Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dachshunds in History: Struppi the Peg Leg Dog

The ever-adaptable dachshund: meet handsome 3-year-old wire hair 'Struppi,' who hailed from Berlin, Germany. Struppi was struck by a car, lost his leg, and wore a wooden peg leg. These photos and the text were from a news service in 1949.
Berlin: The dog commanding attention in Berlin these days is a three-year-old Dachshund named Struppi. Even his canine friends take a 'sniffing' interest when Struppi clip-clops along the street. The reason for all the interest is the artificial limb worn by the dog in place of the right foreleg he lost when struck by a car two years ago. Here, Struppi's owner, Mrs. Helen Kugel, straps on his wooden leg. She refused to have the dog destroyed after the accident and took him to an orthopedist who recommended the artificial limb.

Here, when Struppi wants his Mistress, Mrs. Helene Kugel, to know he desires 'out', he fetches his wooden leg.

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