Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tucker. Tucker is a 3-year-old albino Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle mix. He doesn’t look like most dogs. He looks more like a bat… or maybe Falkor from the 80s movie “The Neverending Story.”
But Tucker is all dog. It’s just that he was born with a rare disease called Mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI). Those with MPS VI, also known as Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, do not produce a certain enzyme that allows the body to break down large sugar molecules (or they produce the enzyme but it doesn’t work properly). As a result, the sugars build up and cause progressive cellular damage. It’s common for those with MPS VI to have enlarged organs and various skeletal abnormalities, including short stature and joint deformities that affect mobility, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Living with MPS VI can be a challenge. Tucker has difficulty walking and often has to wear goggles to protect his eyes, which have turned cloudy.
“Excuse me, pardon me, out of my way!”?? Love when he takes off like this. And, apparently he did NOT want me following him. He wanted to do his lap around the yard in peace! ? A video posted by Tucker (@tuckerwearsgoggles) on
But as evidenced by his popular Instagram page @tuckerwearsgoggles, which has more than 62,000 followers, Tucker is, in many ways, just like any other dog.
He loves belly rubs.
He loves taking naps.
#MondayGoals ? A video posted by Tucker (@tuckerwearsgoggles) on
He loves going to the park.
And he does it all with a smile on his face.
My reaction when haters post on my page… ???? #illjustsithere #andsmile #hi #youweresaying #? #sorryyourenotascuteasme A photo posted by Tucker (@tuckerwearsgoggles) on
Tucker may look different, but he wants to love and be loved just as much as any other dog.