Naki’o is the first dog to be fitted with four prosthetic legs. His new limbs were designed and fitted in a pioneering procedure by Martin Kaufmann, founder of Orthopets.
Naki’o was abandoned as a puppy by his owners when their Nebraska home was foreclosed upon, losing his paws to frostbite after getting stuck in an icy puddle in the home’s basement.
At just five weeks old Naki’o and the rest of his litter were taken to an animal rescue center where he was adopted by veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson.
She organized a fundraiser to pay for Naki’o to have his two back legs fitted with prosthetics. He took to these so enthusiastically, that Orthopets decided to complete the process free of charge. It was the first time they’d fitted an animal with a complete set of new legs.
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!”