love needs only three legs.

Posted by on April 11, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

at madison health & rehab, a question is asked: may we have a dog here?

the staff & residents vote. the answer is yes.

‘but what dog?’ the residents ask.

they visit the humane society of morgan county and meet tres. tres is a stray the group rescued, despite his mouthful of abscessed teeth and his seriously infected leg. but in the hsmc’s care, tres had blossomed, even with three legs and no teeth.

for the staff and residents at madison health & rehab, the answer is clear: tres is their dog.

tres is renamed, again by vote. scrappy it is. the staff feeds him. the residents give him treats. he returns affection by lap-sitting, nap-joining, afternoon-visiting and loving abundantly.

the staff says that not all the residents understand scrappy. still, he works diligently to make friends, even with the more remote residents, often eliciting smiles where before there were few.

‘animals are so good for us,’ the staff says.

resident leonard wallace agrees, ‘we are so glad scrappy is here.’

scrappy spend mornings with mr. wallace, who used to show dogs and was missing canine companionship.

scrappy spend mornings with mr. wallace, who used to show dogs and was missing canine companionship.

scrappy & mr. wallace, II

scrappy enjoys after-breakfast time with mr. wallace, then visits ms. ann for nap-time.

scrappy enjoys after-breakfast time with mr. wallace, then visits ms. ann for nap-time.

scrappy knows to sit pretty at snack time.

scrappy knows to sit pretty at snack time.

may i have some, too?

may i have some, too?

maggie nash & scrappy do afternoon visits together, but this three-legged rescue gets the easy ride.

maggie nash & scrappy do afternoon visits together, but this three-legged rescue gets the easy ride.

scrappy & ann holcombe bond-- ms. ann was also an advocate for getting having a dog at the facility.

scrappy & ann holcombe bond– ms. ann was also an advocate for getting having a dog at the facility.

 

 

 

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