Bionic Dog

Talk about the Six Million Dollar Man!

Naki’o is the world’s first dog to be fitted with a complete set of four prosthetic paws.

Naki’o was barely 5 weeks old when he and his siblings were abandoned by a family fleeing their foreclosed Nebraska home.

Having barely survived the Nebraskan winter, all four of Naki’o’s paws were deformed into rounded stumps after being stuck in an icy puddle.

After being rescued, veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson “organized a fundraiser to pay for Naki’o to have his two back legs fitted with prosthetics.”

Naki’o took to the prosthetics so enthusiastically, that Orthopets decided to complete the process free of charge. It was the first time they fitted an animal with a complete set of new legs.

Now, Naki’o is able to run, jump and play just like other dogs, thanks to the second chance his new set of legs have given him.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files