"He came into the exam room and was the happiest little guy you could meet," Pace said. "You didn't even recognize his disability at first because he was so happy and was kissing me. It was love."
When Naki'o first joined his new family, his parents weren't sure exactly what he would need as he got older. Since he weighed only 4 pounds when he was adopted, he was able to move himself around fairly easily. As he got bigger, though, he had a harder time dragging himself around, so it became clear that he was going to need extra assistance.
"I knew he needed help, and then fate stepped in," Pace said. "I had a client at the clinic that had an OrthoPets knee brace. I'd never seen that before or knew it existed at the time! I looked into OrthoPets in Denver, and saw that they made prosthetics, so I made an appointment for him."
With the help of her generous clients, Pace was able to raise enough money to purchase at least one prosthetic for Naki'o. When she learned he would definitely need a total of four prosthetics to have the best quality of life, she was worried at first about the cost - until OrthoPets decided to donate the remaining three legs.