An adorable dog is about to get a new lease on life, thanks to a loving new home and a team of generous technicians.
Debbie was found in Miami last May with her paw chopped off, abandoned by her abusive owner. Though she can get around with just three legs, there is a chance she might develop scoliosis since she lost her paw while she was still growing. Debbie needs to use a prosthetic leg to keep her spine in line.
"I saw a news story for her getting her first prosthetic down in Miami," Debbie's new owner Chaya Springer tells the Good News. "I fell in love with her instantly." She filled out an application with 1 Lucky Dog Rescue in Hialeah, FL and adopted Debbie two days later.
Debbie is on her third prosthetic paw as she's outgrown her first two. It's an expensive procedure, but the staff at ABC Prosthetics in Orlando, FL was so taken by Debbie's outgoing personality and story, they donated her last two prosthetic limbs. This prosthetic should be her last, as doctors believe Debbie is now fully grown.
"Debbie is really hyper, so to cast her was a little bit hectic," says Becky Curls of ABC Prosthetics. "She obviously can't tell us if its hurts or if it's uncomfortable. We have to go with what looks good."
Becky says the company has fitted a few different types of animals for prosthetics, but it's not a typical procedure. "We once made a back brace for a whale at Sea World," she says.
Chaya describes her one-year-old pup as "crazy", which explains Debbie's nickname of "Wild Child." "You'd never she was missing a paw, she's all over the place," she says.
Chaya says that she had no reservations about taking in a dog with a disability, and hopes that other people hoping to adopt feel similarly, and adds, "Don't let that stop you, if you fall in love with their personality."