has one…duh), he’s a lover.
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Secondhand Hounds is looking for a forever home for Quasimodo. Something tell us he’ll find one in no time. Best of luck to this amazing dog and the person who will be lucky enough to snuggle with him every day.
[Images via Facebook.]