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An Extraordinary Dog

LEONIDAS

THE AMAZING

3- LEGGED

DOG! Sasha Levine reports

photo courtesy of Katie Barnett

Leonidas is a Delta Society Registered Therapy Dog (along with his brother Liam) who educates kids about dog safety, bullies, bigotry, love, and forgiveness. Anthony Barnett, Leo’s Dad, awakes early every morning to lounge around with his three Pit Bull dogs and have a quiet breakfast. When Katie Barnett (Leo’s mom) wakes up, the energy level skyrockets and Leonidas, the three-legged electric ball of happiness who was named after the King of Sparta, starts his “zoomies” and “wrestlemania” with his sister Katrina. This dog’s capacity for happiness is amazing, considering all that he had to forgive. In May 2008, Anthony spoke to the Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue (www.mabbr.org) and contemplated the tragic circumstances of a brown and white puppy. He asked them, “What will his quality of life be?” The 3-weekold Pit Bull had been suspended over

a fence as bait for dog-fighting conditioning. Consequently, the majority of the pup’s left leg and his right paw had been ripped off by another dog. Two bystanders anonymously brought the puppy to the shelter, and because of the shelter’s anonymous-surrender policy, the abusers have never been held accountable. Katie explains, “The shelter told us he was in good spirits and would just slip and slide around on the floor. We decided to foster ‘the brown puppy with no feet,’ and in a matter of days we realized he was meant to be part of our family.” Pinups for Pit bulls donated funds and Dr. Tom Liebl donated his time and skill to Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, for the leg amputation. “Soon after that,” says Katie, “Leonidas started on his journey to be a therapy dog.”

at daycare, or—if it’s a working day for Leo—he will go to a school for advocacy classes or to the Veterans Hospital to work with PTSD groups. This incredible dog also attends a Baker University ethics class once a semester and has helped a local minister with a sermon on forgiveness. “He also likes to hang out with the guys from the University of Kansas Collegiate Veterans Association,” says Katie. “Leonidas would like to point out that he thinks the ‘D’ should be dropped from PTSD. Post traumatic stress is a normal reaction to terrible circumstances, not a disorder. Leonidas is happy to help people work through their bad times to get to the good.”

The Barnetts own a doggie daycare, so depending on the day, Leonidas either has fun playing with his friends

Find Leonidas on Facebook at: “Leonidas the Amazing 3 – Legged Dog”

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