The Real Bionic Dog! – First To Have All Artificial Legs


A Dream Come True

This is an extraordinary story of how much this dog is loved and how far people will go for the welfare of their pets.

It was a dream come true for Nakio, a Red Heeler Cattle dog when he could once again run, jump, and play, as the first dog ever to be fitted with all four prosthetic legs.

Abandoned In The Winter

What started off as a normal life for Nakio and his brothers and sisters in Nebraska soon turned into a case of abandonment. When his owners home foreclosed, they fled, leaving Nakio and the other dogs of only 5 weeks old behind.

After areas of the basement became filled with water, Nakio’s paws got stuck as the water froze. Thankfully, the litter was taken to an animal rescue center, but unfortunately they couldn’t save Nakio’s paws from frostbite.

Christie Tomlinson who works as a Veterinary technician at the animal rescue center, thought Nakio would be a perfect addition to her family along with Poki, her Jack Russell terrier mix. Tomlinson sought the help of OrthoPets, a Denver company that specializes in pet prosthetics to help with Nakio’s damaged paws.

Up To The Challenge

OrthoPets founder, Martin Kaufmann, was up to the challenge of making Nakio the first ever dog to have 4 prosthetic legs, allowing him a chance at a happy life. Kaufmann said, “Even though he was hobbling, he was still just trying to enjoy life, Nakio’s personality was great.”

Happy At Last!

Nakio is now living with a family that adore him who are glad he was able to make it through such a trying ordeal.

Based on a story by Lori Thomas allpetnews

by A Place To Love Dogs

6 thoughts on “The Real Bionic Dog! – First To Have All Artificial Legs

  1. Denise says:

    This dog is so lucky to have an owner who cares this much about him. I always hear about these stories in veternarian offices about how their “quality of life” is not so good so they’ll put them to sleep. If there is a will there is always a way and I doubt anyone wants to die. This is an amazing story : )

  2. jennee xayyabanha says:

    It brings tears to my eyes to know that his paws were too far gone but I am grateful to know his owners now loves him enough to do all that for him. Thank u for loving him. He looks so very happy and now he has a wonderful home. God bless u.

  3. Carlos R. says:

    I am so happy for Nakio. It looks like the rest of his life will be filled with love, happiness and playing. It’s a good thing that he will not remember what happened to him when he was a puppy. A big hug for Nakio!

  4. BOSU says:

    It’s people like the ones that abandoned them that makes me weep for society. How can anyone do that to another living creature. I am just so happy that the new owners are so great and that they are able to make the sacrifices the other a-holes could not for their loved one.

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