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Pet Tales: Pit bull terrier terrier breaks the mold

Heather Warlick: Maddie breaks the stereotype for pit bull terriers looking scary. She's a very lovely girl with fawn color hair and a delicate red nose. Her long legs are graceful and she is gentle in her actions.
by Heather Warlick Published: December 31, 2012
/articleid/3741962/1/pictures/1917912">Photo - Scott Hill and his Pit Bull mix Maddie. Photo by Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman <strong></strong>
Scott Hill and his Pit Bull mix Maddie. Photo by Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman

In 2010 Maddie was playing with a canine pal when she tore a ligament in her hind leg that doctors said would require knee surgery. This is one of those times having doggy insurance would have come in handy, as the surgery would cost more than $700.

Scott gave the go-ahead and doctors gave Maddie a new lease on life complete with a synthetic ligament to replace the torn ligament.

Maddie got ulcers from the stress of the surgery but otherwise recuperated well.

“I was really lucky. Dr. Ron (Laughlin) took good care of her,” Scott said.

“It's a good thing my Mom is compassionate about dogs,” he said, since she loaned him the money for the surgery on a payment plan.

This holiday season, from my family to yours, have a very merry “ChristmaKwanzaRamaHannukah!”

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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