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What Limitations?? This Disabled Dog Will Put A Grin On Your Face

Soon after Naki'o and his littermates were born, the puppies were left in a foreclosed home during a Nebraska winter. Against all odds, Naki'o survived. He was the only pup found alive, but he was in bad shape. Suffering from severe frostbite, Naki'o ultimately lost his paws on all four legs... but don't worry, this is just the beginning of an incredibly inspiring story!


Ready to adopt a dog and grow her family, Christie Pace discovered Naki'o's page on PetFinder not long after his surgery. She instantly fell in love! Christie and her husband were committed to helping Naki'o live a full and active life, and started researching ways to help him—then, fate intervened.

"I was working at a vet clinic at the time, and we had a patient come in that had a knee brace from OrthoPets. It was life-changing when they told me about it." - Christie

OrthoPets created new legs and a new life for Naki'o, with Christie at his side. He is the first dog in the world with 4 prosthetic legs, and has been dubbed the bionic dog! As you can imagine, with full mobility, Naki'o gained more confidence and happiness as he could run, jump, and chase like any other pup.

Her dog's transformation also changed Christie's life, inspiring her to pursue new passions: she and her husband started a dog rescue to help disabled animals like theirs, called Naki'o's Underdog Rescue. Christie even wrote a children's book inspired by Naki'o, called Stubby and His Magic Boots, which teaches readers compassion and care for animals.

The legacy of the little puppy from Nebraska who grew into the bionic dog will be one of hope and happiness!

This HooplaHa original video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Burton Bilharz. To see more good news videos like it, check out our YouTube channel and Facebook page!

NYC's One Tough Cookie Gets Creative with Confections!

Seven years ago, Gail Dosik left her job and followed her sweet tooth. She attended The French Culinary Institute in New York, NY, and received her grand diplôme in Pastry Arts.

"It was the best thing I ever did for myself," Gail explained. "I was immersed in doing every single day what I love to do which is working with flour, butter and sugar and creating delicious food."

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Smart Yoga Mat Promotes Growth And Learning For Kids With Special Needs

** OGTV shares this story for National Disability Week to show that with a little imagination and hard work, doors can be opened for those with special needs. **

Elizabeth Goranson is the owner and founder of Stretch What Matters, an organization which instructs yoga to children with special needs. She practiced yoga on her own, but never thought to bring it into her classroom. Her daughter Grace, who was born with special needs, gave her the idea to start Stretch What Matters.

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Art Classes Offer "Transformative" Experience To People Living With Mental Illness

** We share this story on National Special Education Day to inspire those who seek ways to heal the wounds that can't be seen. **

PeaceLove Studios is "in the peace-of-mind business," according to co-founder Jeff Sparr. A nice, simple mission statement, to be sure. But there's nothing simple about the problems that PeaceLove is trying to solve, and that's what makes the organization so important and powerful.

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Hurt Dog Inspires Hollywood Film ‘Miracle Marshall’

Marshall was abandoned, abused and starving. He was among 60 other dogs living on a property without food, water and shelter.

During the time of his rescue by Animal Planet's Confessions, he had a badly broken front leg, bite marks all over his body and a tennis ball sized hole in the side of his face. The Humane Society of Missouri came to the dogs rescue, however Marshall's injuries were so serious they required surgery before he could be put up for adoption. On the operating table, Marshall passed away...but was resuscitated and the medical team was able to repair his face and amputate his infected leg.

Today, Marshall lives in his forever home with owner Cyndi Willenbrock. "He has been my greatest teacher, and my greatest blessing," Cyndi noted.

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Dudeoir and Drag Queens On Ice! An Event for Fun and Charity (Beauty Redefined E3)

** On World Aids Day, we share this story about an Aids fundraising event that celebrates people being comfortable in their own skin. **

Drag Queens on Ice is celebrating their 8th Annual event, fundraising for local Sacramento, California charities, and showing how dressing in drag draws off of what beauty is and allows each individual to create their own persona, their own version of being beautiful.

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How This Mom Turns Tragedy Into A Lifesaving Mission

** On our National Day Of Giving, here's a story about a woman's loss and how she turned it into an opportunity to help others. **

November 9th, 2002 changed Heidi Johnson's life forever. After a tragic accident that killed her mother and left her father hospitalized for weeks, Heidi realized she had a greater calling. "You don't just wake up one day and start a non-profit. Something happens... there's a moment. I became intrigued by that moment and who these people were."

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Why Shopping Makes You Feel Good - You Should Know with Lucia Nazzaro

** Here's a short video on why shopping makes you happy to get you amped for Cyber Monday **

This just in! Retail therapy actually works! We love to give you tips and tricks to make sure you are the happiest & healthiest you can be. So here is one more, and it just may be our favorite.

In this brand new episode of You Should Know, Lucia explains how shopping really can improve your well being. Even if you don't buy anything, the positive effects are still there. So tell your spouse you don't necessarily have to spend money... even though it's more fun that way :)

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Caring Couture Makes Scarves By Employing Adults With Down Syndrome

** To highlight "Small Business Friday" here is a story about a small organization that opens its doors to people of all abilities. **

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

"I felt Payton was given to me for a reason," her Mom explained. "It was something bigger than just being her Mom."

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