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Tripawd Tuesday: Domino’s Second Chance

The Tripawd Tuesday celebration continues! Join us in a round of applawse for Domino, who escaped death by just sixty minutes, all because his Mom Cassie, a vet tech with a heart of gold, advocated for his life. Here’s a wonderful way to start your Tripawd Tuesday!

Tripawd Hero Domino

I’m a Vet Tech at a growing vet clinic in South Carolina. Earlier this year we had a client bring in a super cute 1 year old Australian Shepherd named Domino after being hit by a truck. What we assumed was a recent injury, we found out had happened 1-2 months previously. He was completely non-weight on his front left leg so we figured it was a fracture healing improperly. We proceeded to take xrays and found nothing. Other than some muscle wasting the leg appeared normal. After running a few more tests we discovered that he had permanent nerve damage and would likely never use the leg again. We gave the owners the options, amputation, euthanasia, or see where we were at in a couple of weeks and go from there. They chose to give him a few weeks and see how he did. Through this whole visit, the dog was quiet and shy, he sat perfectly still for all of our tests and xrays. He was terrified once on the floor and refused to walk (hop/hobble) through the clinic. I carried him back to his owners and off they went.

Domino at the clinic.

2 months later I was browsing the appointment schedule for the day just to get an idea of what we had coming in. As I scrolled down I saw that we had a euthanasia on the schedule. I always stop to see who the dog is and why it’s being done. I was shocked when I saw that it was Domino. To me it didn’t sit right, I know we had discussed it with his owners at the previous visit, but other than his bum leg he was perfectly healthy. As the day went on the feeling in my gut got worse. Finally about an hour before he was scheduled to come in I went upstairs to talk with our office manager to see if anything could be done. I discussed the situation with her and let her know what was going on, she agreed that the bum leg wasn’t a good enough reason to put a young healthy dog down and agreed to take him into our no-kill shelter at the clinic if the owners were willing to surrender him. I rushed downstairs and told the vet that would be seeing him. I kept my fingers crossed that the owners would agree. Sure enough, an hour later the owners agreed to surrender him and admitted the only reason they were euthanizing was because they couldn’t afford further treatment. Domino was now chewing on his leg and they knew it was getting worse.

Domino waits for his new pack.

After the paperwork was signed I went up to the lobby to collect our newest shelter dog. He was still shy and wouldn’t walk, he was covered in dirt and mats and his leg was in a word disgusting. He had indeed been chewing on it, he had several bones and tendons visible. We gave him a good once over, running a heart worm test and cleaning up his leg. I took him over to our hospital side and brushed him out as much as he would let me, then I plopped him the tub. Through that bath something happened. He stood for the whole bath with his head resting on the side of the tub just looking up at me. That was the moment I knew that I would try to adopt him.

Domino, four months post-amputation

The following week as we were doing our rounds, one of the vets and I looked at Domino’s leg, it was getting worse and fast. He had alot more missing skin than the previous week and it was starting to get infected despite antibiotics. He decided that the surgery needed to be bumped up and we scheduled it for the following day. That evening my family finally said yes, that he could join our pack. So the following day, after his almost 3 hour surgery, Domino made his first trip home with me. It was a rough night, but it was the beginning of something wonderful.

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Bounder, Domino and Finn

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Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Tripawd Tuesday: Galahad’s Joyful Journey

The weekly Tripawd Tuesday celebration gives a standing ovation to the lives of our three-legged heroes, so please join us in applawding Tripawd Galahad and his amazing life on three legs! His beautiful story is accompanied by a fun video produced by his mom Yolanta and dad Robert.  Sit back and enjoy!

Galahad Goes for a Swim 17 Days Post-Amputation

Galahad had his leg amputated In May 2013 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. 17 days post-op he was swimming after his ball.

Galahad doesn’t seem to know he’s a Tripawd…his biggest challenge has been suffering the indignity of no longer being able to lift his leg to pee, after several vain attempts and taking a few tumbles early on.

