When the vet took a good look at little Nubby, they suggested that he be euthanized. He was born without front legs and didn't have the strength to force his way through the group of his brothers and sisters to get milk.
His mother hadn't rejected him, but there was nothing she could do to get him to eat. But Nubby found himself a friend who refused to give up on him.
Lou Robinson and her husband brought home the tiny newborn and did their research so they could take care of him properly. They bottle fed him and made sure he was doing okay and hoped for the best.
"Day three came and went, day seven, day ten, day sixteen, and Nubby thrived. He thrived! His eyes opened, his ears developed, he found his sounds, smells and voice," Robinson said of their unique little friend.
Robinson is a longtime animal rights activist and teaches classes on compassionate care for animals. She has been monitoring Nubby's health closely and even when he developed an "esophageal abnormality" that caused a little pocket to form in his throat she stuck by him. They are hoping that will resolve as he grows but have been keeping a very close eye on it.
"As long as he has a chance at quality of life, we will fight to give him that chance," the Robinsons have completely fallen in love with this special little boy. Who couldn't? He is so sweet and wonderful and here's hoping he just gets stronger with age!