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article imageParalyzed pooch becomes inspiration, winning race and hearts

By Greta McClain     Jul 26, 2014 in Internet
Auburn - A determined little dachshund won't let something like paralysis stand in her way, racing her way into the finals of the 16th annual Wiener Dog Races, and winning the hearts of animal lovers all over the world.
Anderson Pooper, a female seven-year-old dachshund named after a popular CNN news anchor, is owned by Seattle residents Dave and Brenda Sizer. The couple adopted Anderson after Brenda, who run the non-profit group Animals With Disabilities, was contacted about a dog whose back legs were paralyzed due to a freak accident.
A cart is attached to Poopers back legs so she can move about. However, Brenda soon realized that the cart purchased by the previous owners did not fit correctly and limited the dog's movement. The Sizers had a new cart custom made for Pooper and they soon discovered the dog loved to run. Dave told New York Daily News:
"She loves running. Any chance she gets she's all in for it. We'll take her to the coast and she'll run on the beach and we have a hard time keeping up with her."
Pooper enjoys running so much the Sizers decided to enter her in the Emerald Downs Annual Kent & Alan Wiener Dog Races. The event consists of three races. Twelve dogs race in each of the two qualifying heats. The top six from each qualifying heat advance to the final championship race.
Few people would have ever imagined that Pooper would ever be able to run, much less run his way into the finals of the Wiener Dog Races. But Pooper doesn't care about her disability, all she cares about is doing what she loves, and that is running. Pooper has become an inspiration to many who have seen the video of her running in the Wiener Dog Races, with one viewer saying "she is a little dog, but a great fighter. She tells me what it means to fight."
Another viewer is equally impressed, saying:
"Honestly one of the most adorable things I've ever seen and if it doesn't make your heart swell, I don't know what will. This little fella’s determination makes him a winner in my eyes"
Pooper won her first race, filming the entire race with a GoPro Camera mounted on her cart.
Although her cart got mired in the mud during the final race, those present were also inspired by Pooper, immediately falling in love with the determined little pooch. While many of the dogs veered off the track or never even left the starting gate, Pooper stayed focused, running as fast as she could towards the finish line and Brenda, who just happened to be holding some of Pooper's favorite treats. Pooper was so popular, many people stopped to ask questions and request to have a picture taken with Pooper. The photo and questions and answer session lasted more than 20 minutes.
The video of Pooper racing in the finals has gone viral, receiving more than 355,000 likes in less than a week. The video and her story has even been featured on Fox Sports, receiving more than 6,400 Facebook shares.
Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from Pooper. Perhaps we can use Pooper as a reminder to keep going no matter what obstacles we may face, and as one viewer puts it "keep living a great life."
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