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National Puppy Day: Celebrate With These 10 Brave And Heroic Puppies

Posted: 03/23/2012 2:44 pm

March 23 is National Puppy Day and to celebrate "the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives," we've created a slideshow of the bravest and most heroic puppies we've seen recently.

From Will, the Australian puppy who survived being thrown out of a first-floor window and managed to keep his sunny and happy disposition intact, to Bear, the giant puppy who saved his owner during the Oklahoma tornado, these pooches are nothing short of incredible. If you enjoy this slideshow, consider going to your local shelter to adopt an abandoned puppy. Dog-owners have been proven to have lower risk of cardiovascular disease, better emotional health and immune function.

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Harper was found in a garbage bag.

An illegal dog peddler in Sanford, Fla., had stuffed him in there MSNBC reported.

When shelter workers finally retrieved the poor pup in 2011, he was discovered to be so deformed that that he couldn't walk or hold up his head.

Harper had been born with a condition commonly known as "swimmer puppy disorder" and most dogs afflicted with it don't survive. Euthanasia seemed to be the only humane option.

However, thanks to love and dedication of Erica Daniel of Dolly's Foundation (a rescue and rehabilitation center for dogs), Harper, who underwent hydrotherapy, is alive and well -- and incredibly, he's back on his feet.

"She's a walking miracle. She's a real testament to a dog's determination to get up and just go," Bev McCartt, a hydrotherapy specialist who worked with Harper, told MSNBC.

For more on Harper's miracle recovery, click here to read Erica Daniel's blog and here to see more pictures of Harper and Dolly Foundation's other dogs.

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