Taking your dog for a walk is one of the simple pleasures in life.
For you, it’s a great time to decompress and get some exercise in. For your pup, it’s an exciting trip to the world of different smells and warm sunshine.
Almost every dog loves going for walks — I know mine wants to go back out as soon as we come home after a walk — but sadly some dogs are not able to anymore, either due to age or injury.
One goldendoodle named Howard lost his ability to walk after a traumatic spinal cord injury. According to his Instagram, Howard collapsed while playing fetch with his mom in the yard. He was rushed to the vet, where they learned he had a hemorrhagic lesion in his spine.
Howard’s human, Makenzie Fulmer, says her sweet Howard “worked really hard in physical therapy” for months until he could walk again.
Makenzie also documented some of Howard’s journey. The video below shows how difficult it was for Howard to walk after his injury — and how much fun he has outside now.
Howard’s new way of walking isn’t quite the same as other dogs’, but that doesn’t matter. He seems so happy to finally be moving on his own again, and that’s the most important thing.
I’ve never met Howard but I can’t help feeling incredibly proud of him. I’m sure Makenzie and her family feel the same.
Check out the video below to see Howard’s incredible journey, and please SHARE his story on Facebook!
Footage Credit: Makenzie L. Fulmer
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