When backyard breeders delivered a pit bull puppy with an abnormality, they were not at all prepared to care for him.
He seemed to be partially paralyzed and couldn’t use his back legs.
Rather than seek medical support, the breeders cruelly decided to just neglect him
Luckily, kinder hearts stepped in to give this little boy what he deserved.
Keep reading to find out what happened next!
Neglected and Alone
The puppy’s breeders gave him the bare necessities but otherwise completely neglected him.
He had sat in his own business for so long that his fur was stained.
He was so sad and beginning to lose hope that someone would ever love him.
But then, Philly Bully Crew stepped in, rescuing him from his neglectful environment.
They couldn’t believe how this puppy was made to suffer.
He was safe now, but he still had big challenges ahead of him.
The rescue workers immediately took him to a vet to see why he couldn’t move his back legs.
The vet said he had spina bifida, a birth defect which causes the spine to develop abnormally.
While there sadly is no cure, there were plenty of treatment options available to improve the puppies life.
However, this, combined with a number of other medical obstacles the puppy faced, was going to be expensive.
So, the rescue began sharing his story online in hopes that kind individuals would offer their support.
Little did this puppy know that he had caught the eye of someone very special.
While the little pup, now named Captain Jack, was recovering in Pennsylvania, a couple was watching his story online all the way across the country in Portland, Oregon.
Wendy and Jackson Jordan had been keeping up with Jack since day one, and for a very good reason.
“I knew as soon as I saw his first photo that he was just supposed to be in our family,” Wendy said.
They were so sure that Captain Jack belonged with their family, that, despite being across the country, they reached out to the rescue.
“I emailed the rescue and said ‘you’re probably going to think I’m crazy, but we really want Jack’ and they didn’t think we were crazy at all,” Wendy shared.
But, there was one small problem getting in the way of Captain Jack meeting his potential forever family…an entire country!
Cross Country Roadtrip
Wendy and Jackson went through the whole adoption process with Philly Bully Crew, and passed with flying colors.
Now, all Wendy and Jackson needed to do was hop in the car with their two dogs, Matt and Jill, and go for a little road trip!
“We drove out to Omaha, Nebraska, and his foster mom drove from Pennsylvania and met us there,” Wendy shared. “Jack traveled over 3000 miles on his own.”
You’d think anyone would be tired after riding in a car for so long, but Jack was all zoomies when he met his new family.
“He was excited and ready to go,” Wendy said. “We had our two other dogs, and it was the whole family on the way home.”
Wendy and Jackson were surprised at how ready for adventure Captain Jack was, but the real surprise didn’t happen until they got home.
Home is Where the Heart Is
When they finally reached Portland, Jack seemed to know in his heart that he had arrived.
“It was like he knew he was coming home. He went straight to the bed we set up for him,” Wendy shared. “It was seamless.”
Wendy and Jackson also immediately began daily physical therapy sessions with Jack, which he took head on.
He had already started using his cart, but he was showing more and more progress every day.
Even without his cart, Jack seemed to get around in his own special way just fine.
“He’s extremely active, fast, and mobile, in and outside of his cart,” Jackson shared.
For a puppy who had been so mistreated, his adopters were surprised at how courageous he was in the way he approached life.
Happily Ever After
It’s only been a few months since Captain Jack joined his new home, but it feels like things have always been this way.
It didn’t take long for Wendy and Jackson to figure out a good routine for Jack.
“We do physical therapy three times a day,” Wendy said. “And we keep him wearing PJ’s when he’s not in his cart so he doesn’t injure his legs while he’s scooting around.
Jack also has been getting along swimmingly with his fur siblings.
He still has a ways to go, but he’s getting stronger every day.
“Even if your dog has some different things going on, you can overcome those obstacles and they can have a great life,” Jackson shared.
He may not say it, but it’s clear that Captain Jack is so thankful that his foster mom, and his new pawrents, gave him a chance at living the life he always knew he could lead.
Click here to follow Captain Jack on Instagram to keep up with his daily progress!