We often talk about just how fantastic our four-legged friends are, but as it turns out, they are equally amazing with just two legs.Deuce, a three-year-old dog from Kentucky, has led a rough life. The pup was abandoned in a ditch, with his legs broken and infected, and to save his life, vets had to remove two of the injured limbs, leaving Deuce with two legs.
But the remarkable dog has defied the odds, living his best life on the remaining limbs.
Not only can he hold himself up on them, but he also runs and plays without the help of prosthetics or a wheelchair.
After being rescued, he was adopted by Domenick Scudera, a theatre professor from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Deuce isn’t the first dog with disabilities that the 55-year-old has taken in, he also has Cyrus and Lucky, both of whom also have two legs each. Cyrus, a 10-year-old terrier mix from California, was born without his front legs. Six-year-old Lucky on the other hand, a Baladi dog, is believed to have lost his in an accident in Egypt.‘Deuce is completely mobile and doesn’t need any extra help at all – he is amazing,’ said Domenick. ‘He defies logic.
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‘Although he only has legs on the right side, he is very strong and stable and can walk and run just as steadily as any other dog with four legs.
‘Deuce doesn’t use a wheelchair. It is incredible that he is as agile and balanced as he is without one.’
Along with his brothers, Deuce works as a therapy dog on children’s wards in hospitals.
They are basically heroes on two legs.Domenick, known locally as ‘the guy who adopts two-legged dogs’ adds: ‘I have trained all three of these dogs to be certified therapy dogs who visit patients weekly at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital (BMRH) which has an amputee clinic.
‘I adopted them so that I could bring them to inspire patients in the hospitals.
‘They are symbols that tough times can be overcome and that you can thrive on the other side of adversity.
‘I know that they make people feel good and that they are very inspiring, so I am happy to be able to share them with the people I meet and with the people that follow them on social media.
‘Of course, they are also my pets. Disabled animals are not always easy
to place, and I am happy to be able to provide a loving home for them.
Breathe easy. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort.
‘They have completely changed my life for the better. They mean the world to me.’
If you were looking for inspiration on how to cope during lockdown, you’ve found it.
Just think of Deuce whenever you feel blue.
If you fancy seeing more of him and his equally marvellous brothers, you can find them on Instagram.
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