Haatchi is a three-legged Anatolian Shepherd dog. His back left leg and tail were amputated after he was tied to a railway line and then hit by a train. But he survived and was adopted by the family of Owen Howkins.
When Haatchi came into his life, he helped to turn around Owen’s life – “I used to be scared of strangers, then Haatchi came along and now I’m not and that’s how he changed my life. I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.”
Haatchi was awarded the title of Friends for Life at Crufts this year. And this is the portrait of Haatchi painted by Sara Abott.
May’s comment: Dogs heal. Wish many more people can see that quality in them. Sara’s portrait of Haatchi shows a strong healthy dog and then you realise he is missing one leg.