"We went to the Yonkers Animal Shelter to see another dog when we noticed Mel," Mel's dad, Tom Dilworth, told The Dodo. "I had stopped for a moment when he then placed his head on my leg. Well, that was it!"
After being adopted, it was a few weeks before his parents noticed that Mel's balance was a little off - and getting worse. Once he was diagnosed, Mel's parents decided to give him the greatest gift of all: a wheelchair.