Ursinus College Professor, His 2-Legged Dogs Inspire Humans Living with Amputations

Cyrus, Lucky (middle) and Deuce.
Image via Domenick Scudera.
Cyrus, Lucky (middle) and Deuce.

Domenick Scudera, a theater professor at Ursinus College in Collegeville, understands how powerful hope can be. That is why he takes his three dogs to visit patients at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, writes Austin Cannon for Daily Paws.

Each of his three dogs — Cyrus, Lucky, and Deuce — only has two legs. With Scudera’s help though, they live fun, fulfilling lives. He trained them to become therapy dogs so they could show humans living with amputations what is possible.

“It’s wonderful, and it’s almost always the same,” he said. “People will say the same thing. They’ll say, if he can do it, I can do it.’ They say that to me all the time.

Lucky only has front legs. Deuce only has legs on his right side and Cyrus only has back legs. Deuce is able to walk completely unassisted without legs on his left side.

Kathleen Liebsch, an occupational therapist at Bryn Mawr, recalls Deuce visiting a patient who had lost a leg and an arm on the same side.

He quickly identified with Deuce and told Liebsch, “I’m working towards that too.”

Read more about the inspiring work of Domenick Scudera, Cyrus, Deuce and Lucky in Daily Paws.


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