When a puppy “owns you,” there’s a lot of work to be done. They require a load of attention, especially with training and affection. Potty-training a puppy can be especially challenging, as well as keeping up with their demanding schedule. But when a pup is in dire need of help in order to survive, it puts all that hard work into perspective. A tiny puppy named Sweetpea struggled to survive. Her little body couldn’t sustain itself. Weighing only 6 ounces, the Cavapoo, a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, wouldn’t have survived without the assistance of a professional.

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A breeder reached out to a rescue group seasoned in helping animals like Sweetpea. When a rescuer first brought her home, the puppy could hardly keep her eyes open. She was weak and dehydrated, requiring IV fluids. She also needed frequent feedings. After 36 hours, the puppy made some improvement and this gave her rescuer hope.

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This routine continued for several weeks. Sweetpea began to look forward to her meals and eagerly awaited the delicious food. Soon, she developed a playful side, having just enough energy to paw at her rescuer and try to hop about. After another week, Sweetpea ran around but still lacked coordination. It was time for extensive medical testing.

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The tests revealed that Sweetpea has hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds up on the brain. The pup underwent treatment and improved a bit but the condition is a lifelong ailment. Still, the little warrior has grown and can now play and wags her tail non-stop when she’s happy or excited. She will be up for adoption soon and will hopefully go to a loving caring home where her family will overlook her challenges.

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