BEND, OR -- A local canine celebrity passed away this week at the age of 15. Maty, the beloved mascot of the Humane Society of Central Oregon, was the first three-legged dog to compete in the World Canine Disc Championships in 2006, then again in 2008.
She was the subject of a series of children’s books. and her story was featured in a number of national and international magazines and TV programs. Maty appeared in a 2008 episode of “Dogs 101” on Animal Planet, where one of her owners described her life after losing her leg to parvovirus: "Since the time she’s been eight-weeks of age, she’s only been a three-legged dog. That has not stopped her in the least: She’s part of the Humane Society’s educational program now; she goes to work everyday at the Humane Society and inspires children and adults alike to not let your limitations slow you down." Maty was found abandoned in a motel when she was three-weeks-old.
Maty had battled a number of health issues in the past couple of years, and many followed her adventures achieving every item on her "bucket list," on social media
. Maty's owners hope her life inspires people to learn about differently-abled animals, and to treat all animals with kindness and compassion.