Inspirational Rags to Riches Story; A Three-Legged Surf Hero

The black Lab who stars in this story was found five months ago tied to a wooden post. He had a bloody severed leg. "It...

Maria Goodavage  |  Jan 20th 2012


The black Lab who stars in this story was found five months ago tied to a wooden post. He had a bloody severed leg. “It looked like it had literally been chopped off by garden shears,” says Daniel Slayton, the Los Angeles-area veterinarian and orthopedic specialist who amputated the dog’s leg, and would end up adopting Onyx. He didn’t know if the dog would survive until surgery because he was so septic and shocky, but this amazing fighter pulled through, and has become an inspiration for so many people.

Onyx is living the good life now, but he’s giving back in spades. He’s training to become a therapy dog, where he will help others — particularly children who have lost limbs — realize that life’s difficulties can be overcome. The video below tells the whole story.

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