Being a foster pupper is difficult, especially when you are so tiny that your rescuers name you Napoleon – and then you start to get a complex about things. The world is really big and scary and the only thing that will solve your problems is to curl up in your foster mama’s lap. But ugh, sometimes foster moms won’t let you do this when they are driving because of this weird thing called safety! Can you believe it?
Napoleon can’t believe it and he has some serious words for his human.
The Southern Indiana Animal Rescue shared this pupdorable video on July 7. 4.6 million people have let out an audible “awwwwwwwww” over this bossy cutie. Lots of people have also sent in inquiries about adopting Napoleon, but the little guy isn’t ready for his furever home just yet.
You see, Napoleon, whose breed is a complete mystery at the moment, has a serious medical condition called megaesophagus – which means that his esophagus is so enlarged that he cannot swallow like a normal dog.
On Facebook, the rescue said:
He is currently on 2 different motility medications. This may be temporary or it may not. Only time will tell. His food must be watered down into a gruel-like mush and he must eat with his bowl elevated.
If he gets ahold of any food that is not the proper consistency, it could be deadly for him. His foster human keeps a close watch on him.
Yesterday, Napoleon had his third checkup with his doctor. His situation is not improving, but it’s not declining either, so that’s good news. He’s also gained three pounds in the past three weeks, which is a really pawsitive sign!
His rescuers estimate that he will eventually weight 20-25 pounds. They also suspect that he has dwarfism. Napoleon’s doctors won’t be able to confirm this until he gets older.
For now, everyone’s focus is on managing his health – and controlling his rather strong personality. In fact, rescuers aren’t telling him about his recent internet fame:
Napoleon has noooooo idea how famous he is becoming after his video receiving 157K views and counting!!! For one, he can’t read, and two, we haven’t told him. His head is already big enough.
While no one will be able to adopt Napoleon for a long time, we can all follow his progress at the Southern Indiana Animal Rescue’s Facebook. The rescue also has lots of doggos who need loving homes, so check out their website to see if there’s a new family member waiting for you.