Double Amputee Toddler and Her Tripod Puppy - A Heartwarming Photo Album

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Double Amputee Toddler and Her Tripod Puppy - A Heartwarming Photo Album

Occasionally the stars align and everything seems to work out perfectly, despite any prior adversity faced. Such is the case with 3-year-old Sapphyre Johnson and her new puppy, Lt. Dan.Born with an unknown malady that prevented her hands and feet from developing properly, at 1 year of age Sapphyre had her feet amputated so she could be fitted for prosthesis and learn to walk.

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Meanwhile, Karen Riddleโ€™s German shepherd had a litter of 9 puppies, one of whom was born without one of his front paws - the aptly named Lt. Dan (

after theย character in Forrest Gump

). The only puppy in the litter with a missing paw, Karen worried about his chances of getting adopted. And then she heard about Sapphyre.

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It was a match made in heaven. โ€œA lot of kids donโ€™t see other children or animals that have issues like they have,โ€ said Sapphyreโ€™s father Matthew. From the first time Sapphyre saw pictures of little Lt. Dan, she was overcome with joy - โ€œThatโ€™s my puppy! Heโ€™s just like me!โ€ exclaimed the excited little girl.

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Not only does Lt. Dan give Sapphyre the companionship of a kindred spirit, but his playful nature also motivates her to get up and exercise, which is important for anyone learning to walk on prostheticย legs.

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Since the pairing of Sapphyre and Lt. Dan, the Johnson family has been fairly vocal about how incredibly grateful they are for Karen Riddleโ€™s thoughtful and generous display. And while Karen is glad for all the thanks, she is most elated by having found a loving home for Lt. Dan - especially one where he stands to make such a tremendous impact on a childโ€™s development.

See the dynamic duo playing together here.Sapphyre-10Sapphyre-2 Sapphyre-9 Sapphyre-7Sapphyre-6

 Source and Photos from

GreenvilleOnline
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