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Disabled puppy makes miraculous recovery

Against all odds, a Boston terrier learns how to walk
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Eleanor Murphy, July 31, 2013 11:20:44 AM

They say you have to learn how to walk before you can run. Well this little guy had to learn how to swim first.

Mick, an adorable six week old Boston Terrier, was born with a disorder called Swimmer Puppy Syndrome. And no, he did not get that name because his mother delivered him in some kind of fancy dog birthing tub.

Gawker reports that dogs who are born without the ability to use their legs are diagnosed with Swimmer Puppy Syndrome. This affliction prevents them from being able to sit, stand or walk and if it wasn’t so devastating, it would actually be pretty cute.

The tragic part about SPS is that most pups born with this disorder are immediately put down due to the high cost of physical therapy. But luckily for Mick, The Mia Foundation decided to give him a chance.

The Mia Foundation is an organization based in Rochester, New York, dedicated to rehabilitating animals that are born with birth defects. They derived their foundations name from Mia, the super sweet chihuahua who was born with a cleft palate (another common death sentence for dogs).

The good samaritans at The Mia Foundation took Mick under their wing and after some of the cutest water therapy ever (think bath tubs and tiny harnesses), Mick’s legs grew strong enough for him to actually walk.

So, to everyone who woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, please click here and prepare to smile at a tiny champ finding his sea/land/everything legs.

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