Being born with a limb difference can be a lonely experience.
When Sage Garfield of Morgan, Utah was born missing her left hand, her parents worried that she’d be embarrassed by her difference. They were searching for ways to make Sage feel accepted and understood when they came across the perfect solution: A puppy who only has three legs!
Sage’s mother Autumn Garfield says her limb difference was caused by a blood clot in the uterus that halted growth in her arm. She joined several social media groups for parents of children with limb differences, which is how she learned that 4Gold Service and Rescue had a special needs puppy who needed a home.
Interested, Autumn clicked the link to learn more. That’s when she saw just how perfect the Golden retriever mix truly was: Captain the puppy is missing his right front leg. Her daughter is missing her left hand. She immediately sent in an application.
Tamara Forsyth was reviewing the applications for Captain when she came across Autumn’s. There had been a massive influx of applications for the dog, but as soon as she saw that Sage also lives with a limb difference, she knew that they were meant to be together!
“We definitely wanted a family where there is some type of situation that’s comparable to what Captain would be going through so they can relate and that it would be a special bond,” said Tamara.
Captain came to live with Sage, and it was “love at first sight.” Autumn says he brings a lot of joy to their household, and she knows that as Sage gets older, having a special needs dog will mean a lot to her.
“She can find Captain and know that we love him despite of his differences,” Autumn said. “He is successful despite of his differences and his missing arm doesn’t affect anything about what he can do and how anyone feels about him.”
This sounds like a match made in heaven. Captain and Sage are proof that differences aren’t a bad thing, they’re what make us unique!
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