Warnock operated on the dog, whose condition is called ectrodactyly, or split hand or lobster claw, after she determined that he had a lot of love to give and should not be euthanized, as too many others before her had recommended.
She believed then and now that if she could help the dog ambulate closer to normal, that he would make the perfect therapy dog to help humans, especially children, understand their disabilities better.
Monday, Tigger showed off new prosthetics he had custom made by Derrick Campana at Animal Ortho Care in Sterling, Virginia. The prosthetics help the leg that was operated on and the one that wasn't due to cost and significant defect.
The prosthetics feature a tough purple exterior covering a soft, white interior padding that cushions the impact for Tigger. A exterior hoof, of sorts, creates a cradle for his deformed paws so that they are insulated from pressure.
Good says the exuberant dog will start physical therapy soon to formally learn how to walk with the artificial limbs that are held on by Velcro straps. It's estimated Tigger will need two to three sessions per week to master his new gait.
Good is encouraged though. She said the dog, when she and the veterinary hospital staff tried the prosthetics on Tigger, he has not licked at them, bitten them, or tried other ways to remove them.
He's a bit shaky when they're first fitted to him, she said, but within moments of having them strapped on, he's walking almost normally. And certainly at a normal height instead of being hunched over all the time.
"It's so amazing to see," Good said. "And I really want to thank everyone who donated to him to make this possible."