When Nico, a four week old puppy, arrived at a veterinarian’s office, his owner asked for him to be put down. The owner, a breeder, said the dog couldn’t walk correctly and therefore was unable to be sold. Luckily for the German Shepherd pup, things did not go that way. Nico was brought in for an exam and his owner left him there. Afterwards, the veterinarian on staff placed the puppy in a cage. That’s where vet tech Mikayla Silkman found him when she started her shift. He was so little that his eyes were barely open, and he just sat in the cage and cried. When she learned he was going to be euthanized, Mikayla knew she needed to act.
Mikayla contacted her friend Trisha Malfitano, who runs the Perfect Imperfections rescue group for special needs dogs. She agreed to take Nico in. Upon further inspection, vet staff realized Nico had issues in his back legs: he was missing connective tissue and bones. This condition is known as straight-legged shepherd syndrome. Trisha took Nico into her home and he was so young that he needed to be bottle fed. Though she was tempted to keep Nico in her home, Trisha soon got a call from a woman named April Addison who wanted to adopt him.
April flew from her home in Arizona to Connecticut to get little Nico. He’s quickly growing up and April says he’s a true “Velcro dog,” and just loves to be near her and snuggle. Best of all, he even loves to be around other dogs and to play with them. Though he can’t run around, Nico can crawl around and play with toys just like any other dog. April says adopting Nico is the best decision she’s ever made and though people say he’s lucky to have her, she believes it’s the other way around: she’s lucky to have Nico.