A Fa­mous Dis­abled Bull­dog Unites Fans and Brings Cheer

Glenda Mos­ner can’t say no to an an­i­mal in need. And in do­ing so she’s gained a huge fol­low­ing—over 800,000 Face­book fans—whose days she bright­ens daily with up­dates about her six-year-old Bull­dog, Mun­ster.

Modern Dog - - CONTENTS - BY ROSE FROSEK; PHO­TOGRAPHED BY CASSIE RENIERS

Meet our Star Dog photo con­test win­ner, a Bull­dog bright­en­ing the days of his 800,000 Face­book fans.

Mun­ster, a beloved Bull­dog was born with spina bi­fida, can’t con­trol his blad­der. The di­a­pers he wears have earned him his nick­name, “Mr. Fancy Pants.” Glenda, his res­cuer, sees Mun­ster as a “gift from above who is on a mis­sion to make a dif­fer­ence in this world one way or another.” The same might be said of Glenda.

Glenda had pre­vi­ously res­cued a Bull­dog with spina bi­fida— named Gra­cie Lee—that she dis­cov­ered liv­ing in a box out­side a fam­ily’s home. In speak­ing with the fam­ily, they agreed to re­lin­quish the dog to her. In short or­der, Glenda cre­ated a Face­book page, got her hands on a do­nated wheel­chair, and found a for­ever home for Gra­cie. It was through this Face­book page that a Mon­tana breeder found Glenda, reach­ing out to her to see if she could help home one of her Bull­dog pup­pies born with spina bi­fida. Most dogs born with the con­di­tion are put down but this breeder couldn’t bear to eu­th­a­nize the pup. Glenda not only read­ily agreed to help, but also said she would take him her­self if she were closer. The breeder of­fered to fly Mun­ster to her if Glenda would cover the cost, and the rest is his­tory.

Glenda cre­ated a Face­book page for Mun­ster, too, shar­ing pho­tos and videos. Through Mun­ster, Glenda hopes to bring aware­ness. “A count­less num­ber of lov­ing and de­voted dis­abled pets de­serve a chance at life,” she says. “Dis­abil­ity is a mat­ter of per­cep­tion. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by some­one."

And peo­ple have re­sponded. Mun­ster now has over 800,000 Face­book fans, many of who have helped con­trib­ute to his care. Mun­ster wears Good Nights teen di­a­pers, most of which are do­nated by his fans. When Mun­ster was two, he suf­fered a very se­ri­ous health scare; the vet told Glenda her Bull­dog was go­ing to die. But what was thought to be an ob­struc­tion turned out to be an ab­scess. His fans ral­lied, do­nat­ing all the money to cover the thou­sands of dol­lars in vet bills. The vet­eri­nary of­fice tak­ing care of him re­ceived a del­uge of calls and emails about Mun­ster and even added over 500 new “likes” to their Face­book page dur­ing the time Mun­ster was a pa­tient there.

To date, his fans have do­nated in ex­cess of $46,000. Af­ter cov­er­ing Mun­ster’s care, Glenda do­nates ev­ery­thing left­over to help other an­i­mals and in­di­vid­u­als, pay­ing it for­ward.

“He's al­lowed us to con­nect with peo­ple as far away as Sau­dia Ara­bia,” Glenda says. “Mun­ster and his friend Blacky the Wheel­chair Cat have even raised funds to build a play­ground for more than 30 chil­dren at an or­phan­age in Kenya.”

Glenda ex­plains Mun­ster’s pop­u­lar­ity as so: “He gives peo­ple around the world a new rea­son to feel good about their own dis­abil­i­ties. He gives a face to prob­lems that we all share on a daily ba­sis.”

And for Glenda, he does the same. “He brings me hope. He brings me com­pan­ion­ship. He brings me strength, con­fi­dence, and a mushy kiss to dry my tears. He's my best friend who sees past my own dis­abil­i­ties to see me as noth­ing less than per­fect.”

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