Partially Paralyzed Pit Bull Puppy Lieutenant Dan Is Learning To Walk (Be Still Our Hearts)

Written by: Katie Kirnan

March 4, 2016

A couple of months ago, we brought you the inspiring story of Lieutenant Dan, a rescued Pit Bull puppy suffering from Hindlimb Paresis. Although the condition renders him limited control of his back legs, Lieutenant Dan is determined not to let his disability prevent him from leading a full life.

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We’re now very happy to share that this sweet and strong pup is learning to use his back legs! Lieutenant Dan posted some exciting updates last month on his Facebook page, and the strides he has made are incredible — literally.

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The Lieutenant posing with his Pit Bull foster bro, Josh.

Lt Dan posted several sneak peeks into his physical therapy exercises at Chicago-based Integrative Pet Care. Based on these videos, it looks like things are going well for the persevering pup!

Such focus and concentration during balance exercises at Integrative Pet Care.

Posted by Lt Dan on Monday, January 11, 2016

Check me out! Walking well in the underwater treadmill

Posted by Lt Dan on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Taking steps one at a time and walking over Cavaletti poles!

Posted by Lt Dan on Monday, January 18, 2016

The progress that Lieutenant Dan continues to make is remarkable. As you might recall, it wasn’t too long ago that he (admirably) made his way around like this:

Now, Lieutenant Dan is enjoying walks in the park…and making it look like a walk in the park:

Lieutenant Dan’s enduring story is a compelling testament to the power of perseverance and the loving nature of Pit Bulls. With love and support from our family and friends, we are all capable of overcoming difficult circumstances.

To continue following Lieutenant Dan’s journey, you can check him out on his Facebook page. He also makes frequent appearances on his brother Josh’s Facebook page, who is a special needs advocate as well.

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Sibling snuggle sesh.

To help other special needs dogs like Lieutenant Dan, consider donating to Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

We’ll leave you with one more video, because, c’mon, these dogs are just awesome:

Morning playtime with Josh the Pitbull – Special Needs and Happy

Posted by Lt Dan on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Featured image via @Lt Dan/Facebook

H/t @Lt Dan/Facebook

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Written by: Katie Kirnan

March 4, 2016

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