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Munster, Baltimore's famous disabled bulldog, pulls fans together during illness

On Monday afternoon, Glenda Mosner was told Munster, her 2-year-old English bulldog, was probably going to die.

She told the vet that was unacceptable: “You don’t know my Munster!”

The doctor may not have, but more than 365,000 people from around the world do. And within 20 minutes of Mosner updating them, they’d kicked in more than $5,000 to help.

Munster, also known as “Mr. Fancy Pants,” was born with spina bifida and can’t control his bladder. While most dogs born with the condition are put down almost immediately, this pup’s Montana breeder didn’t have the heart to end his life, and started looking for someone to care for him.

Enter Mosner, who’d saved, cared for, and re-homed another bulldog -- Gracie Lee -- with the same condition a year before. Gracie Lee was living in a box outside her owner’s home when Mosner met her, convinced the owner to let her go, secured a donated doggie wheelchair, and found a forever home, where the dog is still happily living. In the process, Mosner started a Facebook page for Gracie Lee, which is how Munster’s breeder made a connection and reached out for help with Munster.

“She called and asked if I could help find him a home,” says Mosner. “I told her sure. Of course, that didn’t last long--I told her if she lived closer, I’d take Munster in a heartbeat.”

The breeder agreed to fly Munster to Maryland if Mosner could pay for it. The story went up on Facebook and before long, the expenses were paid. Shortly after that, Munster got his own Facebook page.

Since then, life has been pretty sweet for the dog, who wears Good Nights teen diapers and is spoiled rotten by Mosner, who lives in Owings Mills. That is, until Monday, when Munster became violently ill with what veterinarians thought was an intestinal blockage.

Transferred to the Pet+ER in Towson, Munster underwent major surgery Monday and things were pretty touch-and-go, but by the next day, he was up and walking and happy to have a visit from Mosner, who says she hasn’t slept all week. The obstruction turned out to be an abscess, and Munster is scheduled to undergo more surgery later this week. So far, his care has cost $2,000 per day, which is where his legions of Facebook fans come in.

“People have donated $32,000 for his care over his lifetime,” says Mosner, adding that gifts come from all over the world, and that she’s only had to buy two packages of his diapers in three years -- the rest come from donations.

“Our vehicle was stolen and a lady gave us a used car," Mosner says. "People are amazing. They love Munster and all they ask is that I share his photos with them.”

Jocelyn Brooks, director of marketing and outreach for The Pet+ER, says her office has been inundated with calls and emails from people asking about Munster, and that The Pet+ER’s Facebook page has added 500 new followers and received hundreds of messages since he arrived there Monday.

“I have never seen so much outreach for a patient,” she says.

Mosner chokes up talking about how much love the world has for Munster, whose diapers earned him his Fancy Pants nickname and who she credits with saving 13 other dogs with the same condition whose breeders reached out to her for help. And while she’s scared to death about the next round of surgery, she’s also hopeful.

“I know his fans will help,” she says as the bills grow. “I hate to put him through it. It’s very unlike me to go out and ask for help, but I don’t want to lose him at 2 years old. These people have been part of his life from day one. I don’t care what he has -- he’s perfect to me.”

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