Frank the puppy has a rare brain condition called hydrocephalus, where an excess of fluid builds up in the brain.
Luckily, Richmond Animal League saved him from a shelter. Their executive director said:
"As a very young puppy Frank clearly had a really big head. We transfer animals from municipal shelters that are in danger of being euthanized, and that's how we got Frank."
Frank eventually made his way to his forever home with Stacy Metz who works in the neurosurgery department of Virginia Commonwealth University.
They often see patients with hydrocephalus and Metz thought Frank would be able to lend a paw!
So after being saved from the shelter, and finding his family, Frank went on the fulfill his life's purpose… helping children (and adults) with the same condition!
"They think they're the only ones. It didn't happen to any of their friends. It's always nice to know they can relate."
They can relate to Frank, the cute pup!
Frank is on his way to becoming a certified therapy dog! For now, he's happy just making friends with fellow disease sufferers, like 2-year-old Dylan Lipton-Lesser!
Dylan's mom India said:
"These two boys – a toddler and a puppy – come on, it’s just too much. Dylan is on his way to walking now … I can just see him and Frank running when Dylan is strong enough. In the meantime, they'll have lots of fun crawling around together!"
Dylan has already had 15 brain surgeries due to his hydrocephalus and has found comfort in Frank the pup!
It's amazing those two were able to find each other and lean on one another.
So stanky cute!! Way to go, Frank!
[Image via India Lipton.]
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