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Thee Legged Dane Dog Gets the Royal Reiki Treatment

Three Legged Great Dane Cancer Dog AthenaEvery day new Tripawd pawrents join us to gather information and consolation from other three legged dog families.

Earlier this year, one new member, Athena, came to us to share her story. Coincidentally, she also happened to live in the same area that we do, Fort Collins Colorado.

Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center, one of the best canine cancer care clinics and research facilities in the world.

Earlier this year, Athena was given the devastating diagnosis of osteosarcoma. Luckily though, she lives just a few blocks from the Animal Cancer Center.

We recently caught up with Athena and her Mom, Esther, and learned about the allopathic and holistic treatments she is receiving, including Reiki therapy.

Athena’s primary care vet is one of the leading animal pain management specialists, Dr. Robin Downing, in Windsor, Colorado. This lucky Dane is also fortunate enough to participate in CSU’s Gene Therapy Clinical Trial (gene therapy uses specific genes that are carried into cells to fight cancer).

As you will see in the video, neither amputation nor cancer will stop this giant breed three legged girldog from enjoying life. Athena is larger than life, and absolute proof that even big dogs can make great Tripawds!

Tripawd Agility Champion Serena Brings Inspawration to All

Three Legged Agility Dog Serena

The following Guest Blog Post was generously written by Amy Breton, a Tripawd pawrent from Massachusetts. To submit your own guest post to Tripawds, contact us today.

Serena is a three legged agility and therapy dog. She is one of the very few three legged dogs in the country that competes in agility against four legged dogs. Serena likes to prove that three legged dogs can have fun too…just as much fun as a four legged dog!

I first met Serena when she was brought into my veterinary clinic as a hit-by-car stray dog 10 years ago. No one ever came to claim her, so I adopted her. She needed 8 surgeries to fix her (broken pelvis, torn cruciates, broken femur, hip luxation). That’s not how she lost her leg. At that point she was about 1 year old. No one thought she’d walk let alone do agility. She proved them all wrong.

At age 4 she was diagnosed with myxosarcoma, a rare cancerous tumor which required radiation therapy. We did radiation therapy and she got back to competing. Unfortunately one of the side effects of radiation therapy is that it weakens the bone and at the age of 7 she broke her front leg when she slipped on some ice chasing a squirrel. We tried for 5 months to save the leg, but the bone was too weak so at the age of 7 she received a leg amputation.

Every dog owner questions whether amputation is the right thing to do. In Serena’s case I knew she would be okay afterwards, but I worried I had lost my agility partner. Two months after her amputation she was back competiting, and winning. To date Serena has one championship title and is currently working towards her second. She is, as far as anyone can tell me, the only three legged agility dog in the country.

Serena is also a registered therapy dog and when she’s not doing agility she’s making the elderly and kids smile. There are many adults and kids she meets with limb amputations that can relate to her.

Serena brings inspiration to everyone she meets. She has never let anything get her down. I once had a father and son ask me about Serena right before an agility competition. While waiting near the start line I gave them the abbreviated story. As I stepped out into the ring for Serena’s run I heard the father turn to his son and say “You see that dog out there? Whenever you say you can’t do something you think about that dog.” He’s right.

She is also my inspiration as well as my furry-kid, my friend, my laughter, my sanity at times of insanity and my partner out on the agility course.

To see videos and more pics of Serena, visit her MySpace Page.

Help Find Furever Homes for Two Colorado Tripawds

We can’t stop thinking about our Colorado Tripawds Pawty back in August. We made this movie not just to show you how much fun we had, but to spread the word that two very adoptable, handsome three legged dogs showed up, looking for their furever homes.

In this video you’ll meet Ford, an available Tripawd from, and also Obie, a very sweet, mellow tripod Shepherd mix dog who lives in Denver and is available from Good Samaritan Pet Center.

If you or anyone you know is looking to bring a special Tripawd into their life, please show them this video, we guarantee they’ll fall in love with Ford and Obie.

Team Tripawds, Thank You!

Morris Animal Foundation K9K Walk Estes Park, COLast Saturday, September 19, the pawesome members of Team Tripawds gathered in Estes Park, Colorado, and also in Mill Valley, CA for the Morris Animal Foundation K9K Walk to Cure Canine Cancer.

With perfect sunny weather and hundreds of three and four legged dogs and their humans, we walked, we talked, we played, we had a blast. There were interesting guest speakers, prize drawings and we met some really cool pawrents, including the President and CEO of Morris, Dr. Patricia Olson! Here is Wyatt Ray, giving her a big SMOOCH.Morris Animal Foundation CEO Dr. Patricia Olson with Wyatt

Team Swissies at K9K Walk Estes Park, COIt felt so great to know that collectively the walk raised over $12,000 for Morris’ Canine Cancer Campaign! Wooo hoo!!!

Back in California on the very same day, our dear Team Tripawds members, Shelby, Caira Sue, Codie Rae, Cemil, and Montana met up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here’s some pics that Caira Sue, and Shelby’s pawrents took. Thanks guys, we couldn’t have had such a successful walk without you!

Many thanks to the generous pawrents who helped make Team Tripawds a reality once again:

Renee Agredano; Cindi Crowder’ Jack Crowder; Barbara Friedman; Diane Hollenbeck; Mary James; Ralph Kanz; Seanne Moulton; Jim Nelson; Martha Rowe; Jane WinstonNorthern California Team Tripawds

See you all at the next K9K Walk!

Northern California Team Tripawds(Our apologies if you signed up later and your name isn’t listed, this is the most current Team Tripawds list we have. Let us know if you did, we’d like to thank you!)

Join us this Saturday, 9/19: Northern CA Tripawds Pawty

WooHoo! Tripawds Rule!

Northern CA Tripawds Pawty

September 19, 2009

11am-1pm (or whenever)

Come one, come all! We wanna see a bazillion three-legged dogs in one place at one time!!!

Please join us for BIG FUN at the Mill Valley Dog Park. There’s a BEACH, there’s GRASS, there’s 3 FENCED ACRES for running and pronking! And we would LOVE to MEET YOU!!!

Check out Codie Rae’s blog to how much fun we had at our pre-pawty, last Saturday.

We are coordinating our Tripawd Pawty with the Morris Animal Foundation’s K9K Walk in Estes Park, Colorado on Sept. 19th to raise  money for its Canine Cancer Campaign. Join Team Tripawds in a virtual walk to help raise money for canine cancer research AND in person to pawty in the park!

And while you are at it, become a member of Tripawds too, we would love to get to know you!

Please see the Mill Valley Dog Park website for dog park rules and directions.

And see you there!

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.

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