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Singer-songwriter Jen Foster and Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue team up to spread the message that special needs pups aren’t so different after all.
If the name Snooty Giggles doesn’t make you smile, then this adorable video clip might, too. It’s actually a music video for the song Not So Different, by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jen Foster, and a collaboration between the musician and Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue.
Note the sweet English Bulldog with two legs. That’s 1-year-old Hoopla, who was born with spina bifida and no hips or pelvis. His back legs were amputated to actually make him more mobile because they stuck out in front of him.
Then enjoy the stately Saint Bernard, Arnold, swimming around. He has an immune deficiency that causes his body to fight itself and create resistance to antibiotics. He’s lost a knee to E.coli and an ear to a variety of bacteria along the way.
And delight in Wumbo – the little black dog playing with bubbles who’s dealt with everything from neurological damage to temporary paralysis to heart failure. He and a few others in the video are hospice foster pets. In fact, most of the pups featured have special needs or serious medical conditions – from being deaf or blind, to having chronic disease or emotional issues.
As Snooty Giggles founder and director Shawn South-Aswad, put it, “This video has one mission. To bring awareness to the world that there is nothing to fear in loving something ‘different’ because ultimately, none of us are that different after all.”
“It’s not just about dogs,” she continued. “It’s about that little boy sitting in the hallway who doesn’t speak your language. It’s about the lady who dresses differently and doesn’t worship the same way you do. It’s about the girl in the wheelchair and the old man who’s alone in the grocery store who shuffles instead of walks. It’s about the boy who grew up and loved a man. And it is indeed, about that dog without his back legs. In the end, we all want to be loved and give love back, and that’s ultimately what makes us #notsodifferent.”
Whitney is a New York-based writer for websites including Dogster, StrollerTraffic, Brides.com, and WhattoExpect.com. A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with her dog, Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by). She and her husband (and Finley, too) welcomed a baby girl named Rowan in August.
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