After 7,000 inquiries and a viral debut, the puppy with a tail growing out of its forehead has come full circle.
Narwhal, as the tyke rescued from a garbage dump was aptly dubbed, has been adopted by his Mac’s Mission mommy — Rochelle Steffen, the founder of the nonprofit that helps special-needs dogs.
Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn — his full name befitting his personality — continues to be “sassy and chubby and completely happy and has no clue … that he’s famous,” his rescuers said in a video aired on “Good Morning America.”
Initially Mac’s Mission said they were going to hold onto him a little while, just to make sure the possible dachshund-beagle mix was OK and acclimated.
“He is not available for adoption immediately as we want him to grow a bit more and truly make sure the tail doesn’t become a bother or problem,” the mission wrote.
“I had no intention initially of keeping him,” Steffen told the Southeast Missourian. “I didn’t want a puppy.”
But the thought of sifting through the 300 applications that poured in, plus vetting them for the inexplicable death threats that Narwhal has received, brought up the question about whether he’d be safe in unknown hands. It quickly became apparent that the best way to ensure that is to keep him herself, Steffen told ABC News.
And then there are the positive reasons, of course. Narwhal himself.
“Narwhal is absolutely, exactly what we needed,” Steffen told the newspaper. “It’s not just a decision from me. The whole rescue cannot fathom him leaving. We all fell in love with him.”