My heart broke the day Lalla said goodbye. But although she is no longer earthbound, we will always communicate in our own special Tripawd way. . .
Archives for Tripawd Pals
Here’s to fellow American Shepherd Tripawd, Luna! She sent us this pawtriotic Fourth of July greeting, and her photo became the 100th image in our first Tripawd Pals gallery. Preserved here in this post for perpetuity.
We’ll probably start a new Tripawd Pals gallery now. So send us your photos and maybe your three legged friend will be featured here in my canine cancer blog! Or, let us publish your photos and story in your very own custom photo book.
All loud bomb noises aside, I hope you all had a Hoppy Fourth. Just remember, every new day is cause for celebration when your living – and loving – life on three legs.
Woof! Woof! Woof!
He may not be a much to look at, with skin cancer, one eye and no hair, but with three legs how can you not love this little guy? Apparently his missing limb earned him a few extra points, but I think he looks better with three legs than any hairless dog I’ve ever seen … not that I’ve ever really seen any in person. Or in dog, rather
And when we read the amazing story of Bella and Hope, we knew we had to share it with our readers.
So we asked Ronnie from BellasPainRelief.com to tell us about these two incredible three-legged dogs. We hope you enjoy her touching tale as much as we do …
My new friend Sammy wrote to me to share his story about how he just became a Tripawd and had his surgery where I did, in California.
Sammy is from Mexico, and the way he started out his life is not an easy story to read. In fact, it made my Mom cry. But it has a hoppy ending, and it will put a smile on your face.
Welcome to America, Sammy. Your story is proof that miracles do happen, and not all humans are jerks. What a lucky, lucky Tripawd you are!
Barely Alive on the Beach
My name is Sammy. I was born in a tiny fishing village in Baja, Mexico. Some jerk ran over me when I was only 3 months old and then dumped me off at a deserted beach to die a slow, agonizing death! I had a broken pelvis, broken femur, terrible mange, open sores all over, millions of fleas (at least that’s how it felt) and a tummy filled with nasty worms…I was a mess!
Irish Wolfie Finnegan Celebrates Eighth Birthday
My pal Finnegan, in Erie Pennsylvania, celebrated his eighth birthday this week. This is a very big deal, because two years ago, Finny was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He’s not only beating the average life expectancy of Wolfhounds, 6.2 years, but has exceeded the odds for any dog to survive an osteosarcoma diagnosis.
Happy Ampuversary Keno!
Next up, my Mom just heard about Keno, a beautiful girldog, who will celebrate her 33 month ampuversary this Monday, June 16. Keno has not only been diagnosed once, but twice, with osteosarcoma.
On Keno’s website, her Mom tells a great story about how Keno was diagnosed, what her recovery was like, and how her life is today.
Anyone who is unsure about whether amputation is the right thing to do should definitely take a look at her story. As her Mom likes to say:
Whatever you do, don’t give up hope.
Miracles can happen!
Congratulations Finnegan and Keno, thank you for being the inspawration for so many of us bone cancer dogs and our pawrents!
Damn this nasty disease. It just took Lalla. OK, so it’s actually been a couple days now. But I’ve just felt speechless about losing my girlfriend.
One day she’s running on the beach and the next she’s gone. That’s the worst thing about cancer in dogs. These things happen. As much as we can try to learn to cope with cancer… As much as we try to prepare for the inevitable… It will never be enough.
My people keep promising to catch up on all the movies of my latest adventures, but we’ve just been too busy enjoying life to the fullest. Us tripawds must do that!
We will have a movie of the great fun I had visiting and playing with Eisen, my new three-legged friend in Colorado. Meanwhile, here are some photos from our six-legged play date …
Just click on the thumbnails to view photos at full size. And stay tuned for that movie of us playing and swimming at the lake!
Visit “A Rare Breed of Love,” and learn more about Baby, an abused puppy mill survivor and “national spokesdog” raising awareness about cruelty in the dog breeding industry.