Nico the German shepherd was only four weeks old when a breeder brought him to a vet’s office and asked that he be put down. The reason? The pup could not walk properly.
The vet decided to place Nuco in a cage in the clinic, and Mikayla Silkman, a vet tech, soon arrived for work and chanced upon the sad pup. The poor puppy was crying and was so small he could barely open his eyes.
Vet staff continued to conduct tests on Nico, revealing that his back legs were missing connective tissue and bone that resulted in deformities – or, in other words, straight-legged shepherd syndrome.
Silkman did not want Nico to be put down, so she brought him back to her home. Unfortunately, she could not adopt the pup permanently, so she called up a friend of hers named Trisha Malfitano, who is the founder of special needs dog rescue group Perfect Imperfections. Malfitano agreed right away to take Nico.
Malfitano kept Nico in her home. She bottle-fed him and allowed him to explore her home, dragging himself around so he could hang out with the other pups in the house. For a while, Malfitano wanted to keep him, but then a woman from Arizona named April Addison reached out to adopt him. Malfitano knew this would be Nico’s best option, and so it was decided.
Addison took a flight down to Connecticut to pick her puppy up. When she greeted him and pulled him out of his little carrier, Nico gave her a kiss on the face. Addison was immediately in love! It was clear Nico had found his forever home.
Nico’s affectionate personality and love of fun and play make him an immediately lovable pup. He now loves spending his time playing with Addison’s other pups and cuddling with his Mom as often as possible.
According to Addison, Nico serves as a big inspiration for her, and he brightens her world every single day!
Feature Image Source: Mikayla Silkman