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The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Sunnyshinylight(f): 4:15pm On Oct 28, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry2QA4nu5a4

The dog that walks like a human – and other precocious pets: ‘We didn’t teach him, it was his idea’

Kentee Pasek with Dexter the dog walking on his two back legs and wearing a hat and scarf, down a road with mountains in the background in Ouray, Colorado.

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‘I watched in amazement as he hopped up the stairs’: Dexter, the dog that walks on two legs
We bought Dexter as a puppy. He was an adorable bundle of energy, a pure-breed Brittany spaniel. My husband, two children and I fell in love with him straight away.

We’d lost an elderly dog the year before, and had rescued another, who we tragically had to put to sleep. It devastated us. So we poured our love into Dexter.

We live in a small mountain town, Ouray, in Colorado, so he quickly became part of the community. Children pass our yard on the way to school and stop to pet him. We named him after a local creek.

When Dexter was nearly a year old, in March 2016, he was involved in a terrible accident. He escaped from our yard – we think he caught the scent of a deer trail. He ran in front of a vehicle, about a mile from our home.

My husband, Tim, found him with his two front legs badly injured. Tim volunteers as a mountain rescue first responder, so wasn’t too fazed. He called me to come quickly. I jumped in the car, and was horrified when I saw my baby. It was worse than I’d imagined, and Dexter was in a lot of pain. There was no doubt that we needed to get him to the vet, but there wasn’t a moment to lose, as the closest one was an hour’s drive away.

Dexter taking a two-legged walk around his home town of Ouray, Colorado
It was clear Dexter wanted to live. I sat with him in the back of the car and he rested his head on my lap, trying to comfort me. When we arrived, the vet was waiting, and on seeing Dexter, turned green. He said he needed to get the senior vet. At that point, we didn’t know if Dexter had a brain injury or internal bleeding. The vet acted quickly, and soon determined that we’d need to amputate his right front paw, but that the left could be saved, though it wouldn’t be entirely functional. I knew we’d do everything possible to save Dexter.


After three days, Dexter came home. He’d had a lot of surgery, but the vet was confident he could enjoy a decent quality of life. It took him a long time to recover, and I worked hard on his rehabilitation – building muscle tone, working on his mobility. For a year, Dexter had to wear a cone, and we had a specially commissioned wheelchair made that fitted around his stomach, with wheels at the front, so he could get around on three legs. He was still a puppy, had so much energy and just exuded positivity.

Every morning, first thing, I’d carry him down the porch steps, without his wheelchair, to go out in the yard. One day, I left him at the bottom while I popped inside to get my coffee. When I returned a few seconds later, Dexter was at the top of the steps. I looked around, dumbfounded. How had he got there?

‘He jumped up on his two back legs, and hopped up the steps, like he’d been doing it his whole life. I couldn’t believe it,’ says Kentee Pasek.

I put him at the bottom again, and waited. Within moments, he jumped up on his two back legs, and hopped up the steps, like he’d been doing it his whole life. I couldn’t believe it. Since then, Dexter has not stopped walking on two legs. He sometimes uses his front left leg for balance, sniffing around on three legs, but when he wants to go fast, he pops up on his two back legs to run.


I spoke to the vet, who was worried about the pressure on his hips. We encouraged him to keep using his wheelchair, but he’d just stand up with it still attached, which could have caused more damage. We never taught Dexter to walk this way, it was all his own idea. He now visits a chiropractor regularly, who says his back is strong and his hips are pure muscle.

Dexter is now seven. He has rewritten the rules of what it means to have a physical impairment. Nothing slows him down, and he’s the most joyful dog – determined and tenacious. I’m so proud of him. I receive letters from around the world from people in tough situations, saying, “If Dexter can do it, so can I.” He went viral after a clip of him, taken by a stranger, ended up on primetime television in the US.

He’s delighted with all the attention – and treats. But at the end of the day, he’s still our family pet, a dog who loves chasing balls, fetching sticks and going for a run in the park. After the accident, the vet said he must have had a serious will to live, and Dexter definitely does.

Kentee Pasek.

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Sunnyshinylight(f): 4:16pm On Oct 28, 2022
Interesting

I'm going to say this, life is precious and every living thing fights for survival, whenever you encounter your fellow, whether human or otherwise fighting for survival, please give a helping hand as you can, you never know when you are going to need a helper.

Let us learn to help because help is the best investment TB JOSHUA

I miss you master, you would have been all over the place during this flooding in the country, we all miss you master and indeed love forever.

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Cubalabloo(m): 4:18pm On Oct 28, 2022
Dog is walking like M Kanu

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Shalommy(f): 4:31pm On Oct 28, 2022
The dog walks like tinubu. smiley

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by FalseProphet1(m): 7:05pm On Oct 28, 2022
That dog is richer than over 85% of the average Nigerian. This is what Buhari and APC has reduced Nigerians to. Vote for Peter Obi for a better Nigeria.

This I have seen.

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by socialmediaman: 7:05pm On Oct 28, 2022

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Starships4u(m): 7:05pm On Oct 28, 2022
This is serious...

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by gentlesmithugo(m): 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
Can it run like human too

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by LTCtech: 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Tolumiide: 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
Buga won

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Pwettylinda(f): 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
This dog is better and stronger than Tinubu.

Tinubu can't be this agile undecided

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Juanmike(m): 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
Cubalabloo:
Dog is walking like M Kanu
Must you show your foolishness in every post?

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Brendaniel: 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
The dog has adapted to walking like that since after the accident, though not so convenient for it, but it has to move...

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by oloyede11(m): 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
Toor
Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Akfrenzy(m): 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
[font=Lucida Sans Unicode][/font] Caption could've been DOG THAT WALKS LIKE EMILOKAN grin grin

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by NothingDoMe: 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
Wow
Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by 9jaBloke: 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by zrealjaheal: 7:06pm On Oct 28, 2022
cry

Show a brother some love
Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by yoilasolomon: 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
End time dog

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Thebossoasis(f): 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
Dog na dog abeg undecided

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by abrahambest(m): 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
Lol, what a dog
Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by sylve11: 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
Not bad. cool
Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by dex4sure: 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
No b white people again....am not surprised

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Treadway: 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
And evolution continues...watch how that dog will have offspring with exceptionally strong hind limbs.

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by NaijaRoyalty(m): 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
Another one

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by SeriouslySense(m): 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
What is that. Its understandable, its adaption, he lost one of his legs, so he adapted to walk on two legs.

I would've been shocked if he had four legs but chooses to walk on two legs. Or if it was born with only two legs.

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Nobody: 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
Gbese grin

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:07pm On Oct 28, 2022
Dogs : A man's best friend

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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Nikkganc08(m): 7:08pm On Oct 28, 2022
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Re: The Dog That Walks Like A Human (Video, Photos) by Thebossoasis(f): 7:08pm On Oct 28, 2022
Shalommy:
The dog walks like tinubu. smiley
Naaa that dog walks better than tinubu undecided

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