Some people wonder if big dogs have it ruff when they join the Tripawd club. Well, all you need to do is look at a stunningly gorgeous lady like 5-year old Darcy Deerhound, and you’ll see how much pure strength and resilience a statuesque gal like her has, and how easy it is for dogs of any size to bounce back from amputation and chemo. Here is her story:
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You know, the stupidity of humans never ceases to amaze me. Why can’t they be more like us dogs?
I got a letter the other day from Codie Rae, a two-year old rescue pup from Oakland California. Codie is a tripawd, not because she got cancer or got into a car accident, but because some stupid mean horrible human wrapped a wire around her leg and left it there. Her leg got infected, and couldn’t be saved.
But Codie Rae never lost that German Shepherd spunk, and one day a really cool human showed up and instantly fell in love with her. Codie Rae found her forever home, and is now loved and cared for every day, every second, forever and ever. She is a very happy girl.
“Life with 3 legs is no problem at all. I want to let people know that tripawds dogs are totally awesome, and they (people) should never fear walking that path with their dog if need be,” she says.
Here here, girlfriend! Codie Rae, you are too cool. Keep on keepin’ on.
I just got this update from Taylor’s person, and wanted to let you know the great news:
Hi, I’m Taylor’s person ( 11/13 post). I just wanted to update everyone on his condition. We finally got his nausea gone from simply giving him Pepcid AC (famotadine) for a few days, per the vet. Since then he has been doing great. His appetite has come back with a vengeance. He got his first chemo treatment on Nov. 21, and has actually been behaving healthier afterwards, by chasing his owner around the house, and begging for human food! Not a side -effect in sight! Thanks for all the prayers… they’re working!!!
Here’s a picture of he and his bed being hijacked by our youngest kitty, Frodo.
Keep on keeping on, Taylor! Go! Go!
When my people and I helped out as workampers at Safe Harbor Farm for a couple weeks, I was outnumbered by cats. Now, I haven’t cared much for cats ever since I was attacked by a couple kittens years ago. But I mean I was seriously outnumbered here! So I behaved myself and got used to them.
When we volunteered at an adoption day, we met some cool cat people. And when I heard about Nemo, who only has three legs himself, I figured he must be pretty cool too. So maybe all cats aren’t that bad. At least those with three legs are OK by me.
She started to drastically deteriorate during her second week with us. First her back right leg gave way and was soon useless; then after a few days her other leg was shot. Eventually, she couldn’t stand, sit up to eat, and began to pee/poop less frequently since she couldn’t prop herself up. It was very sad. We think no one really knows what went wrong.
Dog Moms and Dads, please don’t let this scare you, because in the one year since my Dad made this website, we have not heard of this happening before. We aren’t vets, but it seems that complication like this are very rare. But, my Mom and Dad thought that you should know about it to keep an eye out out for things like this after surgery.
Our hearts go out to Lefty and her foster parents in Philly.
Marion and Andrew wrote to us to tell us about their best friend Berkley, who has just become a tripawd. Berkley’s Momma was really worried about him, and not sure she had made the right decision about amputation.
Berkley is my best pal in this world and I love him so much and I just want to do everything I can to help him be happy.
Marion wasn’t sure about how to help Berkley get around, sit down, and manage with a missing back leg. But you know, we dogs are smarter than you humans give us credit for! We have all the get-go that we need to recover and hop around after a surgery like this, all you humans have to do is be patient, and watch us amaze you!
Later, Marion wrote to tell us:
Today, Berkley kind of layed down himself, I coaxed him somewhat and encouraged him to lean on me with his back leg and he just layed down. I was so happy. He’s been circling like you said Jerry did and just can’t figure it out, but today was a huge step for us.
See, I told you we’re awesome!
But meanwhile, I hope I get to meet Berkley real soon, he looks like a very cool dawg!
The Mom of my new friend Berkley wanted to let you know about an alternative therapy she is choosing to treat his illness. So today, Marion is our newest Guest Blogger!
Now, my Mom and Dad want to throw in that legal talk here, that says they don’t endorse any particular drug therapy, but are merely presenting the opinions expressed by a Tripawds reader, about alternative therapies for canine cancer. Explore at your own discretion, and be sure to consult with your own health provider about the best course of action for your pup.
And now . . .
We are happy to report that another Tripawd is making history, by participating in a sport traditionally done by four legged dogs. Calpurnia, our friend from Colorado who became a tripawd in September, is now competing in canicross with her human, TC. Canicross, for those that don’t know, is:
The sport of running or walking your dog in harness with equipment similar or the same used for skijoring. Canicross is not simply walking the dog. Running with a dog on a leash is not canicross. In canicross the dog pulls you, just like in skijoring.
Ok, don’t know what skijorking is? Well then, you should check out this website to learn more. I think it’s funny that dogs get to pull their humans on a leash, and get prizes for it! I thought we weren’t supposed to pull? Oh well, humans are weird, aren’t they?
Three barks for Cali!
Eisen, a handsome eight year old Shepherd from Southern Colorado, is recovering wonderfully from his amputation surgery. You may remember reading about him when his Mom wrote, asking for vet recommendations for her area.
Just as we lose one great hero, we welcome a new member to Club Tripawds.
Taylor became a tripawd on November 06, 2007. He had osteosarcoma in his distal radius.
His person told us that while he is walking well now, he is still having a rough time recovering from his surgery.
She asks for everyone’s prayers that the cancer has not spread. I’ll bark for that!
Just a quick reminder for all you smart folks protecting your new tripawd’s stitches with your old t-shirts … the tripawds store has dog t-shirts, stickers, magnets, buttons and apparel for people too!