When Naki'o was just a puppy, he and his siblings were found abandoned in a foreclosed home in Nebraska, in the middle of winter. Their mother had already passed away by the time they were found, but all the puppies were safe and healthy when rescued - except for little Naki'o, who was found frozen into a puddle.
Naki'o suffered severe frostbite from the ordeal, and had to have all four of his paws (and varying parts of each leg) amputated. He also lost half his tail, half his nose and a small part of his right ear, his mom, Christie Pace, told The Dodo. Eventually, Naki'o would become the first dog to receive four prosthetic legs.
Naki'o and his siblings were taken in by A Puppy's Voice rescue in Fort Collins, Colorado. They all initially suffered from malnutrition and mange, but each eventually found a loving home, even special little Naki'o.