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Tripawd Tuesday: Bentley the Bone Cancer Vaccine Warrior

Did you know that Tripawd Bentley and his people are helping future dogs affected by osteosarcoma bone cancer? Today on Tripawd Tuesday, we honor Bentley’s pack amazing dedication to participating in a groundbreaking clinical trial that will eventually help both dogs and people alike.

Bentley and Mom

Just like Shilo the Science Dog, they just completed participation in one of Dr. Nicola Mason’s bone cancer vaccine studies at the University of Pennsylvania (the same one that Tripawds member Spirit Sasha, profiled here, participated in). His Mom says:

 . . . cancer sucks and lung mets suck..but Dr Mason is absolutely amazing and was so good with Bentley and very helpful and caring with us – we are in great hands. And we’re staying hopeful that maybe Bentley will be the trailblazer and be the first dog to go into remission with lung mets in this study! Maybe he’ll go down in history and save lots of other babies! Still taking it one day at a time and enjoy every minute with my handsome man!

Bentley’s pack has had their share of ups and downs during the last few months, all while driving a long way to have him be in the study. From learning that he had lung metastasis while being evaluated for the trial, to barely surviving a rare but almost fatal side effect of the vaccine just days after his people’s May 17 wedding! After it was over, his Mom writes:

We’re hopeful that this heart issue is going to settle down and that he is not going to have any long term effects, first and foremost. But, we’re also hoping that maybe the vaccine did have some effect on his lung tumors – and who knows, maybe a miracle?

Throughout it all, they’ve endured so much together, and always with a smile.

Tripawd Hero Bentley

We just want to give them a big three-paws up and honor Bentley’s Journey today on Tripawd Tuesday (and congratulate his people on their marriage)!

Congrats to Bentley’s Pack!

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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?

Tripawd Tuesday: Virginia Tripawds Unite

This Sunday the Tripawds Nation is having a get-together in Richmond, Virginia, which also happens to take place on the same day as the Morris Animal Foundation Unite to Fight Virtual Walk to raise money for pet cancer research  What a great day to pawty! You can join everyone in spirit by supporting the Unite to Fight Walk here.

Today, we celebrate these pawesome Tripawds members for reaching out to one another during good times and sad and organizing the Virginia Tripawds get-together. We hope the event is unforgettable and will inspire others to organize Tripawd Pawties in their corner of the universe.

Angel Jake

Angel Jake and his amazing blue eyes.

Jakes’s Mom Elizabeth writes in the pack’s Tripawds blog:

Our 12 years together was so amazing. You were the greatest dog ever. I know just from the look in your eyes that you thought I was great too. We were quite a pair weren’t we? You running like a lunatic through the house, tail tucked, as fast as you could…and me laughing so hard egging you on. Me trying to pick you up and put you in the tub when you sat like a cement statue because you hated a bath. Then you’d get me back by shaking all the water off next to me until I was just as soaked as you. We’d lay in the hammock together in the sunshine, and we’d snuggle on the sofa on lazy saturday afternoons. We had so much fun didn’t we?!

Tanner

Tanner the mountain dog

Tanner is now part of Angel Jake’s pack. Elizabeth writes:

He did it! He hiked the highest peak in Shenandoah Nat’l park today. This was his first real hike so we cheated by starting at the halfway point, BUT he climbed over boulders and through rocks no problem! I’m so proud of him. Last time we were here, Jake was with us. I just know Jake was there in spirit and so happy Tanner is following in his footsteps.

Spirit Happy Hannah

Spirit Hannah

Happy Hannah’s mom Sally writes:

We know how fortunate we were to have this time together and we never took one second for granted! We never gave up on each other…and as hard as this piece of crap disease tried, we never broke!! We bent a little every now and then but we never broke! And we never broke because of each of you in this community. It has been a privilege…a true, true privilege to be on this journey with each of you. I could never go one second without smiling or laughing or just beaming all over when was I Happy Hannah’s presence. She is truly the light in my soul.

Lexie

Lexie

We’re hoping that the Virginia Tripawds pack of Deb and Lexie can make it too. Our paws are crossed!

Deb writes:

We’re going to make the most of the time she has left — and hopefully we’ll have a chance to hang out with the wonderful Sally/Happy Hannah and Elizabeth/Jake and Tanner in June in Richmond!

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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?

Tripawd Tuesday: Oh, Oreo!

Tuesday is the Tripawds Nation’s favorite day of the week! Today on Tripawd Tuesday, we celebrate the three-legged lifestyle and today the honor goes to:

Oreo!

