Puppies chewing things they aren’t supposed to is nothing new. They’ll chew anything they can get their mouths on – remotes, furniture, shoes. But for one puppy, an innocent shoe chew ended with him getting his legs chopped off with a sword.
Nine-month-old puppy Cola escaped from his home and chewed a pair of the neighbor’s shoes, the neighbor chased Cola back home and confronted the owner. Cola’s owner apologized profusely and even paid for the damaged shoes. Unsatisfied with that, the neighbor decided Cola had to be punished. That's when he hacked Cola's lower front legs off with a large sword.
Cola's future was uncertain - he had lost too much blood and his wounds were starting to show signs of infection. Even worse, the veterinary clinic in Thailand wasn't equipped to deal with Cola's injuries. That could’ve been the end for Cola but when animal lovers learned of his case, they contacted the Soi Dog Foundation.
Soi Dog Foundation, a nonprofit group in Thailand that helps homeless, abused, and neglected animals, offered to send Cola to iVet, a specialty clinic in Bangkok. Soi Dog Foundation even offered to pay for his treatment.
Cola miraculously managed to recover! His owner, however, was absolutely petrified to take Cola back home. Even though the neighbor would serve a month in jail, the owner was scared that Cola would be hurt again.
Thankfully, Soi Dog offered to take Cola into their care.
Cola then spent a couple months recovering at iVet. The staff even gave Cola a wheelchair to help him get around. Dr. Aom ended up creating prosthetics for Cola to help the dog's mobility even more.
Gill Dalley and John Dalley, the co-founders of Soi Dog, along with John’s wife, visited Cola the day his was fit for his prosthetics. Gill also lost both her legs after contracting septicemia (a serious blood poisoning condition) during the rescue of a stray dog back in 2004. Gill also wears prosthetics.
Cola and Gill’s connection was instant – they immediately became best friends. Their bond was so strong, Gill decided to adopt Cola! The Dalley’s arranged for Cola to fly to Phuket, a Thai island, to live with them.
With his his new prosthetics, Cola can finally enjoy walks with his family. But since his prosthetics are still so new, they have to be careful as his stumps could develop sores – something Gill is very familiar with. After she lost her legs, it took her a while before she could wear her prosthetics all day.
Cola is now free to chew whatever he wants – though John and Gill do prefer he chews his own toys – and he’ll never have to worry about being hurt again. Cola’s amazing spirit and personality are an inspiration to everyone. Despite being unimaginably hurt by a human, he still puts his love and trust in them.
To watch Cola run around in his prosthetic legs, watch the video here:
And to watch him walk up the stairs for the first time, check out this video: