Adorable dog needs buggy after being rescued from Afghanistan streets by former RAF-servicewoman and having legs amputated
An adorable dog rescued by a former RAF servicewoman from the streets of Afghanistan has got a BUGGY to help him get around after his back legs were amputated.
Mazar had survived two years on the streets of Afghanistan with paralysed legs before being rescued by charity Nowzad.
Vets amputated his hind legs because they were so badly damaged and tried him out with a set of wheels before bringing him back to the UK.
And while he does a great job of shuffling around without his back legs, Helene has bought him a buggy to help him get around.
Helene Pettitt, 37, from Manchester, said: “It is incredible that Mazar survived at all – it’s truly astonishing.
“And despite all he has been through he is so loving and trusting and an absolute inspiration.
“He is a fantastic example of why Nowzad is needed in Afghanistan and how important the work we do there is.”
The pooch was found on the streets of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, and brought to the animal rescue charity Nowzad’s clinic.
Nowzad helps reunite service men and women with the animals they adopt while on a tour of duty and help rescue strays that have been affected by conflict.
The team of vets believe Mazar was run over and crushed which led to his legs becoming completely paralysed.
Instead of four functioning limbs, he pulled himself along with his front legs while his back legs were fixed straight out in front of him and forced him to be stuck in ‘sit’ position.
When he arrived at the clinic, vets desperately tried to establish whether they could help him to use his back legs again but after two years of being fixed in place they were redundant.
The Nowzad vets made the difficult decision to amputate his back legs before giving him a set of wheels to replace his back legs.
But after so long of only using two legs, Mazar didn’t know what to do with a full set of limbs and has now settled without them.
Instead the Nowzad team let him adjust to his new shuffle as Helene raised the £4000 needed to fly him safely to the UK.
After spending eight weeks fundraising, Mazar finally got the go ahead to take the long flight, via Dubai, to his new home in the UK.
He arrived with Helene last week and the former RAF-servicewoman, who is now an A&E doctor and says he’s settled in quickly despite switching his former hot and dusty home for rainy Manchester.
She said: “It’s like he’s never known any different! He’s settled in perfectly and it’s very sweet to watch him shuffle around.”
And because he can’t move as quickly on two legs as Helene’s two other dogs, she has bought a buggy to help him get around.
Helene added: “It’s technically called a dog stroller but it’s just like a pram you’d have for a baby.
“He can see out and get lots of other fresh air as we walk down to the beach.
“And once we’ve arrived I help him out and when all the other dogs go wild and run around, Mazar shuffles after them as fast as he can
“I don’t think he realises that he’s any different to the others.
“I’ve been supporting Nowzad for years and I’ve wanted to adopt one of their rescue strays for ages.
“When I heard about Mazar I knew he was the dog for me. But before I could start the process, the first thing we had to do was make sure that he would be alright living with my two cats.
“Thankfully, the team at the clinic in Afghanistan tried him out with a few of their cats and he was perfectly friendly so we started fundraising to bring him over.
“Now he’s here he’s enjoying the stroller and getting around fine – even with only two legs.
“We think he’s about five years old, and some kind of Labrador cross – I will probably get him DNA tested to try and work it out officially.
“It’s not really that important – I love him just the way he is.”