Three-legged Cattle Dog Oreo

In her blog, Tales of Oreo, her Mom says:

People always say, “Oh, she’s so calm…”
Yeah, when she’s not jumping fences, running through the woods,
squeezing out my car window, tunneling under barricades… gotta love her!

This lovely three-legger has been busy. She recently made an appearance in her chariot while Mom participated in a Wounded Warrior charity run!

Oreo’s Tripawd Chariot

Oreo was the hit of the event! Her Mom says:

The runners were sooooooooooo nice! They of course loved Oreo, and we walked around a bit saying hello before the race started. Once I brought out her buggy we got a few raised eyebrows but they were accompanied by smiles. I was offering everyone rides back to the finish line for $5, ha ha.

We started at the back of the pack but quickly overtook the walkers. One runner lady was so funny, she said, “You know it’s bad when the three-legged dog passes you!” Ha haaaa! She was so lovely, and came over afterward to chat.

Oreo and Mom

Come along for the ride with Oreo, check out her blog today!

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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?

Tripawd Tuesday: Adopt Xena the MinPin from Texas

Do you know someone looking to adopt a small Tripawd with a big heart? Then Xena is your girl! Today she’s our Tripawd Tuesday featured story, please feel free to share it with others.

Meet Xena the Princess Warrior

“Hello, my name is Xena. It used to be something else but when Charlyne’s Pound Puppies rescued me after being hit by a car, they decided I was a princess warrior! Because of the car accident I had to have my leg amputated.

Adopt Three-legged MinPin Xena

Now I am a Tripawd, and proud of it. I can run as fast as ever (just not as long as I used to)! I had a hard life before C.P.P. took me in. It frightens me when people shout at me or raise their hand to me. But I forget easily and can’t wait to snuggle up as close as I can to my family members. I like dogs that are about my size and cats are ok too. I weigh about 10 lbs and am a Miniature Pinscher mixed with something else…perhaps a dachshund.

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Being a tripawd makes me a little less perfect than the other pups needing homes, but I promise to love you unconditionally furever.”

Help find Xena a forever family.

Follow her Tripawds Blog, and contact:

Charlyne’s Pound Puppies
http://poundpups.org/
Call (512) 832-4101
For more information or email: info@poundpups.org

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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?

Tripawd Tuesday: The Cat in the Fridge

Our visit to the BlogPaws Conference had many highlights but one of the best was discovering Crepes, a Tripawd kitty causing a sensation around the world after making a hilarious appearance in the hit video, Catalogue.

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Well, we’ve been hearing it from Jill the Tripawd Cancer Fighting Kitty and now we know it must be true; Tripawd Cat Bloggers are taking over the world!

Meet the Cat in the Fridge

Crepes is a Tripawd because she’s missing a foot. She is working hard to make the world better for unique animals by blogging about her life and special needs animals at Cat in the Fridge. Check out this fantastic post she wrote about muscular imbalances in Tripawds, specifically cats.

Photo by Alana Grelyak, pictured with Crepes

Her Mom Alana is an energetic animal advocate, musician and the primary script writer for the CATastrophes web series, where funny things happen when cats appear. She and Crepes started the blog, Cat in the Fridge as a way to help more special needs kitties get adopted and profile special needs adoption rescues:

many people who are aware of special needs animals are concerned about the extra care that might be involved and shy away from that. In fact, many special needs pets, such as blind pets, three-legged pets, etc. don’t require very much extra care at all and are, in fact, one of a kind in a way that a normal animal isn’t. In a world where animal groups are fighting hard to end euthanasia, it is imperative to make people understand that animals who aren’t perfect on the outside are still perfect on the inside, and shouldn’t be overlooked. — Crepes

We are so hoppy that we met this dynamic duo and look forward to following along with Crepes’ adventures. Be sure to hop on over and say hello!

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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?

 

Tripawd Tuesday: Shilo the Science Superstar

Have you met Shilo the Science Dog? Well today on Tripawd Tuesday, now’s your chance!

Palladia Study Helps Shilo Fight Osteosarcoma

They say lightening never strikes twice, but Shilo is proof that it’s a bunch of hooey. Tragically just a few weeks after her brother TJ earned his angel wings because of osteosarcoma, this gorgeous German Shepherd mix was diagnosed with the same disease!

Not being one to take thing sitting down, Shilo’s dad Paul decided to research all of his options for treating canine osteosarcoma. He discovered  the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center and promptly enrolled Shilo in a clinical study for treating osteosarcoma with Palladia:

The VCIC is now enrolling dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma (OSA) for a new clinical trial assessing the effectiveness, safety and tolerability of Palladia® (toceranib phosphate) in controlling or decreasing spread of the cancer and prolonging the length of life of dogs with osteosarcoma following limb amputation.

