When you look at photos of Daisy Underbite you can’t help but fall in love.
The Southern California-based rescue pup has both a sunny disposition and an unbreakable stride, even though she has a congenital deformity that leaves her with a dislocated shoulder and dislocated elbows and hips.
It was certainly love at first sight for her pet parent Sheena Yamazaki.
Yamazki began looking for a dog back in 2011, and she knew she wanted to take care of a special needs pet. “I knew they had a more difficult time finding a forever home,” she tells PawCulture.
Yamazki came across the photos and videos of Daisy in her wheelchair on PetFinder and then adopted her from the rescue A Home 4 Ever.
Since then, the pair have been inseparable. “She brings so much joy,” says Yamazki. “She’s changed my life for the better and I can’t imagine life without her. She means the world to me.”
The feeling is mutual for Daisy’s hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, who find inspiration in the dog’s can-do attitude.
About a year-and-a-half ago, Daisy started using prosthetics to help her walk on her deformed legs (the deformity is the result of a degenerative condition).
It took Daisy about six months to perfect the art of walking on her prosthetics. “She adapted so quickly,” says Yamazki. When she’s at home, Daisy happily “hops” around without the use of prosthetic support.
Yamazki says that Daisy loves to go out and about—that the pup is a social butterfly. “An ideal day for Daisy would be in Santa Monica, or any busy area where theres a ton of people, where she would be showered with attention and love,” the pet parent says.
Daisy even has her own special way of making random strangers her new best friends. “People ask a lot of questions about her, and she knows, somehow, that we’re talking about her so she’ll do her little dance,” says Yamazki.
With Daisy’s quirky personality and her fun-loving spirit, it’s unsurprising that the dog has gained so much love and attention on social media.
“She inspires me on a daily basis, and it’s great to know that I’m able to provide that feeling that she evokes for me for other people,” says Yamazki. “It makes me feel warm inside to know that there are people out there that look up to Daisy. I’m very lucky to be part of this community.”
Yamazaki hopes that other potential pet parents consider adopting special needs dogs. While every dog is different and the financial aspects can be challenging, she says, the pros outweigh any “cons.”
Daisy proves that any dog can open hearts and minds while crushing stereotypes.
“[Daisy’s] not as fragile as one might think just because she’s disabled,” says Yamazki. “She’s a very spunky, happy-go-lucky girl.”
Images via @underbiteunite Instagram