Galahad’s goal in life is to spend as much time as possible chasing after his orange ball. Even when his body should be telling him to stop and take it slow (which we would expect for a 9 year old dog, Tripawd or not), his mind is forever focused on jumping at every opportunity to play. He has amazed us time and time again with his resilience and spirit. He compensates for his missing leg by using his tail to balance. As he runs towards us we can see his tail twirling like a propeller, and as he swims his tail slaps against the water, helping him swim in the direction he wants to go.

Galahad goes everywhere!

Galahad has scored some awesome stuff since becoming a Tripawd, to help him do the things he loves to do. His yellow life-vest helps keep him buoyant during his swims, and even though he can totally swim after his ball vest or no vest, we insist that he wear it because it really does make his swims much smoother.

Galahad used to accompany us on long, epic walks around Vancouver’s seawall, and though he was able to manage shorter excursions after his amputation, the lengthy seawall adventures he loved so dearly were too much for him. This all changed over the summer when he scored a sweet new ride…his very own DoggyRide Stroller. The first time we took him to the seawall he was so excited that he walked 2 miles before slowing down and considering getting in his stroller. Though he’d rather be walking, his stroller gives him the opportunity to go absolutely anywhere with us (Vancouver is very dog-friendly), with no consideration for how far he’ll be able to walk. When he gets tired he simply jumps in, rides for as long as he likes, and then jumps out and resumes walking to his heart’s content. Riding in the stroller is pretty great too, as Galahad can stick his head out and take in his surroundings with the wind blowing in his face, letting someone else push him and do all the work.

For the past few months Galahad has been dealing with an inoperable growth in his chest, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down. He still does all the stuff he loves doing, including getting to eat home-cooked meals made by his dad. Life is precious and uncertain, which is why we are so grateful for every single day we have with Galahad, and why we take every opportunity to allow him as much joy from life as possible, which in turn makes our lives more joyful. It’s win-win.

Our Tripawd in Vancouver from Yolanta Samus on Vimeo.

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Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Tripawd Tuesday: Koda the Miracle Puppy

Tripawds Nation, get ready to grab some tissues, Koda the Miracle Puppy has a Tripawd Tuesday story that will leave you crying tears of joy for the leap of faith that a very special group of people took in order to save his life. His Mom Chelsea tells more:

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Meet Chelsea, Koda and Zachary

My name is Chelsea and my fiancé’s name is Zachary. We have a tripawd named Koda. He has his own Facebook page even. At 4-6 weeks of age, and 2 pounds, he was found on the side of the road by an animal rescuer.

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Sweet stray puppy Koda after car accident.

It was obvious that he had been run over by a car and looked as though he had been thrown out of one as well. His pelvis and back right leg was completely shattered and his intestines were exposed. He was rushed to vet after vet before one would finally take him in.

They did emergency surgery on him to remove the leg, set the broken pelvis, and remove the injured bowel and small intestine. At this point, he was given a very slim chance of survival.

He was on life support, had supporters from around the country, and had made it onto local news and radio stations. I was still in the Pre-Veterinary program at Texas A&M University and had experience as a veterinary technician. A friend heard about his story and knew I was capable of keeping him alive and sent his story my way.

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Losing a leg doesn’t keep Koda down!

Of course, I fell in love immediately and sent in my adoption application within 30 minutes of seeing his picture. After weeks of intensive care at the vet, he was placed in my arms at a mere 2.5 pounds and I brought him home for good. He had been named “Tread” due to the nature of the accident, but I liked the name “Koda” much better. I was told he still may not make it, but promised that sweet boy that I wouldn’t let anything happen to him. A year and another surgery for his neuter and more repairs later, he’s doing great!

Koda the Tripawd Puppy is Irresistible

He has gone through intermediate training and is training to be a therapy dog so we can visit amputees in the hospital and he can run and jump better than most dogs with all four legs! His only issue right now are his horrible allergies, but he’s getting allergy testing in a few months. He’s gained over 40 pounds and has a heart of gold for people.

