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Codie Rae Supports Tripawds!

We should have known Codie Rae would not stand for Biff and Gab upgrading Our Tripawd Family to be the first Tripawds Supporter blog. But after all her people have done for us here, we were stunned – and pleasantly surprised – to see Codie’s Tripawds Rule! is now an official Tripawds Supporter blog.

You see, Martha and Ralph were not only responsible for introducing Wyatt Ray Dawg to my people. They have been generous enough to contribute to Tripawds in the past, and they are planning the upcoming Northern California Tripawds Party.

So please drop by their blog to read all about the Life & Times of Codie Rae, Tripawd Girldog Extraordinaire, and leave them a gracious thank you comment for us.

You might notice how the Tripawds Rule! blog no longer has any banner ads. For details about this and other Tripawds Supporter blog enhancements, please read our Tripawds Supporter information.

Special Thanks to Biff and Gab!

Many, many thanks to new Tripawds member biffngab who just upgraded Our Tripawd Family to become the first official Tripawds Supporter blog!

The Our Tripawd Family blog shares the ongoing tails of not only one, but two tripawds – Biff and Gabby! It will now appear in the Random Supporters widget found at top left throughout the Tripawds web site.

Tripawds Supporters receive a full gigabyte of upload space for posting lots of photos too. They also get access to the WordPress plugins menu which provides enhanced features for their blogs.

And, if that’s not enough, upgrading to Supporter status will automatically remove the ads displayed on your Tripawds Blog.

Finally, Tripawds Supporters have a special widget in the Appearance menu which lets them show their Tripawd Pride with this Supporter Badge in the sidebar of their blog. All of this – and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting – is yours for just $25 per year! We’ll be writing in more detail about supporters, widgets, plugins and more soon, so stay tuned. In the mean time, review our Tripawds Supporter details details or ask questions in the Tripawd Discussion Forums.

If you are one of our Tripawds Bloggers, consider upgrading to be a Supporter and we’ll thank you here in the Tripawds News blog too! And if you’re not yet blogging about your tripawd, sign up today! (Existing members be sure to log in first for automatic recognition.)

Free Tripawds Blogs Now Available!

Jerry and Sami, a 14 year old tripawdFirst, there was, where my people shared the story of my own osteosarcoma survival for nearly two years.

Then came the Tripawd Discussion Forums, which offered even more support and resources for those coping with canine amputation and bone cancer from our growing number of members. Next we introduced the Live Tripawds Chat.

Today, we are hoppy to announce the new and improved Tripawds Blogs community – a special place where anyone can share tails about their own three legged dog adventures!

Whether your pup is three legged from birth, by accident, or because of bone cancer, we hope you will come join our community of Tripawds Blogs to share his or her story today. Simply sign up for your Tripawds Blog now and you’ll be dog-blogging in no time!

Three Legged Dogs Calpurnia and Jerry on Colorado TrailTripawds Blogs are an easy way to share your amazing dog’s story and photos with the world. And best of all, it’s free!

In just a few minutes you can start your own blog which will appear at Just sign up and select the blog name of your choice and give it a title. Or, just type your desired blog name into your browser and see what happens!

Existing Tripawds users are already a member of this blog. Just be sure to log in before signing up and you will be automatically recognized and asked to create another blog.

Jerry meets Eisen at his Colorado home in for a six legged dog party The upcoming series of posts here in the main Tripawds News blog will cover all the new Tripawds Blogs features and discuss avatars, plugins, widgets, upload space, Supporter blogs, and much, much more. For now, you may find our WordPress tutorial videos helpful in getting started and making the most of your new blog. Please post any questions in the Tripawds Technical Support forum.

My people have been working extremely hard behind the scenes here for the past few months to make this happen. But this exciting new community wouldn’t be pawsible without the generous support of our Tripawds pack. Earlier this year, they helped us acquire the hosting resources needed to maintain this new and improved website. Thanks to their kindness, your inspawrational stories can now help us show the world that … It’s better to hop on three legs than limp on four!

Tripawds Take Over Colorado Dog Park

First Tripawds Pawty Longmont, CO Group PhotoToday is a day that will go down in the history books as the largest Tripawd gathering ever!

What an amazing day it was at our first ever Tripawds gathering in Longmont, Colorado. When we planned this party, we figured we’d be really fortunate if a dozen Tripawds showed up. What an incredible sight it was to see Tripawd after Tripawd coming through the dog park gates!

Wyatt and Jim Meet the Press at Longmont Tripawd PartyWe believe we had 30 Tripawds attend, but my silly pawrents forgot to bring a guest book so we’ll never know for sure. There were so many incredible pawrents and Tripawds of all sizes stopping by all day, we wish that we had more time to get to know each and every one better.20090816w_lily-clayjodi05

We should have some great local newspaper coverage out of this, thanks to Tripawd Lily and her pawrents Clay and Jody, who handled public relations for the event. And our hero Tika gets the award for traveling the farthest for the pawty, all the way from eastern Kansas, an eight hour drive!

Tika and Her Pack at Longmont Tripawds PartyWe can’t thank everyone enough for taking time out to gather with us today. We hope that more of you can come out for our next one sometime in the future.

Better yet, how about planning a Tripawd Pawty in your town?

BiTripawds Big and Small Athena and PivotMore pictures are posted on our Tripawds Facebook Page.

Help Find Scrap: Seven Lucky Tripawd Contenders

Forgive us for being a few days late with this announcement, but we just wanted to let you know that movie producer Geoff Talbott has announced who the lucky contenders are for his upcoming movie, Lucky and Rich:

Congratulations to the following dogs who secured 1000 votes and made it directly though to the next round of casting… Bean, Rocky, Smudge, Maty, Chopper, Red and Bradley.

