Known as man’s best friend, dogs come in all shapes and sizes and leave a lasting mark on our lives. With such distinct biological variations and breeds, it can sometimes be surprising how our little furry friends come into the world. For Marie DeMarco, she opened her home and arms to this tiny pitbull who was born different.
Calling her a “miracle” puppy, Sasha was born in unfortunate peril. The baby pitbull was born with a cleft lip and palate and was unable to be nursed. A cleft lip is a birth defect that causes the mouth to not form properly, while a palate is the roof of the mouth that separates the cavities of the nose and mouth. When this deformity was recognized, the director of SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast, a New York-based rescue group specializing in special needs dogs, was reached out to.
Marie DeMarco took it upon herself to come to the aid of this puppy, to give it a chance at life. Founder of the nonprofit FURRR 911, and a nurse practitioner with experience with neonatal and critically injured and ill kittens, she had an idea and prior knowledge of what she was committing to here. With the help of the director, Marie hoped to keep Sasha going and leading her to the strong life that she deserved.
Weighing just 11 ounces at birth, this was only just one of the multitude of health problems that Sasha had to endure. Her head was noticeably large in comparison to her minuscule body, which was the result of a condition known as hydrocephalus, which is the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. Furthermore, Sasha’s brain is only a third as big as it should be, which was another growing concern for the new caregivers. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last of it, either. Adding to the list of misfortunes for this puppy, she developed an upper respiratory infection, to go along with a urinary tract infection, and orthopedic issues. Despite all of this, the miracle puppy still kept pumping, determined to beat the odds.
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