A touching story about a disabled dog who became a symbol of strength and faith
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A touching story about a disabled dog who became a symbol of strength and faith

Cola became the world’s first Blade Runner dog after he was fitted with suspended prosthetic legs with attached blades, like those of Paralympic sprinters.

As a puppy in Bangkok, Cola lost both of his front paws in a very traumatic way: they were cut off by a neighbor who used a sword to cut off the shoes that Cola had chewed on. Fortunately for Cola, he caught the attention of Gill Dalley, one of the founders of the Soi Dog Foundation, which specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs in Thailand.

 

Gill, who passed away after a brief battle with cancer in February 2017, also lost his legs years earlier and immediately felt a kinship with Cola.

Gill turned to the man who provided him with his own prosthetic legs, Bengt Soderberg, owner of Scandinavian Orthopedic Laboratories in Phuket, and asked him to do the same for Cola. The pup was fitted with straight fiberglass paw extensions, but since they were heavy and had no bounce, Bengt had to work on creating extensions based on Paralympic paddles.

He said: “Gill lost both legs about 10 years ago and I gave her prosthetics. When he told me he had a dog that was also missing his front legs, I knew the natural thing for me to do was to help. “Cola is the first dog I’ve made a biped for and we’ve adjusted the prosthetic legs so they don’t bother him.” , or at least to minimize the inconvenience. These new legs took about a year to create and are very similar to the legs used by professional athletes in the Paralympic Games.

We use the same carbon fiber, the same structure and the same suspension. “This gives Cola maximum flexibility combined with light weight, allowing him to run and play like other dogs.”

Sadly, Gill did not live long enough to see Cola on his new legs, but her husband, John Dalley, was delighted to see him walking along the beach with them. “We are happy to see Cola running on his new legs. “Dogs definitely learn to use prosthetics faster than humans and it’s great to see him playing and running around like other dogs,” John said. Cola’s own comment, according to Soi Dog, was “a puppy smile before going for a walk on the beach with his friends.”

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