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Koda and his pack

He’s truly a miracle dog and a blessing.”

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  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Hitting the Road, Tripawd Style

Have you considered taking a trip to meet other Tripawd pawrents, but you aren’t sure how to begin planning your adventure? Well, Tripawds Member Karma can show you how!

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Tripawd Addy hits the road

Here is how she hit the road to meet another member, Angel Leo’s Mom, during August. Karma wrote this just for the Tripawds community, her story will inspire you to pack your bags and get hoppin’!

A few months ago, another Tripawd’s member and I were discussing summer vacation plans. Sherry, angel Leo’s mom and now Cooper’s mom, and I have become friends through the digital world of Tripawds. Her husband and her like to take off in their RV with their two dogs and two cats and explore. And this year, they were considering heading south, which is my general direction since I live in Atlanta. Nothing solidified for a while, but as the time came for their vacation to unfold, they ended up a few hours north of me. Unfortunately, it was the middle of the week and not possible for me to meet up with them. While letting her know that I wouldn’t be able to meet her, she let me know that they were going to head over to the Charleston, SC area. Well, I love that area and I decided that a 5 ½ hour drive wouldn’t be too bad for a long weekend.

Aissa and Addy go to Charleston.

Thus, the adventure began. With two days’ notice, there was a lot to get done if I was going to take off from work and pack up my pups for a road trip. I hadn’t traveled with the dogs in a while, and I had to brush off my thinking cap on the intricacies of traveling with pets. The biggest concerns I had were pet friendly accommodations and being able to have them with me at all times.

Sherry and her husband were staying in a KOA in that area. I never knew all the accommodations that the KOA’s could provide. The one in the Charleston area had cabins with A/C, a pool, a dog park, and activities. And many of the cabins were dog friendly. That seemed the best bet in staying in the area. Unfortunately, they were booked up.

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Doggies relaxing at the KOA

Time to hit the internet. I did an internet search on “pet friendly hotel in mt pleasant sc” and a cool map came up with dots of places that fit that search. Using the locations on the maps and looking at rates, I found a nice and reasonable priced hotel that would let me stay with both of my girls. I have stayed at hotels with the dogs in the past, so I knew there are sometimes charges. This one was a little expensive with a fee per pet per night, but sometimes there isn’t a fee or there is only a pet deposit.

A note on using the internet, I do recommend a phone call to the hotel to book the reservation and to verify their pet policies. With the hotel taken care of, next task was packing. I’m a worry wart, so I definitely over-packed. Fortunately, it was a road trip and it doesn’t hurt to have an extra bag. I made sure that they had:

  • a couple toys
  • a couple rawhides which I call babysitters
  • food
  • a water jug
  • bowls
  • tons of poo bags
  • puppy pads as a “just in case”
  • harnesses
  • leashes
  • and a first aid kit complete with Benadryl and Rimadyl.

Packing for myself was easy.

The drive over to Mount Pleasant went well. Adelaide, my Tripawd husky, was so excited she didn’t sit down but for maybe a half hour the entire time. We pulled over to the side of some country roads a couple times to stretch our legs, take little potty breaks and drink some water. (The K9 water bottle (pictured above) worked out great, available on amazon).

Another thing I had to think through was my own potty breaks and traveling alone with the dogs. Can’t take them in with me and it was one of the hottest days of this summer. I ended up parking near the entrance of a gas station so I could keep an eye on them and the car and then left the car running with the parking brake on and the A/C of course and then locked the car with the keys with me. That way I didn’t have to worry about them and the heat.

We had a quiet first night at the hotel. The dogs were pretty tired after the long drive. Next day, we finally got to meet Sherry, her husband, and her crew. All the dogs got along great and we had great time visiting. We were able to do an activity of tie dying t-shirts with the dogs. The KOA also had a hay ride and while dogs weren’t technically permitted, they were sweet enough to let us go on it with the pups when there weren’t as many people and nobody had any objections. Biggest obstacle of the day was worrying about the heat.

