It’s easy to charmed by the sight of Sangchoo frolicking on the beach; this feisty young Jindo mix, born with one underdeveloped front leg, hasn’t let her physical challenges dampen her enthusiasm for what the world offers. She has adapted amazingly well to life with his foster parents and dog siblings since being rescued from the Paju dog meat farm in Korea last August.
Her foster parents have noted that when Sangchoo is placed in unfamiliar surroundings, she will take cover and hide, but it really doesn’t take that long for her to warm up to people and new situations. When they first met her, it took just three days for her to regain her confidence and reveal her sociable and playful personality. Not only did she bond with her humans, she endeared herself to the other dogs in the home. She walks well on leash and enjoys her time outdoors; yet is equally happy spending time inside. Like so many of her canine buddies, she can be a bit excitable when offered treats, especially her Kong. As is the case with many of the rescue dogs, she can be slightly skittish around men, but she has also had no difficulty trusting her beloved foster father.
Sangchoo is a wonderful dog who is intelligent, self-assured and friendly. Despite her congenital deformity, she has been assessed to be very healthy. This little “underdog” is an active girl who manages to get around fine on her three good legs. Her foster family reports that she is impressively agile and tenacious, and that her hind legs are incredibly strong. There is nothing she can’t do, there is no toy or treat she can’t get, if she puts her mind to it!
However, with the goal of limiting the stress on her good legs and for her long-term health, the veterinarian team at FKD has outfitted her with a sleek and sporty black brace to wear on her normal front leg for improved stability and mobility, hence her nickname “Robodog!”
If you have always had a soft spot for underdogs and would like a brave canine companion with tons of personality and a nose for fun, please consider submitting an application to adopt. Ideally, her forever family would live outside the city and would already have another sociable dog who, with the commitment and loving support of her humans, could introduce Sangchoo to new experiences and adventures.
Written by Lucy Lam.
Lucy Lam is a writer who lives in Vancouver. She is the proud mom of two girls and three wonderful dogs. The youngest Wookie (formerly Dongjin) was adopted September 2017. He is a baby polar bear who makes her laugh and smile every day.