Having a giraffe! Rescue dog with a spotted body has a fantastically long neck after having his front leg and shoulder amputated
This unique dog has a fantastically long neck and spots that makes him look more like a giraffe than a pooch.
Brodie, an Azawakh, a sighthound related to the greyhound and whippet, was rescued by Louisa Crook in 2016 after he was hit by a car and then neglected.
Unfortunately, Brodie, who Louisa estimated is now between six and seven-years-old, had to have one front leg and shoulder amputated following the accident.
Azawakhs, or sighthounds, already have extremely long necks, but the amputation made Brodie’s look even more elongated.
Marketing consultant Louisa, from the Middle East, said: ‘Brodie is absolutely the most beautiful dog I think I will ever lay eyes on. I’m a sighthound fan and Azawakhs are one of my favourite breeds.
Brodie, an Azawakh sighthound, right, had a shoulder and a front leg amputated after a car accident when he was a puppy. He was rescued by Middle East-based marketing assistant Louisa Crook
‘Even in the state Brodie was in when I first saw him – unable to walk and in such pain – he still took my breath away.
‘I had never seen an Azawakh in the flesh before then as they are not a common breed.
‘He does have a very long neck, but it looks ridiculously long from certain angles because his missing shoulder makes him slimmer at the base of his neck.
‘So sometimes it looks like he is just one big neck with legs attached, albeit only three of them.’
Brodie’s long neck and freckles make him look like a giraffe. Louisa said she has a special bond with the pup
Not all Azawakh’s usually have such visible freckles, which is another one of Brodie’s particularities.
In spit of the pooch’s singular appearance, Louisa said she’s developed a strong bond with Brodie.
‘I have a very special bond with Brodie. He has always seemed so grateful for his new life after leaving the hell that the dreadful had him in after his car accident,’ she said.
‘He is incredibly sweet to me. He loves early mornings in the kitchen with me when none of my other dogs are awake and he gets me all to himself. He is the only morning person I have in my life,’ she added.
Louis looks after six dogs in total and has rescued 60 so far as a foster family, looking after the dogs for months before finding them forever homes.
Brodie’s looks often garner comments from curious passers-by when Louisa and him are out on the town, she said.
Curious passers-by always ask about Brodie’s breed when they see him, Louisa revealed. Pictured: Brodie, right, with another of Louisa’s dogs
The Azawakh is a dog breed related to greyhounds and whippets and are known for their elongated limbs (pictured)
‘People always ask what he is when they see him. Not too many people know the breed. And then of course, what happened to him that he lost a leg. Mostly, people love his freckles,’ she said.
Dog-lover Louisa added that rescuing and caring for Brodie when he was in bad shape had been a learning curve for her.
She rescued him from a vet who she said had been neglecting the Azawakh, thinking she would have to put him down. But Brodie rallied and got better.
‘From Brodie, I definitely learnt not to give up so easily. I was so certain there was no hope and got so close to calling it for him. I shudder to think of it now seeing how he thrived,’ she said.
‘It is something that has helped me with other dogs that have come into my life, some of them in similar or worse shape than Brodie.
‘Brodie is the dog I look to when I need to stop feeling sorry for myself. I will never have it as bad as he had it and he got through it all like it was nothing and with a smile on his face.’
Louisa said Brodie, pictured, is a sweet-tempered companion who loves to have her to himself at breakfast when the other dogs are sleeping