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'She Adopted Us': Police Detective with Prosthetic Leg Gives Double Amputee Dog Her Forever Home

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In March, the San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement discovered a sad case when the owner of two small dogs in Mira Mesa, California, made a rather poor decision.

Chloe, a 9-year-old shih tzu, and Roxy, a 13-year-old Chihuahua, had been licking and scratching their back paws, so the owner bandaged their back paws — but the binding was so tight it cut off their circulation, necessitating amputation for both dogs.

Chloe had to have both back paws partly amputated, and Roxy had to have part of her back left foot removed. After medical care, the dogs went to separate foster homes.

The Hunters fostered Chloe — and they immediately had a special place in their hearts for the little shih tzu because someone in their family could relate to her condition.

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San Diego Police Detective Chappie Hunter lost his own leg in 2013 after being involved in a crash. After getting his own prosthetic and getting used to it, he returned to work.

Chloe has also been fitted with prosthetics and has learned to walk again.

“Fitting a dog with prosthetics is quite an involved process and this was a first for San Diego Humane Society,” veterinarian Susan Garity said, according to WXYZ-TV.

“It included sedation to create a mold of the feet, getting the prosthetics to fit perfectly, and monitoring for pressure sores. It takes time for the dogs to learn to use them, but our staff is so dedicated and I am so grateful we had our whole organization’s support in giving these sweet dogs a second chance at some normalcy.”

After a few weeks of fostering, the Hunters made it official. Chloe made it very clear that she’d chosen them, and the family has welcomed her in permanently.

“We have a new family member,” Arlene Hunter posted on June 18. “A double amputee Shih Tzu adopted us. If you want to read Chloe’s story, take a look at the link below. We can’t wait for you to meet her!”

“We really didn’t adopt her … She adopted us!” Chappie wrote in his own post.

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The pup’s fighting spirit is no doubt part of what drew the Hunters to her.

“She is amazing,” Arlene wrote in a comment on her post. “She only had her prosthetics a few days and the 2nd day at our house, she jumped on the couch from the ground!

“Reminded me of Chappie after his amputation. He was working out in the garage soon after coming home from the hospital! Similar fighting spirit! They are super cute together too!”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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