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Paralyzed dog defies odds and climbs Mount Washington

It's incredible when injured people accomplish physically-demanding tasks, but one special animal rescue dog showed how determined she was in the face of being disabled.

According to Fox News, Lucy, a 4-year-old mixed breed, was able to climb Mount Washington even though she is paralyzed.

"I think many people underestimate handicapped pets and don't realize just how much they can do given proper care and training," owner Courtney Dunning told the news outlet.

Lucy was involved in a car accident years ago in Puerto Rico, and lost the ability to use her legs. However, the animal still finished the six-hour journey last Wednesday, and soon became the the first paralyzed pooch to scale the 2,290-foot peak.

For now, Lucy may be one canine that even humans can turn to for inspiration.

"She's such a go-getter," Dunning told the Union Leader. "Nothing stops her, she'll try anything."

Other dogs have made the news for special hiking accomplishments. In fact, according to, in 2008 a 7-year-old English Labrador retriever named Horton saved a man from losing his way in a snowstorm on Quandary Peak in Colorado.
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