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Members Help Get the Word Out for Tripawds

Every year your ongoing generosity helps us attend dog-oriented events to increase awareness about canine amputees and bone cancer.

From last November’s 2 Million Dogs event in Washington to the Fort Collins Doggie Olympics, if there’s an affordable dog event in our path, we do our best to be there.

Last week we put Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray to work at the Larimer County Humane Society 21st annual Fire Hydrant 5k Fundraiser and Pet Expo (which raised over $55,000 for dogs in need!).

Our Tripawds display included Tripawds Gear and canine fitness equipment, books, fliers,  Tripawds handmade jewelry and lots of doggie snacks.

The event was extra special because our Tripawd Pal Dakota, his sister Evelyn, Mom Shari and little brother Aidan came to help.

Who could resist sweet Dakota?

We were so hoppy to see that one of our exhibit neighbors was Doug Koktavy, author of The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer.

Doug’s book is one of the best tools for helping pawrents cope with their dog’s serious illness. Read it if you haven’t already, it’s a keeper!

Later the afternoon turned into a Tripawds reunion when Spirit Peyton’s people and little brothers Dillon and Rhys stopped by to say hello.

One of the highlights of the day was meeting Kara Pappas, Development Manager at the Larimer County Humane Society, along with her three legged rescue dog, another rear legger named Wyatt!

Kara was so happy to meet us in person, because Tripawds had been such a great resource for her when recently, a sweet, three legged lab came into the shelter.

Kara wanted to adopt him but she wasn’t sure if a tripod dog would require lots of care. She looked online, and alleviated all of her concerns. Our discussion forums, blog stories, tips and resources all helped cinch her decision to give Wyatt a furever home.

Hearing stories like Kara and Wyatt’s are why we exist…

To show the world that canine amputees can have a good life and really aren’t any different from quadpawds.

And it’s because of the pawrents like you who contribute your time and financial support that we can do it; from taking the time to share your Tripawd experiences and offer support to new members, to shopping through our blogs and our Etsy store.

Every click, every dollar you spend on or through here makes the world a better place for three legged dogs.

Thank you so much!

As part of our ongoing commitment to show you where your financial support goes, here’s what this event cost Tripawds:

Exhibit Space: $75
Tent Canopy: Borrowed
Sales Tax Permit: $8
Total: $83


Dog Cancer Clinical Trials Help You, Help Others

If your Tripawd is battling cancer, did you know canine cancer clinical trials can help provide medications, reduce medical expenses and contribute to cancer research for dogs and humans alike?

Clinical trails help doctors in the medical and veterinary fields investigate methods to improve detection and treatment of cancer, as well as improve the quality of care each patient receives.

Because many dog cancers act similarly to the way comparable cancers behave in humans (especially osteosarcoma), dogs are ideal candidates to test promising new treatments. Many of today’s mainstream treatments for humans were often first proven beneficial in dogs through clinical trials.

Tripawd Hunter recently reported that she is participating in an Ohio State University osteosarcoma clinical trial at her oncology clinic in Los Angeles, the Veterinary Cancer Group.

While most trials are conducted on-site at a veterinary teaching hospital, more and more forward-thinking oncology groups are partnering with vet schools and cancer researchers to conduct dog cancer clinical trials directly at their clinics. In addition, groups like Animal Clinical Investigation exist to match veterinary school clinical trials with veterinary oncology clinics to help more dogs than ever.

How Clinical Trials Work

According to the Perseus Foundation’s Clinical Trial Handbook (click here to download in PDF form), clinical trials are conducted at four distinct phases. In each phase, scientists seek answers to questions like: What is the correct dosage and use of the treatment? Does the new treatment have anti-cancer effects (i.e., does it shrink tumors)? How does the new treatment compare with existing ones? And finally, they test the new treatment against at least two established treatment regimens, by randomly assigning each one to a given group of patient.

There are often many requirements to participate in a clinical trial, which may include frequent visits to the vet and following restrictions on supplements and foods. In every instance, the dog’s quality of life is placed first.

In return for following the requirements, dogs get to receive things like a promising new drug and/or cutting-edge treatment. Their humans often (but not always) receive discounts on treatment costs.

For More Information:

Thanks for Making Tripawds a Top 10 Team at Morris Cure Canine Cancer Walk

Thank you so much to everyone on the pawesome Team Tripawds crew!

You helped us raise a whopping $650 for the Morris Animal Foundation’s Cure Canine Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, CA.

Collectively the walk raised nearly $60,000 to help Morris continue their impawtant work to help end this terrible disease.

Your belief in Morris’ Cure Canine Cancer Campaign propelled our amazing team onto a list of the Top 10 fundraisers!

We’re hoppy to report that this is the second time we’ve made it into their top 10 list for a Cure Canine Cancer Walk.