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Sherry meets Addy!

I made sure I kept making the girls:

  • drink water
  • rest in the shade
  • and stayed mindful of their paws when walking so they weren’t on hot pavement.

With all of the activity, I did notice my older gal, Aissa, limping by the afternoon and I gave her one of her Rimadyls which worked wonders. We grilled out for dinner that night and relaxed with all of our dogs, chatting about all sorts of things, and then I headed back with my girls to the hotel.

The Tripawd Pawty continues

The next day was my last day to spend before heading back home. My girls and I met back up with Sherry and her husband and relaxed most of the afternoon. Using the internet once more, I searched on “pet friendly attractions” in the area and brought up the website, http://www.bringfido.com. It is a great resource for everything pertaining to traveling with your pets. Through this website, we found a Charleston Ghost Tour that was a walking tour through downtown Charleston and it allowed pets to come. We called for reservations and to confirm their pet policy.

Dog Friendly Fun in Charleston

The tour began in a park at 7:30 pm which was perfect. The weather cooled off, the streets weren’t as busy, and that made it easier in bringing the dogs. The pace was slow, where we would walk a block or two and then stop and listen to stories about the area, which gave the dogs an opportunity to rest. We made sure to hang at the back of the group so the dogs wouldn’t bother the other tourists. All the dogs were perfect and well behaved. I was so proud of the girls.

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Taking a Charleston dog-friendly ghost tour

On a whim, I asked the tour guide if he knew of any restaurants with outside seating that allowed dogs. He was able to list 3 nearby restaurants. Another couple on the tour overheard our question and they added a few other restaurants as well. We ended up picking a seafood restaurant and bar alongside one of the large rivers. They had water bowls down on the patio for the visiting dogs. We were able to sit back and relax, enjoy a nice meal, and have all of our dogs by our side.

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Tripawd Addy takes a snooze

It was the perfect ending to a superb trip.

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Aissa says “good night!”

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Tripawd Tuesday: Toby’s Triumph

Today’s Tripawd Tuesday features a fabulous feline named Toby. It’s always so fun learning about TriKitties experiences and pawsonalities. Check out Toby’s story (his momma says he’s more playful than ever!) and celebrate this three-legged wonder! Here’s his tale as told by his Mom:

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Meet Toby, the tripawd kitty

Hi, this is charlie v from twitter.

I wanted to share Tobys story. He was playing outside (which is something he usually doesnt do) and got his leg caught between two wooden slats in the fence around my house. We think he was trying to jump over it and just didnt make it all the way.

We rushed him to the vet where the confirmed it wasnt broken, but did have some nerve damage. They thought the leg would heal and he would learn to walk on it. However the doctor missed a small infection that occured when he scraped the leg. It progressively got worse over the course of 3 days and I took him back.

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Toby fights an infection

Another vet took a look and told me the worse news ever: that the foot was dead and the infection was speading up the leg. We were told to go immediately to another clinic who could preform surgery. The only problem was that they wanted upwards of $6000 for hospitalization and surgery. My family just couldnt afford that. Luckily we found a family vet that was willing to preform it quickly and without as much cost.

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Toby’s people find a great vet.

There was still a 50/50 of whether or not toby could make it through the night until surgery in the morning. They gave me the option to take him home or hospitalie him. I chose home. I knew that if he went septic from the infection there was nothing they could do but make him comfy. So we made him comfy at home.

Miraculously he improved over night and was ready for surgery. All was fine and toby had a speedy recovery.

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Toby recovers in record time!

He has only been a tripawd for about a month now and I can see a dramatic change in him. He is sweeter, quirkier, and more playful than ever before!

Thanks for letting me tell our story!

Toby the Tripawd Kitty

Toby is sweeter, quirkier, and more playful!

