After reading the USA Today article, Working Like a Dog: Pets Brighten Up the Biz for Owners, Tripawds contacted New York fashion designer John Bartlett for a quick Q&A with Tiny Tim the adorable – and quite lucky – three legged mutt who who brightens up his Greenwich Village shop and adorns labels on the designer’s line of haute couture.

TRIPAWDS: What’s the most craziest thing someone has said to you when they noticed you are a Tripawd?

TINY TIM: They asked my owner why I didnt put him to sleep. I always get asked as well why I didnt have a prosthetic leg in front..they dont realize I am doing just fine.

TRI: Does your Dad design a custom wardrobe for you? What’s your favorite item to wear?

TT: My dad hasn’t made me anything yet… I like wearing my different coats when it is cold outside and a cool bandana all time

TRI: Will your Dad ever design a clothing line for Tripawds? Please tell him we need fashionable, Tripawd specific clothing for front and rear leg amputees, OK? And we’ll sell them in our Gear Blog!

TT: I told him that even tripods need great style. He and I want to collaborate on a collection of great items for tripods.

TRI: What’s your favorite way to stay in shape?

TT: I love to swim when it is summertime and I exert a lot of energy playing with my brother Huff and sister Millie.

TRI: Tell us about a day in the life of a three legged Manhattan socialite… you!

TT: Typically I find myself into my dad’s bed in the wee hours of the morning and sleep in until he gets up. We run around the block and then I join him back in bed while he reads the New York Times… If my dad is working I may go with him to the shop or hang out with my two siblings. I like to walk around the West Village where we live and see all of my admirers… Oh, and if I can chase a squirrel, it is a good day.

TRI: If you could say one thing to humans who don’t believe in Tripawd Power, what would it be?

TT: I would tell them that diversity and being different is beautiful and that I am a reflection of god’s omnipotent beauty.

TRI: Well said, Tiny. You truly embody the Tripawd Spirit.

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