If you were there, we’d love to see more pictures. Please post them in this Discussion Forum topic.

Many thanks to everyone on our team, together we are making a difference!

Shout outs to the 2011 Team Tripawds crew: Neil & Margaret Riley, Diane & John Hollenbeck, Andrew Rockriver, James Starr, Lelise Pierce, Brad Burkholder, Tina Wong, Mary James, Gina Van Klompenberg, Christian Powers, Julie Horenstein, Anna Holmes, Seanne Moulton, Catherine Murray, Karen Riley and Erin Schultz.


OSU Greyhound Health and Wellness Conference This Saturday

With apologies for the late notice, we just learned about this impawtant event for Greyhound pawrents. Since bone cancer is one of the leading diseases affecting Greys, we’re sure that our Ohio-based members will find this conference beneficial to attend.

This Saturday, May 7, the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the OSU Greyhound Program is presenting the Second Annual OSU Greyhound Health and Wellness Conference.

This event will present valuable medical and surgical information for Greyhound owners, adopters, trainers, and for veterinarians involved in the care of Greyhounds.

Topics will include common diseases in Greyhounds, separation anxiety, and Greyhound genetics. among others. Dr. Guillermo Cuoto, one of the leading doctors researching cancers in Greyhounds, will present. There will be a joint morning session for the whole group; the afternoon sessions will be separate for owners/adopters and for veterinarians.

Download the brochure here to make plans to attend. If you can’t, you can follow the OSU program on their Facebook page!

Last Call to Join Team Tripawds on 5/7 Cure Canine Cancer Walk

Team Tripawds is in the final stretches of recruitment for the Morris Animal Foundation Walk to Cure Canine Cancer, next Saturday, May 7 in Elk Grove, Northern California.

Walk with us!

Whether you walk in pawson or in spirit from the comfort of your home, you can rest assured knowing that the hard-earned money you gave to the  Cure Canine Cancer Walk will go toward funding the work of oldest and most respected animal health research organizations in the world, the Morris Animal Foundation.

Our goal is to raise $500 and we’re almost there. We just need $155 to reach it!

Learn why we support Morris Animal Foundation. We’re sure you’ll agree that they’re pawesome.

Show Your Team Pride

And remember, there’s a whole new line of Team Tripawds gear to wear on the big day!

Join Team Tripawds today!

Join Team Tripawds and Morris Animal Foundation on May 7

Come one, come all! In just a few weeks, Team Tripawds is once again kickin’ cancer’s butt at the Morris Animal Foundation Walk to Cure Canine Cancer, in Elk Grove, Northern California.

Northern California Team TripawdsJoin us on Saturday, May 7, 2011

Funds raised at the Cure Canine Cancer Walks go toward funding the work of oldest and most respected animal health research organizations in the world, the Morris Animal Foundation.

We’ve got three team members now and we would love to have more members walk with us. Our goal is to raise $500 and we’re not there yet, so sign up today.

Why We Support Morris

We wholeheartedly support Morris Animal Foundation because of the huge impact their Cure Canine Cancer Campaign has had on the lives of our beloved dogs.

Since 1948, Morris has funded over 148 succesful canine cancer studies, such as;

  • Research that showed how bone cancer spreads
  • Ways to custom tailor chemotherapy
  • How chemo resistant cancer cells behave

The Morris Canine Cancer Walks help raise money so Morris can continue these breakthrough discoveries.

Join us in Elk Grove, or at Home in Your PJs!

This walk will take place in Elk Grove, near Sacramento. Anybody is welcome to join our team on-site, but remember you can also walk virtually from the comfort of your own home.

The walks are always so much fun! For our last team effort, Nicole, Chloe’s Mom, designed this fantastic shirt for everyone.

Team Tripawds has participated in every walk since they began a couple of years ago, and we would sincerely appreciate any kind of support you can give toward this effort.

Let’s make this year’s Northern California walk bigger and better than ever so we can reach our goal of curing canine cancer for good!

Join Team Tripawds today!

Tripawd Talk Radio: Ask an Oncologist This Saturday

As we mentioned here in our Tripawd Talk Radio discussion, we’re having renowned veterinary oncologist Dr. Johnny Chretin of VCA West Los Angeles as our special guest this Saturday:

VCA L.A. Oncology Vet Dept. StaffDate: Saturday, 02/26/2011
Time: 3:30 Pacific / 6:30 Eastern
Length: 30 min

Call-in Number: (310) 388-9739

Dr. Chretin will be taking your calls about the presentation and diagnosis of bone cancer in dogs and the various treatment protocols available.

We’ll also talk about the innovative bone marrow transplant program Dr. Chretin is leading, for dogs battling lymphoma.

Ask Your Questions Ahead of Time

Please post your questions for Dr. Chretin before Saturday, here in the Forums.

