Who doesn’t love German Shepherds!?
German Shepherds are famous for their large and muscular builds but above all, they are praised for their high intelligence which makes them excel in every field. Moreover, these dogs are not only steadfast guard dogs but are also gentle pets, perfect for families. German Shepherds are among the ones who are at the top of the list when it comes to canine royalty including attributes like loyalty, confidence, steadiness, and courage which is truly and amazingly a dog lover’s delight. Their bravery is commendable as they are always willing to put their life at risk for their loved ones. Other than that, people love German Shepherds because of their macho appearances but then there are people who just don’t want their canines to ever grow up! Why? Cause they look CUTE AF!
Here in this article, we have a unique case of a 2-year-old German Shepherd, which goes by the name of Ranger. Nature decided to play a little game with this pupper and made him stay looking like a tiny dog even though he’s a full grown-up pupper. Ranger has a condition called Pituitary Dwarfism and due to that, he will always appear as a tiny puppy for the rest of his life! The lack of growth can be visible in the early stage when puppies are between 8 -16 weeks old. His unique condition may be very rare but the cuteness of the dog is going to be forever! This genetic disorder did not stop Ranger from living his life to the fullest as you will see in the article below as you continue to read it. This beautiful journey of Ranger’s survival from infections will definitely melt your heart and make you believe how strong he actually is!
So, without any further ado let’s start reading this inspiring story
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Meet Ranger, the German Shepherd!
So the pupper is a German Shepherd named Ranger, and he is a 2-year-old purebred. He looks like a little puppy despite his age because of the disease known as Pituitary Dwarfism. He was diagnosed with this condition after a parasite called Giardia caused an infection.
Shelby Mayo, the dog’s owner, explained Ranger’s condition saying “When we originally got Ranger from the breeder, he was smaller than all his other littermates, but we figured that was because he had a parasite called Coccidia. In the weeks following, we took him home and he was parasite-free but later on, ended up getting a parasite called Giardia. At the same time, we also discovered that our cute puppy had a large infection on his neck. We were eventually able to get the infection under control, fast forward a few months later we were finally able to get rid of Giardia.”
Isn’t he adorable?
Eventually, when Ranger got cured of the infection, his owners observed that he had stopped growing normally like other german shepherds. This led to the owners visiting the veterinarian for their dog’s strange condition.
Here’s another adorable picture of Ranger playing with his toy!
Despite the fact that Ranger’s disease is going to make him appear like a little adorable baby forever, it has its side effects too. The side effects included flaky skin and shedding of the fur. All of this is the result of a disorder in the endocrine system known as Hypothyroidism in which not enough thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland.
But hey, that still didn’t stop him from living his life to the fullest!
Fortunately, Ranger’s complete recovery was because of the proper treatment plan and all of this was possible due to his affectionate family members and supportive online followers. Moreover, he is a very cheerful and friendly dog who has never let his condition affect him in any way. He is a happy-go-lucky dog who is now healthy and relishes his playtime with siblings and friends thoroughly!
People loved Ranger’s story and couldn’t resist pouring in all the love they had for this adorable little pupper. Let’s go and check out some of the comments they made.
Well, so this was the story and we are pretty sure that by now, you must have fallen in love with this adorable doggo! On the other hand, it might have made you emotional as well, but don’t worry, the doggo is now healthy and lives a beautiful life with his family. It is true that when animals go through pain or traumas, it’s not an easy sight but the way they bounce back inspires so many around them! Do share your thoughts about this heartwarming story of Ranger and let us know what you think!
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