A tiny puppy who was dumped after being born with a rare and life-threatening condition is proving to be a popular hit in Fenland.
Ravenswood Pet Rescue has received numerous offers of people wanting to re-home Dobbie despite his unusual appearance.
Dobbie, the Teacup Chihuahua and Jack Russell cross, has a large head as his skull bones did not fuse after his birth, leaving him with a soft spot on his head .
Fosterer Shelley-Louise Ridgeon, of March, has to keep a close eye on Dobbie to ensure he does not hit his head, but says his condition does not hold him back.
She said: “He is a very cheeky boy and absolutely loves human affection.
“We have to be careful in case he hits his head the wrong way. Everything has mesh on it so he does not hit his head.
“Everyone is so concerned as there is no protection in his head.”
The charity has taken in Dobbie from colleagues in the south after he was found dumped in Kent.
Ravenswood will not be re-homing Dobbie for at least six months to see if there are any neurological problems.
And the charity has also launched an appeal to fund any future treatment along with his James Wellbeloved food.
Mrs Ridgeon said: “We don’t know what the outlook is going to be for Dobbie. As his head is out of proportion with the rest of his body we have to make sure there are no neurological problems and any other long-term health effects.”
Since a picture was posted on Facebook of Dobbie, the charity has received numerous offers to re-home him, plus one person even bought a buggy so he can go out.
Mrs Ridgeon said: “We have been really impressed. One lady bought the pushchair while others have offered money.”
With winter on its way, the charity is also appealing to knitters to create small woollen coats for Dobbie as he is so small.
Anyone wishing to donate money to support Dobbie’s treatment is asked to contact the Terrington Veterinary Centre at 01553 828423 or Ravenswood at 1 Lynn Road, Wisbech. Call 01945 232333.
The charity has a number of dogs waiting for homes and is soon accepting a mum and puppies. Go to: www.ravenswoodpetrescue.co.uk/