All dogs deserve a chance at life despite whatever challenges or health issues they may have – and that is exactly what one woman believed when she gave a dog named Pig, a second lease on life.
Pig was a dog who wasn’t like most – she’d been born to a feral mother in the woods outside of Atlanta, Georgia. But in addition to that, she also suffered from multiple birth defects.
Pig and her siblings were eventually discovered by a woman, who followed their cries in the forest. Knowing that she couldn’t just leave them. Instead, she kindly took them in and provided them with care.
When she took the puppy to the vet, she was advised that it would be best to put Pig to sleep. However, the woman was against it. Then, around Christmas time, a woman named Kim Dillenbeck was in Georgia visiting her sister, when she heard about Pig and decided to go meet the pup.
Kim had been involved in animal rescue for many years. And when she met Pig, she immediately fell in love with Pig and decided to bring her home. From there, Pig went to live with Kim in Alabama.
As Kim shared with AL.com, “I bonded with Pig right away. I thought I’d either be with her or near her helping her find a home. Pretty quickly, I decided to be her mother because she probably wouldn’t live. We assumed that by now, she would be suffocating under her own organs, or something like that, because of her shape.”
Kim had been fostering sick dogs in the past, but she’d never experienced a dog with a condition like Pig. Pig weighed in at 15 pounds, about half that weight that her siblings weighed. Pig’s birth defects consisted of massive spine damage – including missing vertebrae and ribs. As a result, her hips and joints were a little misplaced. All that caused her organs to be internally smushed together in her body.
As a result, Kim found herself giving Pig the Heimlich Maneuver several times due to her not having enough stomach space after consuming large meals.
Despite her physical differences, Pig was a very happy-go-lucky dog who could still run around and play, without experiencing any obvious pain.
Pig continued defying the odds, making Kim proud of her.
Kim told AL.com, “I’m the lucky one. She makes me laugh every day.”