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December 3, 2006

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Checkers, the Dog of the Day
Name: Checkers
Age: Twelve years old
Gender: Male Breed: Beagle, Terrier mix
Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
   This is our wonderful dog, Checkers, a.k.a. Pigboy, Checkies, Pete, Stinky, etc. He'll answer to them all-especially if a treat is involved. Checkers is more than just a pet; he is part of the family. Here he is enjoying a snowfall in his sweater that makes him look like "armadillo dog."

    Checkers has overcome many obstacles in his life. We rescued him from a farm in Ohio where they called him "U.D." (ugly dog because of the white on his chest) and brought him back to Pennsylvania to live with us.

    At three years of age Checkers had three herniated disks; his surgeon thought he'd never walk again. After the surgery, I took time off from work, then he accompanied me to work every day for more than a month. He sat in his little red wagon behind my desk. Checkies became the hit of the office and looked forward to everyone stopping by with treats. My friend's sister kept her pool open through October that year so that we could bring Checks over to her house to do hydrotherapy. With all the love, attention and therapy, he regained the use of his hind legs. I am grateful to Dr. Pardo for his surgery skills, and to Carole for letting us bring Pigboy over for therapy.

    Nine years later, he is doing well; his right hind leg will sometimes give out on him. Even with his slight handicap, he is more than able to scope out the neighbors' in search of treats. But if he doesn't come back, all I need do is start to count ...1 ...2 ... by 2 he is slinking back home. I've never gotten to 3!

    Checkies is momma's cuddle boy and daddy's play baby. We will always love him!

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