Bonsai - Half A Bulldog, Twice The Love

For: Bonsai - via Friends Of Emma
Fort Worth, TX
Organizer: Friends Of Emma - Elizabeth Hart
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The Story


Bonsai - Half A Bulldog, Twice The Love

English Bulldog puppy born with a human condition, Caudal Regression Syndrome (Sacral Agenesis)

**born with just half of his spine**

Bonsai was born to an Arkansas English Bulldog breeder on April 27th 2015 with multiple rare deformities.

He is afflicted with a human condition called Caudal Regression (sacral agenesis) and Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis, likely combined with a variation of Spina Bifida.

In layman's terms, Bonsai was born with only half of his spine, no pelvis and with tiny contracted hind legs.

In addition, Bonsai was born a "Walrus Puppy" (water pup), engorged with fluid - which, combined with lack of mobility of the hind end, led to the condition of "Swimmer's Syndrome" - just one tiny aspect of Bonsai's overall condition.

Swimmer's Syndrome is a condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides - putting pressure on the internal organs.

Swimmer's syndrome is reversible with time and therapy - however, there is no "cure" or surgical intervention to aid Bonsai's malformed spine and pelvis.

Bonsai has undergone a bilateral amputation of both of his useless hind legs (on 6.25.15) and is doing very well in his recovery.

As we move forward, Bonsai will require multiple in-depth diagnostics to better aid us with his internal anatomy in preparation of managing his unique conditions.  (the most costly, being the MRI and other advanced imaging)

The day to day expense of properly caring for any animal is high but for a pup like Bonsai, they are multiplied. 

Bonsai is a precious boy and deserving of every opportunity of health, wellness and a bright future that we are able to offer him.

We have formed this fundraiser page as a place for Bonsai's friends to offer financial support towards his care and treatment as we go along.

Bonsai is a special character and we just hope to spread the word about him and bring awareness that those born different (animals and human alike) can still MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives and hearts of many! ♥

Our worldwide research to date has not led us to a single documented case of Bonsai's specific condition(s) having been found in any other living animal - (but we'd love to find them, if they are out there!) - so all we have to "compare" Bonsai's physical condition with, is the handful of humans around the world, born with SA, who's level of severity is similar to Bonsai's.

As far as we know, there is no precedence to offer any kind of "prognosis" or outcome for Bonsai, so we'll just take it day by day and address any issues that come up as best we can.

** Bonsai's condition is not merely a matter of having no rear legs - if that were the case, we're not new to 2-legged furkids - but the lack of a huge portion of his spine and no functional pelvis throws so many more variables and uncertainties into the mix. **

Please do what you are able to assist us in our efforts for this special boy and share far and wide for the greatest reach and available support.

Love, prayers, dollars, clicks and shares will ALL make a difference for this precious one! ♥

As always, we thank you for your support in aiding us in our never-ending mission to "help heal the homeless"!! ♥

Bonsai is a critical care rescue resident of Friends Of Emma (Emma Cleft Palate Chihuahua on Facebook) - located in Fort Worth, TX.

Mailing address:

Friends Of Emma
PO Box 331523
Fort Worth, TX 76163

Contact email address:

[email protected]

Donations toward Bonsai's lifelong care may be made via Paypal to:
[email protected]

via US mail to the address above -

via Bonsai's current fundraising page:

via the "donate" button right on Bonsai's Facebook page:

or via our donation page on our main website:

We also have an Amazon Wish List which benefits Bonsai and all of our rescue kids:

We run a private rescue home for major medical and critical care kids - Bonsai is but one of the many little faces in our care at any given time, so there may often be times when you'll find us not posting over on Bonsai's FB page each and every day.

We have no "staff" or "team" - it's just the two of us here (and one with a full time job outside the home) - so we just do the best we can to keep up with the social networking and inquiry responses.

We currently have paralyzed pups, a two-legged kid, little ones with neurological diseases, cleft palate pups, etc. - so needless to say - we are pretty much going non-stop around here.

Constant fundraising - updating - auctions and all the "fun stuff" that goes into the daily care of each of these little ones - (clean up, laundry, meds, feeding, prep-work, therapies, appointments - and on and on) - if we have time to shower, we're having a great day! ;)

All of that having been said - if you don't see us around for a day or two at a time, no worries - all is well and we are just working the day to day routine. ♥ (and we might even slip in a minute or three for a bit of a personal life every now and then) :)

To check in on some of the other goings on around here, you are welcome to visit our main FB page linked below:

**Please note - that we are not a 501c(3) rescue organization and your donations to our plight are not tax deductible.  We provide for these little ones in the same way that we have always cared for Emma - dependent upon the private donations of generous friends, family, businesses, individuals - and out of our own pockets.  We are limited on both space and funding - as well as physical ability - so we are able to take in and provide for only a limited number of pets at any given time - determined on a "case by case" basis.**

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 10, 2016

Posted on September 10, 2016

ShelterMe TV    :(

Posted on September 9, 2016

Posted on September 9, 2016

Dogster   =(

Posted on September 7, 2016

Posted on September 7, 2016

Inside Edition   =(

Posted on September 7, 2016

Posted on September 7, 2016

Thousands Mourn The Loss Of Inspirational Pup, Bonsai - Half A Bulldog, Twice The Love
(see article here)

Posted on September 7, 2016

Posted on September 7, 2016

Lots of people are asking, and no - it's not in "bad taste" to ask - no, we are not offended.... we're happy that so many have held our boy in their hearts throughout his journey and want to have a little remembrance of him.
The answer is yes - we do still have Bonsai Stuffies available.... we got a new delivery in just a short time ago... not knowing. :(
I have been cuddling mine for days - so I totally understand.
For those who have inquired, here is the link.
f you have problems ordering - feel free to message us via Bonsai's Facebook page or email to: [email protected]

Posted on September 4, 2016

Posted on September 4, 2016

I am heartsick to share with you - that around 4am on Friday morning, our precious boy was called from our world. 
Though we've always been aware that Bonsai may not live a long life due to his rare combined conditions - he hadn't been sick... there was no warning - and we are still shocked at the sudden happenings.
Shortly after midnight on Thursday, I tucked him into his little bed as I do each night.... a few hours later I heard what sounded like a faint cough, little bark - and then nothing. 
I got up from my desk - and in the time it took to walk across the room - Bonsai was gone...  his heart had stopped, just that quickly.
In rescue - primarily major medical / critical care rescue.... death becomes all too familiar - and we learn to work through the sadness and devastation, barely missing a beat - because that's what we HAVE to do for the others who count on us.......... but this one totally took me down - and I needed just a little time to process and mourn the loss of the boy who stole our hearts and ruled every moment of my world for the past 16 months.
With dogs arriving from Greece that very afternoon, critical pups to care for and all that goes along with the day to day of a major medical rescue home - - we couldn't just stop doing what we do each day.... but I also couldn't bear to share our sorrow with the public, so forgive me for waiting until now to bring you the sad news.
Bonsai's passing comes on the heels of another of our rescue angels who left us a couple of weeks ago... little Cecilia - who had been with us for 3 and a half years and battled congestive heart failure and then cancer........ so this is doubly hard on our hearts.  
We will get through the days - the long nights - carry on as is needed for the little ones in our care - and those who continue to find their way to us..... because that's what we do.  
Bonsai's life was not in vain ~ his brilliant spirit will shine on in all of us...
We'll see you again my prince ~ healthy and whole.......... we love you endlessly. ♥

Posted on May 4, 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016

I'm better - but don't tell Mom.
I dig the hand feedin's n' alla' the extra lazy days - so I'm gonna' squish this "poor sick baby" thing out for as long as I can.
~ Love, Bonsai ♥

Posted on April 28, 2016

Posted on April 28, 2016

Christian has MET HIS FUNDRAISING GOAL and Bonsai is just wiggling, snorting and rolling with happiness that his birthday wish has come true!!!
(yes, really - but mostly because I promised him pupcakes when we reached goal!!) ;)
We have such an amazing circle of precious friends and followers here - I shouldn't be surprised.... but I am in constant awe of the outpouring of continued love and dedication to the souls in our care. ♥
With your help - Christian has a chance - a future... and we THANK YOU!! ♥
As promised, the Bonsai Stuffie give away will continue on tonight through midnight (CST) for those still wishing to get in on the drawing by making a donation to Christian's fundraising campaign in any amount.
His needs will be ongoing for the foreseeable future, so any and all funding beyond this particular goal - will be put to good use for his ongoing care following his surgery tomorrow.
See the amazing accomplishment made today over on Christian's fundraising page linked below:

Posted on April 27, 2016

Posted on April 27, 2016

Bonsai's Birthday Wish ~  (see the photo post on his Facebook page here:
Wanna' WIN onea' my STUFFIES??
huh, huh, huh??
Well - Mama asked me what my birthday wish was - n' the only thing I could think of was wishin' for my own mini horse to pull me 'round in a cart so I can take long walks all over.... but Mama says maybe we can train Journey for that, 'cause she's already as big as a mini horse!!
Soooooooo - my next wish - would be for my buddy Christian to be able to get fixed up by the Dogtah' tomorrow.
He's gotta' be a 2-legger too - 'cause his back's broken n' can't be fixed.
But to do that, we gotta' bump up his fundy page - and I mean QUICK!!
Now, here's the deal.... iffin' ya' wanna' help Christian AND getta' chance to win your very own Bonsai Stuffie - just click the link down there to go to Christian's fundy page and EVERY donation (once per person) - no matter the amount - is gonna' get IN for the WIN!!
Now we can only go from noon today CST - till midnight tonight (CST) - - but everyone who donates during that time WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN!!! ♥ (winner announced on Thursday)
Let's DO THIS for Christian for my birthday!!
Just click it:

Posted on April 27, 2016

Posted on April 27, 2016

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY little buddy ~ You continue to amaze us!!
Love to the moon & back.... ♥

(birthday photo post on Facebook linked below)

And visit Bonsai's Facebook page throughout the day today for lots of fun stuff!! ♥

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