Gabriel the Pitbull had a rough start in life. He was raised by a cruel breeder who didn’t take care of him, and he also had a serious congenital disability. Luckily, Gabriel’s luck started to change when he met his rescuers.

Three puppies

At four weeks old, tiny Gabriel was bought by a backyard breeder. When his owner realized that he wasn’t the tough Pitbull he wanted, Gabriel was offered to someone else.

The puppy was surrendered to Heather and Kat Marchant. They were founders of the Pibble’s Plantation, a rescue facility for dogs.

When they took in Gabriel, they noticed that the dog had a severe case of swimmer syndrome. This congenital disability could be healed with the help of intensive physical therapy.

Heather and Kat had two Pitbull puppies with the same defect. The duo knew what had to be done to help little Gabriel and they were determined to do anything. All of the Pitbull puppies required around the clock care and attention, and the dog-loving duo was ready.

After three months of hard work, all three puppies were able to stand on four legs. Heather and Kat were so happy about the progress until they noticed something different about Gabriel.

Not a setback

Gabriel noticeably limped on one of his front legs, so Kat suggested having an x-ray done. After the procedure was performed, the veterinarian discovered a serious defect within the dog’s elbow. The pain caused by the defect only increased each day, so the duo decided to amputate the leg.

Despite the many challenges that Gabriel faced, he came out strong once again. Just after a few days, the tiny dog ran happily around his home. Once the dog fully recovered from his surgery, Kat and Heather knew he was ready to find his forever home.

Teri and Anne were active followers of Gabriel’s story. They always checked the Pibble’s Plantation website to see if Gabriel was ready for adoption. When the time came, they immediately contacted the rescue and asked to pick up the dog.

Kat and Heather were sad to see Gabriel go, but they knew he was in good hands. The dog settled well into his new home, and he finally got the love and life he deserved.

Photo Source: Pibble’s Plantation via Instagram

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Chloe Roper
As a little girl living in the country side without many neighbors, my dog Sostee became my best friend. We shared an immense bond and I fell in love with these loving, beautiful and wonderful creatures. I knew from a tender age that I wanted to work with animals. I worked at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana for a few years, and have experience with a variety of dogs and cats. When I’m not working as semi-retired Assistant Administrator in a Home Health Care Agency in Merrillville Indiana, I am a grandma frolicking with my active grandchildren and my sweet dog, Kresi.


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