As an alternative to IV chemotherapy, Palladia® is an oral tablet given at home by owners and the dose of medication is tailored to the individual dog in order to limit side effects.  There is evidence to suggest that drugs like Palladia® may exert an anti-metastatic effect against OSA.  This new trial provides an option for owners who decline traditional chemotherapy but would like to try to control cancer progression using oral medication.

So far she’s handling her treatments like a champ and attracting worldwide attention! Paul says:

Shilo is doing great.  They said that her blood work is good but I need to keep her on antacids every day.  Not a problem.  Shilo loves cream cheese and ignores the pills I slip into it.

To follow Shilo’s science story, check out our blog, Shilo the Science Dog!

Osteosarcoma survivor Shilo beats cancer with Palladia

Shilo the Science Dog Tripawd Blog

 

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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?

 

Tripawd Tuesday: Barret’s Beautiful Book

Tripawd Tuesday is a weekly celebration of All Things Tripawd! Today we spotlight the pawesome Barret, who lost his leg to hemangiopericytoma almost one year ago, on June 11.

Barret

Barret and his Mom Heather, have created a crafty Tripawd Heroes photo book that will travel ongoing Tripawds events and pawties around the world.

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The book celebrates our members thanks to photos sent in after a call-out in the Discussion Forums.

The photo album is now complete, just in time for the big Proud Pet Day event where Barret lives, in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Here are just a few pages from this treasure:

 Tripawds Three Legged Dog Photo Book

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Thank you Barret and Heather! What a pawesome thing to do for the community.

Download the Tripawds Photo Album here

Follow Barret’s Tripawd Blog here

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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?

Tripawd Tuesday: Little Man’s Scoop

Today on Tripawd Tuesday, Little Man the Tripawd cat has a scoop he wants to share with you, but it’s not what you think it is:

Little Man is ten years old. He lost his leg to a Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS) tumor found on his rear leg, one year and ten months ago and he’s doing wonderfully! In his blog he tells us:

Dad was worried that I wouldn’t be happy with 3 legs. He thought I wouldn’t be able to live like a normal cat and that I’d be miserable. “What kind of life would that be?”, he asked my mom. His first suggestion was to just take care of me as long as they could and keep me comfortable. Mom did some research and showed dad videos of other animals living with 3 legs. He was still very uncertain. He told my mom that it was up to her. She called the vet and scheduled my surgery.

One year and ten months later, Little Man is thriving and doing great as a Tripawd. Lately he’s been offering some insight on what it’s like to be a Tripawd kitty, by answering burning questions posed by the Tripawds Nation:

Little Man

Question: Has being a Tripawd affected your ability to jump off of high places like countertops? Do you still land as graceful as a four-legged cat, or even better?

See Little Man’s answer here.

Question: What’s your secret to beating cancer? If you could give advice to kitties about to become Tripawds, what would it be?

Little Man share’s his insight here.

Question: We want to know what changes you have ‘inspired in the way local animals are treated.’

Read what Little Man says.

Do you have more questions about life as a Tripawd kitty? Hop on over to Little Man’s Tripawds blog and ask him today!

Also, be sure to check out more fun stories from all Tripawds community TriKitty Bloggers!

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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?

Join Tripawds at Blog Paws 2014

I'm Speaking at BlogPaws 2014 - The Pet Blogging and Social Media ConferenceTripawds is excited to be speaking THIS WEEK at the #BlogPaws 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, the world’s biggest & best pet blogging and best social media conference. Stay tuned for all the scoop on how things are going!

Tripawds Parties Spring Up Across the Globe

Tripawds is an international organization with enthusiastic members who are currently planning get-together “pawties” all over the globe.

From Australia to Austria, you’ll find hoppy three-legged pawrents seeking friendship and camaraderie with other three-legged families.

Here are just a few pawties in the planning stages. To initiate your own gathering, visit the Tripawd Parties Forum today!

Northern California: May 10

On Saturday May 10, the Tripawds of Northern California crew will meet at the Mill Valley Dog Park just north of San Francisco. Be on extra alert for Bernie Bin Laden . . .

