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Special Needs Puppy Passes Miraculous Milestones, Thanks To Her Cat-Rescuing Foster Mom

On November 28, a very special puppy reached yet another extraordinary milestone. Her name is Sasha, and she celebrated her 12 week birthday on that happy day. Turning three months old is something most puppies take for granted. But every day is a gift for Sasha, who was born with hydrocephalus, a cleft lip, and a cleft palate.

Sasha has been in the capable hands of special needs cat rescuer Marie DeMarco since her birth. FURRR 911, her rescue group, stands for Felines Urgently Rescued, Rehabilitated, and Rehomed. DeMarco specializes in bottle-feeding orphaned kittens as well as caring for sick, injured, or special-needs cats. These critical cases are referred to as “perfectly imperfect” by her.

When she met Sasha, she knew the pup would fit right in – even though she was a dog! “She has been a fighter from day one and has surmounted multiple obstacles in her short time on this planet,” DeMarco said via Facebook. “As her foster mom, I’ve worried and fretted, lost a lot of sleep, and grown a few new grey hairs, but none of that matters when I look into her eyes.”

The teeny tiny pup now weighs just over two pounds, which is cause for celebration given the serious infection she recently overcame. Upper respiratory infections are common in puppies born with cleft palates, and Sasha was no exception. She had a fever, nasal congestion, vomiting, an infected eye, and lost weight. Sasha couldn’t afford to lose weight at a weight of just over a pound!

DeMarco became even more concerned when Sasha failed to perk up despite being treated with antibiotics. Her temperature had returned to normal, but the frail pup was still sluggish, unsteady on her paws, and refusing to eat.

DeMarco took Sasha back to her neurologist, concerned that her symptoms were related to hydrocephalus. Sasha began to improve with the specialist’s advice and a strict daily regimen of medications, fluids, and tube feedings. She was back to her feisty, snuggly self by the time her 12 week birthday arrived.According to DeMarco – who will likely graduate from Sasha’s foster mom to her forever mom: “Sasha is a very quiet and reserved puppy. This is not your typical puppy. She prefers to sit directly beside or on top of my foot.”

She also enjoys cuddling with her feline housemates and other rescues, even if they are larger than her!