Here’s a sweet video of a rescue dog named Emma, who suffers from a birth defect called Hemivertebrae, greeting her foster dad as he returns from a six-month deployment with the Air Force. Here’s the description from YouTube:
My husband has been deployed for 6 months. Before he left, we adopted (are long term foster parents for SNARR-a special needs animal rescue) a special needs puppy with a severe birth defect. Emma and her daddy were very close! It broke her heart when he left. When I come in the door, she normally sits at the end of the hallway and waits for me to pick her up. This time, when her daddy came in, she went to him! Mikey (the tan dog) was so happy he cried! Gotta love homecomings!!
Many have asked why Emma doesn’t have a doggy wheelchair. We have tried a couple on her. Due to her front legs also not being normal, she wasn’t able to use it. It put too much pressure on her front end. Once she’s not able to move around well on her own, we will likely get her a quad cart. We don’t want to do that yet because it will weaken her front legs. However, I am looking into a specially made cart, just for her condition. It will take some time though, if it’s possible.