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Labrador with six legs gets operation in ‘best Christmas present ever’

There’s nothing more loyal than a four-legged friend. Unless, of course, it’s a six-legged friend.

Adorable Labrador cross Roo was born with an extra pair of legs and earned her nickname because of her unusual hopping walk.

And now she’s going to walk a little more easily because one of her spare legs is going to be removed by surgeons. At the moment it catches awkwardly on Roo’s wheelchair harness.

The dog-and-a-half is booked in for an op on January 22.

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Her owner, care worker Lauren Salmon, described the op as "the best Christmas present ever".

Mum-of-four Lauren, 33, said: "The surgeon hadn't seen anything like it.

"Apparently nobody could believe that Roo the six-legged dog was coming through the door that day.

"That's why all the staff came out the front when we arrived because they were so excited to see her."

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Lauren, from Orpington, Kent, also revealed that the soon-to-be five-legged puppy will one day become a therapy dog.

She added: "You don't get disabled dogs as therapy dogs.

"Because I am a carer I thought about having her as a therapy dog to come round the old people's homes for those that don't have family.

"Disabled people would probably relate more to a disabled dog.

"I need to get this leg out of the way first and do whatever rehab she will need. When she is a year old she can go through the training."

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Lauren bought Roo from breeders in Essex after her son Luke, 15, saw her advertised online.

Luke suffers from the skin condition psoriasis, and Roo has helped with his stress levels.

He often takes her for walks in her wheelchair and is regularly stopped by strangers.

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Lauren said: "He comes back and says she was stopped by some person and they gave her cuddles.

"Other people are like 'oh my god what is wrong with it' and he gets a bit on the defensive side because it is his baby.

"After that she gets fed up and he has to carry her home because she refused to get back into her wheelchair."

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Roo's extra limbs cause her no pain and she often spends time trudging alongside a Jack Russel cross Chihuahua dog.

Her operation will be at Anderson Vets in Orpington.

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A post on Roo's Instagram page read: "Best Xmas present ever.

"Finally being actually seen and told what can be done for Roo. She had a lovely welcome from all staff who couldn't believe what they heard.

"Roll on the new year!”

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