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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  1. amazing dog. respect for her.

  2. Aki says on  06/07/2014 at 11:13 am

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

  3. Anonymous says on  06/07/2014 at 12:02 pm

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

  4. Anonymous says on  06/07/2014 at 12:11 pm

    Probably heart of gold but I agree lousy name

  5. Lisa E says on  06/07/2014 at 4:48 pm

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

  6. J Bell says on  06/07/2014 at 7:21 pm

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

  7. Joe T says on  06/07/2014 at 7:33 pm

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

  8. val says on  06/07/2014 at 7:55 pm

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

  9. Anonymous says on  06/07/2014 at 9:04 pm

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

  10. Anonymous says on  06/07/2014 at 11:19 pm

    Ahhhh so cute nice doggy. Save on dog food.

  11. Hanika says on  06/07/2014 at 11:29 pm

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

  12. Hbrown says on  06/07/2014 at 11:58 pm

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

  13. Anonymous says on  06/08/2014 at 12:20 am

    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!

  14. Donna says on  06/08/2014 at 1:03 am

    Unconditional love on both sides.

  15. myra says on  06/08/2014 at 7:52 am

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

  16. V Burks says on  06/08/2014 at 4:25 pm

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

  17. Kathleen says on  06/11/2014 at 4:52 pm

    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!

  18. Anonymous says on  06/12/2014 at 9:55 am

    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.

  19. Anonymous says on  11/04/2014 at 9:34 pm

    Aww shes Super cute I wish I could have pig

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