My name is Bean, I am a Fox Red Labrador Retriever in Charlotte, NC.
I was born from one of Project 2 Heal’s litters. When I was a very young puppy I wasn’t growing as fast as my brothers and sisters. I was having a hard time eating and walking. My owner Charlie was worried about me so he took me to some doggie doctors to try and help me.
We found out that I had some things wrong with me that were very hard to pronounce. A Mega Esophagus and Myesthenia Gravis, a muscle disorder.
The doctors told Charlie that I might have a hard life and that it might be better for me to be put down. But Charlie said no. Charlie had some injuries in his life too so he understood what I was going through.
I wanted to live to be an old and happy dog. So I did everything I could to fight the diseases.
Today I take medicine three times a day and it helps me walk better. I have a special chair that I sit in to help keep me upright. I can only eat liquid foods.
But I love to play and one of my favorite things to do is swim! I get tired faster than the other dogs so I have had to learn my limits, but Charlie is great at taking care of me!
I am a very happy dog today despite my limits. I even have my own Facebook page and have made a ton of new friends. I have even had a book written about me. Charlie says that my story helps children understand that they can still lead a happy life even if they have a disability or are different in some way.