"He was the hardest case I have ever dealt with," Keech said. "He was so sick when I first took him in, but I did everything in my power to get him healthy. Weekly visits to the vet, lots of antibiotics for numerous things, including his eye issue and skin infection. Learning how to handle a cleft palate puppy and what he could and couldn't eat."
But, Newton was "cute as heck," she said. "He was literally the most ridiculously cute little 'piglet'-looking puppy in the world."
Newton went on to have two corrective surgeries for his cleft palate at the University of California, Davis. "But at the age of about 6 months old, his personality really started to change," Keech said. "He became fearful of everyone and was very reactive. His prey drive became unbearable, and even taking him outside was quite the fiasco."