Dogs are more than just pets. They can become an integral part of the family, forming life-long bonds with their owners. These four-legged friends can also be trained to help those with disabilities, allowing them to live a happier life. Christy Gardner retired from the army after losing both of her legs. When she returned home, she was paired with Moxie, a one-of-a-kind pup with a big heart and even bigger eyes.
According to Good News Network, Gardner was in a tough spot, struggling to get to grips with her new situation. Spiraling into a deep depression, the former US Army Sergeant contemplated taking her own life, but Moxie's companionship and love kept her afloat. Crediting her canine buddy with saving her life, the 36-year-old was inspired to help a disabled puppy called "Tiny Tim" in a bid to pay forward the kindness she received from Moxie.
Gardner is helping the little puppy who has one leg that doesn't work properly by training him to work as a therapy dog at an elementary school. When he starts his new position, Tim, now named Lucky, will be able to help other students with disabilities get through difficult times. The veteran hopes that Lucky will follow in Moxie's paw-steps and spread some much-needed joy to those in need.
However, Lucky needed some medical treatment before he can move forward, as his disabled paw needed to be amputated. Gardner went above and beyond to help her puppy pal by taking on more work to pay for the surgery. Thankfully, one kind company named Vetriscience has since come forward to donate $10,000 to cover the cost of vet bills so Gardner doesn't have to shoulder the burden alone. Lucky has now had his operation and is recovering well.
Like any self-respecting pet star, Lucky has his very own Facebook page so you can stay up to date with his progress. Called Little Guy, Big Mission, the page now has 668 followers, all eager to see how he gets on. Of course, the kids at the local school will have front row seats every step of the way.