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Ode to Our Three-Legged Dog

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Theresa has had many beloved pets throughout her life and loves to share how some of those pets touched her heart forever.

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Our Three-Legged Dog


---Brownie, we called him,

A gentle yellow lab, a full grown dog

He appeared to be.

Came for a visit one day

When my three siblings and I

Were very young indeed.

We thought we adopted him,

But as I look back now, it was Brownie

Who adopted us.

Soon it became apparent why

Brownie only had three good legs,

All very muscular,

As he loved to chase cars and

Nip at their tires.

He could run lightning fast

After those cars, even with just

The three legs.

When I was in second grade, and my brother in first,

We had such a very long walk to school

And good ole faithful Brownie would

Walk with us to school every day and wait,

And I would see Brownie resting on the playground

Under that shade tree,

And when it was time for us to return home

Brownie would walk with us the whole way,

Without even having a drink during the hot days

On that playground, that I knew of,

Such a devoted dog, our sweet Brownie boy.

Then years after having adopted us,

His joyful family,

A precarious situation arose one day out of the blue

For three strange kids came from, who knows where,

Riding their bikes down the hill

Coming to a screeching halt

Right in front of our house.

My siblings and I could tell

They were in an uproar about something,

And then it was clear, “Skipper” they were calling!

“Who is Skipper?” we thought,

And then we realized they were referring to

Our dog, sweet Brownie boy.

Oh my, our hearts began pounding so hard in our chests

For just the thought of no sweet Brownie boy in our life

Would cause us so much strife,

Immediately,

My siblings and I took up arms to defend our dog,

Sweet Brownie boy,

This cannot be real, our hearts were so fretful

And so we said,

"No, that is not Skipper, but Brownie, our dog!!!"

“No, they screamed back, he is our dog named Skipper!”

“Well, he has been living with us for years and years,”

So if he were their dog,

He must have chosen to leave,

And did not care to stay at his former home,

Now, this has been his real home.

They commenced to calling "Skipper,"

But to no avail, and we

Called "Brownie," here boy, and he wagged his big yellow tail!

My siblings and I loved on him adoringly,

And so the other kids just rode off back from whence they came.

That’s right, we put them to shame in their attempt to steal our dog,

When sweet Brownie boy grew up with us,

Our childhood pet.

Then, when I was in high school,

We moved to a new neighborhood.

I just cannot forget that one dreadful day,

I heard my brother calling for Brownie

The whole day long.

We lived next to a wooded area,

And we searched far and wide,

But nowhere did we find our beloved Brownie boy,

We did not even get to say goodbye;

We cried.

I heard it said before, when dogs grow old,

They know when it is time and they go off to die,

And that’s what we believe Brownie did.

God showed us of that unconditional love

By giving us our sweet Brownie boy,

The most wonderful pet for which any child could have wished.

My brother, two sisters and I,

Hoped that we had given

Our sweet Brownie boy

As much love as he deserved

Throughout our childhood.

Finally, my siblings and I,

Sadly said goodbye.


This is a true story of a three-legged yellow lab, who adopted us as his family. I don't know why we named him "Brownie," as he was a yellow lab. Well, he could have been a mix. Just kids I guess.

LOL, just look at those outfits! I am the oldest and the one standing in the back of the photo not looking very happy, probably due to the cold, and wearing a mini skirt, looks like under my coat. We did not have snow in Georgia often. It was a freak snow day. This photo had to have been back in the very early 70's.

Our dog, Brownie, was missing one of his front legs.

I was married when I was 19 and have been married going on 34 years, so I had no pictures with me, but my brother found this one that my mother had. Hopefully, there are more somewhere. My mother has dementia now and is about to turn 84.


