Honor's journey for new prosthetic continues with support all over the country
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Two-year-old Honor can definitely act like a puppy at times.
“This is, 'I’m a dog. I don’t have to listen to you, Mom,'” laughed Terri Woodworth.
Terri and Honor are a team. Honor is suited for her job at the Muskogee VA. She was born without the toes on her back foot, but over the summer, she was sidelined after her prosthetic caused her too much pain.
“I feel like every day that she’s not here, people are missing out,” said Terri. “I have people come by my office asking, 'Where is Honor?' and I’m like, 'She’s not here today.'”
But Honor and Terri aren’t alone in this journey.
In June, people all over the country raised money for acupuncture.
In July, she was getting laser therapy at Animal Acupuncture LLC.
In August, she was getting fitted for her brand new prosthetic at Rapid Application Group.
“We’re going to make the mission happen. Have we ever printed prosthetics? Nope. Are we going to figure it out? Absolutely,” said Terry Hill with Rapid Application Group.
Hill knows what a service dog can do. He’s an Army veteran and has his own, Jonsey, who happens to be Honor’s half-brother.
“Seeing Honor in the wagon and the veterans, it gave me goosebumps because Honor is providing the same thing Jonsey is providing to me,” said Hill.
Hill hasn’t printed a 3-D prosthetic for an animal before, so in September, he found Brent Wright on LinkedIn.
“Terry reached out and said, 'Hey, I’ve got this dog named Honor' and told me a little bit about the background story and asked if I would help,” said Brent. “I said sure.”
Brent is in North Carolina. He also runs a non-profit -- Life Enabled. They 3-D print prosthetics for people in developing countries.
“We had done it a few times before, and it was really neat to be able to try a new challenge, trying something long distance,” said Brent.
In November, after months of trial and error, they are so close to the final prosthetic. The therapy has paid off and Honor is ready to go.
When Scott Chisum, President of Veteran-military Employee Business Resource Group with American Airlines, heard about Honor’s story, he wanted to help.
“We heard about the good work Honor’s doing at the Muskogee Veteran hospital; we wanted to do our part to help. So, we are donating $500 to Therapetics, so they can continue to provide service dogs to our veterans that are in critical need of that service. We appreciate the work they do, and we’re honored to be able to help.”
What is it about this dog that inspires so many? It’s hard to say.
“It’s fate. It worked out the way it’s supposed to,” said Terri.
Maybe, what makes her so special is not what she was born without, but rather born with.