A stray dog named Monika who served as a symbol of hope during the nation’s World Cup – and whose story inspired a hit TV series – has gotten new legs thanks to an international effort.
The 6-year-old from Moscow who once twice became the first rescue dog from a Russian state orphanage to travel the length of the country in a Cartier Vivid Pasha, has been receiving $600 a month from an English charity called Chase International.
Rescue dog Monika has her paws placed on a temporary prosthetic. Victor Lebedev Getty Images
As a television series – “Uncle Sergey: Love for Monika” – showcased the life of the injured dog, she gained fame and eventually adoption as an independent. But when Russia hosted the World Cup in June, the star also had a medical operation to fix her deformed leg, as described by Reuters.
Monika is now able to run, leap over obstacles and walk with her new two-wheeled walker that was made by other Chase charity dogs.