FORT WORTH - Tobi the two-legged dog is winning over the hearts of pet lovers online.
The miniature Australian Shepherd’s condition can cause serious damage. So his fans are stepping up to help him.
Tobi is almost two years old and loves treats and people. He was born with only his hind legs. The Humane Society of North Texas realized he would be paralyzed if he keeps walking around the way he does. So donations rolled in to help Tobi cruise around in style.
Tobi wasn’t abused or neglected. The humane society says his owner surrendered him unable to give him the care he needed.
"He is not in pain. He is really super happy. He's just a happy, loving boy,” said Cassie Lackey with the humane society. “I don't think he knows there's anything wrong with him."
Despite the apparent ease at which he gets around, Tobi desperately needs wheels.
“It’s going to be serious as he gets older. Right now, his vertebrae are compressed,” Lackey explained. “So the wheels are going to alleviate the degenerative disc disease that he has. So we want to get him fit and we want to just see him rolling around."
They soon will. About two weeks ago, the Humane Society of North Texas asked people to donate money to get Tobi some wheels. Generous animal lovers stepped up.
“The wheels have been ordered, and we should have them. They begin the fitting in about three weeks,” Lackey said. “We've done prosthetics. We've done all kinds of orthopedic surgeries. We've had lots of ailments come in, but never have we had front legs."
Once Tobi is rolling, he'll be adopted out to someone who can keep up with him.
"If he is as fast as he is on two legs, can you imagine him with wheels?" Lackey said.
Tobi won't be adopted out as soon as the wheels come in. They want to allow him some extra time to get used to them.