German shepherd overcomes disability and masters the stairs – leaving viewers in tears


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Timber, a 10-month-old dog, was rescued after she was set to be euthanised after being born with a disability. But the determined puppy was saved by a fosterer, and is exceeding expectations and overcoming her disability each and every day.

Timber was born with cerebellar hypoplasia ‑ a condition which affects her coordination and balance, often known as ‘wobbly dog syndrome’.

And one thing she had often struggled with was walking down stairs, as a result of different muscles being used.

Her owner, who adopts and fosters animals with disabilities, shared her amazing progress in the last few months as she learned to use the stairs in their Canadian home.

The first clip, shared on their TikTok account @timberandkona, saw Timber practically fall down the stairs in August, in heartbreaking footage.

By September, the shepherd got off to a much more confident start at the top of the steps, but lost her balance half way down.

Her owner has since shared a clip of Timber now, as she carefully placed one exaggerated paw in front of the other, using the wall for support ‑ and made it all the way down the stairs without taking a tumble.

The video left viewers in tears as they saw her progress in the emotional clip.

One wrote: “She learned how to adapt using the wall for stability ‑ so smart.”

“Over here bawling because I’m so proud of a dog I don’t even know,” added another.

A third said: “Dogs are capable of more than we give them credit for.”

Timber was adopted by her family in August, from a rescue in California after her first owners gave her up.

She was set to be euthanised due to her condition, but her foster owner worked with a rescue centre that saved her from being put to sleep just in time.

Her owner said: “After initially seeing her in a TikTok, we sat down and wrote a letter to her foster mom, letting her know how we knew she was meant to be ours. It wasn’t long after that that Timber was on her way to Seattle, Great Falls and finally, Canada.”

Timber lives with a retriever called Kona, who is an amputee, as well as a blind cat called George, and Kitters, the family’s second cat.

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