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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tripawd Tuesday: Play On, Action Jackson!

It’s Tripawd Tuesday and if you want to start your day with a smile then hop up and down and chant

JACKSON!
JACKSON!
JACKSON!

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Let’s celebrate the miraculous journey of one amazing nine year old Tripawd who we’ve all come to know and love since he first joined us in December 2012. Recently Jackson and his Momma Katy celebrated his 15 month ampuversary. Jackson lost his leg to osteosarcoma so 15 months out is a huge deal! Katy writes:

Celebrating Jackson’s 15 month ampuversary today IS marvelous!!!!  (He did have an onco appointment, so that’s a crappy way for HIM, but alas it happened and he got rubs, kisses, and “whoot whoots!”)  But, it also comes with sadness.  Thinking of all who are across The Bridge and have left since Jackson’s amputation is heartbreaking.  How I hate this cancer.

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Yes, he’s doing great!  We selected to NOT have xrays done.  At this point, it’s been a year since his last xrays.  I figure something most be there.  I mean, with how this cancer moves and what it does, something must be brewing.  No, no signs of anything.  His onco is SUPER excited and happy with how he’s doing.  She’s fine with keeping him on metronomic therapy another 6 months….if we’re lucky.  I just can’t get cocky or too complacent with his diagnosis.

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As hard as it is to visit these forums and cry, it has become important to my psyche and coping with Jackson’s cancer.  I need to remain tied to all possibilities.  These possibilities remind me to never take a day for granted and to give Jackson the best day possible, followed by a bedtime hug, kiss, and a wish for “good puppy dreams.”  Every day he’s here is grand!  We love him tremendously and strive to make his days as good as possible! In the meantime: PLAY ON!  Jackson is living life large, with zest, and zoomies!

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Tripawd Tuesday than to honor Jackson and Katy with a big “THREE PAWS UP!” Congratulations you two, thank you for all you do here to help others and contribute in so many ways even as you walk your own path through the cancer journey. You rock!

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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

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Look Out Hollywood: Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Chosen as Rin Tin Tin

HOT OFF THE PRESS!
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
HOT OFF THE PRESS!

In lieu of our usual Tripawd Tuesday feature, here’s a very special and thrilling announcement about Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray:

Wyatt Cast as Rin Tin Tin!

For decades, Hollywood producers have been in search of the next Rin Tin Tin. Recently we sent this audition tape in a casting call for handsome German Shepherds.

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Yesterday we received an unforgettable email from Hollywood director Ron Howard:

“After much consideration and screen tests for thousands of exceptional, male German Shepherd Dogs from around the world, it’s obvious to our production team that Wyatt Ray is the clear choice for the number one role in our upcoming screenplay loosely based on Susan Orlean’s book, “Rin Tin Tin, The Life and the Legend.”

Can you believe it?!

Wyatt will star alongside Justin Bieber and Myley Cyrus in the movie, scheduled to begin production this summer.

In an altered version of Orleans’ book, Wyatt will be returning to the USA as a wounded amputee war dog who endured extensive combat duty in Afghanistan, where he saved the lives of 13 troops after an IED exploded near their Humvee. The movie is slated to debut in summer 2016.

Imagine! A Tripawd hero on the big screen! Can an Oscar be next?

This is amazing news for Tripawds everywhere!

Please join us in this April Fool’s Day celebration!

Tripawd Tuesday: Shelby Makes People Smile

It’s Tripawd Tuesday and today we’re celebrating Shelby, a very special rescue dog who’s making a difference in the world! She’s been a Tripawds member for many years and we are proud to feature her story today. Her Dad Jack writes:

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Shelby became a Social/Therapy dog, certified by Paws for Healing in Napa, CA., the American Kennel Club and Assistance Dogs International.

She’s visited Veteran’s at the VA Hospital in Martinez, CA. Men and women from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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We’ll never forget the visits and the honor we felt, sitting, talking and listening to the very best that gave so much for our country.

Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa is now the focus of our Social/Therapy work. During the last four years we have visited hundreds of doctors, nurses, staff, patients, friends and families.

Shelby and Dad

We are so blessed and fortunate that Shelby shares her life with us. She has brought joy, smiles, a few tears and comfort to scores of people from 18 months to 95 years old.

If not for her, we wouldn’t have met our wonderful TRIPAWD and Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary family and friends.

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Let’s give 3-paws up to Shelby and her pawrents for all they do to make people smile!

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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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Midwest Supporters Raise Tripawd Awareness Annual Event

In February, long-time Tripawds community supporters Spirit Hope’s pack, Barb and John Young, along with Cadence’s Mom Heather Neal, helped get the word out about three-legged heroes at the My Furry Valentine Adoption Extravaganza held on February 15th and 16th in West Chester, Ohio.

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Despite terrible weather, Barb was able to make it to the event where she reports that “I passed out A LOT of information, especially to rescues and shelters.”

She adds “There were 4 tripawd dogs that were available for adoption–one was in the booth next to me!”

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As part of the Young’s dedication to their Mission of Hope project, Barb and John worked hard at the two day event to promote animal amputee awareness, and even secured some generous donations to the community!

Unfortunately, Cadence and her Mom Heather were prevented from making the long drive from Chicago because of the bad weather. Barb says that last year’s attendees remembered Cadence and were sad that she couldn’t make it.

Please join us in giving a big “Three Paws Up!” to these generous Midwestern Tripawds supporters who continue their effort to raise Tripawd awareness!

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Create Tripawd Awareness in Your Town

Spreading the word about the amazing capabilities of three-legged dogs and cats is easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot. Print our free Tripawds fliers, then display them at your veterinarian’s office, grooming salon, dog park and other places where pet pawrents gather!

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.

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

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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.

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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?

Join Tripawds at Blog Paws 2014

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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.

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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!

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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

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.
I'm Speaking at BlogPaws 2014 - The Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference

Join us and get 10% off registration!
Register here and use this Code: BlogPaws2014-Speaker-Nelson-10

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

Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday

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

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Don’t forget to share your special Tripawd moments
for the chance to win a free collar cam!

Wordless Wednesday: Recovering in Style

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

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