Joey is a 3-month-old Chihuahua who lacks both front legs and lives at the Vintage Pet Rescue animal shelter in Foster, Rhode Island, United States, which specializes in senior dogs and dogs with special needs. The puppy doesn’t realize that he is different from the others and tries to do the same activities as his foster brothers, but despite that, he is happy.
“Joey is one of the happiest dogs we’ve ever met. He doesn’t know he’s different and loves playing with toys, wrestling with other dogs, enjoying his splash pad and being petted,” Kristen Peralta, founder of Vintage Pet Rescue, told The Dodo.
But of course all that energy has a purpose, in Joey’s case, it’s to be able to sleep and rest amidst all of his favorite stuffed animals. But among all of them there is one in particular that catches Joey’s attention the most, which is a stuffed llama his size. The comfortable toy is always available for the Chihuahua to rest.
“Joey can climb stairs, jump on the couch and pretty much get wherever he wants. It’s really amazing to see him do so well. Nothing stops him,” added the founder.
The goal now is to get the puppy a wheelchair, so that he can move around more and better, without getting tired too quickly, because he doesn’t have the support of his front legs.
Once the wheelchair is provided and after the Chihuahua is neutered, he will be available for adoption, and the shelter will accept no less than the perfect family for the beloved puppy. “We know we will have hundreds of applications for him. But there’s only one Joey!” Kristen concluded.