This Corgi Was Traumatized After An Attack – But He Caught A Break With A Gnarly Form Of Therapy

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After he was brutally attacked by two other dogs, Jojo the corgi nearly died. The incident left the pooch with emotional and psychological scars, too. However, the animal finally caught a break when he started to engage in a rather gnarly form of therapy.

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Josephine and Ryan Hearn live in San Diego, California. Since Ryan was in the military, though, Josephine usually took care of the couple’s corgi, Jojo. As such, the pair were extremely close – but little did they know that a terrifying incident would make their bond even tighter.

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In 2014 Josephine had been walking her beloved Jojo to the park when disaster struck: the pair were set upon by two fearsome dogs. And this terrifying turn of events would end up changing both of their lives.

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Describing the consequences of the attack in August 2018, Josephine told LADbible, “I got attacked on my hand, and Jojo almost didn’t make it alive.” However, to give the dog a fighting chance of survival, his worried owner urgently took Jojo to an emergency vet.

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At the clinic, Jojo then underwent surgery. However, his ordeal was not over just yet; the savage attack had also left the dog with both physical and mental scars. And as a result, he would need plenty of rehabilitation to get him back to his usual self.

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To aid his recovery, Josephine decided to see whether Jojo would benefit from hydrotherapy. The activity is a popular form of exercise for canines; it can also be used as a form of physiotherapy for dogs that have chronic illnesses or have undergone surgery.

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The relatively low-impact form of exercise can help dogs maintain their fitness levels and also expedite post-operative recuperation. And for Jojo, it appeared to work a treat. Furthermore, the pooch soon developed a love of being in the water.

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This was good news for owners Josephine and Ryan, who themselves were fans of water sports. In addition, both of the couple enjoyed surfing the famous Californian coast. It seemed to be a no-brainer, then, to take Jojo along the next time that they hit the beach.

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Josephine revealed, “When my husband came home from deployment, he took Jojo out to the beach and did therapy there.” At one point during the trip, Ryan even placed the dog on his surfboard. And he couldn’t help but notice Jojo’s impeccable balance.

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Given that Jojo was a natural on a board, Josephine and Ryan therefore decided to see how he would fare on the waves. So they decided to enroll the dog for surfing lessons. The couple even went so far as to set Jojo up with his own Instagram page so that people could follow his progress.

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At first, the surfing was just another way to help Jojo regain his fitness following his ordeal. “Surfing is therapy, and it had helped [Jojo] to be healthy again,” Josephine proudly revealed. “He got his strength and mobility back.”

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Furthermore, this apparently mutual love of surfing made the relationship between Josephine, Ryan, and Jojo closer than ever. “We love being in the water,” Josephine revealed. “We get to bond, and it’s just fun being able to spend time together.”

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However, as Jojo got more experience on the waves, his confidence grew. And soon his clear talent for surfing was obvious for his owners to see. Josephine and Ryan therefore started to enter their pooch into dog surfing contests.

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And it turned out that Jojo was one of the top dogs when it came to catching waves. In fact, his talent even earned him some accolades. “He won at the Purina Challenge dog competition and was third place in the Huntington Surf Dog competition in 2016,” Josephine revealed.

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By the time Jojo had been surfing for three years, his talent also meant that he was making waves online. In August 2018 a video of the dog doing his thing went viral on YouTube, racking up over 14,000 views in a matter of weeks.

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On his Instagram page – Super Corgi Jojo – the dog’s popularity was even clearer to see. On the picture-sharing site alone, the pooch boasts an impressive 82,000 followers. And it is not hard to see why the dog’s colorful feed has been so well received.

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A scroll down Jojo’s feed reveals picture after picture of the dog enjoying his main passions in life. And alongside surfing, they include Disney movies and dressing up. In fact, the corgi seems to have a larger wardrobe than most humans.

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So while he’s billed as “the world’s only surfing corgi” on Instagram, it turns out that water sports is not Jojo’s only talent. In fact, despite the trauma he’s been through himself, he also works as a therapy dog, helping people through tough times.

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Revealing Jojo’s many accomplishments, Josephine explained, “He is also a therapy dog. He volunteers for the military, Scripps Memorial Hospital, rehabs and elderly homes. He also goes to the city library where the kids read books to him.”

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With that in mind, it seems that Jojo has been able to put his horrific ordeal behind him. And in some ways, the attack led to him finding his passion for surfing. So while no dog should have to go through what he did, Jojo was able to ride the wave in more ways than one.

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