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Tripawd Tuesday: Therapy Dog Hope Brings Smiles and Laughter to All

Today on Tripawd Tuesday we wanted to share the story of Hope, a busy and energetic therapy dog who lost her leg to an accident but hasn’t let that slow her down one bit. Her mom Pam Reinke writes:

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Hope is a five year old golden doodle who is a pet therapy dog. We visit with special needs children, Hospice of the Valley and our hospital.

For three years She has performed in 54 performances here of Annie in local community theatres.

Hope Stars in Annie

We recently were certified as a crises response team for HOPE Animal Assisted Crises Response to help with grief recovery of survivors post disaster.

Tripawd Hope and Therapy Dog Friends

She is a very very special dog. Has a lot of fans and friends which became blatantly evident to me after she was involved in a horrific motor vehicle accident January 7 which caused her left rear leg amputation.

We are recovering together and beginning a new three legged life together.

Hope

The photo was taken last week at the top of Mount Lemmon in Tucson AZ. It was our first attempt back at some sort of trail. She was so happy to just be in that environment if only for a short time.

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How to 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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Tripawd Tuesday: Hoppy 10th Birthday to Eva the Greyt

When we get the news that our cat or dog needs an amputation because of cancer, envisioning future milestones like birthdays just seems impossibly sad. But fear not, Tripawd Heroes like Eva the Greyt from the UK are our beacons of hope for the future! Like many, Eva’s proved that many times, you can get there!

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In January when her humans first learned she was losing a leg to cancer, their original veterinarian wasn’t hopeful about a life on three legs because of where the tumor was located. Thankfully her pawrents got a second opinion and wrote about their experience here in the Discussion Forums:

We saw a new vet this morning (recommended by somebody local who also has sighthounds) and he talked us through the options – which was particularly difficult as our old practice hadn’t yet sent the leg x-rays over, so he wasn’t able to be sure where the tumour was.  However, he was hopeful about being able to operate, if the tumour was on the leg rather than the hip, as he thought it was, although the case notes from the old vet said hip.

 

I’m so grateful that this site exists, because it has given me so much information about the possibilities.  I know we’re not out of the woods yet and the recovery period will not be easy, but at least we’re still looking forward.  If we hadn’t been able to amputate it would have been the end of her story.  Instead we are entering a new chapter.

Eva made it through surgery and recovery, and last week, she celebrated her 10th birthday! Her pawrents shared their birthday celebration in the Discussion Forums:

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Eva the greyhound was 10 last week – at the beginning of the year I thought she’d not make it to that age, so it’s wonderful to get this far. She’s about two months post amp, and has adapted amazingly well to life on three legs.

Eva the greyhound wears her Ruffwear Webmaster harness.

We’re back to doing our normal 30 minute walks round the field, and yesterday when I thought we’d have to go slowly up a hill she took off and Fanta and I had to run like anything to keep up! She can do our evil stairs quite competently – and they were one of the things I was most worried about when we were thinking about amputation.

Congratulations Eva! Thank you for giving new Tripawd pawrents everywhere hope about the future and life on three legs!

Read All Tripawd Tuesday Stories

How to 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?

Join Tripawds at Blog Paws 2014

Tripawds is excited to be speaking at the #BlogPaws 2014 Conference in Las Vegas,
the world’s biggest & best pet blogging and best social media conference.
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Mr. T Gets Top Fundraiser Award for Morris Walk

Did you hear? On February 22nd, Tripawds Community member Mr. T, aka TriPod and his mom Denna, received the “Top Fundraising for an Individual” award at the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in San Diego, California.

Together, Mr. T and Denna raised an astonishing $2,020!

After driving six hours to the event, Mr. T was greeted by his best pals from Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, who also received an award for being the second most successful fundraising team! This is one hard-working group of Goldens!

In his blog, Mr. T writes:

To our surprise Team TriPod got the award for “Top Individual Fundraiser”……WOW we weren’t expecting that. Thanks to all of our friends and followers we raised $2,020!

We were part of Team Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue which was the second place team overall for fundraising. The total raised just on this walk so far is $36,625. Donations can still be made for another 2 weeks.

Please join us in congratulating Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue and especially Mr. T and Denna for their hard work to help end canine cancer. They’re truly a dynamic duo who’s truly changing the world one hop at a time!

Mark Your Calendar, Join Us

In April, the Tripawds Community will be participating in a Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Northern California. You can help Team Tripawds in our fundraising effort by joining the team here.

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Winnie the Wonder Tripawd

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Tripawd Winnie’s One Month Ampuversary is definitely a #RecipeForMoments.
Congratulations Winnie, you’re doing great!

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Wordless Wednesday: Recovering in Style

Billy says “Now this is how to recover from amputation surgery!

Wyatt’s World: Our #RecipeForMoments

Last week during our morning walk with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, we experienced a #RecipeForMoments: our boy is all grown up . . .

