three-legged dog

Rescued Dogs and the Art of Broken Promises

gunther meme

I put my beloved dog Gunther down in 2009..

he died in my arms, surrounded by the people who loved him.

With a broken heart, and wanting to remain loyal to his memory

I swore I would never get another dog.

It took me years to realize how incredibly wrong that was.

The world is filled with abandoned dogs.

Lonely animals sitting in shelters..

needing exactly the same kind of love

I have been selfishly keeping to myself.

A few weeks ago, I saw a dog online..

an older stray who lost a leg after being hit by a car.

Sad to think that this poor animal

had to experience such a traumatic injury,

but, perhaps it was meant to be..

because it just so happens that I have an empty place in my heart

in the shape of a 3-legged dog.

Three-Legged Dogs and the Unexpected Blindness of Love

Gunther makes a cameo appearance in The Secret Kingdom. This performance became part of our routine whenever it was time to feed the dog.

It’s fascinating how people never seemed to notice that Gunther was missing a leg.

Since Dalmatians are not very common, and Gunther was tremendously friendly, we were often approached by a variety of strangers wanting to get a closer look.

Once, while sitting outside at a coffee shop, a man approached and asked if it was okay to pet Gunther.

“Yes.” I replied, “He’s very friendly.”

This gentleman crouched down to where Gunther was sitting and smiled. He stayed there for several minutes, talking and petting my happy dog.

When he stood up to leave… Gunther took a couple of hopping steps toward him.

The man was worried, “Oh sweetie, what happened? Did you hurt your foot?”

“He’s missing a whole leg.” I explained.

The man did a double-take.

Maybe he was distracted by all the spots.

Or maybe he suddenly understood how love is truly blind.

I never noticed Gunther’s missing leg, either.

To this day, four-legged dogs look really weird to me..

too many legs.