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!
Photo credit: Donnie Ray Jones