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 owner’s 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