We are looking at selecting 5 more dogs for the remaining places in the next round of casting… 3 legged Dog Idol. To be honest it is almost impossible to choose. We currently have narrowed it down to 29 dogs for five more places… so difficult because each of the dogs are unique and have something special to offer.

The final 12 (plus two reserves) will be announced at 12pm West Coast Time on Monday the 10th of August. The announcement will be made live on my blog at this time.

To see the contenders, visit Geoff’s blog.

Frida Says Life is for Living and Learning

Three Legged Pit Bull FridaOne day my pawrents stumbled upon Experience Life Magazine, a great publication about healthy living lifestyles. Inside was a letter from magazine editor Pilar Gerasimo, who shared her story about her beloved dog Frida, and how she came to be a tripawd:

Alas, in that vast category of precious things not fully appreciated until they are gone, I must now list my little dog’s left front leg.

A few days ago, our pal Frida (a.k.a., The Muppy, pictured here with all four paws intact) was run over by a hit-and-run driver and ended up at the University of Minnesota Small Animal Hospital faced with wounds we were not at all sure she’d survive.

Survive, thank goodness, she did. And while my husband and I are still heartbroken about the loss of her leg, we are also more keenly aware than ever of just how easily even the most fundamental things can be whisked away while we’re busy focusing on the things that seem important — until they’re not.

Seeing our dog hobbling bravely on her three remaining paws, and making the very best of a tragic and challenging situation, has made a few things very clear to me.

Pilar’s editorial about making the best of ruff times is worth a read. So sit back, click here, and enjoy.

Help Find Scrap: Final Voting Week

Hey everyone, just got word from Geoff Talbott, creator of “Lucky and Rich,” that the casting call for the next three legged movie star is now closed. Let the voting begin!

Here’s what he said:

Hello my furry 3-legged friends,

Just a quick reminder that voting for “Scrap” closes at midnight July 31st West Coast time (Los Angeles)… You can get your friends to vote by sending them the following link…

Any tripod that receives more than 1000 votes is guaranteed to go through into the next round of casting! We will select other “WILDCARD” canines that we think have our potential to be our movie star.

Talk soon


Tripawds Pawty in Longmont, Colorado, on 8/16

Three Legged Agility Dog SerenaOn Sunday, August 16, our inspirational Tripawds and their humans are gathering at Longmont’s Dog Park #2 to show the world that “It’s Better to Hop on Three Legs Than Limp on Four.”

This is our first official Tripawds get-together, and we hope to make it an annual thing. Friends and family are invited, including those of the four legged variety. Festivities start at 11 am. Nothing formal, just a group of dogs getting together to have a great time at the park. Beverages will be provided and if you can make it, be sure to bring a snack to share.

To chat with others about it and stay current on updates, please visit our Tripawds Pawty Forum Thread.

Longmont Dog Park #2:

Located at Airport Road and St.Vrain Roads. Parking is provided at the site (behind the Public Works facility at 375 Airport Road). This fenced-in park includes a water spigot and shade shelters. Dog bags are provided

Happy Ampuversary Lily. Two Years Later, Still Going Strong

On July 23, 2007, nine year old Lily was told that she only had 3 or 4 months to live. In June, 2008, her cancer metastasized to her lungs, and her oncologist said that she only had 2 months to live.

But two years later, after successfully recuperating from three major surgeries (including a limb sparing procedure and an amputation) and undergoing fourteen rounds of chemo, Lily is thriving and kicking cancer’s butt!

Her Mom, Hope, says “We have a lot of people to thank. We didn’t make it two years without a lot of help. My primary vets and technicians have also been amazing. I also had a group of friends praying for Lily.”

She added, “For anyone who doubts amputation, Lily is just as happy as she can be.”

Ain’t that the truth. Congratulations Lily, thank you for inspiring all of us here to keep on keepin’ on!

limb sparing foundation calendar girl lilly

When a Tripawd Needs Another Leg Surgery

It’s a tripawd pawrent’s worst nightmare; being told that your tripawd needs another major leg surgery. What do you do? Can your Tripawd handle another confinement and recuperation? Will he ever be the same?

Chuy is one pup from Arizona who says: “Yes, indeed! Just look at me!

Chuy is a Tripawd friend who was diagnosed with Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, which is a fracture in the ball of the femur. In May 2009, he underwent Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery on his rear leg, the same side in which he’s already missing a leg.

This “simple” surgery involves the head of the femur or the attachment to the hip. A new joint is formed by just the muscles of the hind legs, similar to how the shoulder blade is normally attached to the dogs body, by muscle alone.

If you have a Tripawd that needs to undergo another major leg surgery,  try not to worry. Check out Chuy’s Mom’s diary she sent to us, to help comfort other pawrents in this situation:

“Research is the key. Research the type of surgery your dog is going to have, the medications your dog will be on, the side effects and withdrawals symptoms. Research the actions you may need to take for your dogs recovery i.e. physical therapy, nursing, home preparation. Make sure you trust your vet, but remember, your vet doesn’t know everything, you need to talk to others that have been through similar experiences.”

Here are more details that Chuy’s Mom shared with us about his recovery:

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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

Show your Tripawd Pride with three legged dog t-shirts, cards, caps, mugs, memorial gifts, and more! Follow the Gifts Blog for new item announcements, or browse the Tripawds Gift Shop directly. Get your Tripawds bandanna here. You name your price!

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