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Patience and perseverance: Adorable Bulldog encourages puppy to walk

Bulldog Patches teaches puppy Elvis to walk dog-happy
© Mary Ellen Brixey – YouTube

With only one puppy to care for, this mum is more attentive than most. A video showing her teaching her little one to walk has garnered over 12 million views.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 10/05/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28

Elvis was the only pup born of Patches. He has a cleft palate, giving him a permanent sneer; hence his name. Weak from the outset, Elvis needed all the help he could get, and his human parents stood up to the plate: they fed and watered the little dog until in due course his strength grew and he was able to get around by himself.

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At least, he tried to get around by himself, because Elvis’s next task was to try to walk on all fours. And it was with the help of his mother that he finally mastered the art.

A cute video

The video, filmed by Patches’ owner shows the moment the loving mother helps Elvis to navigate the floor. Posted ten years ago, the video has now been seen by over 12 million people.

In the end, Elvis was donated to the vet who cared for the puppy in the weeks following his birth, and by all accounts Elvis is very happy and settled in his new home.

Patches remains with her original owner, and no doubt confident in the knowledge that she and the humans around her gave Elvis the best start in life.

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