Nakio, the only one in the world …
Life is a complicated and dangerous thing … No matter how we take care of ourselves, misfortunes happen anyway. But we have an undeniable advantage – medicine. Relatives, friends, doctors, and even strangers usually help a person who is in a difficult situation, survives an accident and becomes disabled.
But animals can not boast of this. Disability, loss of limb for a wild or homeless animal means a death sentence. But some are all the same lucky, and good caring individuals appear on their way.
So lucky and Nakio (Naki’o). Although initially his life was not at all like luck.
To begin with, he and his mother and brothers and sisters ended up in an abandoned house in the winter. Soon, volunteers found them, but by that time their mother had already died, and little Nakio was frozen in a puddle … Other puppies were healthy (except for scabies and malnutrition) and soon found owners, but Nakio remained in the shelter.
The shelter workers tried very hard to save him, but alas, the ends of all four legs had to be amputated, as well as half of the tail and part of the right ear.
For some time this didn’t really bother him, but time passed, the puppy grew and could no longer step on the stumps left from his legs. He stopped walking, but only crawled, began to eat poorly, lost weight.
But Christy saw him and took him. She had rich experience working with animals, because she worked for many years in a veterinary clinic. She set out to return the dog to a full life.
Christie learned that the OrthoPets Clinic, which specializes in the manufacture of artificial limbs for animals, has been operating in Denver since 2003. As written on their website, they serve an average of 180 disabled animals per month. Among their clients are not only private individuals whose pets have lost limbs, but also zoos and farmers. So the prostheses of the company have already helped to return to a full life not only to cats and dogs, but also to a goat, horse, giraffe and even flamingo. To date, they have helped more than 30,000 animals from 35 countries.
Of course, Christie did not have much money, so she organized a campaign to collect the missing amount. Enough money had already been collected to pay for one prosthesis when Christie found out that Nathio was so impressed with OrthoPets that they decided to make him the remaining three for free!
And in 2011, Nakio became the first (and only, as far as we know) dog in the world on four bionic prostheses.
Of course, this was not the end of his struggle, because this was followed by a long rehabilitation period. But over time, the dog began to not just walk on dentures, but to run! Yes HOW to run!
And in 2015, after Nakio drove off the robber who entered Christy’s house, he was nominated for the American Hero Dog prize, where, although he did not become a winner, he reached the final.
His example inspired Christie, and she took custody of several more dogs with disabilities, including a non-wheelchair. She talked about their life together in social networks, showed photos, organized fundraising and looked for owners for dogs with special needs.
Unfortunately, in the spring of 2018, when Christy and her husband drove the children to school, a fire broke out in their house. All their pets died in the fire …
This really crippled Christie, especially the death of Nakio, who was 9 years old.
Christie curtailed the activities of her organization and was completely immersed in caring for the family that needed her. But two years passed, and the woman found the strength in herself to return to her former life and again takes care of a dog with an OrthoPets prosthesis instead of one paw.