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Adorable local puppy that went viral has uphill medical battle

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) - If you thought Napoleon the puppy could not get any cuter, wait until you get to know more about him. WDRB got to meet the 3-1/2 month old puppy Friday in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

His foster mom, Amber Graves, says she knows why people fell in love with him in his viral video.

"His stumpy appearance and the fact that he just, he's so little, he looks like a munchkin and sounds like a munchkin, and his tongue, I think him sticking his tongue out and making those kind of noises -- dogs don't usually make noises like that, that was pretty funny I thought," said Graves.

"He definitely does seem somewhat human, he tells me when he's ready to eat, he sasses me, if I don't fix his food fast enough," said Graves. "He's smart, he knows what he can get away with and what he can't get away with." 

"We think Corgi's in there somewhere, he's got the short legs and long body. And he's got a little stumpy tail. As far as the rest we have no idea," said Graves.

You may be one of the millions who viewed his temper tantrum online. The original video has close to 5 million views. Small, but mighty, this Napoleon is conquering hearts -- putting on his best act to try to get what he wants.

"He is obsessed with it, he wants to always sit in my lap, I've never let him sit in my lap while driving," said Graves.

Graves finally caught his fit on camera. It has given Southern Indiana Animal Rescue a boost, which took him in, when he was given up.

"We've gotten people wanting to donate, people wanting to sponsor him, we've gotten 6,000 new likes on our Facebook page," said Graves.

Rescuers hope to adopt him out in a few months, but he has an uphill battle. He may have dwarfism, and has a serious problem eating because of his esophagus, called mega-esophagus.

"Dogs that have this condition, sometimes, they have to be euthanized sometimes because of it," said Graves.

He is on a special diet and meds, and Graves says he will need a doggy high chair called a Bailey Chair to help get food down. 

A lot of people are interested in adopting Napoleon, but Graves wants to remind people that there are a lot of other animals who need homes, too

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