A malamute named Ichabod was rescued by No Dogs Left Behind, an organization that actively fights against the illegal dog meat trade in Asia, when he was on his way to a slaughterhouse. Shortly after that, Ichabod was then brought to the US where he could find a forever home and a second chance in life.

When Ichabod first got into the care of the organization, they discovered that he suffered from a condition called luxed patellas wherein his kneecaps are not in their regular position. This then, in turn, affected his movements. Nevertheless, Ichabod’s condition never slowed him down and he grew up to be a very confident dog. In fact, it really did not take long for him to be adopted.

Ichabod found a family with Gayle Ellias, an animal lover, who was definitely impressed when she first watched a video of him shortly after his rescue. According to Gayle, Ichabod looked so confident on his own even though he went through and all the while, he got along so well with the other dogs. And so, she adopted Ichabod and brought him home to her five other dogs.

When Ichabod arrived home, Gayle quickly saw how playful and friendly he was despite what he went through and his disability. His temperament was also very solid, he never wavered and was always calm. That was when the idea of training Ichabod as a therapy dog popped into her head. Though Gayle didn’t really care to have a therapy dog before, she decided to push through with the idea.

They easily completed their certification program and soon enough, they started doing dog therapy visits to hospitals. One of the very first hospitals the duo visited was Friendship Circle where Ichabod met a lot of kids. He was very patient with them and he let them pet him and just feel safe with him.

But more than that, Ichabod empowers those he visits with his story and how he lives a full life despite everything. And with that, Gayle hopes that more people would adopt dogs like Ichabod who has a disability and help them realize their full potential.

Source: Yahoo

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Chloe Roper
As a little girl living in the country side without many neighbors, my dog Sostee became my best friend. We shared an immense bond and I fell in love with these loving, beautiful and wonderful creatures. I knew from a tender age that I wanted to work with animals. I worked at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana for a few years, and have experience with a variety of dogs and cats. When I’m not working as semi-retired Assistant Administrator in a Home Health Care Agency in Merrillville Indiana, I am a grandma frolicking with my active grandchildren and my sweet dog, Kresi.

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