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The Schroeder family is minus one today. 🙁

A little over ten years ago we saw this cutie at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services in Carlsbad. He had been there for two weeks without anyone claiming him.

How could anyone not claim a cute golden retriever?

Three legs.

Yep, he only had three legs.

We lucked out and were able to adopt him. How he ended up in the pound and the story behind having only three legs was unknown. But we took him and loved him unconditionally.

The day after we adopted him, I found this article and contacted the writer to let her know if they found his original owner we’d give him back. They did a followup story on us but I can’t find the link right now.

He was 140 pounds when we got him. A giant, big red fluffy avocado. We had to slim him down to 70 pounds because the extra weight was too hard on his hips.

You’d never know he only had three legs until you looked. He could run, play, and jump like all the other dogs.

Until a few years ago when his age started to catch to him. It was easier for him to slide around the house instead of walking.

You could hear him coming down the hall. Jeff said it was like listening to someone with a peg leg. Thump, slide, pause. Thump, slide, pause.

But when it was time to eat despite sliding around the house. He’d jump up, run to the door, jump at the handle. He could not wait to go outside for his food. He’d spin, and do donuts.

Yep, Jeff’s cooking is that good.

Did I mention that Jeff cooked his dog food? A special chicken and rice mixture.

He wasn’t without his issues. He didn’t know how to be a dog.

We had to teach him to bark when people came to the door and other dog things.

And he needed to be by his people all the time. Which I loved. Every day he laid next to me in my office while I worked. If I moved my chair, he moved. He was my little shadow.

When I traveled, he’d lay in front of my office door waiting until I got home. Sometimes Jeff would go into my office and forget to shut the door. The little rascal would sneak in and lay at his spot by my chair. Jeff would have to coax him out with treats.

It was a rough early morning but we were with him for his last moments. I’m glad I wasn’t traveling.

He’ll be missed. 🙁

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