A young bulldog with a rare condition which left him with what equated to half a body, passed away suddenly just one week ago. The little bulldog, known as “Bonsai,” suffered from a rare human condition called Sacral Agenesis, and though his care provider knew that his rare condition would likely shorten his life, his sudden passing came as a shock.
On September 4, the heartbreaking news was shared with thousands of Bonsai’s fans on the Bonsai – Half a Bulldog, Twice The Love Facebook page.
I am heartsick to share with you – that around 4 a.m. on Friday morning, our precious boy was called from our world.
A faint cough, shortly after Bonsai was tucked in for the night, was the only indication that something was amiss – Bonsai’s heart stopped beating and without any other warning, he was gone.
Elizabeth Hart, Bonsai’s rescuer, personal caregiver and founder of Friends Of Emma – said in a Facebook post, “Though we’ve always been aware that Bonsai may not live a long life due to his rare combined conditions – he hadn’t been sick… there was no warning – and we are still shocked at the sudden happenings.”
The little Bulldog was born to an Arkansas breeder back in April of 2015 with just half of his spine, no functional pelvis and tiny contracted rear limbs which had to be amputated.
Bonsai quickly became an internet sensation, stealing the hearts of thousands as he grew and gained the support of friends and followers worldwide.
With his spirited antics, Bonsai kept his fans smiling and wildly excited for his regular interaction on Facebook and Instagram through photos, narrations and videos.
Bonsai served as the official mascot to iSACRA – the human organization benefiting those afflicted with this rare condition – as well as bringing to light, the ongoing needs and pleas of the major medical / critical care rescue home who cared for him – Bonsai brought awareness, joy, silliness and inspiration to the world each and every moment of his 16 months of life.
In the words of one Facebook follower, “He was such a source of, not only comic relief in a world that has become all too intolerable for anyone with differences – but a true inspiration, that those differences should not limit us.”
Friends Of Emma is a Texas based private rescue home caring for major medical, critical care and hospice animals from around the world. If you would like to make a donation in Bonsai’s honor to help them continue vital medical rescue efforts, you may do so via Bonsai’s personal fundraiser page.
In the announcement post on Bonsai’s Facebook page, his rescuer states, “We will get through the days – the long nights – carry on as is needed for the little ones in our care – and those who continue to find their way to us….. because that’s what we do.”
If you would like to purchase a remembrance item, you may order a plush replica of Bonsai while products are available – with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting the major medical, critical care and sanctuary rescue residents of Friends Of Emma.
Hart continues, “Bonsai’s life was not in vain ~ his brilliant spirit will shine on in all of us… We’ll see you again my prince ~ healthy and whole………. we love you endlessly.”
Bonsai’s Facebook page here.
(Photos via Elizabeth Hart Photographic Expressions)