By Joe McFarlane
These two dogs were born without their front legs but older Nessie has been helping younger pup Frankie Lou get to grips with the deformity.
Theresa Loyacano welcomed the two adorable pooches into her home in Katy, Texas, to give them a “full happy life.”
Nessie and Frankie Lou McNubbins were both born with the same deformity and nine-year-old Chihuahua-mix Nessie has been showing 14-week-old Frankie Lou the ropes when it comes to functioning with only two hind legs.
In the video taken by Theresa, Nessie can be seen nudging and touching Frankie Lou in an encouraging way, as Frankie Lou kicks her legs and rolls on the floor.
It doesn’t take long before the pair begin to play around and have fun in the back yard, jumping and rolling with each other.
“The videos demonstrate Nessie and Frankie’s bond, which developed quickly,” Theresa explained.
“You can see Nessie attempting to encourage Frankie, and Nessie seems to be trying to show Frankie how to navigate life on two legs.”
“Nessie gently nudges Frankie to encourage her and Frankie is quickly learning how to get around,” she continued.
“Frankie has helped Nessie as well, Nessie never really played much, it was as though she didn’t know how but now with Frankie around, Nessie has become much more interested in playing.”
Nessie’s deformity was likely due to poor breeding but little is known about the cause of Frankie Lou’s deformity.
Theresa helped Nessie when she saw her picture on an animal shelter’s Facebook page, after she was abandoned and returned to the shelter three times.
When she met Nessie for the first time in January 2018, Theresa was over the moon to be able to provide a home for her.
Frankie Lou was apart of a 16-puppy litter and the only one with a deformity.
Theresa waited until Frankie Lou was strong enough to leave before permanently adopting her.
“Caring for special needs dogs was never part of our plan but when we saw Nessie’s face and considered how frightened she must have been in the shelter and being abandoned all those times, we knew we could help,” she said.
“It was tough at first, caring for a dog with a limb difference can be a lot of work but we quickly learned that it was worth it.
“So, when we learned of Frankie, we already knew that we were capable of helping her to live a full happy life, just like Nessie”.