© April 19, 2012 Copyright Faith Reaper (All rights reserved)


Freak snow day in the South.  My siblings and I and Brownie.  I am the oldest one behind my brother.  Look at those outfits LOL.
Freak snow day in the South. My siblings and I and Brownie. I am the oldest one behind my brother. Look at those outfits LOL. | Source
My siblings and I on a freak snow day in the South. I am the oldest one to the far left. Look at the mini skirt I am wearing. Ha ha.
My siblings and I on a freak snow day in the South. I am the oldest one to the far left. Look at the mini skirt I am wearing. Ha ha. | Source

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a sweet dog, and I am glad you had him as a great companion. It seems like he did bring much happiness to our family. Beautiful tribute to a great friend.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      He was so sweet and beautiful, even with three legs. You gave him so much love, happiness, and joy. What a lovely gift you gave to him. I agree with teaches. your poem is a "beautiful tribute to a great friend"

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks teaches12345 for reading. Brownie was a great companion and childhood friend for sure. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Michele, thank you so much for your sweet comments,and I think it was "Brownie" who gas us the most love for sure. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 4 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Very sweet, touching.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dubuquedogtrainer, thank you so much for the lovely comments. He was the sweetest dog in the whole world to us.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Michele, thank you so much for your sweet comments, and I think it was "Brownie" who gave us the most love for sure. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I feel like weeping when I read this stuff I am SO emotional when it comes to animals. My heart melts whenever I see one. What awesome pictures! I don't know what it is about a pet, they steal your heart in seconds and then our hearts break when they pass. My condolences...always, to all pet lovers everywhere who lose their beloved animal...especially you Faith Reaper. Any animal would be so fortunate to have you as their owner/mom/guardian. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Sparklea, you are so sweet as always to comment in your special meaningful way. I wasn't too sure if this would be too sappy for thosse writing on HubPages, but then it came to me, surely, pet lovers could relate, just as you did. Brownie was an exceptionally special dog to us growing up. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      What a beautiful story! Thannk you for sharing, I have been remembering all my pets while I read it, alas now long gone! Be happy, and continue to write so beautifully.

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      Angelme566 4 years ago

      oh my tears falls again , i love dogs so much ,that i feel for Brownie's lost. Have an adopted dog also , he got 4 legs but lame. I saw him the street leaping while he crossed , am so afraid he would be hit by rushing cars , until i offered him food ..he was so hungry he ate all those i gave then i was so amazed from there on he did not leaved our home.Just last month , he died because of very old age,,all in family were in grief..a very lovable dog left us again.

      Regards Faith..

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      joanveronica - Thank you for the sweet words and encouragement. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bless your heart Angelme566. It is difficult, as dogs/pets don't ask anything in return and give that unconditional love. Bless you. Your heart is sweet and kind. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I am crying..i just lost my sweet cat of 14 years....she was the most loyal cat..i just wrote about her yesterday...wonderful hub...debbie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I am crying too, Debbie, for you. I am so sorry about your sweet cat. We lost our cat a couple of years ago, and she, too, had grown up with my children. My poor daughter took it the hardest and she is 28 years old now. We had a little funeral in our new backyard and my daughter wrote a sweet note and placed it in the box with a picture, and we all had a good cry. I will read your hub about your sweet cat. Gob bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Faith Reaper very wonderful and sweet hub about Brownie the three legged dog, and you got to enjoy many years with him before he left.It's sad but beautiful at the same time.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, kashmir, it was almost throughout our whole childhood, so we were very much blessed to have Brownie for that long of a time for sure!!! Thank you for the sweet comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Scott Biddulph 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      Very nice Faith,

      I have a one eyed dog named Harley. He`s my little buddy. He was hit by the mailman and lost an eye in the process. He adapted well, just as dogs always do. WP

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Ahhh, poor little Harley. I love his name. My current dog, Cookie, who is a Jack Russell, hates the mailman/woman and UPS guy. Thanks for the sweet comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Pay back time Faith? I was about to shed some tears, but after reading to the end, I got happy for you and your syblings. Good byes are sad, and this one was no exception. Seems that nowadays, animals are more human than us...?

      lORD

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, lord, we were blessed to grow up with Brownie. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. God bless Brownie running about up there in those green fields for eternity. I'm sure he's happy and I also know he remembers you still. Lovely story.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for the sweet comments, Gypsy, that is a nice thought. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What a beautiful dog and a great tribute to dogs who have only three legs. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      jhamann, Thank you so much for commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, I read this yesterday but my computer had a nervous breakdown in the middle of my comment, any way, I just wanted to say what a lovely story.

