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Canon City man adopts handicap dog

Canon City man adopts handicap dog

CANON CITY, Colo. - A German shepherd from Ohio will now call Canon City "home." At first glance you'd never know that the dog, Caesar, is handicapped. This is a story of love and one pet finding his forever home.

Doug Meroney, of Canon City, impatiently waited at Colorado Springs Airport for his newfound friend to arrive.

"Very excited. I've been excited and nervous for the last four days," exclaimed Meroney.

Meroney's friend is Caesar. The pup was hit by a car three months ago. The accident left the back half of Caesar's body paralyzed. His owners never came forward and Caesar was left living in a shelter. Well, at least he was until fate took a 21st-century twist.

"I was one of the first ones to see him on Yahoo. It was an article. I opened it up and said that's for me," said Meroney.

Instead of finding a partner to date online, Meroney found man's best friend and he said he wasn't looking.

"When I moved to Canon City I said no pets, no plants. That was three years ago", said Meroney.

It might surprise you to learn that Meroney has big plans for Caesar, including fetch.  The shelter Caesar lived at was able to build a cart for him, allowing him to be mobile.

Meroney knows there will be challenges with having a handicapped dog like Caesar, but said those are minor details. "I never really thought a worry about him being disabled," said Meroney.  "He's a wonderful dog, I can tell already. I've fallen in love with him."

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