‘Heeling’ friends: Armless therapy dogs cheer up patients

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

Kandu the Jack Russell and Lucy the Chihuahua were both born without front legs. Colorado couple Ken and Melissa Rogers took in the determined canines and watched them thrive — and help others.

HooplaHa shares their story:

"We tend to adopt pets with disabilities and do everything we can to try to help them," Ken Rogers told 9News. "Seven years ago we saw a news piece about a dog that was missing his front legs and they were looking for a home for him."

"We don't think they're any different than any other dog," he added. "[Kandu] has a 'can do' attitude that nothing's going to stop him."

The Rogers helped created mobility devices for the dogs. With greater mobility, the couple saw their dogs' potential as therapy dogs.

"It shows people if this dog can do it, you can do it too," Ken said.

Kandu and Lucy now deliver smiles and snuggles to patients at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs as part of the Heeling Friends program.