      Brownie came to you and your family when you needed him, and left when you were strong enough to let go. you were blessed with some loving memories.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      tobusiness, thank you so much for the thoughtful and kind comments. That is such a true statement about Brownie coming to us when we needed him, and then left when we were strong enough to let go. You are very observant! My computer is always having a breakdown too. Ha. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is such a beautiful story of love. Thank you for sharing it with us. I really enjoy reading your work. You always leave me in a strong emotional place. I like that.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Marlene, thank you for reading and for the lovely comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Beautiful ode to the love you have for Brownie! Aren't dogs wonderful??

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Audrey, thank you for the lovely comment. Yes, they are wonderful indeed! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Nomascus concolor 4 years ago from A Country called Earth

      Beautiful and very touching... thanks for sharing this story.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago

      Nomascus concolor, I appreciate you taking the time to read and for the sweet comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Well done, Faith!! Voted up and beautiful...good thing I keep the tissue box handy!! My beagle Daisy's romping with Brownie even as I type, methinks!! Grace and peace, Sister!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Ahhh!!! How sweet,Bob. Methinks too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Your three-legged friend never let you down Faith Reaper.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Amillar, Brownie was so very faithful indeed! Thank you so reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Faith,

      I knew I had to find your story about Brownie... You and your siblings were so blessed to have had this fur angel in your young lives. What a lifetime of beautiful memories and unconditional love in this "tail of the heart".

      Very well penned-- Voted UP & ABI. Hugs, mar

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      marcoujor, thank you so much for reading and for the wonderful comments. I love your "tail of the heart." In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This happened to me as an adult. The sweetest dog would come visiting for weeks and weeks and then finally she just stayed and as soon as we knew she was ours she ran following our car into the road and was hit and killed. We never dreamed she would do such a thing always having traveled around as she wanted. Was a very sad day. Beautiful story you told and sure to affect children very badly.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Jackie, thank you for reading and commenting. I am so sorry about your dog who adopted you too as an adult. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      ziyena 4 years ago from Southern Colorado

      beautiful tribute Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      ziyena, thank you so much for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Voronwe 4 years ago

      A lovely story and tribute, Faith Reaper! Such a blessing! Thank you for such a wonderful heart-breaking read. I am not a pet lover but it's always so strangely emotional reading stories such as these. I was reminded of the movie "Marley and me" while reading this...always reduces me to tears. Thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Voronwe, thank you for reading and for the wonderful comments. I'm glad that not even pet lovers can be touched by our childhood pet memories. I believe Brownie was so special to us, as he was a big part of our childhood, and really, he adopted us as his family. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a lovely tribute to your friend,Brownie. I love to read true life animal stories. We had a black lab, we named Jake, who adopted us after escaping from his previous abusive owner. Labs are such good companions. I wrote a hub about Jake that I really think you would enjoy reading, if you care to. This is a very nice true story, voted up and interesting. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      sgbrown, thank you so much for reading and I appreciate the lovely comments. I will read you hub about Jake, the black lab. We also had two blacks labs and another yellow lab, when my children were growing up, and they just loved them so much, as they are so gentle with the chidlren. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This is a cute poem, I had a dog once and this poem reminded me of him. He was an Alaskan husky, names "Tusky", I'll never forget him.

      This touching sweet poem is touching as well, because it shows your true love for your best friend, and family member back then as a child, you were close to him, and didn't want to let go.

      That sign of strength you've showed with your siblings, by attempting to go to battle with them kids for him was priceless indeed and honorable. Voted up & getting shared.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      CloudExplorer, thanks for reading my Ode. Dogs are so cool. I am glad my poem reminded you of your Alaskan husky, "Tusky"! That is too cute, love it! You have touched my heart with your comments, and I am so glad you enjoyed the read. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      charlesxavier04 4 years ago from London

      Brownie reminds me of my first dog, Honey. Beautifully written but it made me quite sad because I miss him so much. Anyway, voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      charlesxavier, thanks so much for reading. Ahhh, Honey, how sweet, and I understand as our pets are part of our family. Thanks for the lovely comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Tracia Bussey 4 years ago from Southern USA

      Well, I have hesitated on reading this hub, cause I knew it was going to have a sad ending, and now I'm sad, but also glad, because I know that God gives us sweet animals like Brownie in our lives for good reasons, they are bright spots and life lifters. Loved your recollection of your sweet childhood pet! Beautiful & awesome. Luv ya!!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks, Gottabegod, yes, we were thankful Brownie adopted us as his family. Brownie had a good long life. We were blessed to have had him as our dog for so long growing up. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Kellyb7478 4 years ago from Ohio

