On Thursday, April 3, the Columbian reported that the video of a Washington state two-legged Boxer running on the beach has gone viral, capturing the hearts of animal lovers worldwide.
Duncan Lou Who the Boxer is missing half of his legs, but the adorable, spirited 9-month-old has garnered millions of fans.
Two weeks ago, Duncan's guardians, Amanda Giese and Gary Walters, took him to the beach for the first time. They filmed the happy dog cavorting in the sand - and their two-minute video has 3.2 million views and counting.
The sweet, exuberant dog has graced the CNN website and also appeared on the "Today" show.
Duncan was rescued by an organization called Panda Paws Rescue, a Vancouver, Wash. based nonprofit rescue that specializes in saving dogs who have special needs, need major medical care, or who need hospice care.
The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) and the Animal Hospice, End of Life and Palliative Care Project (AHELP Project) provide support for guardians of animals who are seniors or who have increased care needs.
AHELP Project is a greater Seattle based grassroots organization that became a non-profit in 2013. AHELP honors the journey of lifetime loving care for your animal family members. You can learn more about them on their website or on their Facebook page.
Giese and Walters, who run Panda Paws rescue, didn't anticipate the overwhelming response to Duncan's video as the happy dog ran along Oregon's Rockaway Beach.
"This one went crazy," stated Giese.
She added: "His feet hit the sand and he tore through it all. He's an inspirational little guy."
Duncan, who was born with severely deformed rear legs, had a doubtful future before coming to Panda Paws Rescue. His rear legs had fused into an "X" and his pelvis was also improperly formed. Walters and Giese rescued Duncan when he was three months old and their veterinarian said that they could either euthanize the Boxer or amputate his hind legs. They chose the latter.
While Walters and Giese had several wheelchairs that were made specifically for Duncan, the plucky Boxer declined them all, opting instead to run on two legs. Duncan stopped growing at four months of age, and at only 18 pounds, it isn't difficult for him to walk on two legs.
Despite the best efforts of Duncan's guardians, the sweet Boxer won't gain weight - and they fear that his life expectancy will likely be abbreviated. But they're going to make every moment count.
"His life is probably going to be cut short," stated Giese.
"We don't know how short, so we just let him live life to the fullest for as long as he can."
Duncan will live out the remainder of his life with Walters and Giese - loved every moment, and a reminder of the powerful impact that special needs animals can have on our hearts.
Interested in learning more about animal hospice and palliative care? AHELP Project offers educational programs and a Professional Network of providers who contribute to comfort for you and your family. Learn more about their Animal Caregivers Support Circle, email and phone support, and online resources on their website.
Would you like to support Panda Paws Rescue in their mission to help special needs animals? You can donate to their organization with a one-time or monthly donation on their website.
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