updated 03/31/2014 AT 4:30 PM ET
•originally published 03/31/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
Watch this video of a dog enjoying his first day at the beach, and you might not notice anything different at first.
But look a little closer at the excited pup hopping along the sand, and you’ll see that the dog is missing something: back legs.
The 9-month-old boxer named Duncan Lou Who was born with severely deformed rear legs that needed to be removed – but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit.
“To him, he isn’t any different, this IS his normal,” reads a post on the Facebook page of the Panda Paws Rescue, which cares for the pup. “He has had wheelchairs custom built & he hated them. Rather then using them to support his body, he would lift them up & carry them around. Causing horrible strain on his spine & chest.
“As his forever family, we had to make a choice to force him to use things that make him miserable or let him be. We chose to let him be … and by doing so he has enjoyed each & every day to its fullest!”
“Duncan Lou Who is on a mission,” reads the caption of another video posted on YouTube in November, “to inspire YOU!”
Mission accomplished, Duncan.