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.
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.”