Dog With A Wonky Face Is Going To Be A Therapy Dog To Help Others

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Published 23.07.20

In this line of work you get your fair share of horrible stories to write about, and more often than not the most distressing ones revolve around animals, whether they’ve been poached or killed.

So it’s actually pretty refreshing to write a nice story about dogs for once, rather than the fact they’re being eaten in their thousands at some ‘dog festival.’

Brodie is a unique looking boy, and was adopted by Amanda Richter, 30 and Brad Ames, 23 from Alberta, Canada when they fell in love with the pooch after seeing an advert on Facebook.

Amanda said: ‘I literally looked at the picture and would cry and just be like, we have to go meet this dog.’

Brad said: ‘I spent an hour with him. I had to take him home.’

Brodie is a German Shepherd/Border Collie mix, who was, unfortunately, attacked by his mother at a fragile age of 13 days. The dog attack left the puppy’s face disfigured and as of result, Brodie is now partially blind.

Not that it bothered the new owners of course, who dedicated an entire Instagram account to share this silly dog’s life and how much fun he was having.

He soon became a hit, with the pups owners sharing a post that read:

“It’s not hard to see why everyone loves this little goofball as much we do lol. We hope that all this recognition will help others make the decision to dog adoption and rescue, especially those “less than perfect” animals out there! They deserve love as much as anyone. Thanks for all the love! Support your local rescues and shelters guys!”

And now, the couple are even planning for Brodie to become a therapy dog, with the hope of him eventually helping others with disabilities.

Amanda said:

We’d like to take him maybe into old folks homes, children’s hospitals, group homes for people that have disabilities, that kind of thing.

Brad added: The disability doesn’t slow him down in any way.

Amazing story – one that reminds me of five-year-old pooch, Maggie, who was discovered in Lebanon having been shot 17 times and abandoned by the monster that did it to her.

However, Maggie was luckily rescued by an animal charity called Wild At Heart Foundation where she was later adopted by an animal lover called Kasey who helped her qualify as a therapy dog.

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“My name is Maggie and I’m a rescue dog. I’m happy, friendly and just want to be loved. But I was attacked and suffered horrific abuse for no reason. All I wanted was to love those who hurt me. With time I healed and now have a lovely home with my mom and fur sister. We live in this beautiful city called Brighton which each year celebrates love in all its forms. We will be watching on and celebrating @brightonprideofficial this year and can’t wait! Who you love shouldn’t make you a target. Who we love should be celebrated and cherished. Love is pure and love is good. Love can conquer all and love can heal all wounds..” -Maggie #loveislove #bemoremaggie #🏳️‍🌈 • • • June 28th- 29th 1969 was the start of the Stonewall Riots. Widely known as one of the most important events leading to the LGBT liberation movement. This year marks 50 years since these protests and while we have come so far there is still more that needs to be done across the world. I think it goes without saying, that here on Maggie’s page, we are completely inclusive. We don’t care about your sexuality, gender, race, religion, disabled or if you’re a three headed alien vacationing here on Earth… all that matters is who you are on the inside. So love who you want and know that me and Maggie and @theadventuresofmishka support you! Be kind to one another and we can do great things. Forgive one another like Maggie forgave us humans. Think before you speak and choose to be kind whenever you can. • • • #pride #lgbtpride #pride2019 #gaypride #queerpride #genderfluidpride #nonbinarypride #bisexualpride #transgenderpride #trans #transgender #mydogist #gayuk #lesbian #bi #bisexual #pansexual #nonbinary #gaydogdad #proudtobegay #brightonpride #gaypridebrighton #brightonpride2019 #brightondogs #dogsofbrighton #rescuedogsofinsta #rescuedogsofig

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Speaking with The Argus, Kasey explained: “This person in Lebanon posted asking for help and a woman in London saw the post and got help.

“Wild At Heart said they would take her in, even though it’s quite hard to get pets out of Lebanon.

“My mum saw Maggie’s post and said we had to foster her.

“I got home and saw the picture and agreed.”

After passing her exams, her owner wrote: “Yesterday me and Maggie went to meet with her assessor, @maherandhounddogtraining she flaunted her stuff and gave it her best go and she PASSED.

“Maggie is now a registered therapy dog with @underdog_international.”

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“Guess what….I am now a registered therapy dog!! Do you think I’ll be able to make people happy?” -Maggie #bemoremaggie #bemoredog • • • As many of you know.. Maggie has a heart that loves unconditionally!Her spirit is infectious! She has a has a big personality. And she has and aurora that is so calming. Her story catches the hearts of many and reminds us all of our inner strength. Since the first time I met Maggie I knew she would make a great therapy dog if she wanted to be. Thankfully we found a charity that not only uses the healing power of dogs but also teaches the importance of animal welfare. Yesterday me and Maggie went to meet with her assessor, @maherandhounddogtraining she flaunted her stuff and gave it her best go and she PASSED. Maggie is now a registered therapy dog with @underdog_international . She and I will speak to schools and work hands on with youngsters. I know what happened to Maggie was horrendous but if her story can educate and inspire others to do good then at least we can do our part to make this world a little brighter. • • • #therapydog #therapydogsrock #therapydogsofinstagram #therapydoglife #dogtherapy #gooddoggos #dogisgood #gooddoggie #gooddoggo #rescuedogs #rescuedogsarethebestdogs #rescuedogsofinsta #rescuedoglife #rescuedoglove #dogslove #lovedogs #doglover #blinddog #dogsofinstagram #dogsoflondon #rescuedogstory #disableddogsofinstagram #dogsaretherapy #dogsaremytherapy

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She continued: “She and I will speak to schools and work hands-on with youngsters.

“I know what happened to Maggie was horrendous but if her story can educate and inspire others to do good then at least we can do our part to make this world a little brighter.”

“She’s just brilliant. She’s so energetic and bubbly. She walks off the lead and follows me around.

“She must have been in agony with all she’s been through, but she never hurt anyone and she’s so loving.

“She’s got a great life and she wants so much out of it… I just want people to see that she’s living life.

Dogs – we really don’t deserve them do we?

Precious little creatures.