Perfect Pair: Girl Without Feet Bonds With Puppy Born Without a Paw

It was love at first site for 3-year-old Sapphyre and a German shepherd puppy. The pair share bond: both don’t have feet.

Image via Greenville Oinline
Image via Greenville Oinline

The two found each other after the puppy’s owner, Karen Riddle, was trying to find the perfect situation for the disabled dog that was born without a paw.

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Naming the white German shepherd pup Lt. Dan, after the Forrest Gump character without legs, Riddle thought the dog would make the ideal therapy dog for a disabled person.

So she brought him to South Carolina’s Shriners Hospital, where he met Sapphyre, a 3-year-old girl that has been a patient of the facility since she was 3 months old, according to Greenville Online. Sapphyre was born without a few fingers and toes. At the age of one, she had surgery to have her feet amputated so she can wear a prosthetic. When Lt. Dan is full grown, the hospital said it would make a prosthetic foot for him.

Image via Greenville Oinline
Image via Greenville Oinline

After the pair met on Monday, it was true love.

“Sapphyre immediately noticed that he was missing a paw. She said, ‘He has a foot like mine,'” Johnson told ABC  News.

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H/T Greenville Online

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