Thanks to therapy, this paralyzed puppy is close to walking for the first time

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When Lieutenant Dan was born in late 2015, he was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called hindlimb paresis, which led doctors to believe he would never be able to walk on his own.

Shortly after his birth the abandoned puppy was taken to Bialy's Wellness Foundation, a rescue organizations specifically dedicated to helping animals with special needs.

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The rescuers made it their mission to help Lt. Dan, providing him with extensive physical therapy to strengthen his weak hind legs with the hope that maybe one day he could walk without the help of his tiny wheelchair.

At first, Lt. Dan struggled with the sessions, dragging himself through the tiny courses they set up for him to navigate. But eventually over time, he built up muscle in his hind legs, and is now finally close to his ultimate goal -- prancing on his own.

Balance disc exercises.

Posted by Lt Dan on Monday, February 15, 2016

Lieutenant Dan's story gets even better. While putting in countless hours working on his condition at the rescue center, one of his dedicated trainers decided to adopt him, meaning he can now practice his skills from the comfort of a new home!

See more photos of the adorable pup's progress below.

Enjoyed my underwater treadmill time at Integrative Pet Care this afternoon.

Posted by Lt Dan on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Having fun playing with the rope!

Posted by Lt Dan on Monday, March 21, 2016
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