|The Original Newspaper Article
"Web Page Hops Along Seeking Dog Support"
Tuesday, April 30, 1996. Page 3-B.
Cynthia and Kurt Davis have enjoyed their three
legged dog Cassie so much since her adoption from
the Lawrence animal shelter last September that
they are creating a web page on the Internet for
owners of similar dogs.
Just when it appeared there was a support group for
every niche of American dysfunctional life, along
comes Cynthia Davis.
She has a leg up on her new group, even if her dog doesn't.
"Are you a three-legged dog?" she asks on her newly formed
World Wide Web page. "Do you know a three-legged dog?"
Then, said Davis of Lawrence, you should join her new group.
Davis, the owner of Cassie, a three-legged Boxer mix, is
forming a support group for owners of dogs like hers.
Cassie - short for Hopalong Cassidy - was hit by a van and
lost her front right leg. "My dog still has nightmares
about it," Davis said. She came up with the idea to start
a club for three-legged dog owners after seeing a JournalWorld
article a few weeks ago. The article was about a dog that had
its right leg severed after being hit by a car on Sixth Street.
A group of people who didn't know each other or the dog picked
up the animal and took him to a nearby veterinarian , where he
underwent surgery and is recovering. Davis began Working on
her web page after seeing the article. The page, which contains
photographs of her and her dog, was posted Sunday on the Internet.
"I've looked all over and I've never seen this particular thing on
the Internet," she said. Davis is hoping to get in touch with
other three-legged dog owners to discuss problems that the dogs
face and the best ways for coping with them.
She obtained Cassie last September from the Lawrence Humane Society
shelter. The dog had been owned by a fraternity before then. When
the dog was hit by the van, fraternity members pitched in to help
pay for her surgery. "My main point of this whole page ... is to
show that people do a lot for these dogs," she said. "I really
appreciate what they did for my dog."