      OK, Crying now! We had a Rottweiler early in our marriage. He was a very very good boy. He developed cancer in his front right leg, and the leg broke. We opted to have it amputated. He was sooooo happy when he felt better, and I swear he ran faster on 3 legs than on 4!! I enjoyed every trip to the vet during that time. We shared a #2 value meal from the McDonalds across the street from the vet with every trip... one burger for me, the other for him!! I still miss him 13 years later. No dog has ever won my love the same as our Heilos. Thanks for bringing up such fond memories. I'm happy to hear you've experienced the same love. God Bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Kellyb, thank you so much for sharing your story of your sweet dog, Heilos!!! That is such a precious story. You should write a hub on it too. I am glad my hub on Brownie touched your heart and brought back such sweet memories for your time with your dog. That is too cute about the sharing of the #2 meal. Ha. Love it. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      even with just three legs, you have given Brownie the love and care he deserves. Reminds me of my dog, we also called him Brownie because he's brown.brown all over..

      then one fateful day,our lives turn upside down. i went away to work,the house were rented and Brownie was left alone. I was so sad but every time we see each other, he always knew me. but one day i came home and found out he was gone.

      those people who had the nerve to eat him. they beat him until he died and cook poor Brownie.. if i knew, i would have given them money to buy something else..

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      unknown spy - oh, how very terrible for you and your Brownie!!! That just makes me sick to think about. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Faith, this was great. I had to push all the buttons on this one, so up and all across. Glad you were able to experience that joy and love as a child. So sad he never came back out of the woods. I guess Brownie made his way back to Heaven:) Beautiful and touching Faith Reaper.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      thelyricwriter -Yes, Brownie, our unique three-legged-dog, lived a long life, despite the fact that he loved to chase cars, and he could run so fast on those three legs! We were blessed to have him as a very special childhood pet, who adopted us. Thank you so much for the great comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      A heart-wrencher! Dogs are so wonderful!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Audrey, thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. Brownie was our life-long childhood pet and we just loved him so much. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...hub wow - or should I say hub bow wow - lol - but seriously this is one of the greatest hub stories of all time - it must be - because it was written by someone as dear, sweet and wonderful as you - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada - will share this with some of my hub buddies ...... 8:49pm

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Epi!!! Thanks so much for the greatest comments of all time - Ha. You are such a dear precious and talented man, and I am humbled once again by your comments. I am feeling the good energy from lake erie. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...and I almost had a three-legged cat in my life - but luckily Mister Gabriel's leg mended after his accident and now he's running around like a little horse ......lake erie time 9:15pm

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, I am so happy Gabriel's leg mended!!! Ha, that is cute, a little horse. Thanks for sharing that with me. You are sweet. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I miss Mojo, a large dog who thinks he is small. He loves getting up on laps inspite of his size.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      jpcmc - thank you so much for stopping to read. I know Mojo misses you too. I love that name. That is so cute about wanting to sit in laps. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing your poem about Brownie. He sounds like a lovely and very loyal dog. Dogs bring so much joy to our lives, and they are such great companions. I'm glad that Brownie had a good life with your family.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      AliciaC - thanks for stopping to read about Brownie. Brownie adopted us as his family, and are so grateful. He did have a long life, as he seemed to be about grown when he came to live with us. I appreciate your comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      Truly beautiful, interesting and awesome.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      eddy - thanks so much for stopping by to read about my "Sweet Brownie Boy!" He was the best dog ever. Sorry for the late comment, as I just got in from work. Yes, here's to a lot more hubs for both us to share here. Sounds great!!! God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Farhat 4 years ago from Delhi

      beautiful poem and really a sweet dog , pet animals specially dogs prove to be great friends of man..and your browny sounds to be some special one!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi shara - I am so glad you stopped by to read about my "Sweet Brownie Boy" and left such lovely comments. Yes, that unconditional love dogs provide is awesome. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Faith,

      My tears are flowing. A beautiful tribute to your "Sweet Brownie Boy", your loving and loyal friend.

