Gema was around three times smaller than her Great Dane siblings when she was born. Aside from that, she also had one extra paw. Gema’s family was unsure if they would be able to provide the tiny pup with all her needs. Because they were worried about how to care for the five-pawed puppy, they decided to contact the Stray Rescue of St. Louis for help.

According to the rescue center’s director of marketing, Natalie Thomson, Gema’s family surrendered her to them so that the tiny dog would have a fighting chance. Thankfully, the shelter was so eager to take Gema in. Upon her arrival, all the staff members could not get enough of her. They all saw that Gema was perfect just the way she is, and they were very excited to help in caring for her.

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Gema’s hind legs are healthy and normal. However, for some unknown reason, one of her front legs is short. The other front leg, on the other hand, has two paws. To adjust to her condition, Gema has learned to stand on her back legs just like a kangaroo. So far, it does not seem that Gema has any idea that she is different.

Natalie said that Gema does not know what the hype is all about. Her condition is all she has known, and she is as happy as the other puppies. Natalie described Gema as an angel who loves being held and cuddled.

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Posted by Stray Rescue of St. Louis on Saturday, February 15, 2020


Gema’s tail hasn’t stopped wagging since the day she arrived at the shelter. She also couldn’t get enough of the extra attention that people are giving her. At the moment, Gema is living with her foster family. This way, the sweet pup would grow healthier, and at the same time, the shelter would be able to assess her needs better.

Gema might need to have surgery in the future. However, for now, her rescuers are taking things one day at a time. According to them, aside from her front legs, the sweet dog is healthy and happy. They are hoping that Gema would stay that way. When she’s ready, Gema will be put up for adoption. However, in the meantime, she’s enjoying hopping around in her foster home.

Credit: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

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