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Loca the Pug Who Cannot Run
She’s happy and deeply loved

An amusing video of Loca, the pug from Ireland who can’t run properly, has been making the rounds online among both runners and dog lovers. Many runners have made comments about this video along the lines of, “Even after all the miles I’ve run. I still feel this way sometimes!” In the dog world, the comments have ranged from being charmed by the video to being appalled that people are laughing at a dog with a medical problem.

The first time I saw the video, I felt uncomfortable about having fun at Loca’s expense. I could see that she clearly has some sort of medical condition that was affecting her movement and balance, but I can’t deny that I still enjoyed the funny song and some of the footage. Then, when the note came up at the end of the video explaining that Loca has a mild brain disorder, that her family has decided it’s too risky to operate on, that the vet feels she is happy and will live to old age in good health, I was fully on board.

Loca has a full and happy life, and it’s easy to see that she is absolutely adored by her two-legged and four-legged family members alike. It seems the video is not making fun of her, but sharing the joy that her family gets from her to those of us in the wider world. With that straight in my mind and heart, I am a fan of Loca and love to watch her.

What do you think of Loca’s video?

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Holdin27 | April 8 2013 |

I'm really glad you posted this, because I felt awful for the dog and had a feeling it was a neurological issue that might lead to a short, painful life. Glad to hear she'll be ok.

Submitted by anonymous | May 26 2013 |

people in this world are too sensitive. they think that we laugh at the disorder because they are paranoid and sensitive. i laughed because it was adorable. it added so much personality to that dog and that is what i love. if the dog was really worried about this she probably wouldnt try to run so much. all that video did was put a special place in my heart for loca. she has a very loving family that wanted to share the happiness and persistence of the pug. and people dont even notice that she cant freaking run but she always tries and very happily i might add.....people are such negative little cry babies...

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