I can't even begin to tell you how cool Naki'o is, how wonderful the people in his life are, and how happy this story makes me.
You see, the stumps that remained of his legs were uneven, and the bones were sharp and not suited to bearing the weight of a growing puppy.
Enter Christie Pace, who adopted Naki'o from A Puppy's Voice in Nebraska when he was just seven weeks old, knowing the trek they had ahead of them. Christie raised the money to get a prosthetic for Naki'o's most troublesome leg, but it was OrthoPets, specializing in orthotics and prosthetics for pets, that covered (literally, heh) the last three legs. Naki'o is the first dog to have prosthetics on all four limbs.
Christie, inspired by her experience with this special dude, founded Nakio's Underdog Rescue, a rescue dedicated to helping other disabled pets get the homes and care they deserve.
What thrills me about this story is not only the happily-ever-after this specific dog and his owner are getting--it's also the attention it's garnering. The more examples we see of dogs like Naki'o and Rosie, where dogs and their owners overcome great disabilities with love and aplomb, the more we non-superhero-folk might realize we can help in our own small ways as well.
You can read Naki'o and Christie's full story here.
You can donate to Nakio's Underdog Rescue here.
Many thanks to Dianawesome for bringing this wonderful story to my attention.