If there was any doubt that dogs are man’s best friend, this video will put all uncertainty to rest. In the clip, Dingong, a 7-month-old puppy, can be seen on the streets of Davao in the Philippines pushing his owner along in a wheelchair.
Danila Alarcon, 46, who lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle accident several years ago, relies on his dog to get around. Recently, a woman, Faith Revilla, was driving home with her husband when she spotted the owner and his pup on the street. She decided to film the scene, as the dog pushed his owner’s wheelchair with his head.
Revilla was so moved by Dingong and Alarcon’s friendship that she stopped them to buy the man lunch. “It was a really beautiful moment when we saw the pair of them,” Revilla said. “We took Danilo to our favorite buffet. We wanted to treat him.”
"We felt blessed to have witnessed this extraordinary sight of an amazing creature helping its master maneuver his wheelchair along seminary drive. I mean, I thought it only happens in TV shows, but this was a very real scene," she added.
Revilla has been greeted with praise on social media after sharing the video.
Dingong is not the first dog to push his owner’s wheelchair. In China, Laoma Yen, who lives and works in Luoyang, was in a car accident when he was a child, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Recently, he took in a stray, who helps him maneuver his chair every day to work.
Yen told a local newspaper, “I got stuck once, and was trying to move forward up a slippery and muddy incline when I suddenly felt someone pushing me from behind. When I looked round to say thanks, I saw my dog pushing me and was really amazed but also grateful. I gave him a lot of praise and then ever since then every time I get slow, I get an extra shove from my best friend.”