Source: Loveland Reporter-Herald.
One of the themes of Angie Ruiz’s new documentary, “Forever Faithful,” is resilience — a trait she said Loveland, Colorado dog Brutus displays in spades after losing all four paws to frostbite and learning to run and play on prosthetics.
The story of Brutus and his family, Loveland residents Laura Aquilina and Rick Jaruzel, is one of five featured in the film that explores the bonds between dogs and people, brings attention to important advances in the field of canine cancer and highlights extraordinary veterinary treatments.
“The human-dog relationship really is one that is incredibly profound,” said Ruiz, a filmmaker who is based in Los Angeles, Calif.
The film will debut on streaming services and will be available on DVD later this year.
The stories feature what Ruiz describes as the amazing bond between dogs and people with the stories of five separate pairs, including the tale of a therapy dog, stories of dogs battling cancer, including Ruiz’s own dog, and the journey of Brutus and Aquilina.
Brutus lost all four limbs to frostbite while living with a breeder and then went into foster care. A fundraising effort brought in enough money to pay for prosthetics from OrthoPets in Denver, under the care of veterinarians at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
He met Aquilina and Jaruzel in 2014 when they became his foster family, and a year later, the couple adopted Brutus. In their home, he has learned to live and thrive on his prosthetic legs.
“Laura is inspirational, but the dog, Brutus, I’m amazed by him,” said Ruiz. “He just has amazing spirit.”
More information on the documentary is available at www.foreverfaithfulmovie.com