Tails recently received an email from a reader asking about the true story of why Baby the rescue dog from Jana Kohl’s A Rare Breed of Love had her leg amputated. Apparently there are a variety of reasons circulating in the blogosphere, from poor care in a puppy mill to a broken leg left untreated for 10 years.
Tails featured Baby’s book in its Holiday Gift Guide and will feature Obama and Baby on the cover of our February issue, so naturally we wanted to help our reader get to the bottom of this.
The following is an excerpt from chapter one of A Rare Breed of Love:
“Just two days after bringing Baby home, as Drive-by Angel* was leaving the house, Baby, in her eagerness not to be left behind, jumped off the sofa and shattered her left front leg. For a normal dog this wouldn’t have posed a danger, but for a dog who had been deprived of exercise, proper nutrition, and who was overbred, osteoporosis occurs, thinning the bones to the point where even a simple jump off the sofa was too much for that little leg to take. The vet tried to set the leg three different times, but the bones were too thin and brittle to mend and he had no choice but to amputate.”
*Drive-by Angel was Baby’s foster mom before Jana Kohl adopted her.
There you have it, the true story of how Baby’s leg was amputated, from the pen of Baby’s guardian.