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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

Tripawd Tuesday: Meet Maurice “la Matraque”

On this first Tripawd Tuesday of 2014 we’d like to introduce you to Maurice “la Matraque.” This handsome Tripawd is from the great white north of New Brunswick, Canada. His mom Lisa recently shared his story with us:

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His nick name is Maurice la matraque (stick that cop use) because his tail is always wagging and a real danger to anything near by ex: coffee cup etc….and, he is also known as Maurice the dog with a chicken leg. His one and only hind leg is known as the chicken leg.

He will be 7 years old this year. He was hit by a truck on August 29. He had his hind leg amputated on September 1, 2013. I was not ready to lose my Maurice. I lost my little Sandrine, on June 21, 2013 from old age and renal failure. She was 13 years old. My boyfriend lost his white labrador to old age and bowel rupture on May 5, 2013. We were not ready to lose another dog. After that, October 25, 2013, my dear old cat Cyrano, died from renal failure at 15.5 year old.

Maurice has recovered like a champion. The loss of his hind leg has not taken his happy sweet loving personality away. The accident happened when he was walking with my boyfriend. Maurice was on a leash and he saw a cat. He took off like a bullet and “boom.”

2013 was a difficult year BUT…I celebrate each day, the fact that my dog Maurice made it alive and well .He is even in charge of the squirrel patrol.

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?

 

Tripawd Tuesday: A Salute to Our Angels

On the eve of a new year, let us light a candle
in honor of every Tripawd angel whose spirit soars high in the heavens.

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Whether they earned their angel wings this year or before,
Our Tripawd heroes will never be forgotten.

To all our friends with heavy hearts;
may the love of your sweet angel
carry you through the sadness you feel today
And lift your spirits in the coming year.

We hope the coming year is filled with love, peace and paw prints.
Have a beautiful 2014 everypawdy.

 

Tripawd Tuesday: Dymond Survives Histiocytic Sarcoma

dymond and katrinaKatrina has shared the following story about her dog Dymond for this week’s Tripawd Tuesday.

Read on to find out how you can submit your own Tripawd Tuesday story or consider a personalized copy of Tripawd Heroes featuring your three legged friend!

I’ve had Dymond since she was eleven weeks old. She has seen me through many hard times and has remained a constant source of love, loyalty and companionship.

Our journey with cancer began early September 2013 when I noticed a lump on Dymond’s elbow. Initially I thought she may have hit or bumped her leg, so I began to apply ice thinking the swelling would subside. When it didn’t I scheduled her to see her veterinarian, which later referred us to an orthopedic specialist. He took one look at it and immediately said he believed the mass to be a soft tissue sarcoma. After a biopsy, numerous tests and special stain analysis the mass was confirmed as a Histiocytic Sarcoma. Knowing this diagnosis brought many sleepless nights, uncontrolled tears and countless visits to oncology and internal medicine specialists.

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Shortly after I got over my self-pity I began to realize that it is my responsibility to ensure Dymond has the best quality of life possible. I made a vow to her years ago to love her as I would my very own and since she is a member of my family we WILL fight this disease together. Then I began to feel enlightened and began educating myself by reading many articles, books and guides to assist in combating cancer.

dymond in her big dog strollerThe literature pointed to ways of battling cancer through supplements, change in diet, along with conventional and holistic remedies. Most recently Dymond started Chemotherapy, but after one treatment we stopped this regiment because her liver enzymes stayed elevated.

We are not in this alone, with the love, support and guidance of so many amazing people two months post amputation (December 18, 2013) Dymond is going strong. Her spirit is infectious and as she surpasses her abilities in so many ways she remains an inspiration. Dymond has taught me that having a disease does not measure your ability, does not define your capability; instead it tells a story of hope, resiliency, determination, strength and bravery.

Though all of our lives have been changed by this disease it will not shape our future.

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?
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