A dog that was abandoned after being born with only two legs has learned to walk on her two front paws.
Putol, a six-year-old dog born with the deformity, is now frequently seen running with other canines and exploring the streets of Casiguran, Quezon City, Philippines.
Putol, whose name means “chopped” in the Luzonian language of Tagalog, is now able to balance herself thanks to the assistance of her owner Danilo Codilego Jr.
The dog, who has become a neighborhood favorite thanks to her bravery and zest for life, entered Mr. Codilego’s life when a coworker from his former job showed up with four puppies.
Mr Codilego, a truck driver, said: “We met six years ago. I was working in a bakery then. One day a co-worker arrived with four puppies. He was trying to sell them for 5000 pesos each (£115). The other puppies sold, but nobody wanted poor two-legged Putol.”
“They didn’t think she would live long. I was the only one who had the courage to take care of her. We took our chances because we took pity on her. We couldn’t think of another name except for Putol.” Codilego added.
Putol had trouble walking for the first two years of her life, but she eventually learned to balance herself on her front legs. The six-year-old dog, who is fiercely devoted to her owner, is now often spotted defending Mr. Codilego’s home.
Mr Codilego said, “Putol acts like a guard dog – barking when a stranger is near. She also gets jealous if I pay attention to another dog. Otherwise she is friendly and much loved in the neighbourhood.”
Putol is very much loved now. When Codilego has to go on a business trip, she has no problem because everyone takes care of her.