      Voted up and away

      God bless

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a wonderful tribute, though most of the three-legged dogs I've seen are missing one of the front legs. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sueswan - I am so happy for you to read my Ode about our "Sweet Brownie Boy," as he gave our family that much needed unconditional love back then. He was a very loyal dog and we were blessed that God sent him to our house that one lovely day. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi alocsin - thank you for stopping by to read about my childhood pet, Brownie. Yes, and that is true of our sweet "Brownie" boy, and since I have been married going on 35 years, I did not have any photos with me now of our dog back then growing up. So, I found the closest image that looked like my dog and uploaded it here. I contacted my brother to see if he had any that he had gotten from my mother, and he just recently sent me one in black and white, which I will upload. The photo does have all of us siblings on a rare day in Georgia when it had snowed and Brownie was in the photo with us. Thank you for stopping by to read. I appreciate the lovely comment. I hope my family can dig up more photos of our special childhood pet. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi alcosin - My brother found an old black and white photo of all of us siblings out on a freak snow day in Georgia. I am the oldest one standing in the back, not looking like I am enjoying being out in the cold. Our dog, Brownie, was missing his front left leg. What is hilarious about this photo are our outfits of the very early 70's looks like! LOL I hope my mother (84) has more stored away somewhere. I was married so young and moved away and did not have any pictures with me, and I have been married for 35 years now, and so that was a very long time ago to say the least. Our childhood dog, Brownie, was the sweetest, and you can tell my brother just loved him to death. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sommer Dalton 4 years ago

      I love this very sweet!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello SommerDalton - I am so happy you have visited here this evening. I appreciate the nice words. Brownie was the sweetest dog ever. We cherish his memory. Please stop by again. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Your story reminds me of a loyal dog of mixed heritage I had when I was a child. Pets like this add so much to our childhood. Your Brownie was a true and loyal friend, and you all were fortunate to have him.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share this lovely Hub.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello, my dear friend Mary,

      I am so happy you have come to read about my "sweet Brownie boy," this day! Yes, Brownie was the best dog ever to us, so very loyal to the end, and our best friend too throughout our whole childhood. Thank you so much for the vote up and share.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

      Brownie sounds like he was a very good dog. And good for you kids to make sure that Brownie stayed with you. What a loyal friend. Voted up

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Rhonda,

      I am so glad for you found my Ode to my "sweet Brownie boy." Yes, he was the best childhood pet any child could ask for in this life. He was very loyal indeed. I appreciate the kind comments.

      God bless.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Midnight Lights 4 years ago from USA

      I've definitely had my share of pets and strays in my life but never a 3 legged dog, mostly the strays were cats though that people would dump off near our home. They all ended up disappearing eventually though. I even rescued a horse that got out once off the streets as well. Lovely story. Had me thinking maybe Brownie thought he needed to go find some other kids he could bring some happiness as well before he got too old to, maybe it was his purpose in life. Just a thought. ;)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Midnight Lights,

      So glad you found my Ode to the sweetest pet a child could ask for on this planet. You have a kind heart towards animals, which speaks volumes about a person. Yes, Brownie was very, very old when he left us to go off to die. When Brownie first adopted us, he was not a puppy and stayed with us throughout our whole childhood.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Faith -This is the sweetest, most precious hub. Tears filled my eyes as I read each word about "Brownie." The photos are just marvelous. I love dogs more than people...I really do. How deep their love is for us. It takes so little to make them happy. God bless you Faith and thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Awww Audrey,

      Now you are going to make me cry. Brownie was the best childhood pet anyone could ever wish for in this life. Dogs give that unconditional love, and my siblings and I were so blessed to have him adopt us as his family no doubt. He was such a devoted dog throughout his long life, as he really did have a long one it seems.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments which add so much to this hub.

      God bless you too dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 4 years ago from Lagos

      wow! Such sweet and heartfelt story and i really love it.

      such a great story and to know that it is true is virtually and absolutely wonderful.

      I am glad and quite positive after reading this piece.

      great job Faith.

      Thandi

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Thandi,

      Wow, right back at you for such a lovely comment!!! Brownie was the best dog any child could have ever been blessed to have growing up! He actually adopted us. A blessing from above no doubt.

      I am so glad you enjoyed and feel positive after reading about my "Sweet Brownie Boy."

