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Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Superdog Hunter

Today’s Tripawd Tuesday features the amazing story of Hunter the Superdog!

Hunter is a rear leg amputee and bone cancer Tripawd hero. If you need a hearty dose of inspawration, read how he’s beaten the osteosarcoma odds for over a year and counting! Here’s his story as told by his pack:

“Hunter is our HERO!

He has been in our hearts and lives since we brought him home at 8 weeks of age and he could walk under the kitchen chairs!

In a few years he became a phenomenal pheasant hunting machine. Everyone who hunted with him said he was simply the best.

In May, 2012, at the age of 8, Hunter went through a right rear leg amputation and 6 rounds of chemotherapy because of osteosarcoma. But, every step of the way Hunter exceeded our expectations and the expectations of his doctors. He is the definition of a Happy Lab!

Hunter continues to bring smiles to everyone who meets him, especially children. Everyone knows him as “Super Dog” and the clinics are happy to talk about him whenever I call.

Hunter wears a Super Dog bandanna when he goes places and has even been known to attend chemotherapy sessions in his Super Dog costume!

Hunter is still with us, even after his December, 2012 lung metastasis diagnosis. Once again, he is exceeding the medial expectations. We love him very much and he has shown us how to be strong at the hardest time in our lives.

We plan on celebrating his 10th birthday this July 27th!

His blog can be read at Superdog.Tripawds.com”

Celebrate your own three-legged hero in
Tripawd Heroes, Volume 1” featuring your Tripawd and
25 more inspawrational canine amputees
loving life on three legs!

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 Tuesday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

 

 

We Salute Lucca and Canine War Heroes Everywhere

Today is Memorial Day in America, a special day to salute the service of our military men, women and of course, canines!

Retired Military Working Dogs Salute

Photo from RMWD Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Retired-Military-Working-Dogs/162014883861620

A Tribute to Lucca

On this day we want to salute one very special retired military working dog, the one and only Tripawd Lucca.

Lucca Gets a Purple Heart

Photo from Lucca’s Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/LuccaK458

Lucca is an 9 year old German Shepherd/ Belgium Malinois mix. She is a Specialized Search Dog (retired) trained to search for explosives off-leash.

This courageous soldier girl made headlines around the world last year when she was reunited with her first handler after losing her leg in Afghanistan to an IED. Lucca is now a worldwide representative for retired military working dogs and of course Tripawds!

Earlier this year she won hearts everywhere when she appeared in the Rose Parade on the Natural Balance Salute to Military Working Dogs float.

Lucca and her first and second handlers at the Rose Parade

Her public relations know-how has done wonders to spread the word that three legged canines from all backgrounds can live fabulous lives after amputation.

Thank you Lucca!
Here’s to you and retired military working dogs on Memorial Day 2013!

Lucca

Photo from Lucca’s Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/LuccaK458

Support Canine Heroes, Adopt a Military Working Dog

Did you know you can adopt a retired military working dog? Military working dogs are typically retired as senior dogs and the U.S. military has adoption programs for very special people who want to adopt these heroes.

Here are some organizations and information that can help you find out if adopting a retired military working dog is right for your pack:

The Retired Military Working Dog Assistance Organization
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog Adoption Information (PDF)

U.S. Retired Military Working Dogs Facebook Page

It’s Summertime!

Chuy Maloney Welcomes you to His Mud Bath

Tripawd Tuesday with TJ, a Cancer Hero With a Job

Today’s Tripawd Tuesday featured member is TJ, a retired racing greyhound and THREE YEAR osteosarcoma survivor!

We had the pleasure of meeting TJ last year when he was working at the Greyhounds Rock “Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer” event (pictured in front with Greyhounds ROCK and guest Fabien Cousteau) and have been smitten ever since.

TJ is currently in the running in the annual American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards and would love your daily votes!

Here is TJ’s story as told by his mom, Kim:

“We adopted TJ at the end of a successful racing career. He came to us as a foster but after a week with us we took him to Mary Washington Hospital with our other two Therapy Dog Greyhounds as we didn’t trust a greyhound just off the track in our home alone.

TJTJ was a star! He greeted each and every person who came into the lobby like an old pro. It was then that we decided to add him to our family and soon afterwards he became a Therapy Dog.

A natural extrovert, he has visited hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and has participated in local events for over 7 years bringing smiles to all whom meet him.

In July 2010, TJ was diagnosed with bone cancer which resulted in the removal of his left front leg. Not to be deterred by this handicap, he was again visiting his patients and resumed an active Therapy Dog schedule.

