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Amputee man adopts amputee dog

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 01:33

An amputee dog has been adopted in the California bay area by an amputee man, allowing man and dog to put their best foot forward. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Meet Minmi, a two-year-old Maltese-poodle mix. Once a stray, she has a new owner, with whom she has a lot in common. They are both amputees. "I'm the new dad. That's my job." Bob Padilla lost his own leg to diabetes and with his wife Bonnie recently lost their dog as well. The Santa Clara couple found out about Minmi, whose leg was amputated after a car accident, on the news. An anonymous donor who paid for Minmi's amputation wanted an amputee to adopt her. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BONNIE GARZA, MINMI'S NEW OWNER, SAYING: "Got up that morning, saw the 3-legged dog on the TV… I had been waiting for a sign of when we were gonna be ready to adopt again." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOB PADILLA, MINMI'S NEW OWNER, SAYING: "I thought, well honey, what bigger sign could you get than that? I'm an amputee!" Now the two amputees are inseparable, linked by their own losses. Though Padilla doesn't see it that way. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOB PADILLA, MINMI'S NEW OWNER, SAYING: "After I lost the leg I didn't look at it as a disability. It was a challenge, a hurdle. Once you get over it you move on… it's not that big of a deal." And move on, he did. So much so that six months after he lost his leg, he competed in a swim from Alcatraz across San Francisco Bay. It's a can-do attitude the couple says is exemplified by Minmi every day. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOB PADILLA, MINMI'S NEW OWNER, SAYING: "How can you beat this? Look at this face. This is unconditional love!" An unconditional love that's helped keep man and dog on their feet.

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Amputee man adopts amputee dog

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 01:33