Life Family Features

Monday 16 January 2017

Irish girl (5) enters three-legged Buddy into dog show after accident involving family car

Published 20/08/2016 | 16:15

Lila entered her three-legged friend Buddy into the local dog show
Lila entered her three-legged friend Buddy into the local dog show

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, or so thinks five-year-old Lila Scanlon, who entered her pooch Buddy into her local dog show after he lost a leg in a car accident.

  • Go To

The unlucky dog has his leg amputated after Lila’s dad accidentally ran him over at Christmas time, but he’s returned to health just in time for the annual dog show in their Kerry hometown.

Lila’s mum Jennifer said: “My husband rolled over him at Christmas time. It was a terrible accident. Lila loves that dog, she’s stone mad about him. We rushed him to the local vet who did all she could for six weeks, but his leg was too badly damaged and it had to be amputated in March.”

Since the surgery, the two-year-old mongrel has learned how to walk on his two front legs, a skill that remained unmastered by all of the other dogs at the annual show.

Lila and her three legged dog Buddy featured on the front of The Kerryman
Lila and her three legged dog Buddy featured on the front of The Kerryman

“I own a local business in Listowel, Coco’s Boutique, so I helped organise the show. I told Lila that Buddy definitely wouldn’t be winning because everyone would think it was rigged. He did compete though and it was lovely because he’s doing so well now. It was desperate to get the call that he’d been hurt because she loves him so much,” said Jennifer.

Lila and her three-legged pal featured on the front page of this week’s Kerryman newspaper, which was hugely exciting for the five-year-old.

“Lila brought the paper home and was showing it to the dog saying ‘Look, Buddy we made the paper’,” said Jennifer.

Lila now has aspirations to become a vet.

Lila pictured with entered her three-legged friend Buddy and her other dog Charlie
Lila pictured with entered her three-legged friend Buddy and her other dog Charlie

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Life