Puppet, Sterling, VA
Let me introduce myself. My name is Puppet and I am a three-legged miniature bull terrier.
I am almost 1 year old and I was born with a birth defect: my front left leg had a deformity that my mommy called my little “chicken wing”.
At 4 weeks old, I was surrendered by a breeder to a rescue that my mom was in, Terabithia Animal Advocacy Group, Inc. I never use my deformed leg so I’ve been walking on three legs since birth.
My mom is awesome! She taught me how to balance myself, how to drink out of a water bowl and how to eat my food without falling over.
Mom said that a lot of people fell in love with me through the rescue and wanted to help me with my surgery so money was raised so that I could have my chicken wing taken off.
The surgery was really hard and it didn’t make me feel very good. It made my mom upset a lot too but now she said it is like it never even happened and I’ve turned into her little tripod pistol.
I love people, I love dogs and I love every other kind of animal. Everywhere I go, it’s my special purpose to make friends with everybody. Mommy said I’m so good at it that she’s decided that I am going to be a therapy dog!
I do an awesome job at showing people that missing a leg doesn’t matter so I’m going to be a therapy dog for veteran amputees and help them understand just because you’re missing a leg or an arm doesn’t mean that you can’t be #bullystrong like me.
And because I’m very well behaved and gentle, mom hopes one day I can go see the kids at the hospital and help them as well. Woohoo! I love kids! They are my favorite!
I also get to go on special adventures with my mom to help other dogs with problems that they might have such as not trusting other dogs, being scared of humans or just showing them that I make a really good “BFF”!
I’m really lucky because I get to go to work with my mom every day. She has a dog wash so I get to make new friends on a daily basis. The people that come in love me. They say that I put a smile on their face and I inspire them. Some even come by just to see me.
I think that’s awesome because not a lot of people have seen a dog like me. Mom says that some people out there don’t think bully breed dogs like me are good and that we are not nice but I’m trying to show everyone everyday what the meaning of true bully love is!
I am an ambassadors for my breed and TRIPODS RULE!
p.s. Follow my adventures on Facebook, The Plucky Puppet: A Three Legged Bull Terrier!
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