Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin shares these images of a remarkably playful dog with an indelible spirit named Ciuchcia (Polish for steam engine). Ciuchcia, a four month old dog whose rear legs were paralyzed after it was physically abused and abandoned with its two siblings on a train track. The dog survived despite being run over by a number of trains, according to the staff at the animal shelter, who found Ciuchcia on July 7, 2011.
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Ciuchcia chases a cat in a courtyard after being helped onto a specially made wheelchair at Schronisko (Shelter), a shelter for homeless animals, near Piotrkow Trybunalski August 26, 2011.
Ciuchcia plays with a stick in a courtyard after being helped onto a specially made wheelchair.
Maria Mrozinska, a staff member, helps Ciuchcia onto a specially made wheelchair.
Ciuchcia looks up at a staff member.
Maria Mrozinska, a staff member, hugs Ciuchcia.
Ciuchcia runs after a staff member in a courtyard after being helped onto a specially made wheelchair.
Ciuchcia rests after playing in a courtyard at Schronisko (Shelter), a shelter for homeless animals, near Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland on August 26, 2011.
In this image provided by the University Medical Center in Tucson, a CT scan shows a pair of pruning shears embedded in the head of an 86-year-old Green Valley, Ariz., man before it was removed by Medical Center surgeons in Tucson on July 30, 2011. Leroy Luetscher was accidentally impaled through his eye socket after falling on the shears while working in his yard, the handle penetrating his eye socket and reaching down into his neck. He is expected to make a full recovery. (AP Photo/University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona)
Especially when they afford you views like this:
A group of sailors attached to a ceremonial guard unit run through the streets of the American capital during a pouring rain in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene August 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning in North Carolina and is expected to move up the east coast of the United States. (Getty Images/Win McNamee)
Black-necked Stilts take off from the water Wednesday Aug. 17 2011 at Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa, Texas. The birds natural habitat is Salt marshes and shallow coastal bays in the East United States and Fresh Water Marshes in the west. Museum Specialist of the Sibley Nature Center Michael Nickell said the bird hunts for crustaceans and other animals that are found in shallow water. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Albert Cesare)
A male and a female African lions on are seen at a zoo in Zacango, 130 km. southwest of Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, The Zacango zoo is one of several facilities in Mexico that take in animals seized from drug traffickers, pet smugglers and circuses without permits .(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)