Sapphyre Johnson, a happy, healthy toddler, was born without fingers and feet. She now has a new best friend, in the form of Lt. Dan – a stunning white German Shepherd, born without a front right paw. Sapphyre’s mother, Ashley Johnson, told ABC News: “It was two weeks ago when we were told that [Karen Riddle, a breeder] … Continue reading Toddler and Pup With Similar Birth Defects Become Forever Friends →

Toddler and Pup With Similar Birth Defects Become Forever Friends

Angela Albright

3 years ago

Sapphyre Johnson, a happy, healthy toddler, was born without fingers and feet. She now has a new best friend, in the form of Lt. Dan – a stunning white German Shepherd, born without a front right paw.

Photo Credit: Greenville Shriners Hospital
Photo Credit: Greenville Shriners Hospital

Sapphyre’s mother, Ashley Johnson, told ABC News: “It was two weeks ago when we were told that [Karen Riddle, a breeder] contacted [Shriner’s Hospital for Children] about a puppy who was missing one front paw. She wanted him to grow up with a child who had similar circumstances.”

Photo Credit: Greenville Shriners Hospital
Photo Credit: Greenville Shriners Hospital

When she first saw a photograph of Lt. Dan – the pup named after a character from the classic film “Forrest Gump,” Sapphyre immediately said: “He has a foot like mine.”

Shriner’s Hospital and the breeder, Karen Riddle, worked together in order to train and ready Lt. Dan for a career as a therapy dog. Together, the transported him to his new home, earlier this week on Monday, April 20th. The dates marks the beginning of a special friendship between Lt. Dan and Sapphyre.

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