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Girl Who Lost Her Leg Felt Alone — Until She Found A Friend Who Understood

“When Lydia cries, Clover will go up to her and lick away her tears."

Lydia was born with a disease in her leg, and three years ago, she had to have it amputated. Losing her leg was incredibly hard on Lydia, as she felt like no one understood what she was going through. Her mom tried to come up with a way to help her feel less alone — and decided to adopt a dog. 

girl who lost a leg gets a dog with three legs
Mary Petrucka

Lydia’s mom started calling all the different shelters in Utah, trying to find a dog that could help Lydia through the tough time she was going through. The problem was, she wasn’t just looking for any dog — she was looking for a dog who was missing a leg, just like Lydia. After months of searching, Lydia’s mom got a call from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They’d just taken in the perfect dog for her. 

Clover was found wandering the streets all alone, likely after being hit by a car. One of her front legs was badly injured, and all she could do was drag it along with her, completely unable to use it. After examining her further, vets determined that there was no way to save Clover’s leg, and she had it amputated. Luckily, Clover adjusted well to life with only three legs, and Lydia’s family knew that Clover would be the absolute perfect role model for her. 

girl who lost her leg gets a three-legged dog
Mary Petrucka

Lydia’s family quickly adopted Clover, without telling Lydia, and brought her home one day as the best surprise. 

“It took a while for it to really set in that she actually had a dog,” Mary Petrucka, Lydia’s sister, told The Dodo. “She kind of just stood there shocked as Clover hopped towards her!” 

little girl who lost a leg gets a three-legged dog
Mary Petrucka

After the initial shock wore off, Lydia was absolutely overjoyed to welcome Clover into her family, and from that moment on, the pair became the best of friends. 

Now, thanks to Clover, Lydia is so much happier and so much more confident in herself. Clover doesn’t let the fact that she’s missing a leg get in the way of doing anything she sets her mind to, which has helped Lydia to have the exact same mindset. From showing the world that they can still run … 

little girl who lost her leg gets a three-legged dog
Mary Petrucka

… to just snuggling together at home, Lydia and Clover are always there for each other, no matter what. 

girl who lost her leg gets a three-legged dog
Mary Petrucka

“Clover is just the sweetest dog in the whole world,” Petrucka said. “If you let her, she will just lick and lick and cuddle you the entire day. She is a little timid; it seems like she might have been abused because when you move too quickly around her, she always flinches away, but she is still so trusting. She loves anyone and everyone who will pet her.”

Sometimes Lydia still gets down about her leg and all that she’s been through, but now, instead of having to deal with those emotions alone, she always has Clover to turn to, since Clover seems to understand exactly how she feels. Clover even helps Lydia sleep at night by cuddling up next to her. 

girl who lost a leg gets a three-legged dog
Mary Petrucka

“Clover has seriously been such a help to Lydia,” Petrucka said. “When Lydia cries, Clover will go up to her and lick away her tears. Lydia has someone that understands what she has gone through, so it helps so much when she is feeling down. Clover has just the sweetest temperament; it is hard to stay sad around her!” 

girl who lost a leg gets a dog with three legs
Mary Petrucka

Both Clover and Lydia have been through a lot, and were just looking for someone who would understand. Now they have each other, and as long as they’re together, there isn’t anything this pair can’t do.