Willow is a purebred Neapolitan Mastiff. At 4 weeks old the breeders came to realize she had Swimmer’s Syndrome which prohibits her from walking or standing correctly.
They call it Swimmer’s Syndrome because her chest lays flat and her legs are spread out like a turtle’s.
The breeder knew he couldn’t sell her because she was considered “defective” and he was about to throw her out like trash but something changed his mind.
He posted on Facebook about the poor dog with hopes that someone would come to her rescue and adopt her. The post was shared and shared and shared until it came to the attention of a particular woman.
Usually, “defective” dogs are put down and euthanized because not many people want them. When Jennifer Williams, the President at the 2nd Chances Rescue in Norco, California, saw the post she knew she had to go get the poor baby and save her.
She got into her car and drove to the breeder’s house and when she arrived she immediately saw the puppies healthy and thriving and behind them, she saw Willow alone and laying on the ground not able to keep up.
Jennifer noticed that Willow’s condition was so bad she could barely even drink or eat anything and it broke her heart so she immediately took the pup to a therapist and within the first 2 days of having her Willow was a brave and strong puppy and took her first steps.
She continued to go to therapy and a few short months later she was healthy and able to run and even swim. She’s come a long way and is such a strong dog that has overcome so many obstacles and now 8 months later she is completely healed and is living a great life.
If you’re thankful that the breeder had a change of heart and Willow now is healthy and in a loving and safe environment now, please SHARE her story with everyone you know!