"Rubber Puppy" will go home to a family with the human form of disease
RED BANK, TN (WRCB) -
Since Channel 3 reported on Daisy last week, the story of the "Rubber Puppy" has been shared across the world.
The Pet Placement center in Red Bank has been flooded with e-mails asking about the border collie mix with Rubber Puppy Syndrome.
Daisy's rare genetic disease is also known as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Humans can have it, too. With skin 1/27th the strength of normal, minor cuts can turn into serious injuries.
"She went on the news that one time, and the response was just overwhelming. The Ehlers Danlos community has been really, really generous. We got an e-mail all the way from the UK saying, 'How can we help this dog?'" said Kristin Stanford, shelter manager.
Stanford has been trying desperately to get Daisy out of a crated environment, but because of the dog's special needs, it's been tough finding her the right home.
Since last week, requests to foster Daisy have come in from as far as Utah, mostly from folks who have the disease themselves.
One local mother and her three children all have Ehlers Danlos. They visited Daisy and fell in love with her.
"It looks like they're gonna work out to be her foster family," said Stanford.
Daisy came to the Pet Placement Center as a puppy. She was adopted by a family before anyone knew she had Rubber Puppy Syndrome. Her former home had more freedom to run around, which meant she could be injured too easily. That's how Daisy wound up back at the shelter.
Because the 10-month-old dog is a permanent foster, the Pet Placement Center is taking on all of the vet bills. The shelter is starting a special "Daisy Fund" to help offset some of the costs.
"We would like to try some different things like holistic vetting to see if there are some things we can do to make her joints more comfortable. The fund will go a long way to help with her care throughout her life."
EDS is genetic in both dogs and humans. If a parent has the disease, their child has a 50 percent chance of having it, too.