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Rick May Have Lost A Leg, But He Gained A Purpose, And It’s All Thanks To YOU

Written by: Stephanie Maguire
Stephanie Maguire is a writer for She loves animals so much that she started her own pet-sitting business in 2017, and goes out of her way to point-out and pet every single dog she sees.Read more
| Published on June 27, 2023

A portion of every purchase you make from is donated to Greater Good Charities. They’re an incredible group of charity partners who help people and pets. It’s because of customers like you that make their mission possible.

Rick was a typical Oklahoma throwaway. A big, beautiful, yellow lab who ended up with people who didn’t value or appreciate him. 


His photo was posted on Facebook expressing the intent to give him away to anyone who would take a dog with something “funky” with their front leg. But his former family was sure to mention that it didn’t seem to bother him. 

Luckily, A Lab for Life immediately came to Rick’s rescue. It turns out that his “funky” front leg was a badly broken forearm that had been left untreated for most of his young life. Whether or not his former family was aware of the severity of this injury is unknown.

After a failed attempt to save his poorly healed leg with surgery, it was determined that it would have to be amputated.

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Today, Rick is a happy, healthy welcome ambassador to dozens of new labs in need that come into the care of A Lab for Life Rescue. Better still, Rick is the official taste-tester of all new treats that arrive in their Greater Goods pallets of food. Not surprisingly, this good boy has given a happy “paws up” to every donation thus far.

“Greater Goods’ donations of nutritious food is without a doubt our greatest asset,” says the rescue.

So often, the dogs that make their way to A Lab for Life arrive in dire condition. Many have experienced terrible traumas. The treats they receive, while not a necessity, are a source of immense joy for many rescue pups that have likely never experienced a treat in their entire lives.

The GOODS program makes such an incredible impact. The nutritious food and tasty treats they provide to rescues like A Lab For Life help relieve the pressure of stretching their incredibly limited resources. Without having to pay for food and treats, these heroes can focus on providing life-changing (and often life-saving) medical care to rescue pets in need.

Since a portion of everything you purchase from funds Greater Good CharitiesGOODS program, it’s thanks to customers like YOU that dogs like Rick have wagging tails and fully bellies. So, thank you!

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