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College Students Make Prosthetics for ‘Woodie the Wonder Pup’

“You can pretty much overcome anything giving a little time and a little hard work and good effort by a lot of people involved”

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    College Students Make Prosthetics for ‘Woodie the Wonder Pup’

    Woodie is a pit bull that was found weeks after being born with two severed legs but now, he’s getting prosthetics. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has the details.

    (Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019)

    Woodie is a pit bull that was found weeks after being born with two severed legs but now, he’s getting prosthetics.

    “We call him ‘Woodie the Wonder Pup,’ said his owner, Jenn Grelck. “He actually has his own Facebook page; he has decent following going on.”

    At first glance, he seems like an unstoppable puppy full of life but if you take a closer look, you’ll notice he has something out of the ordinary.

    “Both back feet are gone he has no paws on the back feet,” explained Veterinarian Kristin Hall. “The one side is a little bit longer and little more normal. The other is shorter and stumpy.”

    They believe an animal might have harmed Woodie.

    A local rescue grouped picked him and sent him home with Jenn and David Grelck who were originally just going to foster him for a while.

    “We have four dogs already,” said David Grelck. “Woody makes number five, so yeah my first thought was oh my goodness, she is going to come home with another dog.”

    Woodie quickly warmed up to them until they finally decided to adopt him.

    The family wanted to make sure Woodie had a chance to live and play like any other dog, so they contacted the Joliet Junior College to see if they could help make him a prosthetic legs.

    Professor Mike Brncick is a part of the Orthotic Prosthetic Program and said he jumped on the idea and specialists performed some surgeries on Woodie for free; students are volunteering their time to make him some prosthetics legs. 

    Woodie has to be thirteen months before he can get his prosthetic legs. In the meantime, he will be wearing sleeves to protect them.

    The wonder puppy has already helped teach the family a valuable life lesson.

    “You can pretty much overcome anything giving a little time and a little hard work and good effort by a lot of people involved,” said David Grelck.

    His parents say they will share this lesson with others by visiting kids in hospitals or schools and engage with those in special needs.

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