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Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Tripawd Tuesday: Kawi Wrestles the Rattlesnake

In this edition of Tripawd Tuesday, you’ll be amazed at how one rock star Wolf/Shepherd dawg kicked a rattlesnake’s butt and WON!

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Photo: Andrea Barnett

Kawi’s story will take your breath away. Here it is, as shared with us by his momma Andrea Barnett, via Twitter:

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Wolf Shepherd Tripawd Dog

Photo: Andrea Barnett

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Kawi recovers

Photo: Andrea Barnett

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Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Tripawd Tuesday: Two Dobies, Three Legs and Forever Love

It’s Tripawd Tuesday everypawdy! Today we’re celebrating those very special foster pawrents who open their hearts and homes to “special needs” animals. Tripawds member Sandy Early is one of these incredible people, and today we’re sharing her story about how her rescue work ended up bringing two very special Tripawds into her life, Tulo and Blake.

“I have been rescuing Dobermans since 1980. I work with Colorado Doberman Rescue (CDR). People get puppies and don’t realize what they are getting into. Dobermans MUST be trained. These are working watch dogs. They want to please you and protect you. When people don’t want to put in the training time they end up with a very large furry problem that does not take “leave em alone” as an answer, so they give them up.

My first, Brownie was a starvation abuse case. I fell in love with him and went on from there. He was so smart it was scary at times. Then came Tak who had lived in a muddy pen till I got him at age 6. Jamie Scot was a 90# baby at age 10 months who had no training. Yikes! Then came Tulo who was never let inside so was not even house trained at 12 months.

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Tulo and Blake, Tripawd heroes

One day in 2009 when delivering some paperwork to CDR on an adoption home visit I met Blake, a big red Doberman missing his right hind leg and the inside toe on his remaining back leg- probably from a traffic accident. He was malnourished when he came to Special Needs Dobermans and was going twice a week to aqua therapy to strengthen his muscles. He is a calm thoughtful dog that joined my ADD Doberkid Tulo and his tabby cat buddy.

We were a big happy family till December of 2013 when I suddenly noticed Tulo’s glands being very swollen. He was diagnosed with Lympho sarcoma. We have gone though months of keeping Tulo as healthy as possible and pain free. Then in June suddenly our tabby cat also got sick. She was suffering from heart failure and we lost her great company. Then 4 weeks ago I had to say good by to Tulo at age 7.

Now my beloved Tripawd Blake and I are moving forward. He was not supposed to outlast all the rest of his buddies but he did and I am so grateful to be here with him. He never gives up. Clearly he was not 8 when I got him as he is still going strong showing few signs of age.

Life is not easy for him but he wakes up every morning and tells me how happy he is to wake up with me. He walks with me, camps with me and is a true gentleman. The first past of his life was not great. His ears are cropped badly and one goes up and one goes down, but to me he is perfect. It is now unclear who rescued who. Here is to Blake and all the Tripawds out there!”

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  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Tripawd Tuesday: A Salute to Pittie Princess Lu

It’s Tripawd Tuesday everpawdy! Today you’ll be amazed by the miraculous recovery of Lu, a brave rescue dog who endured a horrific accident that took her leg but definitely didn’t take her zest for life. Her mom Corine explains. Grab a box of tissues and be amazed!

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Little Fairy Princess Lu

Lu’s Great Fall and Amazing Recovery

Lulu (she now goes by Lu) came into the rescue I volunteer at with a litter of seven 6 week old pups. She wouldn’t let anyone near, and was so scared. Eventually, when her puppies were old enough, they all got adopted, and she was still there, not letting anyone near her. One day I had extra time (I usually clean and feed more than walk the dogs), and decided to try. I sat attempting to persuade her for about 15 minutes to let me put a slip lead on her, while she just growled nonstop. Eventually I got it on, and we started our journey.

We only went for a short walk, but it was enough. She decided I was hers, and she was mine. Every time I would walk in the door she would scream (more like a yodel, really) until I would take her out, and she would help with whatever I would do that day.

