By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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Videographer / director: Olivia Kong
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Jack Stevens
In Autumn 2015, Daffodil was found abandoned in a cardboard box on the streets by a Good Samaritan who took the neglected puppy to the nearby rescue centre, San Francisco SPCA.
This tiny puppy was born with a congenital forelimb deformity, resulting in her front arms never fully developing. The quick-thinking veterinary staff fitted Daffodil with custom made wheels, and after a little practice, the pooch was able to walk and run.
Shortly after, veterinary technician Olivia Kong fell in love with this cute canine and adopted her from the rescue centre.
She said: “Daffodil does not let her ‘disability' limit her. She is very outgoing and determined. Her daily life is much like any other puppy. It is, however, important because of her missing forelimbs that she is always in a safe environment where she is not at risk for falls or injury.”
Back in Colorado, Olivia has helped Daffodil learn to ‘drive’ her wheels and strengthen her muscles. She is now even mobile without her special support and can jump, play and walk on her back legs.
And just over a year after she was found - approaching first birthday - Daffodil went on her first hike.
Olivia said: “Daffodil's first hike was on Guanella Pass, which is a high mountain pass with over 11,000 feet in elevation, located in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
“We did several hiking sessions in different trail locations, with breaks in between, but I would estimate that we hiked several miles total throughout the day."
With larger wheels fitted for the rougher terrain, the eager Chihuahua had no problem maneuvering over the rocks and plants.
Her owner said: “Daffodil did a fantastic job and we did not have any difficulties on our first big hiking day. We did stop for regular water, food and treats breaks along the trails. She really enjoyed being outdoors being able to watch all the birds and other animals.
“You always can see the excitement in her eyes and her tail wagging when I get out her wheels, but somehow she knew that day was extra special!”
With her newfound off-road skills, nothing can stop this confident puppy from more exciting adventures in the future.
Olivia said: “The reward of seeing her happy and thriving is priceless to me and that is what matters most. I think the most important thing is always to remember that we should be kind to others regardless of
“We are all different in our own way, each and every one of us, animal and human alike. A positive attitude is very powerful.”