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This Cute Pup Has Only Half His Body, But He'll Win Over Your Whole Heart

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This sweet little bundle of cuteness is Bonsai. He's a rescue English bulldog from Arkansas and was born on April 17.

As adorable as he is, Bonsai was born with a combination of rare genetic disorders that severely affected his chances at a quality life.

He was born with caudal regression syndrome, sacrocaudal dysgenesis, and what's believed to be spina bifida. According to his Facebook page, he was basically born with half a spine, no functional pelvis, and tiny contracted hind legs.

He also has a condition called swimmer puppy syndrome. The condition basically spreads the legs out, flattens the chest, and leaves an animal unable to stand normally, putting a lot of pressure on internal organs.
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He also has a condition called swimmer puppy syndrome. The condition basically spreads the legs out, flattens the chest, and leaves an animal unable to stand normally, putting a lot of pressure on internal organs.

Not sure of how to care for Bonsai, his owners contacted Friends of Emma, a rescue organization dedicated to helping dogs with special needs in Fort Worth.

Doctors for the rescue determined that Bonsai's biggest issue was his hind legs, so both were amputated in late June. The pup is reportedly recovering just fine.

This photo was actually taken just 16 hours after his surgery.
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This photo was actually taken just 16 hours after his surgery.

Luckily, he has another amputee friend named Ransom, who he's bonded with at his new home.

He has even been named the mascot of the International Sacral Agenesis/ Caudal Regression Association. The condition usually affects only humans, and Bonsai is the only known animal case according to his caretakers.

But Bonsai still has a long way to go, and a PetCaring fundraising account has been set up to help cover his medical expenses.

It's not clear how Bonsai goes to the bathroom or how many more medical procedures he'll need over his lifetime. But one thing is for certain: He can always count on plenty of attention.
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It's not clear how Bonsai goes to the bathroom or how many more medical procedures he'll need over his lifetime. But one thing is for certain: He can always count on plenty of attention.

Plenty of people are rooting for little Bonsai.

He even has an official slogan: "Half the bulldog, twice the love."

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