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Meet 'Pig,' The Dog Who's Beating The Odds And Winning Hearts

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Internet, meet Pig.

Pig isn't a real pig, of course; she's a dog named "Pig." And despite having a whole host of health problems, she's a plucky pooch responsible for having saved herself, as well as her brothers and sisters, when she barked for help after an unknown person abandoned the litter in the woods northeast of Atlanta.

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Pig is shown at the Birmingham Big Ice Cream Festival at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, June 7.

The pup's owner, Kim Dillenbeck, told AL.com that Pig is missing several ribs and part of her spine. She also has twisted vertebrae, deformed hips and a spinal cord that actually splits in two near her neck.

Yet, seemingly, none of that can hold Pig back.

One video shows Pig chasing after a squeaky toy, barking and generally having a great time. "Pig doesn't know there's anything wrong with her," Dillenbeck told AL.com. "I'm the lucky one. She makes me laugh every day."

Pig first captured the media's heart while attending Do Dah Day, a festival in Birmingham that honors pets and raises money for local animal charities. And while Gizmodo notes the dog appears similar to the photoshopped memes of "animals with short necks," both Pig, and her zeal for life, are very real.

See more photos and read the rest of Pig's story on AL.com.

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