Luca is from our Ocean Litter and the only puppy who had a rough time during birth. He was born with a very low breathing response and it took us and the vet quite some time before we managed to pull him through. Luca was always the smallest puppy but during his first 5 weeks he grew up just like the rest of the litter, just a little bit slower, a little bit smaller and a little bit later developped.
We started worrying when he was 5 weeks old and we noticed he had some coördination setbacks. As he grew older, it became more and more clear there was something wrong with him. At the beginning everybody was pointing at his difficulties during birth but later on we found out he is affected with DEN (Degenerative Encephalopathy), a brain disease where the dog shows progressive neurological signs.
With this unknown future ahead of him, we believed it would be better for him to stay, so we could provide him with all the extra care and follow-ups he might need. Luca is actually a very playfull boy and he has no idea he’s different. With some adjustments from our side he fits in perfectly and he fills in a very special place in our hearts.