Abused Puppy With “Backwards Legs” Proves He’s A Fighter — And Takes His First Steps!

A puppy with backwards legs crawls on his belly.

A little puppy with backwards legs couldn’t get around on his own, but unfortunately no one in his first home was willing to help him. Now named Phelps, the poor pooch has what is known as Swimmer syndrome. This malformation in a pup’s legs causes them to lay flat behind their body, unable to carry weight, according to Vetster. Although this disorder can be treated, Phelps was not getting the care he needed in his abusive home.

Thankfully, rescuers were able to get the little guy out of this terrible living situation! Unfortunately, the poor little puppy’s legs were almost completely backwards. Treatment was still possible, but it was going to take a lot of physical therapy to get him walking on his own. Fundraising organization CUDDLY reported on Instagram that Phelps started his sessions right away!

This puppy with backwards legs refuses to give up.

This puppy was more than excited to get back on his feet, despite his backwards legs. He put his heart and soul into recovery as physical therapists used a variety of methods to help his muscles develop. Watching him take his first steps, wobbly though they may be, is one of the most heartwarming things you’ll ever see! The Dodo shared some of the sweetest footage of this determined little pup on YouTube.

Vet tech Kathryn Hartwig continues to share great news about Phelps’s progress on Instagram. Although this puppy is not quite up to walking or standing independently, she says “we are definitely making headway.” The adorable dog is even going to get his own cart to help him get around!

We’re so glad this puppy with backwards legs is finally getting the love and attention he deserves. Keep working hard in physical therapy, Phelps — everyone online is rooting for you!

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