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Lu helps Hank recover from leg surgery.

I started taking her to the army barracks, where I lived at the time, on the weekends. I started properly socializing her, taking her into every public place I could think of. I soon learned she could tolerate anything with my guidance, from screaming kids, and running cats, to dogs trying to fence fight.

Eventually I knew I couldn’t see another family end up with my favorite dog, so I did what any reasonable person would do… I bought a house, in Alaska, away from my family. See, the rescue group I volunteer at doesn’t adopt out Pit Bulls to non-home owners, so I solved my dilemma.

Over the next 9 months she blossomed. Once I got out of active duty army, Lu started coming to work with me almost every day (Its Alaska… of course work allows dogs), watched over my neighbor kids, and helped to teach numerous foster dogs how to be dogs again. It didn’t matter if it was a feral dog, or dog aggressive dog (both of which I’ve had), after her, they were in a much better place to find a forever home. She even decided a bull mastiff, Hank, I fostered while his leg healed from surgery, was hers. So he stayed.

Once spring hit, we were outside every chance we got. We would usually run at a nearby park, Kincaid Park, in the mornings. There was a week of nasty weather so we didn’t go, and by the time we went back, Lu was so excited, she just zoomed in every direction. It usually would only last 5-10 minutes, and she would be right back at my side. At this time, I didn’t think I had anything to worry about because she knew not to go in the road, she would leave the moose be and the bears weren’t awake yet. I didn’t think about the old army bunkers that littered the park. These bunkers look like giant hills from 3 sides, and a straight drop in the front, maybe about 18 feet, where the door is. Well, Lu ran right over the hill and off the front (there is nothing there to stop anyone or anything). She must have done it at an angle, because it was clear the front right leg was broke bad.

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Scene of the accident.

After the worst death scream I had ever heard, I ran to her. Her mouth was all bloody and front leg was bowed. She tried to stand up on the other leg and fell over. I picked up my 65lb princess, and headed back for the car. Luckily, There was a city worker driving through that I was able to wave down to get a ride the rest of the way. We headed to the vet and I was freaking. I thought she may have had brain damage the way she had no balance.

I had to leave her at the vet, and he called me a bit later. It started with the leg has to be removed (both bones were completely shattered), and the bloody chin was from scrapes. No biggie, my dog would live. We hung up. 30 min later, I got another call. The leg Foot on the left front was also broke in multiple places. They were worried about her quality of life if it didn’t heal right, as it would be the only supporting leg for her front half. He wanted me to think about ending her suffering, and explained how hard it would be. Not about to happen!

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Lu’s broken leg.

I got to see her that night. She hadn’t moved since I left her and she was pumped full of morphine and other drugs. Once I saw her it was the same cry as when she first attached. Lu was so happy to see me, despite the pain. After I left she was up trying to break free and screaming for another hour or so.

We proceeded with the surgery. It took much longer than expected, and I was asked not to come see her after. They wanted her to stay asleep.

After 10 weeks of being in a splint, and going through her not being able to control her bowels, the day came she got the splint off. Lu healed remarkably. She was very nervous of stairs and jumping off the bed or couch or out of the car, but never hesitated to jump on them. She will still yodel for me to come get her off the bed when she is ready.

She’s finally back to being my happy little girl. Back to camping, swimming and day care. It was a long and not so easy last few months, but totally worth it.

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Lu, hoppy and loving life again!

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Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

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Tripawd Tuesday Tilts a Hat to Barney B., a Six Year Histiocytic Cancer Suvivor

Today for Tripawd Tuesday we’re extremely hoppy to report that Tripawd Barney Baldwin from Houston, Texas, has passed the six year survival mark for histiocytic cancer! Barney lost his leg in February 2008 but that didn’t slow him down. Thanks to great care by his pawrents Linda and Bob, he has kept on loving life on three legs without any major problems. Although his vet discovered a 5cm mass in his right adrenal gland earlier this year, this 11-year old pup continues showing how to make the most of life no matter what turns it takes. Talk about a hero!

