Editorial: Let your inner Hercules shine

He was in a yard tied up with a broken leg from tangling with a bigger dog. He was matted and dirty. There was a chicken bone in his bowl.

His name is Hercules. He is a seven pound Yorkie. Hercules was two when he was in the backyard. Now he is an “old man.”

You’d look at him and shake your head. The name doesn’t seem to be right for a dog his size.

Aw. Wait until you hear the rest of his story.

He was rescued. After a few baths and clipping, his new family threw in a lot of love and a visit to the vet. Hercules lost the broken leg. Thoughts were that Hercules wouldn’t be OK. 

The spirited Hercules has surprised everyone through the years. His attitude is one of spunk and determination. Keep reading.

The latest dog addition to the house is a clumsy but lovable chocolate Lab named Bella. Bella has 20 plus pounds on the three-legged Hercules. Yet, Bella is intimidated by Hercules. 

Hercules can jump on a couch and the recliner. He barks when you enter and when you leave. He loves his owners and likes the Andy Griffith theme song.

And he can sit on his back good legs and give you a grin. As he has gotten older, Hercules has encountered health challenges, and though he is a little slower now, he keeps moving.

Cue the song, “Overcomer,” by Mandisa.

Hercules was a mythological god/mortal. He was the son of Zeus and Alcmene. Hercules was famous for his strength and numerous adventures.
 Hercules the three-legged Yorkie represents the name and character traits well.

After all, real strength comes from within no matter what size you are or if you have all your moving parts or not.

The late Maya Angelou once wrote, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Let your inner Hercules shine through …