      I appreciate you stopping by to read.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... awesome story and one that touches the heart of any animal lover. If they are loved they are faithful and can teach us all so much if we take the time to listen to them and live as they do.

      Thanks for sharing with us...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rolly,

      So glad you came by to read about my sweet Brownie boy, who was the most faithful dog any child could have had growing up . . .

      Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. Yes, they sure can teach us a lot no doubt!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      "... it was he that adopted us..." I like that line ...this is indeed a beautifully told story poem and it is a heartwarming tribute to childhood experiences...

      Nice pic too... the 70's... I remember them fondly WOW

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Laurinzo,

      Thanks for visiting with my "Sweet Brownie Boy," the best childhood pet any child could ever have asked for no doubt!

      I appreciate your kind words. LOL on the '70 pic! It's a hoot, no doubt, well, at least out clothing! LOL

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You write this so beautifully about Ode the three legged dog, such a courageous pet and so full of life. Voted up, interesting, and useful

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi DDE,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments here. Yes, Brownie was the best childhood pet any child could have ever dreamed of having no doubt, at least in our eyes!

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I could have sworn that sassy looking one in front was you! When do we get the story and pictures of the bible school granddaughters? Just waiting for that, you know everyone will love it!

      Up and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ha, no, that is my middle sister, the Harley rider one. I am the oldest of the siblings, and I sure did not look happy out in that cold, in those outfits!!! LOL

      Oh, I wish I was there when that happened to get the before and after photos of the girls with hair, and then no hair, during Vacation Bible School week. Their daddy loves the new hair styles, even the new Lily without any beautiful curls, much to our surprise. LOL

      They are still beautiful as ever. I should have written on it when it happened.

      Thanks for the vote up and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Sunny River 3 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Oh Faith that was so sweet! Dogs are some of the best creatures on earth and this poem and story really pulled at my heartstrings. Thank you for sharing it. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sunny River,

      So nice to meet you and I love your hubber name!

      Yes, sweet Brownie boy was truly the most cherished childhood pet ever, and he came to us already grown and with only the three legs. Dogs are truly some of the best creatures on earth no doubt, always providing that unconditional love. We all could learn a lot from them no doubt!

      Thank you for sharing that this write pulled at your heartstrings. I always get a lump in my throat when I think about that day my poor brother just kept calling and calling for Brownie to no avail. We cried.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Sweetest story. Brought a tear to my eye about how you never got to say goodbye. Brownie seems like he was protecting you all from seeing him die. So sad. Brownie sounds like the best dog ever, and I am glad you have such fond memories. Pets can bring so much into our lives ~ they are priceless. And it is heartbreaking when they have to leave us.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello truthfornow,

      Aw, thank you so much for understanding so well about how my siblings and I felt about our beloved Brownie. Yes it was so very hard to not have been able to say goodbye. That is a good thought to think ... that he was protecting us from seeing him die, but we just did not like the thought of his dying alone, after having been there for us throughout our childhood.

      They are indeed priceless.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      We just adopted a three legged black lab named Joey. I am going to share on FB so my family can enjoy. Thank you. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jamie,

      Aw, how sweet! I know that Joey will no doubt bring you and your family much joy and unconditional love as only our loving pets do so love.

      I am thrilled you shared that with me, and I appreciate you sharing about my sweet Brownie Boy on FB so that your family may enjoy. I do so hope they will enjoy. I could probably write a whole book about Brownie, as we literally grew up with him. It was amazing, for he seemed to be already grown when he adopted us!

      Have a lovely weekend with Joey!

      Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Faith, what a wonderful story- you kids were so lucky to have your Brownie; a fine looking hound, and the vid was cute - did you ever find that missing leg? :) Looks like a pirate:)Ever thought about having another dog with a similar breed? ( I know it's impossible to replace any pet ). The funniest pet I remember seeing was when my little sister and I were walking down the high street, and we saw a toy dog with both its back legs missing, but the owner had fashioned a little trolley on wheels to replace the hind quarters - it looked like a mini chariot racer from a doggy version of Ben-Hur, but the animal looked really happy though, still.

      A lovely weekend to you and your family, dear Faith,

      Warm Regards,

      R.Q.

