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Dharma in Chicago Parent Magazine

Dharma is in the Summer 2010 issue of Chicago Special Parent magazine, a special topics magazine from the publishers of Chicago Parent.  The article discusses various ways in which animals can therapeutically help children with special needs.  Although I admit I might be biased, I really do believe that Dharma is a very special dog.  I’m continually amazed and humbled by the reactions she inspires in the people she meets.  People truly do gravitate towards her wherever she goes.  It’s not just that she has three legs; it’s her sweet and trusting personality.  She enthusiastically greets all who approach her, covering their faces with kisses if they’ll allow her to – which everyone does.  And she completely melts their hearts.  Dharma has a calm presence when she’s with people she doesn’t even know, and children love to sit next to her and gently pet her.  Many people are curious about what happened to her leg, but most are surprised to find out that she is a pit bull rescued from the July 2009 dog fighting bust.  “But she’s so small and sweet,” many of them respond.  Yes, she is.  So are so many bust dogs, and they all deserve lives of happiness and love.

-Suzi

Photo courtesy of Mike Bizelli

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Dharma Goes to Jeff City

April 20th was Humane Day, when animal related organizations from around Missouri travel to Jefferson City to talk to legislators about humane animal issues. Dharma and Mutts-n-Stuff were at the state capital to talk to lawmakers about the big bust last year and the horrible plague of dog fighting that is afflicting the state. Legislation has been proposed that would make things a lot harder for dog fighters and a little easier for bust dogs. We had no idea what a celebrity Dharma is! Many people – including members of the state House and Senate – recognized Dharma immediately. She was a real trooper and gave lots of kisses and snuggles. Here are some pictures from her big day. These were taken by photographer Mike Bizelli, who took the pictures at the bust site last July. He was thrilled to be able to take some new pictures of Dharma now that she is happy and healthy.

Dharma takes a break from the crowds.

Dharma greets legislators and visitors at the Mutts table.

Nobody can resist Dharma's sweet little face.

Relaxing in the shade outside the capitol building.