B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy – Saanich News

Lucky, the puppy has a very special bond with the youngest member of her new family in Chilliwack.

Tiny, fluffy Chihuahua Cross Puppy was born with a limb difference, just like two-year-old Ivy McLeod.

Ivy is a congenital bilateral amputee. Both of her arms were improperly shaped in the womb. There is no official name for it, so it is usually referred to as the “Limb Difference” because their limbs are different from most people’s.

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Lucky was also born with a limb difference. Her right foreleg is shorter than her left.

Lucky was born with a partial front right limb. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

It was April 6th when mom Vanessa McLeod announced on social media that she and her family were looking for a puppy with a limb difference.

“I remember thinking … ‘I don’t know how to find this puppy, but I’ll just spread it out in the universe we’re looking for,'” Vanessa recalled.

A friend shared Vanessa’s post on Facebook, and shortly afterwards, someone else saw him (the one who bred Lucky).

As it turned out, Lucky was born on the same day (April 6), just six minutes from the McLeods.

“If that’s not fate, I don’t know what it is.”

They met Lucky when she was just a week and a half old and immediately fell in love. It was June 1 when they got the tiny 1.8-pound puppy home, and like a typical puppy, Lucky is whizzing around the house at rocket speeds.

“Just like Ivy, whatever (Lucky) wants to do and whatever she imagines she will do. She’ll just do it her way, ”Vanessa said.

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs as she plays with the puppy Lucky in front of her home in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs as she plays with the puppy Lucky in front of her home in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughed out loud after playing with the puppy Lucky in front of her home in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughed out loud after playing with the puppy Lucky in front of her home in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)

Lucky was examined by a vet who said she currently has no limb concerns and that she is healthy. In the future, if they find their limb is causing pain, the McLeods will look for a prosthesis for them, but for the moment Lucky is doing just fine.

Sometimes she uses her shorter leg to balance, sometimes she rests on it, sometimes she tucks it under and does a three-legged hop.

Vanessa describes Lucky’s run as a “little rabbit hopper”.

Ivy shares a room with her five-year-old sister Elena, and Lucky sleeps in her room at night. You pushed the two beds together and the little puppy fits right in the middle.

It was named after the Lucky Fin Project – a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to families of children or adults with limb differences. The McLeods have connected with many people thanks to the organization.

“I just wanted to honor what our trip was and what this organization has meant to us.”

Lucky was born with a partial front right limb.  (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

Lucky was born with a partial front right limb. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod and five-year-old sister Elena will play with the puppy Lucky in front of their home in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod and five-year-old sister Elena will play with the puppy Lucky in front of their home in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)

Vanessa wanted a dog with different limbs for a reason. As Ivy grows up, questions are likely to arise about her own arms. Vanessa wanted Ivy to have a special bond with Lucky for those moments.

Since getting Lucky, Vanessa has had an encounter with a young girl who is commenting on Ivy’s arms. Lucky was with them back then and Vanessa used her new puppy as an opportunity to show and teach the girl that people and animals can be born differently than others.

She also took the popular Disney character Nemo (a clownfish) as an example that day.

“It was a nice teaching moment because I held Lucky up and she stroked Lucky,” Vanessa remembers. “I said, ‘Have you heard of Nemo? Nemo has a lucky fin. Our puppy also has a lucky fin, just like Ivy here – she has two lucky fins. “

“It’s a nice little way to teach kids about differences and that it’s okay to be different and have a difference.”

And although the two McLeods cats aren’t exactly sure what to think of the newcomer at home, they tolerate Lucky. But most importantly, both Ivy and Elena absolutely love their new pup.

Lucky loves to play, cuddle, run around and is the perfect size for the girls, Vanessa said.

“She is everything I could hope for in a puppy and the perfect little addition to our family.”

Lucky was born with a partial front right limb.  (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

Lucky was born with a partial front right limb. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

The McLeod family - Ivy, 2, Elena, 5, and mother Vanessa - will be seen with their new pup, Lucky, outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  Not pictured is husband / father Sean McLeod.  (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

The McLeod family – Ivy, 2, Elena, 5, and mother Vanessa – will be seen with their new pup, Lucky, outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Not pictured is husband / father Sean McLeod. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack progress)

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