Naki’o: The Bionic Dog- Rescue Monday!
Nicknamed the “bionic dog,” Naki’o gets around well on his prosthetic paws, and he’s come a long way since his rescue.
When he was a puppy, Naki’o was abandoned in a Nebraska house during the winter and was found frozen in a puddle in the home’s basement. He was suffering from severe malnourishment, mange, and frostbite. His mom was already dead.
Veterinarians nursed the weeks-old puppy back to health, but he lost all four paws, the tip of his tail and part of his nose to frostbite.It was a tough existence for Naki’o, he couldn’t walk and play with other dogs due to the pain it caused him and instead had to crawl along on his belly.
Fortunately for Naki’o he meet veterinarian assistant Christie Pace of Colorado Springs, Colo. who was looking for an animal she could help. She adopted the pup when he was 8 weeks old and brought him home.
“I have a soft spot for rescue animals in general,” she told ABC News. “I was looking for something different, unique. I wanted to make more of a difference than with a regular dog.”
Naki’o’s feet eventually healed into rounded stumps and he managed to get around by scooting across the floor, but as he grew, he had more difficulty getting around. Walking upright was painful, and hard surfaces were challenging to move across. Concerned for her disabled dog, Pace raised enough funds to purchase two bionic limbs from Orthopets, a Denver veterinary hospital that specializes in animal prosthetics.
He took to these so enthusiastically, that the company who fitted them decided to complete the process free of charge. ‘When we saw how good he was doing with his back leg prosthetics and how he was struggling to use his front legs it was very simple to say, “We gotta keep with him.” He could do much better with all four prosthetics on,’ said Martin Kaufmann, owner of Orthopets.
After just a few days he was running and bounding along. The prosthetics are built to mimic the muscle and bone of dog limbs, allowing them to do everything a normal dog would do.
Christie is amazed at her pet’s motivation and joy for life. ‘Naki’o can now not only chase after a ball with other dogs, but he can beat them to the catch!’
Naki’o is the first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic paws that work naturally to allow him to run, jump and even swim. With his new limbs, Nakio can now run, jump and play like a normal dog. And thanks to the “no-slip grip” of his bicycle-tread paws, he no longer has any trouble getting around on slick surfaces.
Inspired by Naki’o’s success, Pace started a rescue organization in his name. Naki’o’s Underdog Rescue works to find loving homes for disabled cats and dogs.
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