Melody Rezzonico's dog Gus was born a little different.
He may seem like the happiest puppy out there, but the challenges he faces daily are hard to describe, she writes on her GoFundMe.
Gus wasn't able to eat out of a bowl like a normal dog, walk down the stairs like a normal dog or even go to the bathroom like a normal dog. But that didn't stop this little rascal!
Melody adopted Gus through Black Dog Animal Rescue, adding to a household that already includes Gertie, a Boston terrier mix, and Gunner, a blue heeler.
“I saw his picture and knew that that was going to be my next dog,” she told the Laramie Boomerang. She described Gus as “the most hyper, fun-loving dog ever” and said he’s always smiling.
“I love introducing him to new people,” she said.
Gus had a rough start in life. He was born with a shortened right front leg and his left leg was in such bad shape it required amputation. He was abandoned in South Dakota.
None of this stopped Melody from giving him his forever home.
Melody made a GoFundMe for Gus to get him new legs. She made him an appointment with Derrick Campana. Derrick's official title is animal orthotist, but it might as well be magician. Campana creates braces and artificial limbs to increase animals’ mobility and drastically improve their lives.
With this team behind him, Gus now knows a new kind of freedom and mobility. His new prosthetic features two supports set atop a sawed-off snowboard.
Gus also has a wheelchair with a harness that holds his body, but it’s too bulky for indoor use.
Thanks to his prosthetics Gus has gone up on a couple of 14,000-foot mountains, visited Moab, Utah, ran through sand dunes, and has gone backpacking, swimming and kayaking.
In case you couldn't tell, Gus is pretty happy.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized. If you are thinking of getting a pet - adopt, don't shop.
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”
― Karen Davison