GEIGER GRADE, Nev. -- It's one of the most difficult decisions for a dog owner--whether to put his or her beloved pet down after having something serious happen to them. It seemed like the only option for one local couple, but they made a decision that ended up saving their best friend. They created an organization to help people and their pets cope with certain disabilities.
Buddy2 isn't your typical dog, but that hasn't slowed him down. He suffered a blood clot, which ended up paralyzing his two hind legs.
"We couldn't put him down, he's our kid," Travis Adlington, owner said. "We were devastated. I was a wreck, but looking at him, he was ready to just carry on, so that's when we decided we're going to do this."
What they did was put Buddy2 in a wheelchair. Adlington says all dogs will get used to it. To help others cope with their handicapable dogs, the Adlingtons want to share what they've learned so they created Capable Canines, a non-profit organization.
"It doesn't have to be a huge inconvenience and ruin your life, I think that's what people are afraid of," Adlington said.
For Buddy2, that means a daily routine and a strict diet, but the extra work is barely noticeable to the family.
"We want to definitely support people who otherwise would put their animals down and give them a second option," Cheryl, Travis' wife said.
He's a few inches wider and a few pounds heavier, but at the end of the day he still runs, climbs and swims like any other dog.
The Adlingtons tell KOLO 8 that Buddy2 has already lived three years longer than expected and remains healthy.