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Adorable: Disabled dog greets her military daddy

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  • Emma, a 1-year-old pitbull mix, has a congenital defect
  • That doesn't dampen her joy when her human comes home from deployment!
Adorable: Disabled dog greets her military daddy

Oh, the feelings!

Meet Emma, a sweet little pitbull mix who suffers from hemivertebrae, a spinal anomaly that has compromised her front legs and rendered her back legs almost useless. She also has a neurological disorder. Despite her challenges, Emma is a happy girl, and likely never has she been more happy than when she got to greet her human, freshly home from deployment.

Melissa Swanson, Emma's foster mom, uploaded the video, and says the whole doggie brood was ecstatic to see her husband again. "Emma and her daddy were very close! It broke her heart when he left," she posted under the video. "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!!"

Melissa also says Emma can't benefit from a doggy wheelchair because her front legs are malformed and too weak to support her. Nonetheless, the sweet pup has many fans (just check out her Facebook page!). 

The Swansons say they are long-term doggy foster parents, and heard of Emma through SNARR (Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation). According to her Facebook page, the Swanson family decided within days that Emma was a part of their lives, and they would keep her indefinitely. Can you blame them? Who could walk away from love like this?

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