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On Hatteberg’s People, this is a story that will warm your heart. A little dog with not much of a future finds a Wichita family who gives it new life. Jill Schuldt is the one who adopted her, but it took a family with special skills to turn a doggie disaster into an animal that gives hope to others.

“You are a Christmas dog if ever I saw one.”

“She’s just a special dog with a great personality and every where she goes she brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Her name is ‘Josie’…well, you can call her ‘Santa’ too….she was an early gift to the family who runs Hanger Prosthetics in Wichita.

“She comes here every day and goes home with me every night.”

The dog was part of a litter that was born without front legs. Jill Schuldt adopted the dog after seeing a story here on KAKE.

“We figured that here at our office since we make artificial arms and limbs for people, we could also make one for her.”

So they did. Jill’s uncle, Mike Lukens an expert in the field of manufacturing one-of-a-kind prosthesis, along with technician Dennis Byers created several wheeled versions.

“She adapted very well because in order to turn this she had to use her back legs and she took to it like a duck to water. She is a mild-mannered friendly little dog that people just instantly love."

“Oh you are looking good today. You are rolling around.”

Larry Hart is a client of Hanger Prosthetics.

“Yes you can, you can get around really good.”

“It inspires me to do what I have to do with my prosthesis.”

“They just instantly love her because ---

“Come over here Josie”

“With the people we deal with, she is like them.”

“And very very friendly….she is always wagging her tail.”

“In an office environment – where computers hum and work is always waiting – this little dog with its caring masters – does more than make you smile. It is a small symbol of hope and love, in a Christmas season needing both.

“Oh you are pretty, wagging that tail…you are happy….you are happy.”


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