Abandoned in a freezing foreclosed home with his siblings during the fierce Nebraska winter, Naki’o was nearly dead when rescuers came across his body, literally frozen into a puddle. And even though he would live to see another day, all four of the Red Heeler cattle dog’s paws required amputation from frostbite, leaving Naki’o hardly able to walk.
Half of Naki’o’s tail, and parts of his nose and right ear were also removed after the rescue. But at A Puppy’s Voice in Fort Collins, Colo., where the healing Heeler and his siblings were sent to be cared for and brought back to full health, Naki’o gained a new friend.
Christie Pace, a veterinary surgeon who visited A Puppy’s Voice rescue looking for dog to adopt, found a dog the shelter had named “Stubby,” and soon inquired.
“I wasn’t sure what type of dog I was looking for at the time, but then I came across Naki’o and I read his story and saw his picture and instantly fell in love,” Pace told The Dodo. “I wasn’t searching for a dog with a disability, but I’ve always had such a huge heart for these animals.”