A mixed-breed puppy had a tough start to life after losing all four of his paws and the tip of his tail to frostbite.
Naki’o was left abandoned at a foreclosed Nebraska home when he was a young puppy and was found alone, frozen into a puddle of icy water in the cellar.
He was taken to an animal rescue center and under their care his paws healed to rounded stumps.
It was a tough existence for Naki’o, not being able to walk and play with other dogs due to the pain it caused him, instead he had to crawl along on his belly.
Fortunately for Naki’o he meet veterinarian assistant Christie Pace. She adopted Naki’o when he was eight-weeks-old and then set about organizing a fundraiser to pay for him to have his two back legs fitted with prosthetics.
He took to these so enthusiastically, that the company who fitted them decided to complete the process free of charge.
“When we saw how good he was doing with his back leg prosthetics and how he was struggling to use his front legs it was very simple to say, “He could do much better with all four prosthetics on,” said Martin Kaufmann, owner of Orthopets, a Denver company that specializes in pet prosthetics.
Naki’o is the first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic paws that work naturally to allow him to run, jump and even swim.(Liberty Times)