Born with misshapen front legs, Thumbelina the dog is ready to find a home after successfully rediscovering her ability to walk.

Thumbelina is a husky/German shepherd mix looking for the perfect forever family to assist her in her custom hot pink wheelchair.

Princess Thumbelina is searching for her castle.
The rescue dog is searching for the ideal forever home after an exciting journey from Texas to New York City. Her adventure started just outside of Dallas, where the dog was given up to Stone Creek Vet, a veterinary clinic in a remote area just outside of Dallas, and taken in by Heart and Bones, a foster-based rescue organization with locations in Texas and New York City.

“They immediately saw that she couldn’t utilize her front legs since they were malformed. They’re rather short. She has paws, but she can’t utilize them in the same way that a dog’s front paws can “Allison Seelig of Hearts and Bones tells PEOPLE what the doctor saw after seeing Thumbelina for the first time. “So they assumed that the reason she’s like that is probably due to reckless breeding techniques, and her legs must be some kind of genetic deformity that she was born with.”

Even though Thumbelina’s previous owner is no longer able to provide for the dog, Heart and Bones is sure that someone out there is looking for a friend who is similar to this “amazing” special needs dog. Before meeting Hearts and Bones, Thumbelina, who was about a year old at the time, had some opportunity to experience life. The German shepherd/husky mix used her shorter front legs to learn how to walk on the backs of her paws during that period. Unfortunately, Thumbelina’s self-taught walking style may cause major health issues down the road, according to a visit to the veterinarian.

She had become rather skilled at crawling on her front legs and moving about on her rear legs after a year of practice. Seelig explains, “She’ll sit on her back legs like a meerkat.

She was really happy just meandering around like this. Because she isn’t walking on paw-pads, our veterinarian colleague was worried that the abrasions on her front arms would cause issues. She trots on fur. Additionally, it throws her down at an unnatural angle, putting a lot of strain on her front body, which they were worried would eventually cause her to have spinal problems “The animal rescuer goes on.

So, once Thumbelina was adopted by Hearts and Bones, the rescue gathered the funds required to acquire the dog her own bright pink wheelchair that safely supports her as she uses her hind legs to travel around. Thumbelina relocated to the Dallas home of Heart and Bones’ founder for a crash training in wheelchair walking.

Thumbelina rapidly mastered her new wheels, befriending numerous neighboring pets in the process. Hearts and Bones brought Thumbelina from Texas — where many shelters are swamped and congested — to New York City in early August, after the rescue’s founder was sure that Thumbelina could traverse the world with her wheelchair.

Thumbelina moved in with pet foster Megan Penney, who claims Thumbelina is her 200th foster dog. Penney is currently taking care of the dog and is all smiles about her; the puppy has advanced even further in her ability to use a wheelchair and interact with other dogs, including Penney’s own.

Charming everyone she encounters, Thumbelina has toured the park, the ocean, and the streets of New York. She is now eager to get to know her family for life.

“I think she’d do wonderfully in any household as long as someone is patient,” Seeling adds, adding that Thumbelina’s adopters should expect the dog to be timid at first.

Penney, who understands what it takes to care for Thumbelina, says that owning a special needs pet is not as difficult as some people believe. Thumbelina’s adopters should be able to carry 42 pounds – the canine need assistance getting in and out of her wheelchair — and live in a home with an elevator, ramp, or level surface. Outside of these factors, Penney believes care for Thumbelina is akin to caring for a dog with fully grown front legs.


Thumbelina just visited NYC’s Squeaky Clean Dog Grooming to be ready for her new home. Pride + Groom, a pet care company, paid for her spa day as well as the items for the pet’s makeover. Pride + Groom’s The One Fur All conditioning shampoo was used, and it was intended to be donated to animal rescues and shelters.

Thumbelina is now completely prepared to begin the next chapter of her life with her permanent family. If you think Thumbelina is the pup princess you’ve been looking for, you may apply to adopt her through the Hearts and Bones website.

The organization hopes that anyone who are unable to adopt an animal at this time may consider fostering one

Fostering a dog for even two or three weeks can potentially save its life. because shelters are already overcrowded and cannot accommodate all of the dogs in need of homes. Furthermore, according to Seeling, the number of people who volunteer to foster dogs decreases the number of dogs in shelters. Because they are used to living in a house at that point, it gives them a better chance of finding a permanent home and relieves some of the pressure on shelters.

“You simply have to keep in mind that even your studio apartment is a lot nicer than a concrete cage in an animal shelter,” Penney says.

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Born with misshapen front legs, Thumbelina the dog is ready to find a home after successfully rediscovering her ability to walk.
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