[MUSIC] Flip you over. Okay.
Good stretch. Come on. We first saw Chi Chi’s story
on a Facebook video. And I remember when Elizabeth’s
watching this. And she yelled from across the room, “You need to come watch this video.
This is gonna be our next dog.” The video is of Chi Chi, probably
the day after her amputations. She was in her kennel in South Korea. But she was wagging her tail,
and she was happy. And her eyes just said,
“I’m a happy dog, And I want to live.” Once that was done, it was over.
[LAUGHTER] So, we reached out to the rescue group. But they were like, you know,
“Not a lot of people are raising their hands.” “She’s gonna be challenging.”
We don’t even know if she could walk. Didn’t matter to us.
We were gonna figure it out. When they posted the video
of her walking for the first time, I was just stunned. I knew
at that point, she wasn’t giving up. She arrived in the US
in March of 2016. She didn’t have prosthetics, so
her walking around was painful. And her feet weren’t protected. And so she was — she was vulnerable,
and she was stressed. It took her a while not to be stressed. It was kind of a hope for her
to be a therapy dog. And we had to see how she
was going to, you know, adjust. I think you slept downstairs with her the first night.
-Yeah. And we rigged up these
two baseball socks and tied them up over her shoulders, to try to keep the bandages on. This was the first set of prosthetics
made out of foam. Version two, the bottom was wider,
to give some more stability. Every morning, I have to
pick her up and bring her downstairs, and put her — put her boots on. Now we’ll do the back one. You know, she has to have them
on before she can move. So. It’s — you know. It’s a small thing
that I have to do for her. But it gives her freedom. Chi Chi’s thing is toys.
She likes to play with toys until she kills the squeaker
out of them. She’s a toy hoarder. Get it. Get it. Harry and Kipper are adopted
from the Beagle Freedom Project. And they rescue dogs
from laboratory testing. Harry came from a lab
in San Diego. We originally took him in
as a foster. And failed — failed at that. I think Harry has a special —
he seems to know that she needs some
special attention. Kipper is, other than eating, I don’t know what your
role is, dude. Here he comes. Maggie, no, this is not yours. Maggie was a rescue, too. You know, they’ve lived lives
that were not good. I think rescue dogs know
when they’ve been rescued. Did you get your pill? Once we got her here,
and saw who she was, we knew she was gonna be
good at being a therapy dog. Like, when she first arrived,
she spent a ton of time outside. She would just lay out there
and listen to the birds. We’ve been doing the obedience course
to be a therapy dog. Good morning, Chi Chi. What we’re gonna practice on today
is to introduce her to some of the stuff she might
see during the test. So, for our therapy dog test, there’s a couple things that Chi Chi
needs to be. Calm around other dogs. And also, calm around things like
wheelchairs and crutches. We’re gonna try everything we can,
to set her up to succeed. Good girl. So, this is actually a pretty hard
part of the test. Because a lot of dogs
are fine with people, and all of a sudden you put
a person with wheels, and it looks very different. We treat her just like
any other dog. Chi Chi has moved on.
And Chi Chi gets up every morning, and Chi Chi goes out, and is a dog.
And she wants to be a dog, and she’s a very happy dog. You get up, and you keep going.
And that’s what Chi Chi does. I think she’s ready to take that test. Okay, great! Go out there, and make the world
a better place. Hi, Chi Chi! I was first introduced to
Ability 360 through friends of ours,
who have a daughter with autism. And then we decided that
that would be a great place for Chi Chi to become a therapy dog. They have different types of people.
People in wheelchairs. Some with amputation, some without, that she could potentially help with. I see a lot of potential for Chi Chi’s help
with a lot of our members. I’ve been an amputee since
I was four years old. Having that companionship is —
is really important. I thought I would show Chi Chi
the ropes of what it’s like to be a therapy dog here.
– Great, that’s awesome. I have come up with a red Flyer
wagon pull. So, we put her in the wagon,
and have the client pull her around. It’s a lot of weight, to pull
around the track. So it’s great for the kids
to learn that coordination. You know, you’re surrounded
by people that aren’t exactly like you.
And when you have a companion, that, you know, you can see
a similarity there, and you can have a connection, I think it’s something that’s
really special. I think she’ll be a great
therapy dog. I think she’s more confident now. Will said today that he thinks
she’s ready to have the test to see if she’ll be a therapy dog.
So we’ll get that scheduled. She’s a golden retriever,
above anything else, before she’s an amputee. So. She’s happy all the time.
Happy to see you. Happy to go on a walk,
happy to play. She just makes the most
of her life every day. Here we go. She’s transformed
into this dog that is loving and caring, and trusts people again. Here you go. And now, she’s gonna give back. That’s her new life now. And she’s left all the rest
of it in the past.