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Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Border Collie Cross
Date of Birth:
May 2001
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HI, it's me Piper and I am now 5 years old on May 1, 2006.  
My forever family found me at the Etobicoke Animal Control when I was an adolescent.  I love them so much (and they love me).
I had to have an operation because of a torn ACL as the result of an attack by a dog.  Mommy has accident insurance for me ever since I came to live with them but this was not covered.  In the small print it says ACL injuries (a common injury among dogs and not considered an accident) are not covered and if you get attacked by certain breeds of dogs then it is not covered.  I had the surgery at the end of June and now it is near the end of September and I still favour that leg.  I don't think I will ever be able to run around and do the things I used to like to do. 
I have to go for walks using a short leash now to make sure it heals properly.  Daddy still lets me do what I want (obedience ways) when he walks me, he needs to go to dog training school for owners.  I behave properly with Mommy, she is the alpha of my pack.
I love it when I get my kong filled with dog biscuits and peanut butter.  I lick and lick and when most of the peanut butter is out I toss the kong in the air to drop on the ground and get the biscuits out.  I like to bark at the vacuum cleaner.  I have two feline pals (they are real brothers) and we all get along great.  We have our own water bowls but those guys will not drink out of theirs, only my bowl will do.
It is now Feb 2006 and I still cannot come off of the leash, I probably never will.  I limp all the time and if I move to fast it really bothers me.  
Update, Aug 21 2006, the ACL in my back right leg might be gone now.  I got tangled up in the leash when I was tied up in the yard and some darn animal tempted me to chase it.  The vet wants to take more xrays to know for sure if that is what it is.I am never going to be able to come off this leash and run with the other dogs.  Daddy walks me now with a towel to hold me up and try to take the pressure off of my leg.  I walk good for a little while but if I over do it I am on 3 legs.  Mommy takes me to the horse farm with her and I get to lay under the canopy and watch my Sammy ride.  I have to learn not to bark though, as it startles some of the horses.

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