Jack, a three-legged hybrid dog on a mission, says hello to 15-year-old Jacob Haddad at the American Legion building Saturday.
Jack and his trainer, Richard Gliebe, stopped in Payson on their way to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C where they have been invited to work with wounded soldiers returning from Iraq.
Six-year-old Jack, who is part wolf and part German Shepherd, was abandoned after he fell out of a pickup truck in California and lost his left front leg. Hopalong Animal Rescue paid for Jack's surgery and taught him how to walk again.
Gliebe, who adopted the dog five years ago, has been touring hospitals and rehabilitation centers sharing a message of determination with veterans and returning soldiers who face physical challenges such as a missing limb.
"This is a story of perseverance," Gliebe said, who is a Marine Corps veteran. "If Jack can do it, they can do it."
Visitors to the American Legion were invited to write messages of gratitude on giant scrolls that Gliebe and Jack will deliver to the soldiers in Washington, D.C. as part of their cross-country tour called, Messages From America.