On a freezing Winter night, a couple found a puppy lying in a cardboard box by the side of the road near their home. At first they thought the puppy was dead but then they noticed he was faintly breathing. The little pup lay very still.
They took him to Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) which is a no-kill animal rescue in Jackson, Mississippi. The rescue named the dog Francis. A visit to veterinarian confirmed that the puppy was trapped in a deep coma.
Francis was kept comfortable by his rescuers and many well wishers stopped by to send him their love.
Because he was found in February, many gave Francis Valentine's cards full of kind words.
"With all this love, Francis began to take notice... and soon his eyes were opened," wrote Imgur's Superblyme.
"When he woke up he went home with some of the wonderful people at CARA to get 24-hour care." He needed a feeding tube for two months and he had difficulty standing up. But he received physical therapy from a wonderful human and soon "he went from opening his eyes and raising his head to standing on his own."
And after several weeks Francis could stand up and then walk...
...and then run! Watch below as Francis takes his first steps.
That was nearly two years ago. Today he lives with a wonderful family and warms the hearts of everyone he meets. His owner Harriet Scott wrote on CARA's website, "We were lucky enough to be chosen to adopt this special dog that had become such a celebrity. But to us, he is just Francis, a sweet, loving dog with lots of energy that loves to run and play outside, nap on the sofa, and live the life we would hope all homeless animals could find. Our family would not be complete without him; he has so much love for people because it’s the love of people that saved him."
Superblyme who posted Francis' story on Imgur wrote, "If you are inspired by this story, reach out! Donate your time or money at a local animal shelter, spay and neuter your pets, and keep an eye out for cardboard boxes that may at first look empty...and Francis says thank you!!!"
Photos from Imgur