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      DuchessDuCaffeine 3 years ago from United States of America

      Faith Reaper, how well you know the soul of a dog!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos,

      Thank you for taking the time to read about the best childhood pet any child could have ever had, at least from my point of view, which I know I am biased. He was a true blessing to my siblings and I throughout our childhood to know of the unconditional love that a pet provides. Thinking back I do realize he adopted us as his family instead of the other way around.

      Oh, yes, dear Romeos, after becoming an adult and having my own family, we have had three labs, and one that reminded me of Brownie, and my children loved them so much too. Then we have had two other dogs since, both have died too. They are not with us long, but the time they are with us is cherished. We have had many other pets to include cats, birds, etc.

      What is amazing to me about Brownie, is that he came to us as small children, and appeared to be already grown, and then we grew up with him into our high school years. So, we know we were extra blessed that we had him in our lives for so long.

      Yes, I have seen those little wagons that help disabled dogs with no back legs around. Brownie, just having the three legs, did not slow him down one bit, for he ran as fast as lightening.

      Have a lovely weekend too, dear Romeos.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Duchess DuCaffeine,

      I love your hubber name ...how clever, and I can relate! So nice to meet you. Thank you for reading about our three-legged dog, Brownie.

      Dogs are truly devoted and love unconditionally ... we are blessed to have them in our lives no doubt!

      I appreciate the kind comment.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      How beautiful that Brownie adopted your family. What a wonderful tribute to him! I'm glad that you did not have to give him to the kids that claimed him to be their dog years later and that he got to live his days with your family. It's clear how much you loved him!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful and heartfelt hub.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Faith,

      I did not know about this hub/experience until after reading RQ's tribute. What an awesome story. What an awesome dog. My Diamond grew very old and in the end, he could no longer even walk. We were one day from taking him to be put down gently when he passed on. I think he somehow knew how we were grieving over what was the best thing to do for him. How I miss that dog even today.

      So many blessings I send your way,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Liz,

      Thank you so much for reading about Brownie. We did love him so very much, and I can still remember the very day he hopped into our yard while we were outside playing. He just came for a visit and never left, and brought much joy into my siblings and I lives, for pretty much our whole childhood. He already had the one bum leg and we figured out it must have truly been from chasing cars, but we really do not know. Back in those days (sound like one of the older folks now) we never really had fences and such much back then and he was such a good dog and just happy to be around all of us and the neighbor kids going on our adventures and such. Back then, children played outside all day long, unless during school time. Wherever we went, Brownie went right along with us... even to school. We tried to keep him from walking to school with us, as it was truly a good stretch to walk, thinking about it now. He would never leave us, even at school, he would be waiting on the playground under that shade tree all day long! No one ever bothered him or tried to run him off, and when he saw my brother and I then, he would get up and make the walk home with us. It was just his thing. He truly had a great bond with my brother. In thinking about Brownie now, when those unknown kids came riding down our street from out of nowhere and were calling for "Skipper" ... well, I think deep down in our hearts maybe we knew he may have been their dog at one time many years prior, but we know they did not care for him, for it did not take much for them to just give up on their "Skipper" and ride on back from wherever they came. However, we would have never given up our dog "Brownie Boy" ...never! And I think Brownie knew that, and that is why he may have left them long ago, because I think we were about in the fourth and fifth grades when that happened or even older.

      I say he was a yellow lab, but he could have very well been a Rhodesian Ridgeback, just not sure. His coloring was just like that of that first picture at the top of the hub.

      I could write a whole book on the adventures of Brownie and my siblings and I growing up. There were many wonderful adventures back in those days for children and their childhood best pet in the whole world.

      Bless you and your love for dogs and all you do to bring awareness to your cause in helping all dogs.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kim,

      Yes, our wonderful poet and friend, Romeos, has such a sweet heart to write such of my most wonderful childhood pet ever, Brownie! I was so touched by Romeos doing such for me as a gift. Romeos must have studied my Ode here pretty good to write what he did in his fabulous poem and gift to me. I am humbled and blessed by his act of kindness.

      I am so glad you did read Romeos' tribute and now are here to read my Ode.

      I know you loved your Diamond too. They truly do leave their paw prints on our hearts forever.

      Thank you for sharing about Diamond. Maybe Brownie and Diamond are good friends in that place where our lovely pets go, and hopefully, we will see them all again one day. That is a comforting thought, but we will just have to wait and see.

