A community bands together to give a dog a second chance to walk

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REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN - Grab the tissues, you're gonna need them for this next story.

Hector hasn't been able to use his back legs since he was born, until now. Meet a caring, generous woman, a dog in dire straits, and a community that rallied to help.

"Hector, come get a treat."

He's a precocious 2-year-old.

But hector has spent most of his life stuck inside.

The puppy couldn't play outside, where he might scrape or get infections on his crippled legs.

When Lisa Korol adopted him, she was told his mother, a stray dog in northern Saskatchewan, gave birth to him in the minus 40 cold.

(Lisa Korol): "His tail and his feet were already frozen to the ground, and so they stuck and she tore them off."

Last year Korol shared hector's story.

And people started raising money to buy him prosthetic legs.

The legs, built by a BC company, had a hefty price tag.

Nearly 4,000 dollars.

(Justine Hetherington, Lakewood Animal Hospital): "It's been overwhelming, having the community get involved.

People made donations for a silent auction; people buying tickets for the supper; even just making donations, period."

Hector's new legs arrived four days ago.

Now, Korol can barely keep up.

(Lisa Korol): "He's like any other dog now: he runs, he plays.

And he loves the snow, for somebody who had his feet frozen, if there's snowbanks, he's in them if he's got his legs on."

Oh, and this is something new, too.

(Lisa Korol): "Now, he's a boy, so he can mark every pole (laughs) anything!"

Hector is still testing these legs.

He can only wear them for an hour, three times a day.

But he's not holding back.

As for his owner.

(Lisa Korol): "It's changed my outlook on people."

Lisa Korol gets a little choked up, and prefers to keep the spotlight on hector.

He's already visited school kids, and a rehab clinic for amputees.

(Lisa Korol): "He just makes people smile; he makes people happy.

If you're having a bad day, come see Hector."

Bonnie Allen, CBC News, Regina.

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