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Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, February 15, 1999

Big changes for a dog named Lady

By OPAL "GRANDMA" HABISCH

Once there was a dog named Lady. When she was a puppy, she lived in an apartment in a big city.

Living in an apartment in the city meant that she didn't go outside unless someone could go with her. She had to be on a leash and be very careful when crossing the busy streets with her owner so that she didn't get hit by a car.

One day, Lady's owner, Jim, had to go away for the day. Jim had his mother come over to take Lady for her walk.

Lady and Jim's mother walked to the park, where Lady visited with the other dogs and cats that went there with their owners.

It was near the end of the day and it started to get dark. Jim's mother said, "Come, Lady, we must go home now. It is getting late."

As Lady and Jim's mother hurried home, they had to cross a very busy street. All at once, Lady felt a pain in her legs and Jim's mother was kneeling down beside her, crying.

Lady didn't know what had happened to her.

Jim's mother said, "Lay still, Lady, you have been hit by a car."

A man offered to take Lady to the dog hospital. Very carefully, they lifted Lady up and carried her into the doctor's office. Lady's legs were really hurting her now.

When the doctor saw Lady, he gave her a shot to help her feel better. Lady fell asleep and when she woke up, Jim was there beside her.

Jim told Lady, "You had an accident and you have lost one of your legs. You will learn how to walk and run on just three legs and you will be just fine."

"I have a surprise for you, Lady," Jim said. "Today, I visited a farm where we are going to go to live. On the farm, you will be able to run free and you will not have to worry about crossing busy streets ever again."

After a week, Lady got to go home from the dog hospital. Jim brought her out to the farm where he taught her how to walk and run on three legs. After about a week, Lady was able to do everything with only three legs that she used to do with four.

Lady loved it on the farm. She was able to go outside whenever she wanted to and she didn't have to use a leash.

Best of all, there weren't any cars to look out for in the farmyard.

Boys and girls, when you have to cross a street, be sure that you stop and look both ways before crossing. You only have two legs and it would be very hard to learn to walk and run with only one.


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