Brutus, a two-year-old Rottweiler from Loveland, Colorado, is a unique dog. After a surgery last year, Brutus now holds the title of being the only living quadruple amputee dog. According to KTLA, since late last year, Brutus has been walking on four prosthetic limbs, making him only the second dog ever to become a quadruple amputee dog. Brutus, who lost all four legs due to frostbite, received his first two limbs back in September, 2014. Two other pair of legs were outfitted a few weeks later.
Brutus’ road to recovery has, however, not been a rosy journey, says Laura Aquilina, who has been taking care of Brutus, the quadruple amputee dog, since his surgery. According to Laura, while Brutus is pretty OK with his prosthetics indoors, things change when he ventures out.
“He just has these little peg legs to get around on and he does a pretty good job inside the home. But outside–he’s adjusting to wearing prosthetics on each leg.”
“You can’t explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet. You can’t explain to them, that it’s to help them,” Laura adds.
“He’s able to walk in them. It’s not always pretty. We want to be able to give him a higher function, where he can run and play with other dogs, go on hikes,” Aquilina said.
With each passing day, however, Brutus seems to be getting the hang of walking again — something he would never had normally done — after the accident that made him a quadruple amputee dog.
Like we mentioned earlier, Brutus became a quadruple amputee dog after a frostbite accident. The dog was spotted by folks from over at OrthoPets, the company who made his prosthetic limbs. OrthoPets, based out of Denver, decided to lend him a helping hand.
Martin Kauffman, founder of OrthoPets, says as follows.
“Brutus is an amazing case of a beautiful dog who was dealt a short hand. He can get out and do normal doggy things. And it just makes you feel so good.”
Meanwhile, Laura now believes, instead of ending up in a shelter, Brutus with his new prosthetic limbs stands a better chance of being adopted by a loving family.
“If he ended up in a shelter they’d say he was un-adoptable because he’s missing his feet. I think it’s good for people to know we can work with animals like this,” she said.
All said, it is still a long road to recovery for Brutus, the world’s only living quadruple amputee dog. One bit of good news for Brutus is that he will soon receive an improved set of prosthetic legs — which will enable him to walk better, reports Fox4 Kansas City.
While we have seen several cases of double amputee dogs, a quadruple amputee dog like Brutus with four prosthetic legs is very rare. Our best wishes are with Brutus for his full recovery!