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I'm being fostered in Omaha, NE.
Contessa here! My story with NPBR starts with angels in a shelter in Oklahoma picked up as a stray. They brought in this little starved puppy that looked like a boxer. They reached out to my friend Sandi who knows NPBR to help me. Sandi made the arrangements with NPBR and I even spent a night at her house! Everyone thought I was a 3 month old boxer puppy. But after arrival and after my first vet visit, it was confirmed that I was actually a 6 month old puppy (I had my adult teeth already) and I wasn’t a full boxer for sure.
I arrived with a really bad cold that took about 6 weeks to completely get over because I kept coughing a lot. During that time, I started losing some of my fur and my foster mommy was a little concerned so at our next vet visit they did some blood work and found that I had a thyroid issue. This confused the vet because he said it was really rare for puppies my age to already have a thyroid condition. My foster mommy was confused too and was really curious about me. You see, we kept trying to guess what I am. Lots of people were guessing lots of different breeds. You know what my foster mommy did? She decided that she would have a DNA test on me to see what I am.
The DNA test results confused my mommy even more! I shocked everyone. You see, I’m a little girl. I was 17 pounds when I arrived and I’ve pretty much reached my full grown weight now at 35 pounds. Foster mommy was sure I was going to come back as a Boston Terrier mix. Nope, that’s not it. I actually came back as 50% boxer (yay, I ended up in the right rescue) 25% American bulldog and 25% a mixture of a few other large breed dogs. How can that be?? I’m a tiny girl compared to the full grown 60-80 pound girl I should be now. More questions and confusion for my foster mommy and the vets.
Well, we think we have the answer. There have been more tests, the last of which we are still waiting for results. But we are pretty sure that I have a form of dwarfism caused by the lack of growth hormones during critical stages of my puppyhood. Meaning my pituitary gland didn’t produce the growth hormones I needed to grow into a full sized boxer/American bulldog mix. I’m just a little bitty Contessa! The vets have tested my hormone levels now and everything is normal. Whatever problem I had growing up is gone now. I'm healthy! I'm just a little girl with a big personality.
My ideal home can have other dogs, hopefully ones that are young and full of energy like me. Or if you have an active home I could probably be an only dog too. I am really really full of energy, a home without young kids is best since I will probably knock them over. I may be small but I'm strong and fast. I also need a home with a 6 foot fence, I can easily jump a 5 foot fence but at least the 6 foot fence keeps me safe. I definitely need a family that has lots of energy like me. I need daily walks and exercise. But on the flip side, I love to sit on the couch and cuddle too. I have two two gears, go and cuddle.
Contessa's adoption donation is $275.00