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6-year-old recovers from brain surgery by feeding his dog treats

Dogs: Best friends, snuggle partners, and now physical-therapy assistants.


Shadan Larki

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 30, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 8:56 pm CDT

It’s no secret dogs are multitalented creatures: They already serve as our best friends and snuggle partners. Now we can add another title to their ever-growing canine résumé: physical-therapy assistants.

Six-year-old Jack is recovering from brain surgery. The operation, to remove a brain tumor, has rendered mobility in the left side of his body difficult. Jack now has to undergo physical therapy, and part of his regimen is feeding a dog his treats. 

Jack’s uncle Tyler Doss posted a video to YouTube depicting Jack exercising his left arm by lifting a treat up to a waiting dog. If Jack is able to lift up four treats, he’s promised a new bike. 

Watch as Jack erupts in laughter when the canine takes the treat from his hand.

H/T Reddit | Photo via pbump/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 30, 2014, 12:36 pm CDT