October 17, 2018

Dog looks full of life, despite brain tumor the size of a grapefruit

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Despite everything this dog has been through, he still has a cheery personality sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Pinto was headed for the worst not too long ago at a kill shelter in Florida. The black-and-brown canine was set to be euthanized after no one adopted him. His age, the grapefruit-sized mound on his head and over-crowding at the shelter, didn’t exactly work in his favor.


Luckily for Pinto, he had a couple of people who loved and didn’t want to see him go. They sent out calls for help across the country, and just as Pinto almost resigned to a deadly fate, support came in the form of “The Mr. Mo Project,” (MMP).

The organization is a no-kill senior dog rescue group based Clifton Park, New York, and they came through for Pinto, moving him to a local vet in Orlando. 

When the vet referred Pinto to a specialist, Chris Hughes, one of the founders of MMP, flew to Orlando and braved a 20-hour journey back to New York with Pinto to see a specialist.

Unfortunately, after a lot of tests were carried out by Dr. Bishop, a board-certified neurologist, the news wasn’t good.




A rep for the rescue group told People Magazine:

“Two days later they receive a call starting like this: ‘I have done 5,000 to 6,000 MRIs, and I have never seen anything like this.’”

Not only was the mass on Pinto’s head filled with a bunch of other “masses,” but they also found a brain tumor, and discovered that he had Spindle Cell Sarcoma, a connective tissue cancer.

What shocked everyone at MMP was how full of life Pinto was, despite the extent of his sickness. 



“If you were looking at this dog, you would have no idea how sick he was. He is so full of life and zest that the project will do whatever they can to prolong his life,” the rep said, adding that the canine will need radiation for the brain tumor and a similar procedure for cancer.

MMP is now seeking a forever home for Pinto, who is currently at a foster home. The group will cover all veterinary costs and only hopes that Pinto can get the love and care he deserves.

According to their Facebook page:

“If you think you are the perfect home for Chewy please send us an email to mrmoproject@gmail.com and let’s talk! He is currently in upstate NY but can be transported for the perfect home.”




Like Pinto, Chloe also had a grapefruit-sized mass hanging between her back legs. For several years, her guardians did nothing about it until it began to hinder Chloe’s walking. After a group of Vets performed successful surgery to remove the mass, they found out it was a benign fatty tumor called lipoma.


Meanwhile, we hope Pinto finds a forever home as soon as possible. People are sometimes wary about adopting a senior dog, mostly because they fear it has only a few more years to live. 

That is a big misconception and couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you need convincing, here’s an article on why you should consider adopting a senior dog, and experiences of folks who have done so.