A newborn, eyeless puppy was dumped at a shelter by his breeder after he deliberately raised two runts to try and make the smallest ‘teacup’ dog possible.
Teacup, who is a cross between a miniature schnauzer and a wheat terrier, was not only born blind, but also with his bladder attached to his uterus.
The tiny puppy weighed just 1 pound for the first four weeks of his life, struggling to stay warm due to his small size.
“I couldn’t believe how tiny she was and I wanted so much to bring her food,” said Nicole Butler, adoption and foster care coordinator at the rescue home.
“Teacup has no pain and does not know that she is disabled because she has never known life with a vision. “
A newborn puppy named Teacup (pictured) who is a cross between a miniature schnauzer and a wheat terrier, was born without eyes after being raised as small as possible
“I couldn’t believe how tiny she was and couldn’t wait to give her food,” said the rescue home’s adoption and foster care coordinator Nicole Butler (pictured)
Teacup was dumped by her breeder at Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville when she was just a month old, and couldn’t even bottle-feed due to her lack of response to the feed.
She was dumped by her breeder at Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville when she was just a month old, and couldn’t even bottle-feed due to her lack of response to the feed, according to Metro UK.
But volunteers at the shelter, who implore potential dog owners to adopt rather than shop at breeders, say the little puppy’s good attitude has never wavered despite his reproductive-induced health issues.
“No one told her she was special, so she gets along like all the other happy puppies, except that she bumps into things every now and then and then continues trucking,” Butler said.
“We always say ‘adopt, don’t shop’, but people still keep ranchers going despite the mantra. ”
In order to gain weight, Butler said Teacup had to follow a diet of wet puppy food and goat’s milk, which was given to him using a syringe, for the first months of his life at the shelter. .
Nicole’s 9-year-old daughter Jules Butler holds a healthier cup of tea after rehab at the Nashville Rescue Center where the dog was dumped
The tiny puppy weighed just 1 pound for the first four weeks of his life, struggling to stay warm due to his small size
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue rescuers are still looking for a home for Teacup on Sunday
Teacup is now 18 weeks old and currently weighs 5.2 pounds (2.4 kg) after gaining more than four pounds since arriving at the shelter.
But even despite her new diet, she is still not expected to weigh more than eight pounds (3.6 kg) once she becomes a full-sized adult, even though her mother weighed nine pounds and his father 11 pounds.
Butler and his family are currently hosting Teacup as the shelter seeks a permanent home for him.
She noted that not all owners who welcome the puppy should have other large dogs or pets, as they may crush the small cup of tea under their weight.
Teacup’s current adoptive mother has also said that her future new home cannot have steps either, but must provide her with a fenced outdoor space to play.
Meanwhile, shelter volunteers like Butler are warning potential dog adopters of these “toy” dogs, which often have serious health problems.
“The Runts can have their own issues sometimes, so raising two together seems very counterintuitive to me, but the toy races make the public pale and I’m sure they make a lot of money,” added Nicole.
“Unfortunately, money is all that matters to so many of these breeders and not the health, temperament and overall integrity of the line. “