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When Barbara went outside to check her mailbox on a cold February morning, the first thing she saw when she looked across the street was a wagging tail. She then noticed that the tail was attached to a little brown puppy sporting a huge smile, just so happy to see her. Living in the country, Barbara has seen her share of abandoned animals, but this one was different - it was dragging its hind end, trying to get to her.

Upon closer examination, Barbara found that the puppy had a severely damaged hind leg, yet the ordeal of being abandoned, cold and injured did not prevent the little dog from melting in Barbara’s arms and giving her kisses. Barbara fell in love immediately and took the little fur ball to her vet. After X-rays, the vet determined that surgery was necessary, something Barbara couldn’t possibly afford. She took the pup to the Cowley County Humane Society (CCHS) in Winfield, KS, to ask for their help. They accepted the puppy with open arms, determined her to be 2-3 months old, and named her Honey Nut.

Thanks to the X-rays, the shelter vet was able to determine that Honey Nut’s fractured bone needed pinning and amputation was not necessary. After recuperating for six weeks in a foster home and having the pins removed, it was time to find Honey Nut a home.

She qualified for a rescue transport to Colorado, where she was adopted into a wonderful home. Honey Nut became Kaylee and is enjoying life with her new family, starting each day full of enthusiasm and with a smile. A smile Barbara will never forget!

Alice Shaffer
Arkansas City, KS

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