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Canine Cyborg: A Rescued Dog Gets Bionic Paws (VIDEO)

Canine Cyborg: A Rescued Dog Gets Bionic Paws (VIDEO)

Four revolutionary prosthetic paws have given one very lucky dog a new leash on life.

According to Incredible Features, Naki’o, a red heeler, was abandoned during the housing market crisis when his owners lost their Nebraska home. Fighting starvation and severe winter weather, the poor pup wandered paws-deep into a puddle. The water froze and trapped Naki’o until he and his litter-mates were found by rescuers. Sadly, all four of Naki’o's paws had to be amputated due to frostbite.

But the story took an unexpected turn when vet tech Christie Tomlinson saw Naki’o wriggling along on his belly and decided to adopt him. Tomlinson organized a fundraiser to buy Naki’o a pair of artificial hind paws from pet prosthetic manufacturer Orthopets.

Naki’o adapted so quickly to his prostheses that he impressed Martin Kaufmann, Orthopets’ founder. Kaufmann pioneered a breakthrough design and fitting procedure for Naki’o. He gave the irrepressible young dog a full set of bionic paws, free of charge. Within days, Naki’o was walking, running and jumping like any happy pet.

“Naki’o can now not only chase after a ball with other dogs,” Tomlinson told Incredible Features, “but he can beat them to the catch!”

You go, Naki’o! Watch the canine cyborg in action!

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5:13PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thank You.

3:28PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Спасибо за обмен Какая восхитительная собака!

7:45AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

What a brave dog. Wonderful the trouble everyone went to.

5:49AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

People that abandon pets, have little conscience or moral character, in my opinion, and may well abandon other family members in time of need. It only takes a few minutes to make a call to a shelter, or drop the pet off.

8:59PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

great)) thanks for sharing

7:34PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

That is absolutely amazing! Wish more doctors would donate their skills to help human beings that way too.

10:15AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Amazing! The dog seems to be doing just fine with his new feet!

1:29AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Fantastic..

6:53PM PDT on May 28, 2012

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

11:47AM PDT on May 28, 2012

What a delightful dog! He has the heart of a lion!
It just always amazes me that people can abandon their pets. We have wonderful animal shelters in NE...the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha is incredible. Why couldn't they just have taken the animals to a shelter? But then, this beautiful pup and his lovely owner wouldn't have blazed a trail for improved prosthetics for dogs like they have.
I've often felt badly about my rescue cat having been dumped overnite at the Ne Humane Society but at least she wasn't abandoned to fend for herself. Now she has a truly wonderful lloving, forever home with me.

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