Meet G.I. Joey

Meet G.I. Joey 2017-11-29T11:21:05+00:00

Meet G.I. Joey! If you want to see the living definition of gumption, take a look at G.I. Joey. With his glistening eyes, his over-the-top ears, and his patent leather nose, G.I. Joey is as cute as puppies come. Full of affection and play, he hasn’t the slightest idea there’s anything “wrong” with him.

But look again, and you’ll see that something is heartbreakingly wrong with this little pup. Born without his front paws, this darling Chihuahua-Dachshund is the victim of incredibly irresponsible breeding and truly callous indifference. In September 2015, county officials in North Carolina removed him and his sweet brother, Bullet, from a harsh and neglectful home. At that point, one of our North Carolina rescue allies, PARTNERS! Canines, took Joey and Bullet, as fosters — and then turned to us for help.

The first picture we saw of Joey closed the deal, and he and Bullet were on their way to Long Island. Our medical professionals immediately recognized Joey’s condition as congenital. The people who bred him were fully aware that this hereditary defect existed in his parents. Dr. Mark Verdino, Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff, calls such breeding “cruel and unethical.” We’ve neutered Joey and Bullet, as we do all of our Mutt-i-grees®, but in this case it was doubly important: not only to address the issue of pet overpopulation, but also to prevent this defect from being passed to future generations.

Lucky Bullet is perfectly healthy and ready for a responsible, loving family to take him home. Joey, on the other hand, is now a part of our Sponsor Program. With your monthly support, we’ll provide him with a comfortable mobility cart and all the TLC he needs to adjust to his new way of life. As one of our Sponsor Pets, Joey will have our full support from here on.

Given his positive attitude and wonderful spirit, we’re confident that Joey will make a great adjustment and eventually become a treasured member of a special, caring family. He’s already become a staff favorite. Despite his limitations, Joey manages to scoot around by “army crawling” (hence his name), as his tail and little butt wag like crazy. He’ll also hold himself upright, batting his favorite kennel managers for attention. Because of his birth defect, Joey will require special handling and assistance for the rest of his life. Our veterinarians report that his general health is excellent and that he’s “super sweet.” We can’t wait to see him in his cart so he can go on walks and explore his world.

We hope you’ll decide to be this little dog’s Sponsor Program pet parent. With your help, G.I. Joey will grow into the healthy, active dog he was meant to be — and in the process he’ll make some family very happy — and you, very proud. Thank you.

December 2017

Being the canine king of his castle is GI Joey’s favorite pastime since becoming part of his adopted family, but don’t tell that to his doggy siblings Chester and Sadie. This little survivor endured so much before finding a responsible, loving home where he can bask in the spoils of being the center of attention. His mom said Joey is the same rambunctious, fun-loving pooch he’s been since he was adopted into the family. When he’s not hopping around like a little kangaroo and playing with Sadie and Chester, Joey is curled up on his mom’s chest or snuggled under the covers in the beds of his human siblings. Thanks to all of his amazing sponsor parents, Joey seems to be living the type
of life that we wish for all of our rescue pets.

September 2017

G.I. Joey continues to be a dear, funny, rambunctious, mischievous member of his human family! According to his mom, Maddie, Joey is certainly a member of the pack made up of Chester, a 12-year-old Schnauzer/Shi Tzu mix, and Sadie, a 4 year-old Silky Terrier, adopted from Animal League America as a puppy mill rescue two years ago. She says that Joey doesn’t always love his walking cart, but through constant encouragement and treats, he’ll use it willingly. Joey and Sadie are terrific pals, often sharing toys and sleeping side by side. Maddie says that Joey is very spoiled and can often be found in the arms of his human family members. Over the summer Joey enjoyed the warm weather and lounged on a raft in the pool surrounded by the ones he loves. A special life for a very special dog!

June 2017

G.I. Joey is deeply loved by every member of his family. His 25-year-old human sister, who lives in New York City, comes home on weekends just to spend time with Joey. His human brother, Jason, is in his last semester away at college, but whenever he’s home, you can find Joey in his arms. And his 16-year-old sister, Jenny, can often be found playfully debating with mom, Maddy, over who Joey loves more. While the whole family is competing for time to spoil their little pal, dad, Andy, is doing everything and anything to show Joey his love, including providing him with extra treats and belly rubs whenever he gets the chance. Oh, and don’t forget his canine sister, Sadie. She and Joey can be found playing together constantly, which is a welcomed sight to the family. There’s no doubt that Joey has his entire family in love with him.

March 2017

G.I. Joey is funny, sweet and super clever at times (especially when it comes to finding a way to get extra treats). Joey enjoys burying himself under the covers and staying there! He loves to “run” around on the bed and it seems to help him blow off some puppy steam! With the help of large bean bags close by, Joey can easily jump up onto the couch so he can look out the window with his human brother and sister.

December 2016

G.I. Joey has been enjoying the cooler weather and plenty of outside-time with his family. Joe-Joe is also lucky to be sponsored by Congresswoman Rice along with Darby and hopped in excitement to meet her. It wasn’t long before G.I. Joey climbed into Congresswoman Rice’s lap for some cuddle time and stole her heart. His family wasn’t surprised since he’s such a charmer who has that effect on most people he meets. Visit animalleague.org/kathleenrice for the full story and more!

September 2016

G.I. Joey (or ′our Joe-Joe′ as his family likes to call him) loves the grass and being outdoors. His family has taken him into their pool (which he seems to enjoy quite a bit) so long as he’s held in a certain way! They take him for walks in his cart where he can be a smart, spoiled devil who knows if he stops walking his family will place a treat in front of him to gobble up and get him going again. And, they wouldn’t have him any other way. He is 100% part of their family and his canine sister, Sadie, and doggy brother, Chester, will only nap with delightful Joe-Joe. Overall G.I. Joey is doing way better than his family ever expected and they can′t imagine life without him!

June 2016

Good news-Joey has been adopted by a devoted volunteer here! His new family, including a human sister and two canine siblings lovingly welcomed him home. He is a loving, sweet, friendly, fearless dog and he does not let his disability slow him down. He loves to hop and jump! Dr. Verdino made some adjustments to his cart and it now fi ts Joey perfectly. Joey is becoming more comfortable in his cart with each and every walk he goes on with his canine siblings. He likes being on the leash when he uses the cart which his mom thinks makes him feel just like his canine siblings. Joey and his family wish to thank all his wonderful sponsors for their support.

March 2016

G.I. Joey’s foster mom, Annie, who works in our Medical Center, was delighted when the Zwerlings welcomed him home to be treasured forever. “Joey is a joy,” says mom Maddy, who is also a volunteer here. “Once I saw and held him, I just fell in love. He sort of melts into you, and he’s so inspirational. He’s really such a happy dog. All he wants is to play and be with you, like any puppy. I’m lucky to have a supportive family. My daughter Jenny loves him, Joey is as sweet as sugar and is already part of our family, snuggling and stealing the heart of everyone he meets.” And thanks to the love of this remarkable family — and your ongoing compassion — Joey will have a chance to be the incredible pup he was meant to be for years to come.