Freedom the Golden Retriever excels with three legs

Freedom the golden retriever loves life, even with just three legs

Freedom was rescued from a puppy mill when he was eight weeks old by Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.) on July 4, hence his name.

When Judy adopted Freedom, he had a smashed paw and leg. Judy tried for two years to treat the multiple infections and pain in his paw.

She came to the Orthopedic Surgery Service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State. After talking with Dr. Stephen Jones, it was determined that amputation would be best for Freedom’s future. His leg was amputated on October 15, 2020 and Freedom has done extremely well since then.

Now he runs like the wind, keeping up with his one-year-old brother, River, another puppy mill rescue, who has three legs.

“I can't thank OSU and Dr. Jones (and staff) enough, for the wonderful treatment both Freedom and I received. Despite the initial fear, I had a great experience at OSU,” said Judy 

Judy owns a therapy swimming pool for dogs, and Freedom and River swim several times a week to keep their remaining legs strong.

Watch Freedom swimming: 




Thank you, Judy, for sharing your story and we’re so glad Freedom is feeling better. 


Learn more about The Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State.