It’s Fate and ‘A Beautiful Thing’

Like any happy toddler, Ivy McLeod is full of smiles and filled with wonder as she discovers the world around her. Ivy’s favorite activity is coloring, but since she was born without hands, Ivy holds the markers between her toes to create her kiddy masterpieces.

At age 2, Ivy’s mom Vanessa says her daughter isn’t fully aware of the reason other kids have hands and she doesn’t. She knows it’s only a matter of time before Ivy is going to start asking some tough questions.

To prepare for the inevitable conversation, McLeod came up with the idea of getting Ivy a puppy that had similar limb differences as a way to show that being different and being beautiful aren’t mutually exclusive.

She wanted to be able to tell Ivy:…

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