EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Indiana puppy born without one of his paws is finally able to walk at a near-normal gait thanks to a prosthetic leg.
Tom Whitehurst makes prosthetic limbs for humans, but he agreed to make a series of free prosthetic left legs for Furgus, a Great Dane puppy adopted by Evansville residents Bill and Pam Lawrence.
The 16-week-old dog’s left leg is about half the length it should be and doesn’t have a paw.
But Furgus is now walking on his sixth prosthetic leg, and that version uses the joint from a child’s prosthetic arm for a knee.
He’ll need several more prosthetic legs as he grows.
Whitehurst tells The Evansville Courier & Press he now feels responsible for keeping Furgus walking “so I’ve got to keep doing it.”