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    Prosthetic Center to Make Leg for Puppy

    Rex Miller has made artificial limbs for lots of humans, but never for a dog. Until now. Miller, owner of the Greater Flint Prosthetic Center, made a cast last week that will guide him on how to make a new leg for 4-month-old Peg, a puppy born without an ankle joint or right paw. "She'll be able to walk and run better, but she'll probably always still have a little hitch in her giddyup," said Miller, who lost his own right leg trying to jump a train when he was 15.

    Making an artificial leg for a puppy can be tricky. It could be attached to the dog's leg with a harness or a Velcro-type material. To prevent her from chewing on the leg, it will be made of material similar to bulletproof vests.

    Veterinarians with Baker College's training program put Peg under anesthesia and took X-rays to help Miller make the leg. Baker joined Miller in doing the work for free because Peg's owner, Carol Beavnier, works for a nonprofit organization.

    Beavnier trains dogs to become leader dogs for the blind. Peg eventually will be a therapy dog, visiting nursing home patients. She's already a big hit with seniors, Beavnier told The Flint Journal.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20051114/D8DSFQ802.html

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    Oh...how neat is this! First of all that they kept this dog (many would have put it down) and second that they are making her quality of life better! I'm sure that little pup will go on to make lots of people feel better themselves! What a selfless investment!

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    Awwwwwwwwwww

    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    Rex Miller has made artificial limbs for lots of humans, but never for a dog. Until now. Miller, owner of the Greater Flint Prosthetic Center, made a cast last week that will guide him on how to make a new leg for 4-month-old Peg, a puppy born without an ankle joint or right paw. "She'll be able to walk and run better, but she'll probably always still have a little hitch in her giddyup," said Miller, who lost his own right leg trying to jump a train when he was 15.

    Making an artificial leg for a puppy can be tricky. It could be attached to the dog's leg with a harness or a Velcro-type material. To prevent her from chewing on the leg, it will be made of material similar to bulletproof vests.

    Veterinarians with Baker College's training program put Peg under anesthesia and took X-rays to help Miller make the leg. Baker joined Miller in doing the work for free because Peg's owner, Carol Beavnier, works for a nonprofit organization.

    Beavnier trains dogs to become leader dogs for the blind. Peg eventually will be a therapy dog, visiting nursing home patients. She's already a big hit with seniors, Beavnier told The Flint Journal.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20051114/D8DSFQ802.html
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    God Bless this dear man..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    Rex Miller has made artificial limbs for lots of humans, but never for a dog. Until now.

    Beavnier trains dogs to become leader dogs for the blind. Peg eventually will be a therapy dog, visiting nursing home patients. She's already a big hit with seniors, Beavnier told The Flint Journal.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20051114/D8DSFQ802.html
    Rex Miller you are an angel. Thank you. I know quite a few who use guide dogs, not only for blindness but for other illness as well. They are their companions, their children and without them, they sometimes are lost. They provide a great service to those with such illness as (just to name a few) MS, Those paralyzed, movement disorders, and teaching children with learning disabilities. They are an asset and truly loved by their owners. Many disabled are very lonely. These dogs provide opportunity into the world, and even if their worlds are still considered homebound the dog is a companion and brings joy. Cats also do amazing things for spirit.

    I truly commend your work.

    Thanks Casshew for the good news. It's wonderful to read of good works in a world that has much pain.

    Bless you again REX.

    gozgals

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20051114/D8DSFQ802.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gozgals
    Thanks Casshew for the good news. It's wonderful to read of good works in a world that has much pain.
    Hi gozgals! I am hoping there will be lots of uplifting stories on this forum and people will make a point of coming to read and participate every day



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