She Has Never Walked Without a Wheelchair or Crutches—Then She Met an Unlikely Best Friend…

11-year-old Bella Burton was born with Morquio syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has hindered her mobility greatly. In fact, she’s always needed crutches or a wheelchair just to walk.

But when Bella met George—that all changed.

“I lean on him like a crutch,” Bella told ABC News.

And she’s not being figurative.

George is her Great Dane, her best friend, and best of all, the most cuddly canine walking cane.

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“I had wheelchairs, walkers, Canadian crutches, regular crutches and then we got George and I dropped my crutches and started to use him,” she said.

Bella first met George last year, and he’s not only improved her movement, but also her morale.

“With George, she’s become so much stronger and active,” said Bella’s mom Rachel.


Her canine companion has had a more positive impact on her than any other therapy she’s been through. Now, Bella’s breaking outside of her shell, running on the playground, shopping at the malland partaking in all sorts of other activities that she never dreamed of  before George.

His impact has been so massive that he’s going to be honored by the American Kennel Club (AKC) with the Award for Canine Excellence next month.

“George and Bella have an inseparable bond and he will do anything for her. He has helped her gain confidence, independence and happiness,” the AKC wrote.

The unshakable bond between this adorable duo is further proof that dog is not only man’s best friend…but little girl’s best friend too. 🙂


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