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Pets

Woodie the Wonder Pup to be featured in dog calendar

Woodie the Wonder Pup’s back paws were severed when he was only a few weeks old.If not for the efforts of a team of volunteers, Woodie wouldn’t be the outgoing, happy pup he is today. Woodie will be featured in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2020 Dog Park Calendar, which is raising money for the Will County Humane Society. (
Woodie the Wonder Pup’s back paws were severed when he was only a few weeks old.If not for the efforts of a team of volunteers, Woodie wouldn’t be the outgoing, happy pup he is today. Woodie will be featured in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2020 Dog Park Calendar, which is raising money for the Will County Humane Society. (

About a year ago, a man brought a bleeding 5-week-old puppy that was missing its back paws to the Will County Humane Society.

He had found the dog in a forest preserve. The pup’s paws had been severed, possibly by an animal, but no one knows for sure.

The blue nose American Staffordshire terrier will be featured in a special section of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2020 Dog Park Calendar.

The calendar will showcase the dogs that frequent the district’s six dog parks, while raising awareness and funds for the humane society, which finds new homes for hundreds of dogs each year.

To order a calendar, and to read the full story of Woodie’s recovery, visit willcountydogs.org. The website also profiles some of the dog park dogs that will be featured in the calendar, including:

• Ellie, an American Staffordshire terrier, was born deaf, but that hasn’t stopped her from living her best life while getting a boyfriend at the dog park.

• Stanley is a lovable mix of seven different breeds. After losing a close family member to a battle with depression, his owner said that “he makes even our darkest days bright.”

• Gio is a little dog with a big heart. He weighs in at less than 10 pounds – 9.8 pounds to be exact – but he has enough love for a dog 10 times his size.

Calendars cost $15, and each one sold will generate $10 for the humane society. The deadline to order calendars is Oct. 20.

All orders will ship the week of Nov. 25 to ensure receipt in time for the holidays.

For information on the Forest Preserve District of Will County, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

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