[This excerpt from Wendy Holden's new book "Haatchi & Little B" begins just as Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd, meets Owen ("Little B").]
Ross explained to her that a dog without a tail has great difficulty in communicating with other dogs, because a tail is such a vital tool of communication in many animals. Consequently, it was as if he had lost his voice. Also, the other dogs found the tri-paw strange, both to look at and to smell -- his stumps occasionally bled and smelled of disinfectant -- so they tended to avoid him.
To make matters worse, Haatchi also suffered from what is known as "ghost limb" for a while, in which he thought that his missing leg was still there. He'd try to scratch himself behind the ear with it and only end up jerking his stump before whimpering in frustration and pain.
When he finally settled into Colleen's lap, he rolled on to his back and presented her with his leg stump, which was shaved bald and red raw with stitches in it. She asked him gently, "Can I touch it?" and he didn't seem to mind, so she placed her hand on it and discovered it was really hot. That's when he completely curled himself around her.