When Marv first arrived at the shelter, there wasn’t much information about him. Even now, little is known about his genetic disorder. He was rescued by Purposeful Rescue and found his forever home with two loving moms, Amanda and Bre.
Marv’s unique appearance makes it look like he’s smiling and that makes everyone’s day.
Marv has some physical difficulties – he cannot walk or stand up on his own, and his tongue does not come out of his mouth. He also has crowded teeth, which makes it difficult for him to chew. To help Marv eat, the family puts him on the bed and spoon-feeds him like a baby. Bra and Amanda are very lucky because their family has always supported their canine adventures.
Despite his physical limitations, Marv is full of life and wants to be wherever his family goes. He got used to his surroundings and found his own way of playing with other dogs. Marv communicates in unique ways, such as gently biting his fingertips when trying to be gentle.
Over the past 18 months, Amanda has been diagnosed with an autoimmune muscle disease that has left her disabled. In a way, Marv saved her by providing companionship and understanding. They sit together on the sofa, talking and holding each other, talking about their shared physical limitations.
Marv’s family treats him like their own child, arranging for him wherever they go. It fills their souls and makes them feel needed, which is what everyone craves. They took Marv to several different vets, all of whom confirmed that he was in no pain.
Marv’s touching story reminds us that there are still good things in the world worth talking about. His unique appearance and determination to live life to the fullest despite the odds show that being different isn’t bad or broken, it’s beautiful.