Piggy's remarkable recovery story

"I found Piggy as an injured puppy in the Dominican Republic (top before pic) on a volunteer veterinary campaign. He was almost dead; he was hit by a bus a month before we found him and he never got veterinary care until our team got there. I named him Piggy because he had no hair so he looked like a piglet. He still had his injured leg but there was almost nothing left of it. We were able to save his life by performing surgery right away and amputating the devastated leg. I adopted him and brought my new tripod dog back to the US. But he wasn't getting much better in the US. In fact, his hair was still sparse, and he was inflamed all over. We went to vets again and again trying to find out what was making him so ill. We checked him over for allergic bug bites but never found evidence he had any parasites since coming to the US. Finally, I changed him to a vegan diet, and eventually put him on a purely v-dog diet. His recovery was remarkable. His skin recovered, his inflammation ended, and his hair started to grow fluffy and healthy all over. He tripled in size and grew muscular enough to outrun most four legged dogs (bottom after pic). He looked so good on his vegan diet, that he began a modeling career. Photographers like to use him for sitting poses because they can show off logos and designer clothes patterns more on his side that's missing a leg, so it does not get in the way of the fashion pics."

Tod Emko