3-Year-Old Girl Without Feet Receives A Puppy Without A Paw: “That’s My Puppy, He’s Just Like Me”

In a beautiful twist of fate, Sapphyre Johnson, a 3-year-old toddler in Tennessee who had both of her feet .ᴀᴍᴘᴜᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ when she was only one year old, has been given a cute puppy with whom she shares a special bond – the nine-week-old pup is missing one of his front paws as well.

Sapphyre was born with a ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴅᴇғᴇᴄᴛ that left her with missing fingers and required both of her feet to be ᴀᴍᴘᴜᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ . When she was 3 months old, doctors at Shriners Hospital For Children in Greenville, South Carolina, performed several surgeries to equip her with prosthetic feet.

Sapphyre adopted Lt. Dan when he was nine weeks old. He was the only pup in a litter of nine who was born missing a front paw. Because of the pup’s ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛɪᴇs, breeders suggested Lt. Dan’s owner, Karen Riddle put him down. However, she refused to give up on him and decided to find the dog an owner with special needs who would be a good match for the pup.

Thankfully, Riddle called Shriners Hospital and she learned about Sapphyre. She knew that Lt. Dan would have a great home with Sapphyre and the pair would share a special bond. The Johnson family also agreed that L.t Dan would be a perfect addition for their house.

“In the future, I could see Sapphy at her first show-and-tell in school and she could bring in her dog and explain about her dog and herself,” said a hospital specialist
“Everybody loves dogs and they’ll want to know about her dog that’s special like her. ”

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