Give the dog a bone — and a new set of paws.
That’s what Naki’o, a 2-year-old red heeler mix, needed when found two years ago in a foreclosed Nebraskan home. Frozen standing in a puddle, Naki’o received severe frostbite and lost his paws, a part of his tail and a part of his nose as a result.
A Puppy’s Voice, an organization that saves dogs from high-kill shelters, rescued Naki’o and his litter mates, and the injured pup caught the eye of veterinary technician Christie Pace.
“When I got him, he was 8 weeks, 4 pounds, and he was missing patches of fur because he had mange. But he was just such a happy guy,” says Pace, who adopted Naki’o after reading his story online. Pace changed his name from “Stubby” to “Naki’o,” which is Hawaiian for “puddles.”