Three-legged Poppy is home

Poppy with her new family Carrie, Phil, Lesley and Rebecca. Picture: Marcus Whisson
Poppy with her new family Carrie, Phil, Lesley and Rebecca. Picture: Marcus Whisson

The three-year-old kelpie cross was rescued by the Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home, having had a hind leg amputated in her early years.

New owner Lesley Power said even without one leg, Poppy was a pocket-rocket with buckets of energy and a lovely nature.

‘While the whole family loves Poppy, it was our daughter Rebecca who was the driving force in us choosing Poppy and funnily enough Poppy only having three legs was seen as a positive, not a negative,’ Mrs Power said.

‘Poppy has bonded quickly with Rebecca, which is particularly pleasing as she has type 1 diabetes and Poppy’s unconditional love and constant availability for runs and cuddles is just what Rebecca needs from time to time.

‘One of the many great things about adopting Poppy was that shehad already been house trained, which we found to be a huge benefit.’

Refuge president Karen Rhodes said refuge dogs with a disability were often passed by, but Poppy was proof that they could provide love, loyalty and happiness to any family.

‘Many of our special needs residents often get overlooked because they’re different and it’s assumed they need lots of extra attention,’ she said.

‘But our staff and volunteers work hard to find even our special residents a forever home, and often these dogs eventually find particularly exceptional owners who love them, warts and all.’