Joey, a young Chihuahua, is different from other dogs. However, he lives in exactly the same way as his relatives. His cutest trait? Snuggle up to your favorite soft animals while you sleep.
The Vintage Pet Rescue Association, based in Foster, Rhode Island, USA, specializes in the adoption and adoption of older dogs and/or dogs with special needs. In early April 2022, founder Kristen Peralta included a three-month-old Chihuahua into the pack. The puppy was adopted by the CT Humane Society, but felt out of place there.
Joey, his nickname, is nothing like his colleagues at the orphanage. He was born without front legs. However, Joey proves that his handicap is no big deal. He has fun with his toys, gets into a general fight with his relatives, splashes in the pool and, of course, asks for hugs. «Joey is one of the happiest dogs we’ve ever met,» Kristen said.
«He doesn’t know he’s different»
Joey, like all puppies, is full of energy. His frantic games are over, he recuperates during a long restful sleep. «He’s still very puppy-like in his behavior, so he’ll play until he’s tired and then sleep until he’s well,» Kristen explained.
To do this, a small dog loves to cuddle up to huge soft toys. So the founder of the association provided him with something to make him feel safe: a huge llama, a purple pony, a fluffy basket… The puppy climbs to a safe place and takes cover near his plush friends. “Joey can climb stairs, lay on the couch, and just about anywhere. It’s amazing to see him doing so well. She can’t be stopped,» Kristen explained.
Soon Joey will get a wheelchair adapted to his disability. Small wheels on the front make it easy to move around. In addition, the small male is soon to be castrated in order to be adopted. “We know that we will have hundreds of applications for it. But there is only one Joey,” joked Kristen. Indeed, his playful nature and strength of character make the little chihuahua a unique creature.