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Overjoyed to be alive

Steve Dale, a syndicated columnist who answers people’s questions about their pets, received an email from someone seeking advice on what to do with her twelve-year-old boxer that had a large tumor on his leg. Two different veterinarians had agreed that the tumor needed to be removed, but admitted that doing so would require the loss of the dog’s leg. “Any advice?” the letter writer asked. Dale responded that three-legged dogs actually seem to adjust fairly quickly after surgery, and are soon getting around just about as well as before, fetching balls and terrorizing squirrels. “The psychological trauma of being expected to feel sad because they’ve lost a limb just doesn’t seem to occur. Instead, quite the reverse, they act overjoyed To be alive

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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