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The following story is a part of the #RecipeForMoments blog hop hosted by BlogPaws. Link up at the bottom of today’s post to share your story of the bond you and your pet share. What do you think your pet feels in your special moments?

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Our Wyatt Moment

As he ran through the desert it was easy to see; Wyatt has left his puppy days behind and handsomely matured into those satellite-dish ears and big floppy paws that stomped their way into our hearts when we adopted him at eight months old.

Wyatt is officially “middle aged” as far as the average German Shepherd lifespan is concerned. We are so grateful that his health is good and his coat is shiny. And at this halfway point in his life, in that moment during our walk we realized: we have failed him as parents.

Those of you who’ve kept up with his misadventures know about his challenges. Intelligent, aloof, determined and as independent as a cat, Wyatt epitomizes all of the desired qualities found in the most sought-after working German Shepherd Dogs. But living with him is no easy task.

While his capabilities leave us awestruck, it’s those same characteristics that make him prone to misadventure and trouble when we don’t take time to see the world through his eyes. From being overly assertive with dogs to redecorating our home, Wyatt finds unpopular ways to expresses his displeasure with our lack of pack leadership. To Wyatt, the world must be an unbroken circle of order, regulations and repetition. When a disruption of any sort breaks the flow, he’s the first to let everyone know that Something is Broken and It Needs to Be Fixed – NOW! And he’ll try to fix it as only he knows how: with his teeth or his voice.

As humans, we understand that there are better ways to create order in this world, and our inability to teach him that lesson is how we have failed him. Despite the dozens of human animal bond and dog behavior books we’ve consulted and the trainers we’ve employed, when things go awry we’ve found it more convenient to blame his unacceptable behavior on the terrible circumstances in which he was raised, before he came into our life.

But no more. Wyatt is too old for us to use the “he was abused as a puppy” excuse whenever he creates chaos or destruction in our world. We are nowhere close to being good pack leaders if we don’t give it all we’ve got to help him be a calmer, more socially-capable dog.

It’s never too late for Wyatt to evolve into the classic Rin Tin Tin that we know he can be. And we’ll get there; now that we understand that it’s no longer about training him, but rather training ourselves to see the world through his eyes. With all new behavior and training exercises on our bookshelf, I know we’ll finally get it right.

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Tripawd Tuesday: Meet Chef from Holland

Tripawds is a global community. Recently Chef the handsome French Mastiff joined us all the way from Holland!

See what life as a cancer-fighting Tripawd hero in Holland is like, by checking out Chef’s Tripawds Blog. Stop by and say hello to Chef and Millie in the Tripawds Chat Room sometime, you’ll often find them there in the morning. Here are a few excepts from Chef’s blog.

Becoming a Tripawd
Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Hi All, Were a small family from Holland. Our dog de Bordeaux, named chef, got the diagnose cancer on the 19th of december.

French Mastiff Chef

It’s ma birthday!
Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Hi all! Today was my birthday and i am soooo spoiled!! Mom and dad got me all these presents i was so happy!! They bought me a new blanket, you know i love blankets!! They are so warm and cozy :)

Chemo nr 2 down, like a boss!
Monday, January 20th, 2014

He went trough chemo like a boss! Just lie there, nice and relax as if nothing happend.

F0llow Chef’s three-legged journey in his blog, French Mastiff Chef our Tripawd Hero

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How to 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?

 

Wordless Wednesday: Fitness Fun

Wheeeee!

I’ll do anything for a treat!

Tripawd Tuesday: Meet Rufus Stink Eye

Today on Tripawd Tuesday, meet Rufus Stink Eye. He’s a 6 year old Boston Terrier who was recently diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma. His Momma Katie Jamieson wrote to us to share his journey with the community. She writes:

Rufus is a 6 year old Boston Terrier who loves playing “chase me around the garden”, loves singing “Happy Birthday” and can even ring a bell. But best of all, Rufus is known for flashing his famous Stink Eye.

Rufus was diagnosed with a Histiocytic Saroma (and lost his leg at the end of December).

Stink Eye is back to his delightful self and running around like he has always had three legs.
His incision is all healed up, his levels are all back to normal (almost) and he has regained the little weight that he lost post op.

After the tumor was removed, they sent his leg off to be tested and they found no additional cancer.

What is in store for Stink?

Well, we have got a one month follow up coming up where they will recheck his blood pressure, serum biochemistry profile, blood count and urinalysis. We will do some chemo to kill any additional cancer cells that may be floating around the rest of his body. He will also need another ultrasound and xray around the 6 month/1 year mark to make sure we are not missing anything.

The doctors only told us 1-2 more years but in my heart I feel like he has way more than that.

Read All Tripawd Tuesday Stories

How to 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?

 

Wordless Wednesday: Tip Top Shape

 

Tripawd Wyatt gets fit.

Stay tuned for our “Orthopedic Health Tips for Tripawds” video series.
Coming up next!

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