Disabled Veteran Walks Again Thanks To His Dog

Two heads are better than one, and there's no denying the strength of a great duo. Take Bonnie and Clyde, Bert and Ernie, and this man and his dog, for example.

U.S. Navy Veteran Jack Cotter suffered two severe spinal injuries during his time in the Navy, and then another one while playing football after he'd been discharged.

He'd been forced to be in a wheelchair and could hardly go 10 feet without his crutches. For all intents and purposes, he'd been labeled “100 percent permanently and totally disabled,” Cotter told TODAY.

But, one little dog changed all of that. Cotter's wife, Nancy, described the first time Cotter and fox terrier Tucker met as “love at first sight.” The dog technically belonged to a friend of theirs, but seeing how well Tucker took to Cotter, they decided to let him keep the puppy permanently, Nancy told Today.

From there, obedience classes turned into agility training, and together Tucker and Cotter became quite good. Good enough to compete, in fact.

Ceasar's Way describes agility training as “a popular canine sport in which a handler directs a dog through a variety of obstacles such as a tunnel, teeter-totter, tire jump, weave poles, pause table, and standard jumps. During competitive agility events, handlers attempt to navigate dogs through a course as quickly and as accurately as they can.”

In other words, it's something that Cotter would have to be very involved in. So, you know what that meant? No more wheelchair for him!

It started with Tucker forcing Cotter to walk to the end of the driveway, Nancy said.

“He'd pull me a few steps more, and then more, and pretty soon we were walking a long way,” Cotter said.

“Other people said Jack would never do it due to his poor physical condition, but don't say ‘you can't' to Jack,” according to his wife.

There are few bonds like a man and a dog's. These two formed a relationship so strong, it worked a miracle.

[h/t: Today]