September 29, 2023
Dog Missing 2 Legs, and with a Damaged Third, Defies Expectations

Dog Missing 2 Legs, and with a Damaged Third, Defies Expectations

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Nubbins is my special requires rescue canine. She was born with 2 nubs where her front legs should have been, hence the name “Nubbins”. Although she has two back legs, one of them has no knee socket and is a mass of muscle. She was disposed at a California high kill sanctuary when she was 6-months-old and 6 pounds. She was saved by a local rescue group, from whom I embraced her.

Dog Missing 2 Legs, and with a Damaged Third, Defies Expectations

The veterinarian believed she would never ever be able to have greater than 20% use of the 2nd back leg and would only be mobile using her unique quad wheelchair. I began doing water treatment with her, and then home therapy. Quickly, she began standing directly on her two back legs. After that, she began to hop to navigate the house. These were not things she was expected to be able to do, but she does them daily with a smile on her face and happiness in her heart.

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She has come so far in such a brief period of time. She stands on legs that were not meant to support her, and she hops throughout the house with negligent abandon and happiness. Nubbins provides a everyday testimony to the work of pet rescue and the power of love and faith.


Nubbins recognizes no unhappiness for being born various and loves no less for the pain she experienced before she was rescued. Rather, she lives daily with the expertise that she is unique, not because of her differences, however because she does not realize that although she considers herself as a super hero, others saw her has disposable and left her at a shelter.