Bella Burton is just like any other 11-year-old girl. She likes to swim, ride her bike, and hang out with her best friend, with whom she spends all her time.
But Burton’s best friend, George, isn’t just an average best friend. He’s a Great Dane, and he helps Burton through all of her favorite activities.
Burton was born with a rare metabolic disorder called Morquio syndrome, which causes dwarfism and abnormal bone growth. That means she has trouble walking, and stands under four feet tall. She’s not expected to get much taller.
But with George by her side, she can do anything.
Before George, a licensed therapy dog, Burton relied on a wheelchair and crutches to get around, but with George’s help, she’s getting stronger and better at balancing on her own.
And like any good friend, George is there to lean on when she needs it.
Great Danes are really big dogs, but they make great therapy dogs and have even saved lives. For Burton, George is more than just a best friend and companion — he’s also teaching her how to be independent, and encouraging her to get the activity and exercise she needs to be healthy.
Check out the adorable friendship between this little girl and her big dog below!
[H/T: Wide Open Pets]