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A Lucky Pup Gets Four New Legs [Video]
New prosthetics give dogs a normal life

Dogs are amazing creatures who are able to live in the moment and adapt to anything that comes their way. I've met dogs missing one or two legs who barely seem to notice that they are different from the other pups. We definitely have a lot to learn from the canine mindset!

Recently a Red Heeler named Naki'o became the first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic legs. The prosthetics are built to mimic muscle and bone to allow dogs to run, jump, and swim. The prosthetics were designed and fitted by Martin Kaufmann, founder of Orthopets.

Just after they were born, Naki'o and his siblings were abandoned after their family's home was foreclosed. Weakened by malnourishment and the harsh Nebraskan winter, Naki'o got his paws stuck in freezing water and developed severe frostbite at the tender age of five weeks old.

Soon after, the puppies were rescued, but not before Naki'o lost his paws, leaving all four of his legs with rounded stumps. Amazingly, Naki'o adjusted by crawling around on his belly.

After Naki'o was adopted, his new family organized a fundraiser to pay for two prosthetics on his back legs. Naki'o took to his new legs so well that Orthopets decided to fit his front legs free of charge. It was the first time Orthopets set up an animal with a complete set of bionic legs.

There was an adjustment period, but just a few days later Naki'o was already running around. Now Naki'o routinely beats Christie's other dogs to the ball!

 

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Anonymous | June 23 2011 |

Amazing, the things they can do for animals today, Sweet story

Submitted by Anonymous | June 23 2011 |

This dog is so happy and seems to be enjoying a second chace in life. So sad that people are not resonsible for their animals.

Submitted by Doggie Fan | June 23 2011 |

You can tell that dogs are not affected by challenges but the are encoureged to take on these new challenges! This is a great example showing that he ready to take on new challenges that are beyond this!! He loves life and I love him!!!

Submitted by Deb | June 27 2011 |

Bless you Naki'o! And bless all the people who helped you on your way to a happy future. Truely amazing!!! Very heart warming to see this beautiful dog so loved and happy. www.leftygold.com

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