How’s Howie? Happy 1st Birthday

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We first told you about the adorable beagle Howie and his owie last year.

This weekend he was able to celebrate his first birthday at Waterline Brewing Company in Wilmington.

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Howie is a rescue dog from the Brunswick County Animal Shelter and was injured at birth. Owner Josie Highsmith says it’s about celebrating the inspiration he is.

She says the best part of his birthday is that he broke everyone’s expectation.

“He was not euthanized as a puppy because he really was not adoptable and just his progress,” Highsmith said. “The fact that he has just come as far as he has which it is a lot further than most thought he would.”

Surrounded by his owner, friends, and strangers, Howie enjoyed a big cake and treats on his big day.