About Dr. Chretin

Dr. Chretin received his DVM from Colorado State University and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University. Johnny then completed a 3 year residency in Oncology at Tufts University in 2002 prior to joining VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. His interests are in novel chemotherapeutics and strategies to minimize their toxicities. In addition, Dr. Chretin is heading up VCA West Los Angeles’ bone marrow transplant program for dogs which began treating patients last July.

Remember, ask your questions here in the Forums and we’ll be sure to ask the good doctor during Tripawd Talk Radio, this Saturday at 3:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pEastern.

Disclaimer: Information provided at Tripawd Talk Radio and is not a substitute for medical care by your personally selected, qualified veterinary professional. Always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian prior to making any medical decisions or undergoing treatments or therapies, or if you have questions about your dog’s health. We advise against any medical decisions made without the direct involvement of your veterinary team. is a project of Agreda Communications, which is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by the information available at Tripawd Talk Radio or

Tripawds Grief Support Resources

It doesn’t matter how long we prepare for the inevitable. Losing our animal family members is painful and devastating.

Sadly, all of us experience it at some point, but we don’t have to go though it alone.

Tripawds will always be a place to turn to to share the good times and sad ones, to celebrate and to reminisce.

When you need more information to turn to for comfort and help, here are some ideas. Be sure to check the Grief Support tips on our Resources Page too.

We’ll update this regularly. If you have any good resources to share, please let us know in the comments section below.

Tripawds Discussion Forum: Coping with Loss

Question Yourself to Prepare for Loss
Tripawds Founder Jerry asks, “Which would be worse: the pain of missing your pet or to watch his condition deteriorate?”

Thoughts on Grief
Spirit Indi’s Mom shares her method for coping with loss; “The work is to find the balance and be at peace with the empty space. Don’t try to fill it up, hard as it might be. Because it is what it is. It is what it is, says love.”

Anticipatory Grief: Trying to Cope with the Impending Loss of Tshuvah
Tripawd Mom Beth wonders how she will cope with the loss of her beloved Tshuvah, who was just diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma.

On Deciding to Say Goodbye and How to Know When “It’s Time”
As Henri’s condition deteriorates, his Mom wonders, “Why after all of this, am I second guessing myself, feeling guilt, questioning whether it is the right time etc? I guess part of me believes he will get better, but I think I know what the truth is.”

How to Decide About at Home Euthanasia
A healthy discussion that anyone facing end of life decisions for their dog should hear.

Inspawrational Quotes
Quotes to inspire and bring peace to broken hearts.

Jerry’s Story: Coping with the Inevitable

Jerry lived with osteosarcoma for 24 months. Toward the end of his time on earth, he and his pawrents chronicled the emotional rollercoaster they rode.

Buying Time on an Emotional Budget
May 19, 2008: When it comes to cancer treatment, it’s not about what things cost. It’s about maximizing quality of life and preparing for the inevitable.

Acknowledge There is Nothing to Lose
August 24th 2008: Jerry ponders Steve Jobs’ quote, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

What to Expect Next. . .
September 17, 2008: Jerry talks about the progression of osteosarcoma lung metastasis in his body, and maintaining a pawsitive but realistic outlook.

Saying Goodbye: How We Knew (part 1)
November 1, 2008: Spirit Jerry says “I’ve always tried to be upfront about my cancer, so in the next two blog posts, my pawrents and I feel strong enough to share the details of our last hours together.”

Canine Cancer Anticipatory Grief Coping Guide

Free Companion Animal Grief Support Counseling

The Argus Institute
The Argus Institute is staffed with professional clinical counselors who give free information and emotional support to pawrents facing hard decisions surrounding their animal’s health care.

Tufts University: Pet Loss Support Hotline
Tufts veterinary students work alongside trained psychologists to help provide one-on-one counseling with grieving pet pawrents. There is no formula or time limit. Staff members listen, realizing that no two callers or situations are alike.

ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline: (877) 474-3310

Ohio State C.A.L.L. (Companion Animal Listening Line): (614) 292-1823

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline : (517) 432-2696. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline: (607) 253-3932
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday -Thursday evenings (Eastern time)

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine “C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Support Hotline”: (877) 394-2273

University of Florida Pet Loss Support hotline: (352) 392-2235
Leave a message and someone will call you back within 24 hours weekdays; weekend calls are returned on Monday.

Hospice Care Resources

The Animal Healing Project presents organizations, articles and resources for home hospice care for companion animals.

Home Care Tips for Your Terminal Pet, by Alice E. Villalobos, D.V.M., VCA Coast Animal Hospital and Cancer Center, California.

The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets shares pet loss support and resources.

Pet Loss Support Page teaches us how to define “quality of life” for an animal.

Grief Support Books

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers” was the most powerful tool my pawrents found to help them cope with the emotional toll that cancer took on our pack.

