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Bitten By Own Mother, Disfigured Dog Longed For Family That Sees His “True Beauty”

Pet lover, Amanda Richter, wanted to adopt a rescue dog. She knew there were so many pups in shelters needing homes and getting a dog from a breeder wasn’t the right fit for her (smart girl!), writes ilovemydogsomuch

She took to Facebook to check out local rescue groups near her home in Alberta. That’s when she saw a photo of a dog that would change her life forever.

The dog, Brodie, has a peculiar face but Amanda only saw his beauty. Brodie was bitten by his own mother at just 13 days old. No one is sure what exactly happened, and believe it or not, these accidents are more common than you’d think. The vet nor family wasn’t certain as to what caused the mother dog to lash out but he was treated immediately. As he grew, his jaw fused which caused partial blindness in one eye. His face also looks a bit distorted.

Old MacDonald Kennels & Animal Services posted a photo on Facebook because they were trying to find the one-year-old German Shepherd, Border Collie mix a new home after his previous family couldn’t keep him.

“He was truly loved, unfortunately, his owners couldn’t keep him, due to personal health reasons,” Old MacDonald Kennels explained in their Facebook post.

Amanda said that once she saw Brodie online, she just couldn’t get him out of her mind. She knew they had to meet in person so they did! Amanda and her partner, Brad, drove over to the shelter and all three formed a perfect connection.

Brodie exceeded Amanda’s expectations. He has a winning personality. Despite being partially blind, and having a facial deformity, Brodie is perfect. OR maybe it’s his imperfections that make him perfect. Yup! That’s it!

Amanda tells everyone that Brodie is such a sweet, loving dog. She wanted to share his zest for life with as many people as possible, and maybe inspire others with challenges, to embrace their own beauty. Amanda set Brodie up with his own Instagram page. She’s hoping that anyone who needs to uplifted by his cute face, will be.

We are so happy that this family found each other, aren’t you? Check out Brodie on IG by clicking here! Watch the heartwarming video below of a very happy Brodie at home!



10 Common Dog Health Problems

Some health problems are specific to certain breeds, such as breathing complications for flat-faced dogs. But several other canine health issues can affect any dog. Here are 10 typical health conditions you need to watch out for in your four-legged best friend:

Top 10 Common Dog Health Problems

Skin Problems

One of the most obvious signs that your dog has a skin condition is itching. Other symptoms that may suggest that your dog has a skin problem include rashes, redness, dry skin, lumps, bumps, skin sores, dandruff, and hair loss.

Ear Diseases

Approximately 20 percent of dogs suffer from ear disease. It’s particularly common in breeds with floppy ears like cocker spaniels and basset hounds. It’s common to see wax buildup or discharge in their ear canal. But others may experience pain, itchiness, redness, swelling, and crusting in the ears.

Urinary Tract Infections

Simply known as UTI, this condition can make it uncomfortable for your beloved companion to pass urine. Signs of urinary tract infection include drinking water more than usual and passing urine more often than usual. Your dog may also only pass a small amount or lose bladder control. Additionally, you may see blood in their urine or notice a strong smell to it.


There are countless reasons why your pet may throw up. You don’t need to visit the vet each time your dog vomits. But it’s also not something you can just ignore. Don’t try to guess. If the vomiting persists or occurs with other symptoms like diarrhea or lethargy, you need to rush to the vet. It could be a sign of severe health problems, such as poisoning or gastrointestinal blockage.


This symptom may occur on its own or be accompanied by vomiting. Its potential causes are similar to vomiting. One or two episodes of diarrhea may not be a pet emergency. But recurring diarrhea can result in dehydration.


At some point in their lives, your pet may have to deal with discomfort due to internal or external parasites. Symptoms of parasites generally vary, depending on a few factors. These include the kind of parasite that has plagued your pet, where it lives, and how severe its infestation is.

Dental Issues

Like us, your dog can develop canine dental diseases due to high levels of plaque buildup. Several signs indicate that your pet may have dental disease. These include difficulty eating, bleeding of the gums or teeth, loose teeth, and bad breath.


Nearly 30 percent of the general dog population is considered obese. Several factors contribute to a pet’s risk. These include age, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, and overfeeding, among others.


This joint problem can restrict your dog’s mobility. Bring Fido to the vet if you see your dog slow down or limp before and after walks. Other signs include licking or chewing on tender areas and behavioral changes.


Symptoms of dog poisoning vary widely, depending on the kind of toxin a pet has been exposed to. The signs can range from vomiting to drooling, breathing difficulties, seizures, or worse, coma. Some of the most common poisonous substances are human foods like chocolates, grapes, raisins, onions, and caffeine. Other known culprits are human medications, household cleaning products, pesticides, and some plants.

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