Brutus Learning to Walk Again on its 4 Prosthetic Limbs
All credit goes to modern technology and months-long training that a two-year-old Rottweiler, Brutus, is able to walk again on its feet.
The Loveland, Colorado, dog’s paws suffered severe damage due to frostbite when its breeder left him outside. His trainer then amputated its feet. Now, Brutus has been adopted by Laura Aquilina with whose help Brutus new life has started.
Aquilina teamed up with pet rescue volunteer Laura Ornelas and organized the ‘Better Paws for Brutus’ GoFundMe campaign. In this, they were able to raise $12,500 for the pup's new limbs and physical therapy.
OrthoPets provided prosthetics for Brutus. Aquilina is helping Brutus in walking and exercise and to learn the balance. Aquilina shared that everything is well at home, but Brutus faces difficulty outside where high-stepping resembles a bucking bronco.
In 2014, Brutus was fitted with the devices. Firstly, he was fitted in the rear and then the front feet after six to eight weeks. “Brutus is an amazing case of a beautiful dog who was dealt a short hand”, said Martin Kauffman, founder OrthoPets of Denver. It is making prosthetics for about 250 animals across the world a year.
Brutus will undergo physical therapy at Colorado State University’s vet hospital.
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