Humans often wonder about the quality of life of their dog if they have to have a leg amputated. Dogs never wonder. They barely slow down and never seem to notice that only three paws are on the ground now.
Tango, an eight-year-old standard Poodle, is an inspiration to all the patients at Niagara of the Lake’s hospital in Ontario. Not just because she is a beautiful outgoing therapy dog. But Tango had her front leg amputated at the shoulder last March to stop the spread of cancer to her lungs and liver.
A short time after the surgery, she bounced back and started making her weekly visits to the hospital. Her own medical problems help her connect even more to the patients.
Tango’s owner Suzanne Elias recalled a recent visit with an elderly woman who was recovering from having one of her legs amputated. “She said, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’” Elias said. “They like that she is so bouncy. She never feels sorry for herself.”
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