Saturday 21 July 2018

Watch: This abused puppy got prosthetic paws after surviving a fire that killed her litter

Journey the puppy gets her brace on
Journey the puppy gets her brace on

Sasha Brady

Journey, a Shiba Inu/Jundo mix, was the only puppy to survive after someone set fire to her litter last New Year's Eve.

Her little paws were badly burned and the left one was nearly singed off, making it a struggle for her to walk.

An American woman called Marilyn Hendrickson heard what happened to the puppy in South Korea and contacted the canine division at MEOW Cat Rescue in Kirkland, Washington to help.

She then flew to Seoul and collected Journey and brought her back safely to Seattle on April 27.

Journey's injuries made it difficult and painful for her to walk. She often hopped around on her back paws like a kangaroo.

Marilyn Hendrickson took Journey in and has been caring for her for months.

She told KOMO News in Washington that the dog's spirit was never broken, despite the rough start she had in life.

"She always licks me as if to say 'thank you' afterwards," said Hendrickson. "She melts my heart every single day."

A veterinary orthopedic surgeon said that Journey would need to be with custom socks, boots and braces for her feet in order to live a 'normal' and comfortable life in the future.

But the process was expensive, costing nearly US$2,000 for the castings and special braces.

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KOMO News shared Journeys' story in May and Hendrickson said the response was overwhelming. 

People sent in donations to cover the cost of the procedure in less than two weeks.

In late May, Journey had her plaster castings made.

Those were sent to OrthoPets in Denver, Colorado who created custom-made fibreglass prosthetic braces.

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Hendrickson said Journey was finally able to run and play again like a healthy puppy, only to suffer a setback a few weeks later that resulted in her right paw being amputated.

She has since recovered and is back in her braces again.

Hendrickson told KOMO News that Journey went for a three mile run on Monday and is preparing for her first 5K in October.

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