Meet the dog who learned to walk like a human after being seriously injured

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Ourai, Colorado – A lot of dogs think they’re human, but Dexter takes that to another level – to the point where I can now safely say, I’ve seen it all.

The dog Dexter lives in Ouray, Colorado, where for the past few years the two-tone, bipedal Brittany Spaniel has been turning heads wherever he goes. Its owner, Kentee Pasek, says walking on two legs was not something she taught him. Rather, it’s an adaptation he made after a near-death experience.

When Dexter was a puppy, he escaped his yard, ran into traffic, and was hit by a car. He lost a front leg and the other was badly damaged.

Everyone thought he would need some sort of adaptive gear to get around. He used a wheelchair for some time. Until the day when Pasek put the doggie at the foot of his porch without the wheelchair.

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Dexter used a wheelchair to get around after being hit by a car.

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“I ran to get my cup of coffee, walked out…and was like, ‘How’s it going?'” she told CBS News after finding out her dog had ridden the stairs.

She grabbed her phone and handed Dexter to the bottom of the stairs and recorded him climbing the stairs on two feet. Pasek says Dexter gets regular checkups at the vet to make sure his joints and hips are healthy, and the vet agrees that’s the best option to keep Dexter happy and mobile.

In the six years since, Dexter has become a celebrity in his own right, taking part in parades and creating a legion of social media followers, who now come to the dog’s hometown from all over the country in the hope to see the most honest citizen of Ouray.

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Dexter the dog walks on two legs after being seriously injured.

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The whole thing takes the absurdity to new heights. But for many, Dexter is no joke. In a pile of mail he receives each month are hundreds of letters of sincere gratitude.

“I am recovering from intensive radiation treatments for breast cancer and you certainly bring joy to my day,” read one of the cards.

Where humans see obstacles, dogs sometimes beg to differ.

“Dexter shows us, why aren’t you over there writing the book you want to write? Why aren’t you over there doing the things you want to do? Because he did,” Pasek said.

And in doing so, he proved that sometimes getting knocked down is the only way to see how high you stand.


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