Toddler without feet gets puppy without a paw

Toddler without feet gets puppy without a paw
Credit: Heidi Heilbrunn/Greenville Online

Lt. Dan might have met a different fate in other circumstances.

But his owner, Karen Riddle, knew the white German shepherd puppy born with just one front paw was meant for something special.

And on Monday, the nine-week-old found a new home with Sapphyre Johnson, a toddler who lost both feet.

“A lot of kids don’t see other children or animals that have issues like they have,” said the 3-year-old’s father, Matthew Johnson, beaming as he watched his little girl toss a squeaky toy to the pup.

“This was a really nice thing,” he said, “and a really good thing for Sapphyre.”

Of the nine pups in the litter, Lt. Dan, named for the character in Forest Gump who lost his legs, was the only one missing a paw, Riddle said.

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