Many people are reluctant to add more responsibility to their lives, not wanting to bring on “more mouths to feed.” But Heather Hernandez was rescued by more mouths, it seems. Toad may appear to be mostly normal at first glance. A grayish pit bull-ish looking pup, you realize something different about her right away when you see her head-on.
Her ears look torn and hang unusually low, giving a Brahman cow to the 5-year-old dog. Rarely is her tongue in her mouth. But that’s not the strangest thing about Toad. There’s a partially formed mouth on one side, where her ear should be. That’s right: When Toad pants, there’s an opening with teeth drooling.
“It’s attached to her esophagus and airways,” owner Heather Hernandez said to News 9. “So, when she drinks a lot of water, when she runs a lot, she gets tired or excited, then it drools a lot.”
The mouth doesn’t function, and it has messed up her sense of hearing, but she also struggles in the vision and smell departments as well. Veterinarians have decided that she might have absorbed a fellow fetus in utero, giving her these odd quirks.
“Nobody ever knows what to make of it when we explain that she has a mouth in her ear,” Hernandez said.
“A lot of people say she’s ugly and I get it, I say it in jest,” she continued. “But ultimately, I think she’s absolutely perfect.”
While many people are put off by Toad’s looks, Hernandez was drawn in, and now everyone knows that Toad is the ruler of the castle and Hernandez’s main pup.
“Whenever I sit on the couch with all of my other dogs, everybody moves out of the way for Toad,” Hernandez admitted. “Everyone knows that Toad gets prime snuggle spot. It sounds silly, but she is very much my companion.”
Adopting Toad has helped Hernandez realize just what struggles pups like her face when in rescues and shelters. Many potential owners are put off by odd appearances or requirements, and many perfectly lovable pups go homeless because of this.
So, she’s set out on a mission, and now runs Mutt Misfits Animal Rescue Society. “Part of our goal is we say we want to save the unsaveable,” she explained. They have homed over 300 animals to date, according to News 9.