Rescue Dog Finds Limelight

Three-legged Baby has met Sen. Barack Obama and Patti LaBelle, and is the subject of a new book.

Posted: June 3, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

She’s met Lindsay Lohan, Patti LaBelle, and Sen. Barack Obama, but Baby is fast becoming a celebrity in her own right.

The three-legged rescue dog is the subject of the new book, “A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere,” by owner Jana Kohl, a writer, clinical psychologist, and animal-welfare advocate.

Kohl and Baby travel extensively to raise awareness about puppy mills and to help reform animal-protection laws. “A Rare Breed” features 100 photographs of Baby, as well as original essays from writers like Alice Walker and Gloria Steinem.

Kohl adopted Baby after visiting a Texas breeding operation in search of a dog, and was sickened by what she saw: hundreds of ill and injured dogs crammed inside small wire cages and wooden sheds.

“I expressed my horror to [the owner], who told me simply that ‘animals don’t have feelings,’” she recalls.

Kohl, who is a daughter of the family that founded the Kohl’s department store chain, decided to do something. She adopted Baby, whose vocal cords had been cut to silence her cries.

“I just could not walk away and not do something to help animals – animals kept in cages, bred over and over again until they can’t breed anymore,” she explains. “Some of them never even leave those cages. They never know what grass feels like. They never felt the warmth and kindness of a human being, or heard a comforting word in their whole life.”

To learn more about Baby, visit


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Angela   Frisco, TX

1/30/2009 10:24:50 AM

I love this story. How wonderful that Babys life was saved from that horrific puppy mill. It is awesome that her story is being told all over. We have to do everything we can to educate people about puppy mills. Alot of people dont know that pet stores like PETLAND purchase from puppy mills!! It is true, you can do the research and see for yourself. Please boycott all petstores that sell puppies. PETLAND included. Plano, Texas Petland has ongoing peaceful rally to end Puppy Mill Sales every Saturday from 12 noon to 3pm. Everyone is welcome, children, adults, even dogs and rescues!!

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Layton   Glendive, MT

6/3/2008 2:48:06 PM

That is totally awesome! I want to meet that dog! I feel so bad for dogs in pounds. Please spay and neiter your pets so that wouldn't happen.

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bertha   san diego, CA

6/3/2008 2:32:09 PM

is nice to heard from time to time nice stories! keep it up!

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Kathy   Independence, OR

6/3/2008 12:49:52 PM

How can people be so cruel? They should have to live in the same conditions as they put these animals in. God gave us animals to love and care for, and we are loved in return, no matter if we are rich or poor, beautiful or plain, animals don't care. Some times I wonder if animals are MUCH smarter than humans, some humans are certainly NOT humane!

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