Here’s what his mom Linda reported to us recently:

Barney

Six year histiocytic cancer survivor, Barney B.

Barney is doing well, all things considered. When we found out about the adrenal mass in April, we decided against surgery, but still wanting to monitor the growth of the mass and address any discomfort from the symptoms medically if it makes sense from quality of life perspective.

Late June his mass had grown but not significantly, and no impingement on the vena cava at this time. And, there were no other tumor/mass sightings in liver, spleen, or kidneys that were visible at that time either. We have no idea of the adrenal mass malignancy factor, and from all my research there’s no way to determine this without surgery, so am thankful that we haven’t seen any signs in other organs.

My boy has trained us (by barking) to assist him when he wants help up/down the step going in/out to potty – he moves around himself, but when in a hurry the Ruffwear harness that he wears all day sure comes in handy to help him get where he’s going faster. He also uses his new found powers to beckon treats his way

Because of the mobility and arthritis issues, we decided to continue with his rehab therapy once a week. He gets trigger point therapy to address pain/inflammation, walks (hops) in the water treadmill for 10 minutes or so, then his favorite thing – they slip him into the sling and he gets to sit in the warm water whirlpool. So, on rehab day, I drive to The Woodlands before work, then pick him up mid-afternoon and he usually sleeps all the way home. Dr. Richard Wall is the best at what he does and it’s worth the time/drive.”

Barney B. in 2008

Read more about Barney’s miraculous journey:

April 2009: Meet the Great Yellow Texas Lab, Barney B.
February 2011: Histiocytic Cancer Survivor Barney B. Celebrates Three Year Ampuversary
March 2012: Barney B. Parties Four Y ears AfterHistiocytic Dog Cancer Diagnosis

Read All Tripawd Tuesday Stories

Get Featured on Tripawd Tuesday

Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

Is your dog or cat a Tripawd hero?

 

Tripawd Tuesday: Bo Stars in New Children’s Book

Tripawds are so inspawrational for humans of all ages. In today’s Tripawd Tuesday feature, meet one three-legged pup who has inspired a new children’s book, “I Can Play Too,” written by his mom, Sharman Martin. Here is Bo’s story as told by Sharman:

Bo

Tripawd Bo stars in new kid’s book, “I Can Play Too.”

Bo found me a little over a year ago. He used to live about 300 yards behind my house. He kept coming to “visit” so many times that I began to admire his perseverance . . . and I fell in love with him and didn’t want him to leave. I finally asked his previous owner if I could keep him and just like that he said yes. Before he came to live with me he was an outside dog who wasn’t shown much attention. He now lives the life of a king.

Tripawd Bo

Happy Bo living the good life.

I teach K-3rd PE and Bo often goes to school with me. The children love him.

Bo’s Story, I Can Play Too!

The idea of the plot of the children’s book, I Can Play Too, came to me when at first my other two dogs didn’t accept him into our family. Of course me being a teacher, I immediately thought it was because he was different. So I began to write about accepting others no matter their differences and using my 3 dogs and especially featuring Bo as an example. The children always ask me after I read them the book or after they’ve read it themselves if Bo and my other two dogs get along now. I’m happy to say that they do.

Tripawd Bo

Kids love Bo

The story is about acceptance and treating everyone the same no matter their differences whether physical or otherwise. He’s an amazing dog who is old, 3-legged, and been diagnosed with cancer just this summer, but is still loving life every day.

Bo’s second book should be in print by the end of August. If you want to follow Bo, please check out his Facebook page, Bo. I Can Play Too.

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Get Featured on Tripawd Tuesday

Each Tuesday, Tripawds from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero here in the Tripawds Discussion Forums or on the Tripawds Facebook page. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include a photo or video.
  3. Include a link to your Trpawds Facebook page, Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog (if applicable)

All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

Is your dog or cat a Tripawd hero?

 

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