Eight-year-old Nessie was born with no front legs, leaving her to hop like a kangaroo in order to get around, according to SWNS. The deformity made it difficult for her to land a home of her own because of the expensive medical care required — until Theresa Loyacano, 42, came along.
Loyacano, of Katy, Texas, had recently lost her 18-year-old dachshund when she saw Nessie. “To fill the void, I started following rescue centers on Instagram and Facebook," she told SWNS.
“That’s how I came across Nessie — the Texas Chihuahua [Rescue] posted her story to their Facebook page," she said. “She had been returned to the shelter multiple times because people didn’t want her and I couldn’t bear the thought of her being abandoned like that."
So Loyacano went to get her.
Taking care of Nessie isn't easy. Loyacano has spent about $1,500 to get a tiny wheelchair for Nessie to take the stress off her joints. The family also carries her around, "like the little princess she is."
Now, Nessie is thriving.
“I don’t want to call Nessie a pet, she’s one of the family," said Loyacano. “I can’t say enough about how loving she is. A lot of people would see a dog like her and overlook her potential. I would advise people keep an open mind and know that a special need dog can bring such joy."