Haatchi the Three-Legged Dog

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.

inseparableOwen himself has a rare genetic condition, Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which causes his muscles to be permanently tense.

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.



  1. Christina Hughes

    One of my favorite charities is called Paws with a Cause. They are based in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the U.S. They train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. It is amazing how much love, dignity and function those dogs bring into their partners’ lives.

    • Miss Darcy

      Don’t they just. They are truly man’s best friend – you hear so many stories of how dogs have changed lives (even mine) and yet you also hear horrible stories of how they are treated.

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