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Hi, my beloved child's name is Wondermutt and she might
not know it but she is missing her back left leg.
Wondermutt's story is long and tragic and has left her
with many issues.
To begin with, her mother tried to eat her when she was
only hours old. Luckily, she was rescued by a client
at the animal hospital I work at named Laurie Green
and then bottle fed by a receptionist there named Lynn.
All of this took place long before I started working
there but Wondermutt and I were fated. Anyway, Lynn
thought that she had found the perfect home for Wondermutt,
then called Misery because "misery loves company",
when she was 6 weeks old. They had a fence and kids
and promised to bring her back to our hospital for all
her future vet. needs and if there was any problem
they would call Lynn. Unfortunately this family decided
instead to give her to someone else who did not have a fence
or take care of her at all. When she was only 8 months old
she was hit by a car leaving her rear left leg dangling
uselessly from her hip. Thank goodness these people lived near
our hospital (PetMed) and brought her in to us a few nights later.
This was also one of my first evenings working there.
I held her for the x-rays which showed her pulverized bones.
Her now shiny white coat was then brown and infested with
fleas and ticks. Despite all this Lynn recognized Misery,
now called Daphne,immediately. Daphne's family had no intention
of spending any money to help her but left her in our hospital
for weeks! Legally we could do nothing-yet. Finally they returned
to sign a euthanasia form. Two days later her leg was amputated
and she was spayed, then she came home with me. Wondermutt has
lived with me now for a year and a half and will be 6 in November 2003.
She is my best friend and I cannot imagine life without her.
She has no problems running and loves to go for long walks.
We both participated in Nashville's Aidswalk last month.
We plan on finding an agility class that will accept her with her
disability. She is very much looking forward to it!
Ashley Lewin and Wondermutt
Wednesday November 3rd, 1999
In 1993, my first Golden Retriever, Barney, lost his left hind leg.
It had dislocated while he was fence running
(he had severe canine hip dysplasia that I was unaware of)
the vets tried to save the leg but due to complications (infection),
he had to have the leg amputated. Barney passed away in 1996 to cancer.
But the three years he was a tripod, he was amazing!
I would actually see him balance on the 2 front legs
and lift the remaining hind leg to 'mark his territory'.
He had some trouble with hopping onto the bed or the couch,
so we moved the bed off the frame and kept it on the floor
so it would be easier for him. We also taught him 'scoocht',
in that he would sit by you with his rear next to you
and then we'd help him up onto the couch, etc.
At the time of his amputation, 11 years ago,
I only dreamed of meeting others who had gone through something similar.
This is super that the internet helps so many people.
Right after his amputation, I was unsure of how to help him.
My mom gave me some great advice, she said, do NOT baby him!
Mom was right! Barney started walking and learning to rebalance
almost right away. It wasn't long before he was chasing balls.
Barney humbled me and taught me so much.
He was the first dog I ever put an AKC title on. He accepted.
He taught me to accept. His big red heart was joy filled
and he taught me joy. He taught me strength, courage,
and that you can handle what comes your way. One day at a time.
Autumn's Flash of Flame, CD ~ Barney October 31, 1988 to May 22, 1996
Member Golden Retriever Club of America
Member Greater Scottsdale Golden Retriever Club
Member Phoenix Field and Obedience Club
Member Good Dog Agility Club
Founding Member, Rescue A Golden of AZ
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