Tilly’s life almost ended before it had hardly begun.

The Tibetan spaniel puppy was part of a litter being given away, but no one wanted Tilly because she was a bit different from the others. Specifically, she was born with short spine syndrome, which compresses her vertebrae and makes her look like she has no neck and, well, a short spine. If she couldn’t find a home, she risked euthanasia.

Thankfully, Tilly’s luck turned around when Anna Marie Giannini came into her life. The woman took the little dog home and has given her a life of love. Remarkably, Giannini told The Dodo that Tilly’s life isn’t dramatically affected by her condition. Sure, she needs some help scratching herself since she can’t turn her head around, and she needs a bit of help getting up stairs and other high-up places, but thankfully, she has a loving human in her life to assist now! For the most part, Tilly is just like any other dog — she just looks a bit different.

Check out some photos of this sweet pup below:

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