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judges 2011


Entry Category Emerging Hero Dogs
Charity Partner Pine Street Foundation (Canine Cancer Detection)
Location Peyton, Colorado


Naki'o is the first dog in the world with four prosthetic legs. His start to life was difficult but he triumphed over the adversity and always with a positive attitude and love in his heart. As a puppy, Naki'o and his litter mates were left in a foreclosed home in the winter. Naki'o was found frozen to a puddle and suffered severe frostbite that took his paws on all four legs, part of his tail, nose and ear. He also suffered from mange and was malnourished. Naki'o has turned his hardships into a an inspirational story as being dubbed the "bionic dog", now, having four prosthetic legs. He uses his inspirational story to educate around the world that animals with disABILITIES are no longer thought of as disposable but rather that a disABILITY is just a word and not a lifestyle. Naki'o is also the inspiration and spokesdog behind his owner starting Nakio's Underdog Rescue which is a 501c3 non-profit rescue who's mission is "to rescue dogs and cats with disabilities, to find loving homes for them, and to provide resources and education to help adopters better understand and provide for their pets' disabilities." Naki'o raises awareness for disABLED animals everywhere he goes and shows the public that disABLED animals live life to the fullest, have positive attitudes and are often the very inspirational beings that help other's through hardships in their lives.

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