Treeing Walker Coonhound
Picture of Ross, a male Treeing Walker Coonhound

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Age: 14 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-three legger-dog rescue

April 24th 2001

Waking up every single morning (from a great night's sleep on a couch that gives him plenty of room to stretch out) to a family who loves him

P-u-s-h-y dogs

Favorite Toy:
A chewable Greenie bone

Favorite Food:
Scooby dog snacks (it must be their baked-in flavor)

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere in the neighborhood in which he can meet new people, from Robins Noble Field to the Fairpark Fountain.

Best Tricks:
His happy smile

Arrival Story:
_I_ usually meet all the dogs in my life, but Ross met me. By chance. Or was it? He appeared outside my workplace at the time, at 7 a.m., on April 24, 2002. I had come to work an hour early that day, and I saw him at a distance at the high school next door. When I came back outside.... he had suddenly appeared by the back door, smiling at me despite having an injured leg covered with mud, and a body as thin and starved as I've ever seen in my life. I did not realize how injured his back leg was until I examined its condition under all the mud that covered it. How he could smile at all, I don't know. I placed him in an enclosed tall brick garden around the workplace until I could take him to the vet. 30 minutes later, I returned - and he was gone. I discovered another business neighbor had seen him in the garden, assumed he had gotten trapped in there, and called animal control. In the town of my workplace at the time, there was no animal shelter and dogs picked up who were not claimed within a few days had no chance to survive. Two hours later, thanks to several phone calls from a sympathetic person at city hall to all the city trucks, I tracked Ross down, took him in my arms from the animal control people, put him in my car, and drove to the vet's office, picking ticks off his body the entire time. Ross was missing part of his back leg's paw, and the leg that remained was broken and causing him much pain. Given his hunting dog background and the proximity of his meeting me close to the city limits in a rural county, the vet believed that Ross had probably gotten separated from the rest of his hunting pack and had finally stepped into a steel leg trap out in the woods. How he even survived the loss of blood, no one knows. Then, for over a month, the vet estimated, Ross wandered from place to place with that injured leg, looking for help from someone. Getting thinner every day. When he found me, he was beyond being thin. His body was no wider than the width of the base of his tail. I have never seen a dog so starved. Two days after being taken to the vet, Ross came home without his injured leg. Upon being released into my fenced in backyard, he ran and ran and ran, and was happy and excited. "Ross was glad to trade a leg for a new family," the vet told me, and for the past three years, Ross has proven that true every single day. He likes everyone and everything - except for pushy dogs. He's just about the most appreciative dog I've ever known. He doesn't worry about what he lost - he just always thinks about what he has. While Ross was born into the body of a hunting breed dog, he is only interested in hunting flowers, rubbing his face against the flowers in the bushes in the backyard. I suspect his lack of interest in hunting caused him to be separated from the rest of his hunting pack, and then he wandered around until he encountered a steel leg trap in the woods that almost cost him his life. In fact, he once met a baby raccoon at the vet's - Ross went up to the baby raccoon, which he is supposed to naturally hunt and chase, and... kissed it. Now, in his new life, he can hunt flowers every spring, enjoy the other dogs and cats in his family, and sleep every night on his favorite couch, where he can stretch out and have alllllllllllllllll the room he wants. I figure Ross grew up in a big litter of pups where more aggressive puppies took most of the food and space in the pen. Because as much as he loves being with his family, when bedtime rolls around ... he wants the luxury of sleeping alone every night where he has plenty of room. Ross, you are _as loved_ as you are loving to all the people and all the other dogs and cats in your family.

Ross enjoys going to elementary schools and public library storytimes to help tell stories to children - and to let them see how he can do almost everything any other dog can do; he just does some things a little differently. Which always inspires at least one person who also may have to do some things a little differently from his/her friends. Ross' latest library appearance was at Night Time Storytime at the Lee County Library in July, 2005. You can see some pictures from his appearance in the photo gallery. His latest school appearance was at the Lawhon Elementary School in Tupelo on November 14, 2005, where he met the students in the second classes of Mrs. Cherry and Mrs. Evans. He LOVED meeting them! In fact, he created a Diary entry about his visit.

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November 14, 2005: Ross @ Lawhon School !

Meeting Lawhon's Second Graders in the classes of Mrs.- Cherry and Mrs. Evans

November 14th 2005 9:29 am
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If I ate alphabet soup like that dog Martha did in MARTHA SPEAKS, maybe it would go up to my brain, too, so that I could talk like she did.

I went to Lawhon School today! It's in East Tupelo not far from Elvis Presley's birthplace. It's a great school!
This was the 3rd year in a row that I've visited Lawhon. It's part of Lawhon Librarian Janice Garrett's celebration of Children's Book Week 2005.

This year, I got to meet the second grade students in Mrs. Candace Cherry's class and the students in Mrs. Sharronda Evans' class.
They were GREAT students! So smart, and they acted so nice, too.
They really paid attention to the story of how I went from being a starving, homeless dog with a leg that was hurting me more and more each day to becoming a happy, three-legged dog who loves his family (2 other dogs, 8 other cats, 4 humans) and gets to make trips to schools to meet students.

They had a lot of good comments, and I hope they liked me as much as I liked them. I sure like the way the library looks at Lawhon. Boy, Mrs. Garrett and her staff do a great job there.

After I had met everyone, I went over to the side of the library with Mrs. Garrett to eat a greenie bone, while the students listened to the story of MARTHA SPEAKS, and then I came back to see every one of the students.

Sometimes, while I was there, I was so excited that I forgot to keep my face pointed toward the students - and instead turned my bottom toward them, but that let them see me wag my tail a lot! When I wag my tail, I'm Really Happy. I wagged my tail a LOT at Lawhon.

After it was over, for the first time I got to go with the second grade students back to their rooms! Yep, I went with the classes back down the hall and down the outside ramp into an entirely different building and stayed with them until they were in their classroom.
I've never been in a classroom before. I found out that they have FOOD in their rooms - banana chips! - but I didn't get to eat anything but my greenie bone.
I'm already dreaming about my next visit to Lawhon School!

Ross, the three-legged library dog
Monday, November 14, 2005

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