(KDVR/CNN) — Laura Aquilina of Colorado takes her dog Brutus for a walk around the block, which ordinarily wouldn’t sound like a challenge.
But the quadruple amputee is adjusting to wearing prosthetics on each leg.
The high-stepping hound sometimes resembles a bucking bronco. Exercises and play help the two-year-old learn balance.
But Aquilina, Brutus’ foster owner, wants much more for him. “He’s able walk in them. It’s not always pretty. We want to be able to give him a higher functioning, where he can run and play with other dogs, and go on hikes.”
Brutus ended up this this way after suffering frostbite on all four paws. His breeder amputated the damage himself and maimed him.
That’s where OrthoPets came in. The company makes prosthetics for about 250 animals worldwide a year.
“If he ended up in a shelter,” Aquilina said, “they’d say he was unadoptable because he’s missing his feet. I think it’s good for people to know we can work with animals like this.”
Brutus’ next step involves physical therapy and he’ll also get an improved set of prosthetics.