At a glance, when running around Onyx looks like a happy and healthy black lab. However, with a closer look it is plain to see that Onyx only has three legs. While he may be happy and healthy now, that was not always the case.
Onyx was found near five months ago tied to a wooden pole with one of his hind leg raggedly hacked off as if someone took a pair of garden shears to it. His leg was bloody and infected; things did not look good for him. He was rushed to the office of Dr. Daniel Slaton, a Los Angeles veterinarian who specializes in orthopedic procedures. Slaton stated, "The night he got here, I didn't think he was going to make it. He was just so dehydrated, septic; his body was in shock because of the infection on his leg."
Onyx quickly bounced back and was adopted by Dr. Slaton himself. Now he is being pampered at The Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa where he is learning to, of all things, surf. Slaton and the staff at the Barkley were surprised by the dog's excellent sense of balance. Not only did he take to walking and running with only three legs quickly, he can surf better than dogs with all four legs and most people. Onyx, like any black lab, loves to spend as much time in the water as possible now that he is all healed up.
When he is not swimming or learning to surf, Onyx is busy with another sort of training. He is training to become a therapy dog for children with disabilities, hoping that his love and his story will give those around him hope.