A dog who was left to ᴅiᴇ after being born with only two legs has adjusted to life by walking on her two front paws.
Six-year-old Pitol, who was born with the ᴅᴇғᴏʀᴍɪᴛʏ, is now often seen running with other dogs and exploring the streets of Casiguran in Quezon City, Philippines.
Pustol, whose name means “chopped” in the Luzonian language of Tagalog, is now able to balance herself thanks to the assistance of her owner Danilo Codilego Jr.
The dog, who has become a neighborhood favorite thanks to her bravery and zest for life, entered Mr. Codilego’s life when a coworker from his former job showed up with four puppies.
Mr. Codilego, a truck driver, said: “We met six years ago. I was working in a bakery then. One day a co-worker arrived with four puppies. He was trying to sell them for 5000 pesos each (£115). The other puppies sold, but nobody wanted poor two-legged Pustol.”
“They didn’t think she would live long. I was the only one who had the courage to take care of her. We took our chances because we took pity on her. We couldn’t think of another name except for Pistol.” Codilego added.
Pistol had trouble walking for the first two years of her life, but she eventually learned to balance herself on her front legs.
The six-year-old dog is now often seen guarding Mr. Codilego’s house and is extremely protective of her owner.
Mr. Codilego added: ‘Putol acts like a guard dog – barking when a stranger is near.
‘She also gets jealous if I pay attention to another dog. Otherwise, she is friendly and much loved in the neighborhood.
‘When I have to travel for work, she faces no problem because everyone takes care of her. She is not picky. She likes the food that we eat. ‘