      Tons of hugs and blessings to you this day,

      Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Aw, Brownie was beautiful! Looks a lot like my childhood dog Babe. She was too a yellow lab. What happy memories.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Crafty, he was a beautiful dog, who loved us unconditionally, and we attempted to love him back unconditionally. Yes, my siblings and I will never forget Brownie. Babe sounds adorable too.

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I loved it Faith! It was a beautiful poem, and I really loved the part where Brownie stuck with you guys instead of returning to the other ones. They are probably why it lost its leg and left home. I voted it up, shared it, pinned it and Googled it.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Kevin!

      I am glad you love it. Yes, those other kids tried to steal "our" dog : ) ... Brownie was so faithful to us ever since he happened upon our little homestead. We think he was a Labrador, but he could have been a Rodesian Ridgeback? I appreciate the vote up, pin, Google and share ... Wow ... Bless you!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am not an expert but comparing him to the data I studied for the Hub, he looks like a Lab to me. I also Googled the Rhodesian Ridgeback. It is from Africa and its second name is "African Lion Dog". Compared to the Lab, the R. Ridgeback is not sociable, responsive, or intelligent. It did not happen every time but the Ridgeback has reports of attacking children and it does not seem to come in that color.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Kevin!!! I just knew my sweet Brownie Boy was a sweet Lab. You are awesome to go through all of that trouble to research for me.

      Bless you so much for taking time out to return here with the added insightful and comments, which make me happy thinking about sweet Brownie Boy.

      Hugs and blessings for a great weekend ahead

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I have very fond childhood memories of a great aunt and uncle who lived in a little shack, out in the country, with a three-legged dog. Thanks for writing this beautiful tribute.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Aww, a very sweet tribute to Brownie. Brownie is a good dog name for any dog!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ologinquito,

      Thank you for sharing about your great aunt and uncle with the three-legged dog. Brownie was a childhood dog who truly adopted us as his family and grew up with us into high school. We will never forget him.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for reading my Ode to our sweet Brownie boy. Even with the three legs, he still could run fast as lightening. He never left us throughout our childhood and we know he adopted us as his family for sure and stayed with until all the way up until high school.

      We still miss him to this day.

      Blessings

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Ha; that's weird. My grandparents had a three legged dog and it looked almost identical to this one. He was a sandy color and although looked very similar he was not a pedigree Lab; he was a mongrel. Sandy was his name in fact. I remember him well.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello dwelburn,

      Wow, thank you for reading and sharing that with me! Yes, our three-legged dog was sandy in color and I do not believe he was a pedigree Lab either. What is even more ironic, when my children were small, we had three labs and one was named Sandy too : ) She had all her legs though.

      I will never forget my sweet Brownie boy. He was the best childhood pet any child could have ever been blessed with no doubt. I truly believe he adopted us and not the other way around.

      Thank you again for stopping by to read.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A very lovely tribute for Brownie, he is totally adorable. Sad that he never had a leg but he was awesome with a fantastic spirit. You must miss him very badly.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Yes, he was the best childhood pet that any child could have ever wished for indeed! Well, I am sure he had all legs when born, but when he adopted us as his family, he only had three legs, and we soon found out why, as he loved to chase cars. It was amazing just how fast he could run even with just the three legs. The other front leg was so very muscular and he had no trouble at all getting about.

      We have had many pets, but Brownie will always hold a special place in our hearts.

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving lovely comments.

      Blessings

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      beautiful but sad poem, i am sure brownie still loves you

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, peachpurple. I will never forget Brownie. God surely placed the most wonderful dog a child could ever have in our lives. He will never be forgotten.

      We needed his unconditional love during our entire childhood.

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      Harish Mamgain 22 months ago from India

      A very passionate ode to Brownie, such an affectionate dog. Your words reflect your immense love for Brownie. Faith, You have poured so much love into this poem. I loved reading this great hub.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Harishprasad,

      Happy to see you this day. I haven't seen you in a bit. Yes, Brownie, left a lasting impression on me and my siblings as the best dog any child could have growing up. Maybe it was his just having three legs, yet he adopted us, so maybe he felt the same about us ...children needing his unconditional love.

      I appreciate your generous comment here about this hub.

      God bless you

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