His Legs Were Chopped Off With A Sword For Chewing Shoes. Now, He’s ECSTATIC To Walk Again!Ashley Maisano
A neighbor saw a nine-month-old puppy chewing on his shoes, so he chased the dog away and confronted his owner. The owner was very apologetic and even offered to pay for the damage, but the neighbor angrily took a sword and cut off the puppy’s front legs.
The owner rushed the pup, named Cola, to a vet clinic in Bangkok, Thailand, but didn’t think he would survive. Infection had set in, and he lost a lot of blood, but he was a fighter! Soi Dog Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats in Thailand, offered to cover the costs to send Cola to a specialist clinic in Bangkok called iVet.
Thankfully, Cola was able to recover, but his owner didn’t want to take him back home. He was too afraid that the poor pup would be hurt again. The neighbor was sentenced a month in jail for his crime under Thailand’s newly formed Animal Welfare Act. So, the owner agreed to have Soi Dog take Cola in.
While recovering at iVet, Cola was fitted with a wheelchair so he could get around. Without the wheelchair, he learned to hop on his back legs and still was able to maneuver around. Although he was able to get around, it was still a struggle.
That’s when Dr. Aom at iVet designed prosthetics for her. When Cola was fitted with them, co-founder John Dalley’s wife, and Gill Dalley, the other co-founder, came to visit him. Cola and Gill formed an immediate connection. Gill had also lost both of her legs after getting septicemia, a serious blood poisoning condition, when she was rescuing a stray dog in 2004.
The love these two shared was so strong, so fast, that Gill decided to adopt Cola, and they arranged for Cola to fly to the Thai island of Phuket to live with them. Cola can now enjoy walks with his new furever family, but they still have to take it easy and make sure his stumps don’t develop sores.
He is also able to chew anything he wants now without being punished for it. Of course they’d rather him chew his dog toys, but he often chews on his prosthetic straps which is fine!
Cola is so happy now, and his trust in humans was restored so quickly. He is overjoyed to be able to walk and run around again. Watch the emotional and happy video of him walking in his prosthetics for the first time: