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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Heartwarming Story: Rescue Dog Paralyzed in Back Legs, Gets Adopted and Begins to Walk on Them

Ernie the dog wasn't able to move his back legs when he first arrived at the Colorado Animal Rescue, but he miraculously regained mobility after he was adopted.

The medical mystery has Ernie's veterinarians scratching their heads.

When Ernie was evaluated upon his arrival to the rescue by veterinarians who were having trouble figuring out why he couldn't move his back legs.

"It was kind of a big puzzle," Tracey Yajko of the Colorado Animal Rescue,told Life With Dogs. "We had X-rays done and it didn't look like any slipped discs."

Perhaps the cure for Ernie's mysterious condition was the unconditional love from a human.

Just a few days after Susi Cooley called the rescue and said she was interested in adopting Ernie after seeing his story on the rescue's Facebook page, the pup amazingly started walking on his back legs.

"It was literally a miracle," Yajko told Life With Dogs.

Cooley went on to finish the application process and was happy to hear of Ernie's improvement, although she was ready to give him a forever home even if he had to have a wheelchair. 

"It was amazing because we were prepared to always have a dog that was in a wheelchair," Cooley told Life With Dogs. "We were OK with that."

For more on Ernie's story, watch this video:





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