Three Legged Dog Club
Cassie's Club Members

Bella is a one-year-old mutt who was rescued from Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. I came across her on a rescue website, and instantly fell in love.

The organization that rescued her said her leg had been twisted off by her previous owner. She had been tossed out on the beach and was later found lying next to her leg.

Bella is the sweetest, and coincidently also the fastest dog that I've ever owned.

Her and her best friend Buster, a 9-month-old Golden Retriever, chase each other around the house 24/7. Bella doesn't seem to notice her leg is missing, since the abuse took place when she was around 2 weeks old.

Bella uses her nub to her advantage.

She uses it to scoot under the bed, and as a balance around sharp turns.

We're not really sure what kind of dog she is, but we're looking into DNA testing her, to find out.

Monday June 2, 2008


I have discovered your website and would like to join.
I have been doing animal rescue and foster since hurricane Katrina.

I am involved with Hope Safehouse here in Racine, WI
where I have adopted Gulliver (sheltie spaniel),
Peanut (boston/schz) and now Buddy...

Buddy was surrendered at the vet office we work with.
The beginning of April, he suffered a broken tibia.

2 weeks later, the previous owners brought him back with a spiral fracture of the femur.

Surgery was done and said I would foster.
Buddy came home and never left.

He is a 5 month old Golden retriever.
Upon follow up care from specialists here in Wisconsin,
it was discovered there were complications during the surgery.

The pin had been inserted into the knee joint, which ruined it.
He had an old pelvic injury and an old hip injury.

(I still look at him and wonder how anyone could do that to a puppy. He was 4 months old when this happened.)

He is actually undergoing surgery as we speak,
to have his rear leg removed at the hip.

While I am very experienced in dogs,
I know there are things that would benefit Buddy in the future
with having 3 legs (walking aids, vitamins, etc).
Any advice people have would be great.
I have attached 2 pictures of him, one when I first got him
and after the initial pin removal, before the amputation.

Beth David
Tuesday June 17, 2008

sorry it took so long to get back to you.
Buddy is doing wonderful, you wanted a picture of him.
How about a full-blown story in our newspaper? Click HERE

Beth David
Wednesday June 25, 2008

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