Dwarf Dog MikeyGus Will Melt Your Heart
SAMANTHA CARKUFF: MikeyGus feels like he is
my best buddy. He is part of the family.
COMM: MikeyGus lives with the Carkuff family
and his two parents Spartacus and Temperance,
and he is just like any other puppy, except
that he was born with dwarfism.
COMM: MikeyGus appeared to be a normal puppy
until a vet visited the family when he was
just 10 weeks old and noticed some abnormalities.
COMM: Six weeks later, he was officially diagnosed with dwarfism.
AMY CARKUFF: Spartacus and Temperance treat
MikeyGus pretty much like they would any other
dog. Temperance does tend to be a little more
motherly towards MikeyGus, Spartacus is a
little more indifferent.
AMY CARKUFF: When they play, and MikeyGus
is playing with them, they are a lot more careful.
COMM: His condition caused his growth to be
stunted, which stopped this puppy from being
able to walk at just six months old. But owners
Amy and Heath worked to rehabilitate him until
he was able to walk again.
AMY CARKUFF: MikeyGus has taught me a lot
about determination, ambition and not giving up.
SAMANTHA CARKUFF: MikeyGus is always very
cuddly and lovely. I don’t know who could
not love MikeyGus.
AMY CARKUFF: My favourite thing about MikeyGus
is that he is just absolutely loving, loves to play.
AMY CARKUFF: He never gives up, he thinks
he is like everybody else.
COMM: It’s likely that this form of dwarfism
was caused by a defect in his pituitary gland
which amongst other symptoms can mean a decreased
life expectancy. However, to be sure it wasn’t
a genetic issue, they have also stopped breeding
with MikeyGus’ parents. Despite this, the
family are embracing all the time they have
with their unusual, but loving pet.
SAMANTHA CARKUFF: MikeyGus thinks he is a
normal dog and his disability doesn’t stop
him from walking and running.