Despite the challenges facing him, Buggy was happy, curious and strong. Bird posted his picture to Norcal’s Facebook page. Bird said not all of the comments were words of encouragement, however. Some people decided that Buggy was suffering because he was deformed and shouldn’t be forced to live.

“One comment said Buggy needed to be rescued from us so he could be euthanized,” Bird said. “I began deleting comments. I wanted to keep positive thoughts only.”