Abby’s “Leg”acy

Abby (formerly Pia) GSRNE #34

Abby (formerly Pia) GSRNE #34

For those that are strong of heart but weak of limbs.

When Abby was adopted by her new mom, all that was known about her was that she was a very sweet dog and that she had elbow dysplasia. Within 2.5 months of adopting Abby, she had her first surgery. This surgery was to remove/repair a fractured coronoid process in her left elbow because of elbow dysplasia. She recovered beautifully and was in love with everyone at the vet’s office and they were in love with her as well.

A mere 16-months later, Abby exhibited the same symptoms in her other elbow. She went back to the vet for surgery for the dysplasia in her that elbow also. Through all of this Abby continued to display her sweet disposition and charmed every vet and vet technician in the office.

In December of 2000, Abby’s mom noticed that Abby was slower to get up after resting and that when she was out walking she would develop a “hitch in her get-a-long.” A trip to her vet confirmed that Abby did indeed have hip dysplasia.

Abby was to wait one week to have radiographs of her hips, BUT during that week, she slipped on some ice and tore her anterior cruciate ligament. Thanks to Abby’s vet, Dr. Brewster, physical therapy and a patient dog, Abby was almost completely healed when she tried to chase one of the cats in the household. She tore a small piece of her medial meniscus in the same knee. Barely six months had passed and she needed yet another surgery!  With love and care, she had a successful recovery.

Abby’s mom, Beth, came up with the idea of Abby’s “LEG”acy to help GSRNE provide treatment to dogs with orthopedic issues. She says, “I know that there are other dogs, just like Abby, who are sweet, devoted, playful, loving companions who have significant orthopedic needs. I wanted other folks to know the joys of living with an Abby.”

Kelly, GSRNE #102

Kelly, GSRNE #102

Kelly, pictured above right after her surgery, was born with severe hip dysplasia. Abby’s “Leg”acy allows GSRNE to treat dogs like Kelly that are born with serious orthopedic needs. Pictured below chasing her true love, the tennis ball.

Kelly GSRNE #102 now...

Kelly GSRNE #102 fully recovered…


You can contribute to Abby’s “Leg”acy online or by check. Click the button below to make your secure, tax-deductible donation online. You do not need a PayPal account to donate. At the “Review Your Donation” page, please enter Abby’s “LEG”acy in the box that asks “What is your donation for?”

Abby's "Leg"acy


To make your tax-deductible contribution by check, make your check payable to GSRNE, Inc. and please note Abby’s “LEG”acy on the “Memo” line. Send your donation to:

GSRNE, Inc. 

Abby’s “LEG”acy

Box 299

Wayland, MA 01778 


German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (GSRNE) is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for the countless numbers of German Shepherd Dogs who are left in pounds to await an uncertain fate, are owner surrenders (divorce, death, etc.), or are from abuse or neglect situations. We help provide a safe harbor for German Shepherds that might otherwise be destroyed.

Thank you for your support.





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