River in Wheelchair

River rolls through Albany, Minnesota, bringing smiles to everyone he sees. The 11-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer has no use of his hind legs after being attacked by two larger unleashed dogs while he was out for a walk with owner Carol Mader. But neither River nor his owners wanted to give up. He’s learned to walk with a set of back wheels and takes long walks through town with Carol and Herby Mader four or five times a day, happily greeting everyone he sees. "River touches everybody’s heart," says resident LuAnn Jopp. "Everybody has to come by and pet the dog." — Watch it at USA Today