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One Paw at a Time: Teaching Cruiser the Dog to Walk

When Jerred Yeash and his family named their new Husky puppy “Cruiser,” they envisioned him running around the yard, and didn’t imagine they’d have to be teaching Cruiser the dog to walk. Sadly, the dog was born with a physical impediment that left him unable to walk. His guardians saw him struggle as he lay on his chest, paddling the ground with his paws. Most puppies can stand and walk by the time they’re three weeks old, but others like Cruiser have such weak muscles that they’re unable to.

Jerred originally used Prosper as an investor. When he realized the expenses associated with teaching Cruiser how to walk — therapy and making their home Cruiser-friendly — he decided to turn to the Prosper community to borrow the money. Since wooden floors can be slippery and make it difficult for a dog to learn to walk, Jerred had to cover his house in Los Angeles with easy-to-grip surfaces like egg crate foam pads and rugs. After hours of therapy, Cruiser was finally able to take his first steps on his own.

“[The loan through Prosper] has given me the freedom and peace of mind to be able to take care of my dog Cruiser, who had a rough start to life,” Jerred says.

As Cruiser gained strength, he slowly learned to walk on his own and now he can do anything he tries to do. He loves playing fetch and enjoys time with his puppy friends. The loan through the Prosper platform enabled Jerred to pay for expensive therapy for teaching Cruiser the dog to walk and greatly increased the quality of life for Cruiser and his family.

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All loans are personal loans made by FDIC-member banks. Equal Housing Lending.

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