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Rex — a Colorado puppy born with deformed front legs — gets crowdfunded cart to improve quality of life

By: Shannon M. Hoffman, The Denver Post
December 28, 2017 Updated: December 29, 2017 at 6:10 am
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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 28: Rex, a one-year old border collie mix born with severely underdeveloped front legs, has been fitted with a prosthetic cart to assist his mobility. Rex has been adopted from the Denver Animal Shelter by a family that took him in to a foster home to support his special needs and has been working to get him adjusted to the device. The name Rex was taken from his similar semi-upright walking style to that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. (Photo by Steve Nehf,The Denver Post)

A black puppy with white markings melted hearts Thursday morning at Denver Animal Shelter while he scampered around without a care in the world.

The playful pup — Rex, named for his T. Rex-like posture — was born with a congenital deformity that stopped his front legs just below the joint.

The border collie mix hops around on his hind legs, but not for much longer. Thanks to generous donations, the Aurora pup will soon be able to run, play and chase to his little heart’s content.

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 28: Denver Animal Protection veterinarian Dr. Louisa Poon helps Rex, a one-year old border collie mix born with severely deformed front legs, with a prosthetic cart to assist his mobility. Rex has been adopted from the Denver Animal Shelter by a family that took him in to a foster home to support his special needs and has been working to get him adjusted to the device. (Photo by Steve Nehf,The Denver Post) 

Eddie’s Wheels for Pets spent four weeks engineering a special $500 cart for Rex to act as his front legs and improve his mobility and quality of life.

With or without the device, Rex is a joyous pooch.

“He has no idea he’s different,” said Cameron Schumacher, Rex’s dad-to-be.

Read full story at The Denver Post.

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