There are not many dogs in the world like Cooper.
The American foxhound was born on a puppy farm “without a neck,” and was never expected to thrive. Several of his vertebrae were compressed and fused together while he was in the womb.
Now two years old, Cooper’s rare condition isn’t holding him back, even if it means he has to turn his entire body to look behind himself.
Cooper was rescued in 2017 when animal control officers in Halifax, Virginia, found him near a puppy mill. Just two months old at the time, he was taken to Minnetonka-based Secondhand Hounds.
The officers that rescued Cooper think he might have been abandoned because of his rare condition. He struggles to walk around for extended periods of time, and with his bottom end located a distance up his back, it’s difficult for him to defecate. When SecondhandHounds picked Cooper up, they knew their work was cut out for them.
Cooper was treated for ear mites, worms and a hernia. He also needed surgery so he could poop properly. Making matters worse, the first home Cooper was placed in did not work out. As difficult as it may have been for the dog, he couldn’t keep from chasing the family’s cats.
Thankfully, his next option worked out.