Meet Little Man! Little Man was born with irreversible deformities in both hind legs – the harsh consequence of puppy mill breeding. He is also blind in his left eye due to a condition known as microphthlamos, a disorder where one or both eyes are abnormally small. These imperfections would have meant certain death for this otherwise healthy, young dog had we not been there to save him.
Our medical team fitted Little Man with a mobility cart with wheels that carry his hindquarters easily. With his new wheels it wasn’t long before Little Man rolled his way into a new home. His mom, Peggy, says he was very quiet when she first brought him home, but broke out of his shell in only a few days. He loves to run, play fetch, rest on his mom’s shoulder and even likes to watch TV! Peggy also says that “He is a very grateful little doggie, and I am so very grateful to be his mom.”
Little Man was not happy with all the snow we received in Feb! His mom, Peggy, reports, “He loved playing in it but it was just too much! He is enjoying the nicer weather and longer walks.” Little Man has a new neighbor — a puppy named Olive — and he is slowly getting to know her and play with her. Little Man is adjusting to his mom working outside of the home every other day, and doesn’t seems to mind. Apparently that’s when he catches up on sleep! Says Peggy, “He’s a very good boy and I love him so much!”
The past year was a very challenging one for mom, Peggy, and Little Man. He missed playing with some of his friends because the neighbors hadn’t been around. Peggy made sure he had plenty of new toys to keep his interest and he still really enjoys playing fetch. She tried to teach him to catch the ball, but he lets it bounce off his nose! Peggy had surgery recently and Little Man was “an outstanding and understanding companion.” She feels that Little Man knew something was different and he was very gentle. He was even agreeable about mom’s friends taking him outside for her. He’s smart and learned their names and got excited when she told him they’re coming! They said he was a pleasure to walk. All in all, Peggy says things are going well and she’s so very grateful to have him in her life.
Little Man really enjoys having his mom Peggy working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He sleeps late, plays hard on their lunchtime walk, and then takes a long afternoon nap. He has a doggie friend named Sampson who they often meet outside. Little Man’s a very social guy! Little Man’s new “hobby” is practicing yoga with Peggy. He sits on her to make sure she stays in the pose! Little Man has also become a big FaceTime fan. If a friend or family member calls and he recognizes the voice, he will run from the other room to sit with her while she chats. He’s really been the best company his mom could ask for, especially while working from home. He’s amazing and Peggy loves him very much.
Since Peggy’s been working from home due to the COVID 19 health crisis, she’s been working on training Little Man to fetch more consistently. By practicing his fetch skills in the house, she’s been able to keep him busy and tire him out! She feels that he’s has gotten quite good at it and he really enjoys the game!
At night, they take walks together around the neighborhood and occasionally he gets to see a dog friend or two. Peggy believes that Little Man is happy with the added bonus of sitting on her lap while she works at her computer during the day, and especially during a thunderstorm, but she thinks about whether he’s wondering “when will she be leaving for an extended period of time so I can get in a good nap!”
Little Man enjoyed “helping” his mom, Peggy, during the holidays by eating all the Christmas cookies she made for him — doggie cookies of course! Unfortunately, now every time she bakes, he thinks it’s for him! When they go on their walks together, Little Man is mesmerized by the lights on the houses and sometimes he stops to bark at objects on the lawn like lighted reindeer and snowmen! He’s always delightfully surprised when there is snow on the ground. Little Man just loves the snow. A friend recently bought him a new round bed. It’s actually so fluffy that he almost disappears in it, laughs Peggy. It’s become his favorite bed especially when he’s exhausted from playing outside.
Little Man still loves chasing anything that moves. He recently found a bunny in the yard and it fascinated him. He’s been on the hunt for the bunny ever since. They go on lots of walks together and Little Man actually knows where his “friends” live now! Sometimes after a walk, he sits on the front stoop with his mom and greets people as they come and go. Also, one of their neighbors was in a rehabilitation facility recently. So Little Man went there periodically to cheer her up as well as the other residents. “He’s really such a good boy and I enjoy him so much,” says his mom, Peggy.
Little Man was disappointed that there was so little snow this past winter as he enjoys playing in it so much! His mom, Peggy, reports that he is doing well. He absolutely loves taking walks and wants to meet everyone along the way. He plays fetch and gets very excited about going for a car ride. Little Man actually watches a TV program called Lucky Dog that features one rescued dog every week who gets adopted from a shelter.
Little Man’s mom, Peggy, said that despite being born with irreversible deformities to both hind legs, he has no trouble getting around. In fact, even in his mobility cart, this adorable puppy mill survivor keeps up with joggers! On weekends, he and Peggy go to a neighborhood schoolyard where he chases squirrels and birds. On the way home, they visit some of his canine pals, including Molly and Sampson, who live in his building. “He also loves visiting his first foster mom and her four doggies,” Peggy said, “and going back to North Shore to visit his human friends.” And we’re always thrilled to see him.
Little Man had a splendid summer with his mom, Peggy, but they are both glad the leaves have changed and temperatures have cooled. Surely, this little guy will miss playing in the sprinklers with his doggy pals from around the neighborhood and snoozing in the air conditioning, but with new seasons come new adventures. Weekends filled with long walks and playing in dog parks capped off by cozying up with mom in his lush new pillow bed have suited him just fine. He’s overcome so much during his first two years of life. We’re excited to watch this amazing dog grow with his loving family. Thanks to all of the support he receives from his loyal Sponsors, Little Man continues to thrive.
Little Man officially found his responsible, loving home last Labor Day. His mom, Peggy, says he was very quiet when she first brought him home, but broke out of his shell in only a few days. He loves to run, play fetch, rest on his mom’s shoulder and even likes to watch TV! He’s big on hugs and kisses too. He also has a few doggie friends in their apartment building. Peggy also says that “He is a very grateful little doggie, and I am so very grateful to be his mom.”
Let’s all give a big welcome to one of our newest Sponsor Pets – Little Man! He was born with irreversible deformities in both hind legs, causing them to be inverted. Although this rare congenital defect makes things a bit more challenging for him, don’t think for even a second it can keep this resilient pup down. Using his front legs as propellers, Little Man has no problem getting around, especially if there’s yummy treats or a familiar face calling his name on the other end of the journey. Because his hind legs drag across the ground when he maneuvers around, the medical staff in our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center have come up with several ways to make his life easier – one being a small mobility cart that allows his hind legs to be raised into a harness and replaced by tiny plastic wheels. It’s obvious Little Man prefers to do things on his own, but the more he gets accustomed to his cart, the easier it will be for him to maneuver around without complications.