A dog climbing the stairs for the first time since losing his paw is warming hearts online.
The clip, shared by TikTok user Jennifer Milikowsky (@thetripawdtwins), documents rescue dog Daisy’s journey to learn how to climb stairs again.
4-year-old Golden Pyrenees’ leg was amputated in 2019 due to an infection. The emotional footage shows her overcoming her fear – from being confused by the bottom step to rushing uphill without hesitation.
Since being shared on December 1, the post has received 3.4 million views and over 400,000 likes.
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Tammie Fox is the CEO of Pumpkin and Friends, a charity for disabled animals based in the UK. She said pets with additional needs are often overlooked, especially in shelters.
“Charities are struggling to find loving homes for these incredible animals,” she said. Newsweek. “People want the perfect pet, but the perfect doesn’t exist.”
Fox said animals with disabilities can still live full and happy lives. The Pumpkin and Friends charity was inspired by its own pet, a paralyzed West Highland terrier, who now works as a therapy dog in Fox’s hometown of Lincoln.
“They give so much love back, and it’s really rewarding,” she said. “Please support your local animal charities, even just by liking social media accounts or sharing their content.”
How Daisy learned to climb stairs again
Daisy lives on a farm in Westhampton, Massachusetts, with her owner Jennifer Milikowsky, her husband and her boyfriend Ralph.
Golden Pyrenees (half Golden Retriever, half Pyrenees), Daisy was a working cattle female dog in the Midwest before she lost her leg. Although Milikowsky doesn’t know all the details of Daisy’s past life, she does know that her leg was amputated due to a serious infection that couldn’t be resolved with antibiotics.
“During this process, she was put up for adoption,” Milikowsky said. Newsweek.
“A New Chance Animal Rescue of Bedford Hills, New York, stepped in to take him in while he waited to find his new home.”
Milikowsky and her husband have always wanted to open their home to a dog in need. They adopted Daisy’s brother Ralph, a golden retriever, in January 2019. Like Daisy, Ralph also lost his right rear leg.
“Ralph was a stray dog in Turkey who was found on the street and needed amputation surgery, probably because he had been hit by a car,” Milikowsky said.
“A rescue organization in Turkey coordinated with Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue to provide the operation and transfer him to the United States for adoption and eventually made it to our farm.”
Milikowsky said it was “love at first sight” with Daisy, with a photo of her “sweet face” winning her over before they even met. Daisy came to live with the couple in February 2020.
Although having two “tripawd” puppies comes with additional challenges, Milikowsky and her husband went above and beyond to give Ralph and Daisy a good life.
“It turns out that the most important thing for a three-legged dog is to get plenty of exercise and stay at a healthy weight so you don’t put extra pressure on the remaining legs. Our farm is a perfect place to Ralph and Daisy for doing just that,” Milikowsky said.
The stairs were a particularly difficult task for Daisy to relearn, but Milikowsky is thrilled with her progress. In the viral video, she explains that the feat required lots of treats, toys, reassurance and encouragement.
“The main way we help them through these challenges is to encourage them and help them slowly challenge themselves,” Milikowsky said.
“It’s important that they learn coordination and develop the muscles to do things on their own, so we don’t always want to wear them, but we also don’t want to make it too difficult for them, especially not too quickly. . “
In the clip, Daisy starts to look confused on how to get up the stairs without her back leg. After jumping off a step, a worried Daisy turns to Milikowsky for help.
However, in the following clip, a confident Daisy can be seen walking up the stairs, while Milikowsky encourages her.
TikTokers couldn’t get enough of the dog’s positive attitude, with user @adventuringwithnala commenting, “Good job.”
“She is incredible!!” Bry commented, while “THATTA GIRL DAISY,” Jack wrote.
“I’m so proud of her I’m crying,” StormRavenSteele posted.
Corey Beckmann commented, “It’s the simple things they do that we don’t think about that become the greatest accomplishments.”
Daisy isn’t the only rescue dog to recently break hearts online. An anxious rescue dog who takes his comfort blanket everywhere brought TikTok users to tears in December, while after spending 700 days in a shelter, Gumbo the coonhound finally found his forever home.
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