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IN People ON 10 Aug, 2015
Little Ella Peggie, who was born without her left arm, is sharing an extraordinary bond with her new beloved pet - a three-legged puppy named Snowy. Ella’s mother Brooke Hodgson saw the pictures of Snowy on the Facebook page of the rehoming centre of Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ), Australia and she instantly knew that the puppy would be the perfect companion for her one-year-old baby girl. Ms. Hodgson says, “I knew she was going to be perfect for Ella - they share the same age, so they both have a long life of friendship ahead of them. I just know that Snowy is going to give her a confidence boost growing up. It's going to be great for her [Ella] when she realises she's different or when she's having a bad day, she will see the resemblance and know that she's not alone.”
When Ella Peggie was born, her mother was quite worried that her daughter would find it hard to cope up when she starts prep school. “When she was born in a hospital ward, I was a bit worried at first - like how she would cope when she starts prep school. She won't be able to cut paper using a pair of scissors or do other things that you could do with two hands.But we will cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now, she's our beautiful, happy and healthy little girl, and I can't ask for anything more.”
The bond between the toddler and puppy is adorable; they cuddle with and kiss each other and boost each other’s confidence. “And I've noticed every morning, Snowy would look for Ella first before she runs to anyone else. It's quite a unique bond and just beautiful to see that. I know it will make a world of a difference for Ella. I'm just thankful that I was able to give her this dog. I just can't wait for them to get even closer. Not many people can do this for their children, so we're very lucky to have Snowy - I can't even explain how I feel right now.”
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