“the rampage will be of epic proportions. No food will be left uneaten. No crotch will be left unmolested. No lawn will be left unpooped..consider yourself warned.” See this announcement for details.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, May 17

Join Barret and Heather for Proud Pet Day 2014 (sponsored by Lancaster CARES & Pet Pantry Rescue)

  • That Fish Place – That Pet Place field next to store
  • 237 Centerville Rd, Lancaster PA 17603

Heather says: “Last year’s event drew 1000s of pet lovers from around the area to meet with rescues, vets, and local dog/cat service providers (daycares, vendors, agility centers, etc). We may have a “PetOlympics” with a specially-abled category if the planning committee can make it happen!”

Want to help staff the Tripawds booth? Get involved here!

Proud Pet Day 2014 (sponsored by Lancaster CARES & Pet Pantry Rescue)

That Fish Place – That Pet Place field next to store

237 Centerville Rd, Lancaster PA 17603

May 17, 2014, all day

I will be setting up a table at the event for community outreach for Tripawds with Barret :) I have already requested the tribute leash and banner/materials from Rene.

Last year’s event drew 1000s of pet lovers from around the area to meet with rescues, vets, and local dog/cat service providers (daycares, vendors, agility centers, etc). We may have a “PetOlympics” with a specially-abled category if the planning committee can make it happen!

– See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/schedule-of-tripawds-parties-2014/#sthash.p98nZkTV.dpuf

Western Massachusetts / New England: Weekend of May 16-17 or June 21-22

These New England Tripawds members are currently planning a gathering and say “we have two possible sites (event can include both):

  • Northampton Dog Park (5k leash-optional walk)
  • Nonotuck Park (on-leash walk, bbq sites)

Get involved! See more in this Forum discussion.

More Pawties Call-Outs

These other members are currently trying to connect with Tripawds packs in their part of the world so they can get a pawty planning session started:

Virginia

The Pacific Northwest

Saskatchewan, Canada

Tripawd pawties are a blast, hop on over to the Discussion Forums and get started on organizing a get-together in your part of the world. We’ll help get the word out any way we can.

We have two possible sites (event can include both):
-Northampton Dog Park (5k leash-optional walk)
-Nonotuck Park (on-leash walk, bbq sites) – See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/w-mass-new-england-tripawd-meetup-walk-bbq/#sthash.Ajmbpadn.dpuf
he weekend of May 16-17 (before Mem. Day) or June 21-22. – See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/w-mass-new-england-tripawd-meetup-walk-bbq/#sthash.Ajmbpadn.dpuf
 The rampage will be of epic proportions.  No food will be left uneaten.  No crotch will be left unmolested.  No lawn will be left unpooped. – See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/nor-cal-tripawd-party-may-10/#sthash.oPDHrJJA.dpuf
 The rampage will be of epic proportions.  No food will be left uneaten.  No crotch will be left unmolested.  No lawn will be left unpooped. – See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/nor-cal-tripawd-party-may-10/#sthash.oPDHrJJA.dpuf
 The rampage will be of epic proportions.  No food will be left uneaten.  No crotch will be left unmolested.  No lawn will be left unpooped. – See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/nor-cal-tripawd-party-may-10/#sthash.oPDHrJJA.dpuf
 The rampage will be of epic proportions.  No food will be left uneaten.  No crotch will be left unmolested.  No lawn will be left unpooped. – See more at: http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/nor-cal-tripawd-party-may-10/#sthash.oPDHrJJA.dpuf

Tripawd Tuesday: Rusty’s Triumph Over Amputation and Trigeminal Neuralgia

Today on Tripawd Tuesday you’ll be amazed when you read about Rusty. This sweet dog not only bounced back from amputation surgery due to an osteosarcoma diagnosis, but immediately aftward he came down with a rare condition called Trigemanal Neuritis, a heartbreaking situation that manifests as paralysis of the facial muscles. The good news is that he triumphed over that too, thanks to his mom Lori’s amazing dedication. We hope that their story will help someone else who must cope with this scary situation. Here’s his story as told by Lori:

Rusty Loses a Leg to Osteosarcoma

Rusty is a 8 year old German Shepherd mix weighing 70 pounds, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rusty

In August 2013 we rushed him to the vet thinking he may have sprain his leg or maybe even broken. The vet said it wasn’t broken possible sprain. He was given a pain med injection. The vet decided it might be a minor break so we scheduled him to get the xray in September, but instead of a break he called me and told me his left tibia was being eaten away by a cancerous tumor called Osteosarcoma.

We were devastated by the diagnosis. We did a lot of research finding that he may only survive a month or 2 with out surgery with surgery 4 months without chemo. He is part of our family so we decided to go ahead and have the amputation done very hard decision. He had the amputation done on October 2013.

