Breeder Tossed Him Onto The Street Because He ‘Looked Different’ Than Littermates

An adorable dog named Cooper was tossed out like trash, just because he looks different from other dogs.

Cooper was born with Short Spine Syndrome, a very rare condition that causes all of the spine segments to be shortened. This makes the spinal column much shorter, in turn making the dog look like it was smushed.

Not much is known about this condition, considering there are only 30 other cases in the world, but aside from this, Cooper is just like any other dog.

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Cooper was found in Virginia by Animal Control after someone in the neighborhood contacted them regarding a stray on her porch.

Since there is a large hunting population and breeding operation in the south, rescuers believe Cooper may be the result of a litter at one of these breeding facilities.

Once they realized that he was different from the rest of the litter and knew they couldn’t make a profit off of him, they deemed him useless and dumped him.

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Sadly, Cooper lived on the streets for a while before he was found. He was malnourished, matted, and scared.

Luckily, Secondhand Hounds Rescue had experience with Short Spine Syndrome and agreed to take Cooper in without hesitation.

Due to Cooper’s deformity, he obviously suffered from different health issues, so the rescue knew asking an adopter to take that on would be a big risk.

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A friend of the rescue, named Ely, decided to foster Cooper and was willing to take on whatever she had to with Cooper. She fell in love with him from the moment she met him.

She ended up adopting him permanently and will love him unconditionally for the rest of his life.

Watch the video below to hear the rest of Cooper’s story in his new home:

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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