The pictures below have been getting a lot of exposure on the Internet in the past couple of days, and it’s easy to see why: A picture of a dog sitting in a high chair is the very definition of adorable. But it’s more than that. For people who really love dogs beyond the “cute” factor, the story behind the picture says a lot about life with rescue dogs who have disabilities.
It’s really easy to imagine Annie, the Border Collie in the pictures, lingering in a dog shelter for her entire life. She’s not sitting in the chair and eating to be cute — Annie has a condition called megaesophagus. The condition occurs when the esophagus loses tone and becomes enlarged to the point that the animal can’t get food down the throat and into the stomach. Instead, the food just stays in the throat until it’s regurgitated. Sometimes, the food can wind up going into the lungs. In order to get the food into the stomach, dogs with megaesophagus have to be in an upright position.
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