Pig: One Dog’s Story of Beating the Odds

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Anyone seeing Pig for the first time knows they are not looking at a typical, every-day canine.  She’s missing part of her spine with vertebrae that are fused and twisted, missing several ribs, and her hips and joints are rotated in the wrong positions.  Pig was born like this, and has never known life any other way.

Born in the woods outside Atlanta, Georgia, it was Pig that saved her brother and sisters from almost certain demise.  She stood by and barked until someone passing heard her, rescued them, and took them all in.

Kim Dillenbeck was visiting her sister in Georgia when she heard of Pig’s story, and wanted to meet her.

“Pretty quickly, I decided to be her mother because she probably wouldn’t live,” said Dillenbeck.  “We assumed that by now she would be suffocating under her own organs, or something like that, because of her shape.”

Pig is truly proving that old adage about making assumptions.  She’s eight months old now, and weighs in at about fifteen pounds.  Her brothers and sisters are coming in at a hefty 35-40 pounds, comparatively speaking.

Pig’s special and unique condition means Dillenbeck has to do a few things differently.  Dillenbeck believes, despite the odd nature of her physical condition, Pig is in no pain.  Seeing her play fetch in this video, it’s easy to see she’s not letting her physical condition get in her way of having fun and just being a dog.

 

 

Pig’s condition gains her a lot of attention, but Dillenbeck says she’s just a happy dog.  The vets who oversee Pig’s care do not know what the future will bring for her.

Dillenbeck said, “They’ve never seen anything like it, and they say it’s going to be interesting.”

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22 comments

  • June 7, 2014 10:11 amPosted 6 months ago
    jee19

    amazing dog. respect for her.

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      June 8, 2014 2:37 amPosted 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      What a beautiful little soul. What a Beautiful dog.

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      June 8, 2014 2:39 amPosted 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also her name should be Angel.

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        June 10, 2014 8:33 amPosted 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        She already has a name. Her name is Pig, and it is a good name.

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    June 7, 2014 11:13 amPosted 6 months ago
    Aki

    Bless that strong dog. Just best wishes for her :)

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    June 7, 2014 12:02 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just put a “Miss” in front of Pig and it fits nicely!

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    June 7, 2014 12:11 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably heart of gold but I agree lousy name

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    June 7, 2014 4:48 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Lisa E

    What a lesson we can learn from animals. No self-pity, no ‘what-ifs’. Just enjoy what you have and live life!

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    June 7, 2014 7:21 pmPosted 6 months ago
    J Bell

    I think you are the braves person to take these dogs. I love stories like this. You will be blessed.

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    June 7, 2014 7:33 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Joe T

    Well done Kim! Rescues make the best pets, I mean friends.

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    June 7, 2014 7:55 pmPosted 6 months ago
    val

    Why such a terrible name???
    They just couldn’t think of anything else!?!

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    June 7, 2014 9:04 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lovely name! A pig is highly intelligent and beautiful. And she looks like an adorable piglet. Bless her and her rescuer

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    June 7, 2014 11:19 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ahhhh so cute nice doggy. Save on dog food.

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    June 7, 2014 11:29 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Hanika

    What a cutie and I agree, add a Miss and the name fits perfectly. : )

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    June 7, 2014 11:58 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Hbrown

    She’s sweetheart nonetheless! Bless the people that took her in, they are special too!

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    June 8, 2014 12:20 amPosted 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Please if you can go to a shelter and adopt a rescue dog! All dogs are special, old , young, pure breed or mixed. A dog will fill your life with a joy that nothing else can. Dog’s never ask for much – just food , water and a human to love them and for that they will give you undying affection and a lifetime friendship!

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    June 8, 2014 1:03 amPosted 6 months ago
    Donna

    Unconditional love on both sides.

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    June 8, 2014 7:52 amPosted 6 months ago
    myra

    lovely dog and the person caring for her. god bless you both.

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    June 8, 2014 4:25 pmPosted 6 months ago
    V Burks

    What a great , amazing sweetheart!!! I love pig!!! please adopt and spay and neuter :)

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    June 11, 2014 4:52 pmPosted 6 months ago
    Kathleen

    As Gandhi noted:
    Your thoughts become your words,
    Your words become your actions,
    Your actions become your habits,
    Your habits become your values,
    Your values become your destiny.

    We should all follow Kim Dillenbeck and her words, actions, habits, values and change our destiny!

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    June 12, 2014 9:55 amPosted 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    People please if u can’t say something nice on here keep quiet. Quit obsessing about the name and focus on the touching story. If I was the owner I would be so annoyed.

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    November 4, 2014 9:34 pmPosted 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Aww shes Super cute I wish I could have pig

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