Dog With Deformed Legs Tries On Prosthetics For 1st Time — And Takes Off Running!

Dogs are some of the most resilient creatures out there, and Halo is no exception.

Born with no front feet and a deformed back leg, the Great Pyrenees puppy was abandoned in a box after her breeder deemed her useless. Jamie Wallace-Griner, on the other hand, fell head over heels in love with the tiny survivor.

Jamie is the founder of the Safe in Austin Rescue Ranch in Texas. The farm gives abused and neglected animals of every species a forever home, as well as those with special needs. It all started when a Great Pyrenees named Angel formed a special bond with Jamie’s son Jackson, who has autism.

“Angel touched parts of his heart that I couldn’t even reach as his mother,” Jamie said.

Inspired, the awesome mom began caring for animals in need. Today, she watches over more than 100 of them and arranges healing visits between them and human children with special needs.

It only seemed fitting that Jamie repaid Angel’s favor to another adorable ball of fluff. Unlike Halo’s breeder, Jamie knew she wasn’t a lost cause. After all, Halo wasn’t even aware that she was different than other dogs!

Some Monday morning joy for ya!!Halo’s first real steps! The vet said it would be too hard to rig something up that kept her leg bent, but he doesn’t know how determined I can be or seen what I can do with a pool noodle or a coat hanger. 🤗I cut the corner of a plastic coat hanger off, wrapped it in vet wrap to make it soft, bent her nonworking leg into a position that is more similar to how it would need to be for her to walk, and wrapped it all together. So far she does not have the ability to bend her bad leg by herself, so I’m just helping it a little. I want her to be able to get up and go so badly I can barely stand it. These were the first few moments when I got to see her strong playful spirit take over her body and not just live in her eyes! Be still my heart!!! Praying the medicine starts making big changes, and all this physical therapy work we are doing makes it so she is unstoppable! Who needs front paws anyway?! 😊Halo will make her next big appearance at the Nulo Pet Food Barkitecture Austin events coming up! The preview party is the 24th and the main event on the 27th, check our FB event page for more details. You guys have to come see the amazing dog houses some of Austin’s best architects have built to be auctioned off! We are so crazy honored to be one of the beneficiaries this year! This event will help us continue saving and healing special needs animals like our Halo here, so that she can turn around and inspire hope and healing to the special needs children that come to meet her! ❤️🐾#whatweareallabout #firststeps #rescueanimalsrescuingchildren #barkitectureatx #babyangel #luckyfinsquad #safeinaustinfamily

Posted by Safe in Austin on Monday, October 14, 2019

Halo eventually had to have her back leg amputated and her front two reconstructed — all of which she took in stride!

From the early days of her rescue, Jamie couldn’t help but smile at the sweet girl’s infectious joy. Despite everything she’s been through, Halo loves life!

That said, while Halo can hop around, Jamie wanted to make it easier for her to walk. In October, she received a pair of prosthetic legs from OrthoPets… and broke down over Halo’s reaction.

Not only did the dog stand up, but she also ran!

“The plan was just to introduce her to them today. It was never to even attempt walking,” Jamie wrote. “She had different plans. She didn’t just walk….. she ran!”

The video of Halo’s triumph only reinforces what Jamie has known all along: Halo is unstoppable, legs or not! Plus, she is more than worthy of love!

“It’s been an insane roller coaster of challenges and emotions over the last year,” Jamie added. “From the moment I brought this little wounded, 4-week-old, one-legged fluff ball home, I knew she was something special!”

What’s more, Halo is inspiring children with special needs to love and believe in themselves — just like she does!

What a beautiful life! Halo just goes to show that with love and care, every animal can thrive! Thank you, Jamie, for giving so many fur babies a happy life.

Watch Halo run for the first time in the video below, and share this story so she can inspire even more people.

I have no words. I can’t believe it. The plan was just to introduce her to them today. It was never to even attempt walking. She had different plans. She didn’t just walk….. she ran!!!! With a big giant pride filled smile, while I wept. (The blubbering starts 5:15) It’s been an insane rollercoaster of challenages and emotions over the last year. From the moment I brought this little wounded, four week old, one legged, fluff ball home; I knew she was something special! Look what we did guys. Just look at our Halo go!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️THANK YOU OrthoPets: Orthotics and Prosthetics for Animals!!!!!!

Posted by Safe in Austin on Monday, October 5, 2020
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