When Frank, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix with an abnormally large head, was eight weeks old, he suffered a seizure.
He has hydrocephalus, or "water on the brain."
His condition made him more likely to be euthanized — his five siblings had already been adopted — so the Richmond Animal League, a no-kill shelter in Virginia, took him in and immediately placed the puppy in the care of foster parents Toni and Kevin Mark, hoping that someone would soon offer a permanent home to the special-needs pet.
Someone did: Stacey Metz, an administrative assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University, often works with children and adults with Frank's condition.
"They think they’re the only ones. It didn’t happen to any of their friends," Metz told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "It's always nice to know they can relate."
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