The Three-Legged Dog Who Carried Me

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The veterinarian knelt over my three-legged Australian shepherd, Patou, in my living room. She had just completed the procedure to end Patou’s life. The first injection was to relax her; my husband and I, holding her, felt her taut back muscles melt into a softness we hadn’t known for years. The second vial sent her off.

“Now she’ll be whole again, reunited with her other leg,” the doctor said.

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