Our Gallery Greeter - JustaBit

Our Gallery Dog JustaBit

The story of how our famous little Gallery dog "Just a Bit" became a celebrity at WildChild is rather unique and heart-warming. Owner/artist Peggy was without a dog, and wanted to have some four-legged love, so was doing some volunteer hours at our local animal shelter. She had always had labs, and was leaning toward adopting a large, retriever-type buddy.

   Well, as fate would have it, she arrived one morning to see a sick, skinny little sad creature at the desk area and learned that he was scheduled to be put down that day. She was advised that he was too sick to adopt, with a colon problem, and very expensive surgery required with a very low expectation that he could ever survive.

After contacting several vets to try and make arrangements, she called some veterinary "angels" who she knew in another town. The vet asked her to wait for "just a bit" while he asked his wife something, and they agreed to do the surgery for the cost of the supplies! They even were on Pine Island and gave the little guy a ride to surgery. They warned her that he only had about a 30% chance to pull through.

   He did pull through, magically recovered and has become the star of the Gallery: greeting guests (never barking or running out the door), and receiving all the love and kisses from his many admirers!! Stop in soon to visit with "Just a " and see the best dog on Pine Island, or maybe in the world!! 

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