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Pit Bull in a Wheelchair Inspires and Comforts Kids With Disabilities
Pawnation ^ | May 17, 2010 | Daphne Sashin

Posted on 05/25/2010 7:19:39 PM PDT by solosmoke

This Salt Lake City pit bull is melting hearts, busting stereotypes, and proving that a disability doesn't have to slow you down.

Piggy, a pit-bull/boxer mix, can walk with only her front legs. Her hind legs were paralyzed three years ago in a hit-and-run car accident that shattered most of her spine.

Secured to a cart with wheels to help her get around, Piggy volunteers as a trained therapy dog at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City, which provides free surgeries to children with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders and other similar conditions.

Piggy is amazingly gentle, Hollingsworth says. The dog can be relied on to nuzzle a baby's nose or calmly lick a treat out of a child's hand. Sometimes, children get so excited to see Piggy that they have to be reminded to stay in their beds. She is one of four dogs that volunteer at the hospital through Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization that tests and trains all of its therapy dogs to make sure they work well with children and hospital patients.

(Excerpt) Read more at pawnation.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; gooddog; pitbull; rdo
It doesn't really matter, but I am having a hard time seeing the Boxer in this dog. Maybe that's what she calls it in order for people to let her in the hospitals? Either way, good on her for not euthanizing the dog and seeing what good could come of a bad situation. There is a video on the site.
1 posted on 05/25/2010 7:19:39 PM PDT by solosmoke
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To: Chet 99

*ping*


2 posted on 05/25/2010 7:23:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: solosmoke; Salamander; Slings and Arrows; Markos33; JoeProBono; humblegunner; Eaker; kanawa; ...

Get-Out-The-Kleenex-Ping!


3 posted on 05/25/2010 7:28:12 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I just don’t see much pit bull. Boxer mix; assured.


4 posted on 05/25/2010 7:28:41 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: solosmoke
awww good Piggy pat pat...animals truly are a blessing.

5 posted on 05/25/2010 7:29:54 PM PDT by SouthDixie (The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.)
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To: solosmoke

A crippled pit bull is a docile pit bull.

Wifes a trauma Nurse and seen several toddlers without scalps.

Hispanics do love their pit bulls.


6 posted on 05/25/2010 7:30:30 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: shibumi

7 posted on 05/25/2010 7:32:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: NoLibZone

We have a pittie - he’s a big marshmallow too.


8 posted on 05/25/2010 7:37:06 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: shibumi

Sweet pup!


9 posted on 05/25/2010 7:38:31 PM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: NoLibZone; shibumi; goat granny; kanawa
What a happy story i am sure Chet99 will comment soon.;>)
10 posted on 05/25/2010 7:40:48 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: SgtBob

“I just don’t see much pit bull. Boxer mix; assured.”

No brachycephalic skull, no long legs, no underbite, and no tuck-up after the ribs....all the signs of boxer heritage aren’t there. The only thing on that dog that could be boxer is the drop ears. Boxers are quite a bit larger (taller) than pit bulls. It could even have staffordshire bull terrier in it, as it is pretty stocky.


11 posted on 05/25/2010 7:41:06 PM PDT by solosmoke
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To: NoLibZone

“A crippled pit bull is a docile pit bull.

Wifes a trauma Nurse and seen several toddlers without scalps.

Hispanics do love their pit bulls.”

Wow, so many stereotypes in such a short time....Let me fix this for you:

A well-cared for pit bull is a docile pit bull.

Over 10 million people do love their pit bulls.

I have no doubt that your wife has seen some horrible things, but there’s a reason the experts don’t claim pit bulls are bad dogs, and that’s because in each situation involving a dog bite, there’s an irresponsible owner or parent or both that should have done something to prevent it.


12 posted on 05/25/2010 7:44:16 PM PDT by solosmoke
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To: GSP.FAN

Hehe...I was going to say something along the same lines...


13 posted on 05/25/2010 7:47:30 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: solosmoke

I don’t see much boxer in her either


14 posted on 05/25/2010 7:47:36 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: NoLibZone; solosmoke

Is the sky a bright yellow/green in your world? (Looking through jaundiced eyes and all.)


15 posted on 05/25/2010 7:55:26 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: shibumi

Does anyone in your family work in a trauma center?

Which one?

My wife works at Desert Regional in PS.

You are talking , like an a hole, based on very limited info.


16 posted on 05/25/2010 8:35:24 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: solosmoke

You’d better pray your are profiled and stereotyped when you have need of a trauma center.


17 posted on 05/25/2010 8:36:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: NoLibZone; solosmoke

I was married to an ER nurse for 13 years.

My son is a Paramedic/Firefighter and has also worked ER.

We have owned Terriers, Poodles, GSDs, Labs, a Great Dane, a Beagle mix and two Pit Bulls. Sorry to break your sterotype, but we are neither Black, “Hispanic”(sic), drug dealers, on welfare nor do we use our dogs for anything more than what God intended when He created them.

We live in a highly urban area, with a largely Black/Hispanic(sic) population.

People who generalize about a “race” or ethnic group in the manner you did in your first post have no room to call anyone an “a hole.”


18 posted on 05/25/2010 8:45:58 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: GSP.FAN

Geeze, get a different picture. That one has been posted so many times its getting to be funny...Saw in on google even....I expect better from you.....;o)


19 posted on 05/25/2010 8:53:47 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: GSP.FAN

That’s why you don’t let your dog drink adult beverages.


20 posted on 05/25/2010 8:59:56 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: shibumi

You live in the midwest!

Come to LA and walk along Venice.

99% + of the Pitbull owners are Hispanic.

I bet you you use the word profiling a lot too.

I know get where Chet99 is coming from.

Pit bull owners are a holes.


21 posted on 05/25/2010 9:01:35 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: NoLibZone

You live in the midwest!

Come to LA and walk along Venice.

99% + of the Pitbull owners are Hispanic.

I bet you use the word profiling a lot too.

I now get where Chet99 is coming from.

Pit bull owners are a holes.


22 posted on 05/25/2010 9:02:39 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: NoLibZone

Your posts say far more about your (lack of) thought process than anything I could ever write.

QED

(By the way, you ought to research your demographics a little better before generalizing about the “midwest.”

This is the county in which I reside:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County,_Indiana

This is the city in which I work:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Chicago,_Indiana

Not exactly cornfields, eh?)


23 posted on 05/25/2010 9:12:32 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: NoLibZone

“Does anyone in your family work in a trauma center?

Which one?

My wife works at Desert Regional in PS.

You are talking , like an a hole, based on very limited info”

So are you. Anecdotal evidence should never be used in place of actual evidence, which disagrees with your claims. The majority of pit bull owners are not Mexicans, nor are they thugs. However, the majority of the pit bull owners you will see making headlines probably are irresponsible, uneducated, ignorant, naive, lazy, or criminal. Contrary to what some believe here, the dogs attacking people are not family dogs. They can’t be, by definition, if they are running the streets or chained up their whole lives.


24 posted on 05/26/2010 7:20:26 AM PDT by solosmoke
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