Despite having only half a body, ‘Bonsai’, an English bulldog, still manages to radiate positive energy that encourages several concerned individuals and groups to help him out in any way possible.
Born this year on April 27th to an Arkansas-based breeder, Bonsai was afflicted with multiple rare deformities. According to YouCaring, which is the online host for the crowdfunding campaign managed by a Texas-based organization called Friends of Emma whose goal is to raise funds for Bonsai’s condition, the resilient dog is suffering from a condition called “Caudal Regression (sacral agenesis) and Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis, likely combined with a variation of Spina Bifida.”
Translating it to layman’s terms, the website indicated that he came into the world with “only half of his spine, no pelvis and with tiny contracted hind legs.”
In addition, the online page also described Bonsai as a “Walrus Puppy”, otherwise known as a “water pup”, which eventually resulted to another condition called “Swimmer’s Syndrome”. Although time and therapy may reverse the medical problem, the syndrome still causes the newborn pup’s chest to be “dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides – putting pressure on the internal organs.”
On June 25th, Bonsai underwent a bilateral amputation. The operation was successful, and he is reported to be well on his way to full recovery.
However, the plea for financial assistance still stands in order to address his need for proper caring. Fortunately, the cry for help apparently landed on generous ears. To date, more than $13,000 has been raised for Bonsai’s cause.
With the overwhelming support that Bonsai is receiving, a separate Facebook page, “Bonsai – Half A Bulldog, Twice The Love”, has been set up for updates on his progress. A video of him playing with his toys was also uploaded via Youtube. With more than 600,000 views as of posting, he has surely captivated the social media community with his adorable charm.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Elizabeth Hart, one of Bonsai’s rescuers, shared, “He is definitely one to keep us — and his ever-growing number of followers — smiling all day long.”