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Henr
+ Lil i
y

COURTESY OF SUNNY AND TOM WASIELA

Henri is a 10-year-old Doberman-Coonhound
mix, and Lily is a three-year-old Australian
Kelpie, but these rescues have one distinctive
trait in common: they're "tri-pawds," dogs with
three legs.
Their owners, Sunny and Tom Wasiela, live
in Roanoke's Roundhill neighborhood, and
their previous dog had a leg amputated due to
cancer. So when Sunny was looking for a rescue
on adopt-a-pet.com four years ago, Henri's lack
of a limb was no problem. He was an owner
surrender in North Carolina who had a damaged
leg that needed to be removed, bladder stones and
heartworm. After being rehabilitated, he spent
three years with a rescue, waiting for a home who
would take him as-is, before coming to live with
the Wasielas.
Lily was found in Tazewell county, at about
five or six months old, with her leg tangled in a
chain. Despite a local vet's efforts, the leg had to
be amputated, and Smiles Forever brought her
to Roanoke. Lily's foster mom worked at Henri's
doggy daycare, and "there seemed to be a team
effort to introduce us," she laughs.
Since bringing Lily home, Wasiela says she
gets lots of comments about what good people
they are for taking them both in, but she says, "I
want people to know that there is nothing hard
about having a tri-pawd that doesn't also apply
to a dog with four legs. They have just as much
love to give."
Lily is especially active and agile, able to jump
stumps and go hiking. Wasiela said that after
taking her up to McAfee Knob last fall, someone
commented about Lily having a harder time doing
it. Wasiela replied, "She had a leg up on me!" I

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