Found wandering the backroads of Alabama, Dunkin’s chances of survival seemed dismal at best.
His belly was full of nails and he was unable to hear or see due to birth defects. Rescuers suspect Dunkin was used as a bait dog before being disposed of like garbage. He immediately underwent surgery to remove the nails from his stomach, but it was only the beginning of his incredible journey of recovery. His stomach cleared, Dunkin required more surgery to prevent further damage to his eyes. Neurological testing revealed that Dunkin suffers from damage that requires him to use a wheelchair to get around.
In December 2012, vets diagnosed Dunkin with megaesophagus, meaning that the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix has to eat a strict diet and eat a certain way in order to obtain his sustenance. He is also plagued with a degenerative disease that will probably cut his life shorter than the lives of most other dogs.
And Dunkin is only a year old.
Though Dunkin’s days may be limited, he’s making the most of what time he does have. Thanks to the rallying efforts of dog lovers, Dunkin has a forever home in New York now, who was able to fund all his medical needs.
And did we mention he’s totally adorable?
Just look at this smile.
Dunkin has overcome tremendous hardships, and his story is one of hope and perseverance. Dunkin uses his newfound following as a platform to advocate for the rights of animals. I know his prognosis is grim, but I hope Dunkin will be with us for a little while longer.
Follow Dunkin’s continued progress on Facebook and let him know you love him.
Photos via Dunkin’s Facebook page
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