A golden retriever puppy born without a front right paw has found her forever home with the Minnesota family of 7-year-old Paxton Williams, who had to have his right leg amputated three years ago.
According to CBS Minnesota, the golden retriever named Marvel was the only one in her litter born without a front right paw. She's since been taken in by the Williams family in Waconia, whose 7-year-old son, Paxton Willams, had his right leg amputated three years ago.
Rolling Oaks Goldens breeder Barb Felt found the Williams family through another client, Paxton's occupational therapist.
"When she was born, we knew right away she had a special purpose," Felt said. "We wanted her to go in a home with someone who had a limb difference."
Paxton was born premature, a complication that caused the boy to develop an infection in his right leg, which stunted the limb's growth. Three years ago, Paxton's parents made the difficult decision to have the boy's right leg amputated and replaced with a prosthetic limb.
Since Marvel came into his life, Paxton has been cheerful. The two are now best friends, something that Paxton's parents Stephanie and Blaine are admiring as the two overcome limb differences together.
It gives him the opportunity to tell the kids, 'Oh, she's missing a paw, she's like me,'. nd like it gives him that voice, too, to advocate for himself," Stephane said.
The father said he enjoys the walks on trails with Paxton and Marvel. "The amount of emotions that were running through me at the time. It was just awesome because it was knowing that she was in the perfect place at the perfect time," he said.
As Marvel gets older, she’ll go on to get her very own prosthetic like her big brother, Paxton.
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