Miracle Dog Missing Part Of His Brain Is ‘The Happiest Pup In The World’
Moose, an Australian Cattle Dog, is, in every sense of the word, a miracle dog. He was born missing a portion of his brain, as well as having a deformed skull and distinctive under-bite.
In 2016, his owner, 26-year-old Jennifer Osborne, found him while in a pet store. Despite his appearance and disabilities, she decided to purchase him out of fear that he’d end up either abandoned or euthanized. However, she is very much a supporter of adoption, explaining that the unique-looking Moose’s health complications emerged when he was six-months-old.
According to Metro, Jennifer stated, “I’m thankful I got him rather than someone who would have abandoned him or put him down. We believe Moose was born this way.”
She added, “We know that Moose’s nose was pushed into his skull which caused the under-bite, crooked nose, deformed skull, deformed brain, and eye issues – probably when he was still in the womb.”
In addition to his distinctive health issues, Moose also gets seasonal allergies and has a cherry eye – a condition in dogs that is characterized by tear ducts which protrude from the eyelid. Jennifer, who lives in Ohio, explained that back in April of 2018, Moose also began to experience convulsive seizures for which he is now on medication in order to control.
Jennifer continued her explanation, stating, “They affect the body and the brain and left his whole body twitching and him foaming at the mouth. At his worst, he had three in 30 hours. He has been on a low dose of Phenobarbital that has kept grand mal seizures away since he started the medication, but he continued to have focal seizures (partial seizures) every so often and they can last hours. Shortly after we got Moose an MRI showed that Moose had no forehead, no sinuses, missing parts of his brain, particularly the part that helps him smell, and a cyst in his brain where the deformity is. The front of his brain is squished together too. Only the front area of his brain is affected and his seizures will likely get worse but his neurologist doesn’t believe it’ll shorten his life.”
Jennifer eventually set up Moose with his own Instagram account, which has really taken off – he’s got more than 130,000 followers!
Like most cute pet pictures on Instagram, Jennifer has fun dressing Moose up for his Instagram content. Some of the outfits he’s regularly featured in are glasses and a tie – a look that gets him lots of comments because people absolutely love his silly grin.
In response, Jennifer even launched a line of Moose merchandise in order to cover the cost of his vet bills which totaled $2,000 last year.
She said, “He is amazing and a blessing in my life. He is the happiest dog I have ever met and I’m thankful he’s my dog. By the way, Moose acts you wouldn’t think his brain had any issues. He is extremely intelligent, has so much personality, and loves everyone especially his mama. He loves to play with his toys but doesn’t understand sharing toys with his siblings. He believes they are all for him. He knows he’s a special boy!
She also added, “With everything that’s happened to Moose, we’re very lucky he survived, period. He is literally a miracle.”