Hailing from Sichuan, Barbie the poodle has become a viral sensation after netizens discovered the inspiring story of how she learned to walk once again.
In 2010, Barbie and her owner Mr. Chen were returning to their hometown of Mianyang when Barbie was hit by a motorbike and crushed under its wheel.
Chen says he can still remember the pool of blood and Barbie’s screams of pain following the accident. He immediately rushed his beloved pet to an animal hospital in Chengdu where she underwent surgery costing 5,000 yuan.
Following the surgery, Barbie’s left foreleg was amputated and Chen wasn’t sure how his little poodle would be able to cope.
But half a year later, he discovered Barbie attempting to stand on her hind legs. At first, the pup would just fall over; however, a few months later, while Chen and his wife were having dinner, Barbie rose from her kennel and shakily walked toward them.
Even though she is now nine years old, Barbie can walk on her hind legs for up to one kilometer at a time. Chen says she loves searching for hugs from her owner and passersby and squats back down when she needs a rest.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via Sina Tencent]