Dog With Short Spine Syndrome Finally Adopted, Immediately Goes on Adventures with New Family

The following story is a finalist in the Tales of Summer Tails Photo and Story contest. The top three finishers will receive $500 in cash, as well as $2,000 in cash and supplies for their favorite shelter. Voting runs through September 8. To read more stories and cast your vote, click here!

My name is Grump. I was in a crowded shelter in the south before I was saved by a rescue group in Pennsylvania. I didn’t find a forever family right away because I have something called short spine syndrome.


I look a little different and walk a bit funny, but I can still do almost everything other dogs can do. My mom and dad saw my picture and knew I belonged with them, even with my short spine. So I moved in with them and my life has been amazing ever since!


We go on adventures all the time, but my first summer with my family has been incredible! We rode around in this small house on wheels and saw the coolest stuff! I’ve been to the Grand Canyon. I’ve ridden an ATV through the Red Rock Canyon in Sedona. I’ve been to Assateague Island where giant dogs (Mom said they are horses) live on the beach. I’ve been to so many campgrounds.


Once, Mom put me in a baby swing just because I fit with my short spine. It wasn’t so bad. I mean, look how cute I am! I live with a dog sister and a cat sister. I also have duck and chicken siblings, but Mom doesn’t let me visit inside their fence anymore because I made everyone run and scream. It was fun!

Anyway, I hope you will vote for me to support Speranza Animal Rescue, who brought my dog sister, Joy, to Mom and Dad. She is the best sister ever! If we win, Mom and Dad also promise to give their own winnings to Philly Bully Team, who saved me and sent me to this awesome forever family.


P.S. Did you see how cute I am?

This story was submitted by Carol Mowery in support of Speranza Animal Rescue. To read other stories from the Tales of Summer Tails Photo and Story contest, and to cast your vote for your favorite, click here!

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