Puppy with deformed limb, adopted by army vet, now getting around faster with new prosthetic leg

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Earlier this year, while serving in the Army in Afghanistan, Brad Harrison received an email with the words, " Do you want a 3 legged baby?"

Attached was a picture of an adorable week-old puppy with a deformed limb.

Brad and his wife, Debbie, instantly fell in love with Willow, a black Lab mix, but they weren't ready to follow the advice of many who told them to have Willow's deformed limb amputated.


A veterinarian told Brad and Debbie about Pawsitive Steps in Rochester Hills. The rehabilitation and therapy center for pets is run by Dr. Tari Kern and her team, specializing in ways to relieve pain and enhance the lives of pets.

And shortly before Christmas, Willow received her prosthetic leg, customized to meet her specific needs.

Dr. Kern says prosthetics and orthotics for pets is a relatively new specialty, but they are options for pet owners who once thought their only option was to amputate a four-legged family member's limb.

To contact Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets, you can call (248) 564-0309 or (855) 311-PAWS (7297). The rehab center is located at 1894 Star Batt Drive in Rochester Hills.

For more on Pawsitive Steps, visit www.pawsitivestepsrehab.com .

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