Adorable bond between little girl with no feet who adopted a pup without a paw
A young girl with no feet has formed and adorable bond with a puppy without a paw.
Three-year-old Sapphyre Johnson adopted nine-week-old puppy Lieutenant Dan, after he was saved from being euthanized.
When Sapphyre, from Tennessee, USA, first saw the pup she said: “He’s just like me.”
The dog’s original owner, Karen Riddle, said that Lt. Dan, named after the legless character from the movie Forest Gump, was one of eight pups from the same litter.
Because of the pup’s disabilities, Karen was advised euthanasia could the best approach for the loveable Lt. Dan.
But despite the advice, Karen, from South Carolina, nursed the pup and was determined to find the dog an owner with special needs.
She contacted the Shriners Hospital, who put her in touch with Sapphyre’s mother, Ashley.
Sapphyre, who has been in and out of hospital since she was three-months old, loved the pictures of the pup and the pair went on to form a heart-warming bond.
Shriners Hospitals help children under the age of 18 receive prosthetic limbs and orthopaedic services, and it was suggested that Lt. Dan, could also receive a prosthetic limb when he grows.
It is hoped that the dog will help Sapphyre explain her disabilities to other children.
Elaine Hardin, who works at Shriners, told local news outlet Greenville Online: “The first time I showed her a picture of the dog she looked at it and she said ‘that’s my puppy – he’s just like me.’
“He’s a special dog and he’s going to a special child.”