Jurassic Bark! : Disabled dog does not let being born with withered front legs stop him bounding around on his back paws – and looking like a T
A super cute puppy hasn’t let being born with deformed front paws get in the way – by bounding around like a T-REX.
Adorable Reuben is forced to get around by standing on his back legs and running around like a dinosaur.
He holds his deformed front paw like a tyrannosaurus rex forelimb, and using his tail for balance.
The happy pooch was rescued by British charity Safe Rescue for Dogs from a certain death in the same Eastern European village.
Charity worker, Zoe Hare, 42, said: “Ruben knows no different and doesn’t understand there is anything wrong with him.
Owner Karen Stanway, 31, adopted the happy pooch from and is hoping a pair of wheels will give him a renewed lease of life.
The mum-of-one, who worked as a veterinary nurse before taking time off to look after her daughter, fell in love with seven-month-old Reuben before she had even met him.
The two-legged puppy was saved from Romania by charity, Safe Rescue, and posted an ad to find him a new home.
She said: “He is so adorable, we only got him last Saturday and he fits in so well.
“He plays with my other dog, Ally, and goes for walks despite his disability.”
She said: “When we take him out, people give us dirty looks sometimes.
“I’ve heard someone mutter under their break that he should have been put to sleep but he’s such a happy dog and he doesn’t know there is anything wrong with him.”
Karen added that despite his enthusiasm for life, Ruben, a Jack Russell Collie cross quickly tires from the extra energy exerted from using only his back legs.
She said: “It was a few weeks between the times that I enquired about him and actually got him so I sat down to prepare ramps, gates and came up with as many ideas as possible to improve his life.
“He’s only a baby and he is desperate to run around, so a set of wheels is the best option for now.”
Karen said that the puppy is “completely devoted” to her five-year-old daughter, Penny.
She has set up a crowdfunding page to help with donations for his wheels, but is only asking for £500 from strangers.
She added: “We are desperate to see him have the freedom he deserves – he is such a special and happy boy and for all he’s been through deserves this chance.”
To help raise money for Ruben, go to: https://fundrazr.com/