Anyone who has a dog thinks that it’s the cutest dog in the world.
Although it’s true that there are all kinds of different beauty standards in the world, there’s no beauty standard when it comes to an adorable puppy. Still, no matter how much we may love our animals, sometimes they’re born with disabilities or birth defects that affect their health. Although we can always take our dogs to the vet, sometimes the problems are so serious that it puts their life at risk.
That was the case for the little puppy in this story.
The puppy we’re talking about is this one-day-old little guy named Daliso.
It all started when Virginie and Craig Fields, founders of the New York Bully Crew, a shelter for dogs, got a phone call from a local hospital. “A vet tech called us from the emergency hospital,” Fields said. “She’s like, ‘I have a breeder here who is going to euthanize a dog because of a cleft palate and I want to know if you guys can accept him into your rescue.’” Needless to say, Fields said he was more than willing to help. “I immediately said yes,” Fields said.
Before long, Daliso moved into his new home.
Although the road ahead of him was hard, Virginie and Craig were determined to nurse the little guy back to health.
Because Daliso was so small, the Fieldses even thought the tiny animal was a gerbil when they first met! According to Fields, the rough statistics on survival rates for puppies with cleft palates is something like eight out of 10 puppies don’t survive the condition. According to Virginie, the pair needed to tube-feed Daliso all of his meals to ensure that he would get proper nutrition during that critical stage.
Still, neither of the Fieldses had any experience tube-feeding animals.
Regardless, the two of them threw themselves into the experience of trying to keep this animal alive.
Beyond just tube-feeding him, Daliso also had to sleep in an oxygen tank room for several hours at a time and repeating this process daily. Although Virginie and Craig weren’t sure what the outcome would be for this little pup, it became clear right away that Daliso was determined to survive no matter what! Because he was born so prematurely, Daliso had a strange creaky voice that sounded like a gremlin—and he even had a bit of an off-balance limp at first!
Still, he bonded so closely with the Fieldses other dog, Earl Grey.
Because Daliso was so fragile, the other dogs at the rescue knew to be extremely gentle and loving with him.
As it turns out, Earl Grey even has a cleft lip so the two dogs could bond over that! After plenty of love and care, the two were able to stop tube-feeding him and he started eating on his own. As he grew bigger and bigger, the Fieldses figured that he wouldn’t grow up to be very big. Still, one thing that did become enormous were Daliso’s ears!
Today, Daliso has been happily adopted by the Fieldses and is living a happy life with the other dogs!
If there’s anything that this story shows, it’s that everybody deserves a chance in life.
Although the official authorities were ready to give on little Daliso, the kindness of the Fieldses enabled him to grow up healthy and strong. While we all face obstacles that can make our life much harder, this story is just more proof that being loved unconditionally can help us through even the hardest parts of life.
Congratulations to Daliso and to the Fieldses on their new puppy! Check out the full video below:
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