A couple from southern California is asking the public to help solve the medical mystery for their Golden retriever puppy, Rexi.
The 9-month-old dog kind of looks like a T. Rex dinosaur, because she walks like one and has small front legs that face upwards.
According to her owners, James Cassidy, 31, and his wife, Rachel Woertink, 32, from Phelan, California Rexi can only walk using his hind legs, as his paws flail upwards in the air like the arms of a T. Rex.
“It’s definitely a little awkward,” Cassidy told ABC News. “She can stand up and use her back legs fully, and then she scoots around on her chest kind of like a snail.”
Cassidy said the Golden retriever “doesn’t appear to be in pain.”
“She’s definitely a super loving, happy and hyper dog,” Cassidy said. “She’s just like any other Golden retriever. She loves chasing tennis balls, going outside and playing with the other dogs.”
Rexi does not have a regular vet, because Cassidy and his wife can not find anyone who can help with their situation.
“They all did X-rays and whatnot, and the results always showed her bones were fine,” Cassidy said. “A lot of the veterinarians said it could be neurological, and some of them just recommended that we amputate her front legs or put her down.”
The couple said “nope” to those suggestions.
“We didn’t want to amputate her front legs since they still seem to have some movement,” he explained. “Though she can’t walk on them or control them, if you lay her on her back, you can stretch them and move them to a normal position.”
“It wasn’t her fault she was born this way, and we love her,” he said. “Right now, we’re just trying to get any help we can get.”
Cassidy and his wife have started a GoFundMe campaign online in hopes of being able to afford a specialist or an engineer who can make her a special wheelchair.
“Obviously, whatever the solution may be will probably be very costly, but our number one goal really is to find a doctor or specialist who could maybe do surgery to fix her leg,” Cassidy said. “Our second option is to get connected to an engineer or company that could maybe custom-design a device or apparatus to help her walk without scraping her chest and neck.”
The couple actually bought a wheelchair for Rexi, but it toppled over when he ran.
“We don’t use it really because we don’t want her to get injured any more than she already is,” he said.
Right now the couple is getting tons of suggestions and hope to find a solution to help Rexi soon.
“We’re going to look into every recommendation and check out every avenue thoroughly,” he said. “We’ve been blessed with an outpouring of support.”
We are sending our love to you Rexi.