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It's a frog, it's a gorilla? No, it's Pig the dog

'Pig' the Dog Turns Heads-When She Can't

ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) - It's impossible not to stare at Kim Dillenbeck's dog Pig.

Born in Atlanta with severe deformities and adopted by the Alabama woman, the 8-month-old mutt has gangly legs, a body that appears to have been chopped in half and no neck.

Pig looks like one of those fake animals created with Photoshop to draw clicks on websites, yet she's real.

"The whole clinic loves her. She comes in and she's a rock star here," said Dr. Rachael Hudson-Breland, a veterinarian who treats Pig.

The friendly little animal hops like a frog to stand up and walks with a high-shouldered gait that resembles a gorilla. Unable to swing her head side to side, Pig spins her whole body to see what's beside her.

None of the vets who care for the dog have ever seen another animal with the same condition, said Hudson-Breland, but Dillenbeck has seen a few similar-looking dogs on the Internet.

Found as a puppy with three littermates in a wooded area in metro Atlanta, Pig is smaller than her surviving siblings at only 15 or so pounds. Her spine is about 7 inches shorter than normal and wavy, with many bones fused together.

Dillenbeck, who first saw the dog during a Christmas visit and later brought her home, said coming up with a name wasn't difficult.

"When she was really, really little she looked like a little fuzzy piglet," said Dillenbeck, who lives in nearby Helena.

Tens of thousands of people have watched Internet videos of Pig since she had a coming-out party during a community event in Birmingham last month, and Pig has her own Facebook page with more than 3,400 followers.

Last week, dog owners at a suburban park lost track of their own animals as they stopped to watch Pig play in water and run around surprisingly quickly.

Dillenbeck said it's the same anytime Pig ventures out in public.

"She always draws a crowd," she said.

Visiting the park with her boyfriend and two dogs, ballet dancer Tricia Bianco didn't know quite what to make of Pig.

"She is like a little pig. She's cute," Bianco said.

Pig plays and runs with other animals, and Hudson-Breland said the dog doesn't have any major health problems. But Pig does tire easily, and she sometimes loses her balance and topples over like a toddler.

Overall, though, Pig is in great shape for the shape she's in.

"I don't think Pig really knows that she looks different," Hudson-Breland said.

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Christopher June 24 2014 at 8:30 AM

put a pants suit on her and 2016 is a sure victory

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rwitchwoman63 June 24 2014 at 9:35 AM

She is cute as hell....what a doll baby!

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tmccull52 June 24 2014 at 11:38 AM

God bless Kim Dillenbeck for taking in and taking care of this dog.

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GabiD57 June 24 2014 at 12:14 PM

Bless you for adopting an animal out of love and not simply for pedigree. I think the level of love between you both is highly mutual, and I think we can see that someone or something we see as deformed can be perfectly happy. Pig would be a wonderful example to physically challenged children!

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dfcoggins June 24 2014 at 11:18 AM

Shes the most cutest pig/dog i have ever seen.

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coopdabomb dfcoggins June 24 2014 at 1:05 PM

Have you seen many?

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janieturnage June 24 2014 at 10:57 AM

Are we to destroy people who are unfortunate enough to have deformities. Of course not, each living thing makes its own contribution. I feel sure she has brought a lot of love to those good people who have her, just as they have extended their love to her. Look like a pig or not to some, she looks like a bundle of love to me.

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jenn janieturnage June 24 2014 at 11:15 AM

Who said anything about destroying people with deformities? I'm confused...

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jvt1984 janieturnage June 24 2014 at 1:08 PM

Jenn, we don't believe you are confused, we believe you just want to be "not nice'. It was only a comparison made to make people think. Compassion never hurt anybody.

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hellyon3too jvt1984 June 24 2014 at 3:36 PM

I'm with jenn. Who said anything about destroying people? Although, I'm not confused. I know why the comment was made. I also know who's being "not nice" and it's not jenn.

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Gina June 24 2014 at 1:02 PM

Thank GOD for good people who adopt these dogs instead of killing them like savages. Some animals and humans are born with deformities and it's not up to us to decide to KILL another living thing just because it's not perfect. If that were the case, everyone and everything would die because NOTHING is perfect in this world.

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cezlibby June 24 2014 at 3:06 PM

"Pig" is clearly an Akita, with physical deformities. She appears happy, and that's what counts.

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wr1960 June 24 2014 at 9:53 AM

that's a shame. put the dog to sleep

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cherylhaass June 24 2014 at 9:39 AM

Looking at the radiograph, can that vet really say that this dog has no "real" health problems? Her spine is completely deformed, her lungs and heart are compressed into half the space they should occupy, her skull rests between her shoulders, and her windpipe is curved and angled instead of straight.
How sad. This poor creature should have been humanely euthanatized, not put out for adoption.

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