Rusty

The surgery went really good,we went there to get him. He didn’t want to get up when his daddy went in but when he heard his mama’s voice he came to me and very excited. He was able to get in the van by himself and climb up the 2 steps to go into the house. He was Meloxicam and Tramadol for pain and antibiotic he was in pain for a couple days it got better each day. He didn’t want to eat the first day but he started the 2 day. We built a ramp so he could go out to potty. In a couple days he was ready to go walking not far but he was excited to go.

Rusty

It has been 5 1/2 months now and he is doing great. He gets around on 3 legs great as if he has always had three legs. We don’t regret doing it. It gave him a quality of life he deserves without pain. We hope we have him around for many more years.

The Biggest Hurdle: Trigemanal Neuritis

I feed four dogs so I am on top of watching them so they want eat each others food, he picked up a mouthful of food and it all fell out he couldn’t swallow it. He was holding his mouth half way open, he couldn’t close it and he was drooling so bad, he wasn’t able to get the food picked up. I was afraid he had a broken jaw or maybe a stroke. Our vet was closed so we had to take him to the emergency room.

They checked him over didn’t believe that he had a broken jaw they believed it was Trigemanal Neuritis and if it was it would get better in 4 weeks. They said to set up a appointment with the specialist so they can do a MRI of the jaw and it would be $350.00 to make sure it wasn’t broke. That morning i called and happen the specialist was there and he got on the phone and talked to me about Rusty’s condition I told him I didn’t have the money for it. He gave me his opinion of what what it could be by what the ER doctor wrote on Rusty’s chart and agreed with her it was possibly Trigemenal Neuritis. So I did my research couldn’t find much.

Rusty

Trigeminal Neuritis: I research it and couldn’t find much about it, I just read everything I could about it, in some of the research they would say put his bowl higher up so he didn’t have to bend down and it would help with swallowing.

You have to give them water every hour or 2 to make sure they get enough, very time consuming but very important. In feeding him took a little bit more time than usual I had to soak his kibble and when he ate he made huge mess so keep newspaper or cloth under them for easy clean up.

I found info on a sportsman page that his hunting dog did the same thing, he searched too he found putting a band around the muzzle so they can hold the food in so he can swallow. It helped he made a big mess but was able to eat. Their kibble needs to be soaked so its softer for them to swallow, but he couldn’t drink water so I had to try ways to get him his fluids so he wouldn’t get dehydrated. I used a turkey baster and it didn’t work, I tried a water bottle it didn’t work, so I tried a meat injector without the needle and he was able to get his fluids this way. I took the water and mixed it with chicken broth so he would take it and he did.

Rusty

I took him to our vet after I researched and he didn’t know anything about this condition, I told him what i found and what Rusty needed to get better which was Prednisone for 10 days and ointment for his eyes. It took a little while to see improvement but we finally saw it. During this condition of not using his jaws his lost the muscles and his eyes and cheeks sunk in, it was very scarey but he is filling back in and using his jaw all the time barking and other things he is back.

It took time and he did get better gradually, I used the rubber band everyday for 2 weeks then I used it every other day.

Rusty

He is doing great now he eats and drink without help, he chews on his rawhide bones with no problems. He loves chasing his 3 sisters and chewing on them playing of course.

My advice would be do a lot of research this condition could of been from a stroke, broken job or other things. They told me their opinion and that’s what I researched. If I had of left it up to the doctors it would of been several thousands of dollars spent on unnecessary test that would of shown nothing wrong. He wasn’t in any pain so I was able to research it but if in pain of course I would of done anything to find out what was wrong. I hope this helps someone else if their baby has these symptoms. Research is number 1.

Rusty

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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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I'm Speaking at BlogPaws 2014 - The Pet Blogging and Social Media ConferenceTripawds 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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Best Gear for Tripawds

Find the most helpful items for three-legged dogs by checking out Tripawds Gear product reviews and demonstration videos. Here you will find the popular Ruff Wear harness, and Bark'n Boots, or FitPAWS training equipment and much more!

Tripawds Nutrition Blog

Learn about the best dog supplements and healthy pet diets for all Tripawds, with or without cancer. Save on dog medications, healthy food, and learn about K9 Immunty, Power Mushrooms, Dasuquin, and other recommended canine supplements.

Gifts for Tripawd Lovers

Show your Tripawd Pride with three legged dog t-shirts, cards, caps, mugs, memorial gifts, and more! Follow the Gifts Blog for new item announcements, or browse the Tripawds Gift Shop directly. Get your Tripawds bandanna here. You name your price!

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