I’ve always loved the videos of dogs going bonkers greeting their military Dads/Moms home from deployment, but this video made my heart soar.
Emma is a 1-year-old American Bulldog/Pitbull mix with a birth defect called Hemivertebrae which is caused by a congenitally deformed
It occurs when two or more vertebral bodies (the block-like portion of the vertebrae) fuse or develop asymmetrically. Symptoms are weakness in the hind legs and incontinence.
You’ll see in the video that Emma can’t use her hind legs at all, but that doesn’t stop her from pulling herself across the floor to see her Dad returning home after a 6 month deployment (her 2 siblings were pretty excited too).
Here’s what Emma’s Mom Melissa Proctor Swanson said about the video:
“My husband has been gone for 6 months. Before he left, we adopted (are long term foster parents for SNARR-a special needs animal rescue) a special needs puppy with a severe birth defect. Emma and her daddy were very close! It broke her heart when he left. When I come in the door, she normally sits at the end of the hallway and waits for me to pick her up. This time, when her daddy came in, she went to him! Mikey (the tan dog) was so happy he cried! Gotta love homecomings!!”
You can follow Emma on her Facebook page, Everything Emma.
The latest post says they had to take her to the vet last yesterday due to severe seizures. I hope she’s ok now.
Here’s the video: