I have a three-legged dog named JC.
He is missing (but not much!) his rear right leg.
He was running loose near Springfield, Ill.,
and got his leg caught in a barbed-wire fence.
He probably was caught for many days because
he had begun to try to chew himself loose.
A Good Samaritan happend by in his pickup truck
and stopped when he saw him. He cut him loose
and drove him to a veterinarian.
The veterinarian called our Animal Protective
League of Springfield and Sangamon County's
no-kill Waggin' Tails Shelter and our staff took
him in. It was late February. Our shelter
veterinarian had to amputate his leg, but he remained
friendly and cheerful to everyone and soon was the
pet of our shelter staff and volunteers.
I met him while helping with one of our off-site
pet adoptions in March as he was just learning to
balance on three legs and to accommodate his change.
I promised him that if he was still at Waggin' Tails
by July when I had finished a number of trips I had
to take, I'd come back for him. I adopted him July 7, 1997.
The shelter staff had hamed him JC for Jesus Christ
because this dog truly resurrected. I have kept the name.
He has fit in well with the dog I had before he came (Roxie)
and the new dog I adopted this year. He loves squeakie toys
and a rope toy. He runs like the wind and is friendly to everyone.
JC is a flat-coated retriever mixed-breed and is absolutely gorgeous!
(In the picture, he is on the left, purple collar. Roxie sits on the
right. You may crop her out if you wish.)
Rose Marie Hutches
Monday May 22nd, 2000