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Home > Naki'o, the bionic dog with 4 artificial feet

Naki'o, the bionic dog with 4 artificial feet

Naki'o, the  bionic dog, 4 artificial feet

As a puppy, Naki’o and his mother were abandoned in the cellar of a foreclosed home. While drastically low temperatures and starvation took the mother’s life, the puppy, despite being frozen in a puddle of ice water, miraculously survived. This came, however, at a cost; he lost all four paws and the tip of his tail to frostbite.


Fortunately, he was discovered and adopted by veterinarian assistant Christie Pace of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Thanks to her, the wounds healed into stumps. Though the lack of his paws did not seem much of a hurdle for the puppy, trouble began when he grew bigger and Naki’o found himself unable to support his own weight with his stumps.

Naki'o, Super Dog

Naki'o,  dog with 4 artificial feet / paws

Pace raised money by setting up a fundraiser, then contacted OrthoPets – a US company that specializes in customizing artificial limbs and orthotic braces for animals – to create prosthetics for Naki’o. When they saw the dog, however, the animal hospital decided to treat him for free.

Two prosthetic devices were attached to his hind legs. Some months later, prosthetic legs were similarly fitted to his front stumps.

Though his life began in tragedy, Naki’o is now a spirited dog, able to run, jump, and play games like fetch.

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