Ernie was a pup found abandoned in Glenwood Springs, Colorado that was unable to use his back legs. Luckily, the amazing people at Colorado Animal Rescue (CAR) took him into their shelter and immediately began to try to figure out what was causing his paralysis. They took x-rays and ran tests, but nothing seemed to point a specific reason for why Ernie couldn’t walk. So, they built him a wheelchair and continued to work with him, giving him physical therapy and even acupuncture to see if it would help. He had captured their hearts with his personality and spent most of his day in the front office, greeting people and spending time with the staff. Over the next few months, they posted pictures of him on their Facebook page, updating people on his journey and daily happenings. One day, Susi Cooley was sent a link about him, and as soon as she saw him, knew she wanted to adopt him.
Cooley called CAR and said that she would be away for the next week, but if that Ernie hadn’t been adopted by anyone else when she returned, she was hoping she could send in an application. While she was away, a miracle of sorts happened. Out of nowhere and for no reason known to anyone at the shelter, Ernie began to walk one day. There were screams of joy and elation from the entire staff. When Cooley came to pick him up, she was shocked. She had planned to adopt him no matter what and was ready to care for his special needs, but as it turned out, Ernie had other plans. In the present time, Ernie is living a great life with the Cooley family and enjoys walks, jogging, chasing his ball, and even joining Susi for paddle boarding and riding on the back of her motorcycle (in a secure seat, of course). Their story provides hope for anyone considering a special needs dog, because sometimes, it all works out in the end.
Watch a news report on Ernie here:
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