This is possibly the best video that we’ve seen in awhile. If this video doesn’t tug at your heart strings then you just aren’t hooked up right.
In late March 2013 Melissa Swanson put up a video of her mixed breed Bulldog/Pitbull, Emma. This one is a tear jerker so be forewarned before you watch it. Just sayin’.
Emma is a very special puppy. She’s paralyzed and can’t walk on her back legs. She was born with an abnormality at birth, Hemivertebrae, that causes spinal and neurological issues.
Melissa explains that Emma simply will not use any special needs aids to get around. She refuses to use a special wheelchair for dogs, harness, or drag bag. Emma simply drags the lower half of her body around anywhere she needs to go. And sometimes she’ll just patiently wait until someone picks her up.
Despite the disability Emma enjoys a full life. She still enjoys playing outside and being a dog. She is completely unaware that her circumstances are a bit unusual, and requires special attention and help.
The family has laid out rugs all over the house to aid Emma in dragging herself around easier. At the time the video was shot there were no rugs in the hallway.
The special video shows Melissa’s husband, an airman, arriving at home after being deployed for more than 6 months. Melissa wanted to capture the exciting moment that he returned home to her and all of the dogs running to see him as he came through the door.
You can clearly see in the video how excited all of the dogs were to see their Dad. The other two dogs can be seen running excitedly to meet Dad at the door. They can be seen jumping up and down on him just thrilled that he is home.
Emma is seen dragging herself just as fast as she can to greet him. Melissa’s husband after greeting the other dogs turns his attention to Emma, and gently picks her up so that he can embrace her.
Melissa used the video to bring attention to SNARR. SNARR, Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Melissa and her husband have an agreement with SNARR that allows them to keep Emma for the rest of her life, but allows SNARR to continue to care for her medical bills. This works out great for everyone because Emma’s medical bills can get expensive.
If you would like to learn more about SNARR and donate you can checkout their website: https://snarranimalrescue.org
You can checkout Emma’s Family Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/EverythingEmmaDog