My pet is such a character in spite of his near-death experience and the
new challenge of having only three legs. He was found on a farm in Iowa
where he had been hiding for several days with buckshot wounds on his face,
and a shattered front leg. He didn't have the strength to hobble away this
last time. The sheriff's department was willing to come out and shoot him.
The Humane Society would make him comfortable until the vet came, but his
injuries were well beyond their budget so he would be put down. The women
who found him pleaded for some time to raise the $400 needed to care for
his leg and gunshot wounds. They went to the Internet, to the Labrador-L
mailing list since the "sad little man" was a yellow Lab.
Within minutes the first pledge came in. Within hours more than enough had
been raised to cover his expenses; within days a non-profit corporation was
organized so the next dog would not come so close to death. He doesn't
know all this and has probably
forgotten his painful ordeal.
Though his leg couldn't be saved he gets along fine without it. He runs
and swims with the best of them and can even jump a fence if he wants. He
has come to live with us where he has a Seeing Eye dog as a brother.
He has earned his Canine Good Citizen certification and is a certified
Therapy Dog. He travels to Labrador Retriever shows and other canine
events and makes friends everywhere he goes. He has learned that few humans
are as rotten as the ones who broke his leg, shot him, and left him to die.
His tail never stops wagging.
He is "LABMED's Never Met A Stranger", aka Buddy.