For Every Dog an Angel Celebrates the Bond between humans and their beloved canine companions.

How to ROAR and Recover from Pet Loss is a step-by-step guide to recover from the loss of your best friend.

Children and Pet Loss

Tips for Responding to Children’s Needs During Pet Loss from the Argus Institute.

Tips for helping children cope with pet loss from the ASPCA.

General Pet Loss Comfort

Christine Davis, author of “For Every Dog an Angel,” presents a guide to coping with grief and loss.

The ASPCA’s Guide to Pet Loss

Read Our Review of Heartsmith Pet Memorial Lockets.

See the Tripawds Remembrance Page for Pet Urns, Memorial Boxes and More.

Walk with a Million Dogs this Sunday

Puppy Up everypawdy! Tripawds is here in rainy Auburn, Washington, getting ready for tomorrow’s nationwide 2 Million Dogs Walk to benefit canine cancer research.

After a week of driving and seeing other Tripawds from Colorado to Washington, Tripawds Spokedawg Wyatt Ray is more than excited to meet more of the Tripawds community and walk to help to end this disease.

Look for the Tripawds table at the walk, we’ll be there rain or shine!

Auburn, WA Puppy Up! Walk
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Roegner Park
601 Oravetz Rd
Auburn, WA 98092

Times of the event will be as follows:

10:30am– Registration
11:30am – 2 Mile Walk Begins
10:00am – 3:00pm – Vendors, Food & Entertainment

Parking at this event will be at the school parking lot and is free.|
Registration $25.00

Receive a bandana and 2 Million Dogs Bracelet with entry fee

Find the nearest walk in your part of the country, by checking the 2 Million Dogs Walk website.

Here’s a great story the local news ran about the event. Hope to see you there!

OncoPet Detects Cancer Markers in Dogs

Canine bone cancer disguises itself in different ways, from limping to crankiness. Oftentimes, even an x-ray won’t clearly show what’s going on. But what if you could avoid wasting precious time, and with a simple blood draw, learn if cancer is a real possibility?

Better yet, wouldn’t it be great if cancer screening tests were always part of your maturing dog’s yearly physical?

With the release of the OncoPet RECAF test for cancer detection in dogs, determining the likelihood of cancer in your dog is now a reality. Developed by OncoPet Diagnostics and BioCurex, the OncoPet RECAF test is the first commercially-available blood-based test for the universal detection of cancer in companion animals.

While the OncoPet RECAF™ test is not a definitive standalone diagnostic test like a biopsy, it is an invaluable additional tool to assist in early detection of cancer, or when a cancer diagnosis is in question.

One Blood Draw with Results in about a Week

The process is simple: your vet takes a blood draw, then sends it to a laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia for processing. Results are emailed back in about a week. The test is expected to cost anywhere from $90 to $120, plus shipping. The test can be done on any breed or mix of dog, at any age.

The OncoPet RECAF™ test detects the presence of RECAF, a universal marker for malignant cell growth in humans and animals. RECAF is a molecule that is present on cancer cells but not detected in significant levels on healthy cells or benign tumor cells. The presence of RECAF can more accurately detect cancer than many current tumor markers, as RECAF is less likely to report a false positive result. The blood test for RECAF is identical for humans and companion animals.

The screening can detect most kinds of common cancers, including bone cancers. According to OncoPet, the test will give an indication of the likelihood (with a 90-95% confidence level) of the patient having a malignancy. However, it won’t provide information regarding the type of cancer, what stage the cancer is at or if it has metastasized (spread).

A Post-Cancer Follow-Up Tool

This is great news for dogs who already have cancer, since periodic testing after treatment can let you know if the levels of the RECAF marker are increasing, which may indicate that the cancer is returning, before it actually manifests clinically.

Because the test is so new, additional data needs to be collected to find out the specific types of cancers that are being detected. As more individuals ask for this screening at their veterinarian’s office, OncoPet and BioCurex scientists can learn about what cancers the test is detecting, as long as veterinarians follow up with the company to report the final diagnosis.

Ask your vet about the OncoPet RECAF™ test.

For less than the price of arthritis medications, multiple x-rays and biopsies, we think this easy test is a great idea when cancer is a real pawsibility in your beloved best friend.

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Best Gear for Tripawds

Find the most helpful items for three-legged dogs by checking out Tripawds Gear product reviews and demonstration videos. Here you will find the popular Ruff Wear harness, and Bark'n Boots, or FitPAWS training equipment and much more!

Tripawds Nutrition Blog

Learn about the best dog supplements and healthy pet diets for all Tripawds, with or without cancer. Save on dog medications, healthy food, and learn about K9 Immunty, Power Mushrooms, Dasuquin, and other recommended canine supplements.

Gifts for Tripawd Lovers

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