Six-year-old puppy Beaux Tox has a shrunken cranium, and his eyes are very close together because he was born to such a big litter. There wasn't much space inside his mother's womb, and he was sharing with six other dogs so his head got squashed as he grew. Other than that, Beaux is a perfectly normal Labrador, he's still just as smart as other dogs and has no health problems but his breeders still couldn't find anyone who wanted to look after him.
They ended up giving him away for free, to a family who kept him chained up in their garden without even a bed to sleep on. Beaux was lonely living outside, but had been there so long that when other families tried to take him in he couldn't settle in their homes and the outlook seemed bleak for the pup until Jamie Hulit saw him on social media and felt like she needed to give him a second chance.
Jamie spoke to the Dodo about her relationship with the dog, saying: "A friend of mine posted a picture of Beaux on Facebook saying he needed a foster or to be adopted — anything. That day I sent him a message saying, "I would love to take that dog in and give him a home."" She went to his house to pick him up, and found 'a shell of a dog' infected with ear mites, covered in fleas and emaciated. Despite his appearance, she knew he was perfect for her and adopted him on the spot and rushed him straight to the vet for more bad news. The vets at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic in Kerrville, Texas, found that Beaux tested positive for heartworm which can lead to permanent organ damage. He then spent the next month in and out of an oxygen tank gaining his strength so he could stand a fighting chance, despite vets calling Jamie one night at 3am because they didn't think the dog would make it until dawn.
Beaux has since made a full recovery, and now lives with Jamie and his new brother, golden retriever mix, Riley. He has some residual loss of vision in his right eye and hearing loss in his left ear, but he's as happy and energetic as ever: "Riley and Beaux absolutely love each other. They’re perfect for each other even with the age difference and even though Beaux acts like a puppy — it helps Riley stay young." Beaux has apparently changed completely since living with the pair, and he even now prefers staying indoors to going outside - "He’ll go out if you do, but if you stay in, he’ll stand right by the door and look through the window."