Great Dane helps little girl with rare genetic disorder learn to walk again
They don't call dogs "man's best friend" for nothing.
It is especially true for a girl named Bella and her Great Dane, George. At just 11 years old, Bella's growth has been stunted due to a rare genetic disorder called Morquio Syndrome, according to WCVB.
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Even after nine major surgeries, Rachel's mother told WCVB that her daughter was still struggling to get around.
But according to Bella, things have been looking up ever since service dog George joined the family last month. The dog has helped her more than any other therapy she's tried and has offered the girl a new chance at walking.
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The two formed an instant bond. The fast friends go everywhere together, even to Bella's school.
"He knows where all my classes are," the 11-year-old said.
As adorable as the Great Dane may be, Bella reminded onlookers to look but not touch the dog when they're together.
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A Great Dane seems only appropriate for such a great girl with a big life ahead of her. You can donate to the service dog program where the family found George here.
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