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  • RACHEL: He is a true German shepherd, just shortened.

  • COMM: 4-year-old German shepherd Quasimodo

  • is believed to be one of just 15 dogs worldwide living with short spine syndrome.

  • COMM: And his unusual looks have made him

  • a social media star.

  • RACHEL: It’s crazy how viral it went. I

  • mean we had no idea. I teased it on our Facebook page a few weeks ago, and it got a nice amount

  • of likes but nothing like out of control, and then as soon as we made a Facebook page

  • for him, which isQuasi The Great’; he stoles everybody’s hearts, you know. So

  • I have been working really hard at making sure that we are posting about him and really

  • showing his personality, showcasing who he is because to be honest he represents a much

  • bigger group. Quasi was actually found running as a stray in Kentucky and they couldn’t

  • catch him, it actually took them 5 days to catch him and they had to use a live trap.

  • Quasi was really fearful and scared of people at first. The first day I met him he was so

  • scared and shy and I thought, “I wonder if this dog really does enjoy life,” and

  • as soon as I got him home I realised how much he does enjoy life. He is goofy, he is playful,

  • he loves girl dogs, he thinks he is Casanova, not Quasimodo. I think anybody that sees him

  • kind of falls in love with him.

  • COMM: Quasimodo is now being cared for at

  • Second Hand Hounds in Minnesota.

  • RACHEL: Second Hand Hounds was founded in

  • 2009. I was fully pregnant with my daughter and I always joked that hormones made me do

  • it. We save thousands of animals a year. We are almost at 10,000 since 2009.

  • SARA: Quasi has what’s called short spine

  • syndrome. Basically what that means is that the vertebra in his back are compressed and

  • he is actually missing a couple of them. Right now we are not really sure what he will need

  • in the future. We are having him see our specialist again to kind of make sure that nothing else

  • needs to be done. Right now he is just on pain meds. He is doing great, he is mobile.

  • RACHEL: He loves to nibble, he is very mouthy.

  • He loves to herd, if he sees something running he wants to chase.

  • COMM: Quasi does have to do some things differently

  • because of his condition.

  • RACHEL: Because of his neck, it’s really

  • hard for him to bend down to eat his food, so elevated food bowls or me holding it like

  • this is typically what we do.

  • COMM: The team have sent a vial of Quasi’s

  • blood to geneticists at the University of California to help discover what causes his

  • rare condition. And while they have already received 1,200 applications to re-home him,

  • Rachel and her family are in no rush to part with their unusual dog.

  • RACHEL: He is a sweet dog. It’s going to

  • be hard to let him go. Right now we are just trying to find out more about his personality

  • so we can make a perfect match for him. But I urge everybody that has been inquiring about

  • him to go to their local shelter and find a dog that’s a great match for them because

  • Quasimodo is one of millions in the shelters in the US and worldwide who need a home.

RACHEL: He is a true German shepherd, just shortened.

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