Recently, he was asked to participate in a local day program where siblings of children with disabilities were to learn about the difference between the duties of Service Dogs and those of Therapy Dogs. The lesson went on as planned but turned into a teachable moment when as one child said, “Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t have a job too.” That idea has become the basis of a book (“TJ Has A Job”) about TJ we hope to publish soon.

TJ at WorkSince his diagnosis of cancer and amputation, TJ has added another duty to his already full schedule and that is as a spokesdog for Canine Cancer Research for Greyhounds ROCK. He has helped to raise thousands of dollars for Canine Cancer Research through “Take A Bite Out Of Canine Cancer” Benefit and is currently undergoing an experimental cancer treatment that may one day be used in humans.

He has met many, many people who can’t believe how happy and outgoing he is.

He still loves to run, still plays with his toys, and still love to go to new places. We take him everywhere. He is almost 3 years cancer free and he is an inspiration to all who meet this “happy-go-lucky” dog.

We are so glad he is in our lives and once again TJ has been nominated for the Hero Dog Award. Please vote for TJ and spread the word that it’s better to hop on three than to limp on four!

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 Tuesday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

Wordless Wednesday Woofs for Ice Cream

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I Scream, You Scream, the Oaktown Pack Loves their Ice Cream!

Tripawd Tuesday With Love from Happy Hannah

Today is Tripawd Tuesday and we’re celebrating the inspawrational story of Happy Hannah, a 123 pound, 8.5 year old Mastiff.

We bring her story to your attention because Hannah’s story is so full of hope. You wouldn’t know it based on when she first arrived at Tripawds, and her Mom posted this:

Was concerned she wouldn’t be able to walk after surgery, now I fear she may not recover from it.

Has anyone experienced where it looked like two/three days after surgery things were going fairly well and -boom–just didn’t,t want to get up and completely stopped drinking. ….Soooooo scared and cannot believe this is happening –should not have done this—at least not at this hospital.

Has anyone had similar situation and what was done to get back on to recovery. I can’t stand to see her let Suffer from this. Must pull her through and get her in good shape for successful chemo. Sorry to ramble. I respect and value everyone on this journey and thank you for helping me not feel so excruciatingly alone.

Sally and. My beloved Hannah

Read more in Sally’s first Tripawds forum post, “Six Days After Rear Leg Amp and Getting Worse-Very Scared Made Horrible Decision.”

Less than three months later, Sally writes:

Now, o e reason I think it’s good is probably a who.e lot of people who are facing the amputation decision go to that site……see it can be a rough start…..see all the great I formative support….and see how wonderfully well everything is conti using to turn out:-) :-):-):-) clap, clap, clap:-)

Congrats to Happy Hannah and Sally for overcoming adversity and showing everyone what’s possible!

If your vet ever tells you your animal is too young, old, big, small, whatever, for amputation, just remember Happy Hannah’s story and then get a second opinion.

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 Tuesday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

Wordless Wednesday with Lacey and Earl

Six months after amputation surgery,
Tripawd Lacey is up to her usual pranks.
Hoppy Ampuversary Lacey!

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Hoppy Tripawd Tuesday from the King of Portugal

Did you know the King of Portugal is a Tripawd?

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King is a Tripawd who ruled over Bianca Charity in Sesimbra, Portugal until last March when he was adopted by two wonderful pawrents, Anne and Teeniee. King is today’s featured Tripawd because of his tireless efforts to get the word out about a terrific organization, Bianca Charity.

The King’s loyal servants wrote to share his story:

“Anne and I adopted King after volunteering at Bianca Charity in Sesimbra, Portugal in March. This was the most rewarding holiday of our lives. The energy that Ana, the staff and the volunteers have at Bianca, is indescribable!  We’re planning all our next holidays with the babies at the Bianca shelter ;-)


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The photo of little King is used in the article (below) to show people how he’s doing after his front leg amputation when he was only 3 months old. King suffered a severely gashed and broken leg when he was hit by a car. His former owner did nothing but wrap his leg in an old piece of gauze and by the time he was dumped by the Bianca shelter 8 days later, gangrene had set in and the leg had to be removed.

Thanks to the good care at Bianca shelter he’s doing fine now on 3 legs and since April 14 he’s living with Anne & me in Belgium.”

Bianca Charity is holding a big fundraising gala this weekend in Aberdeen Scotland. King was recently featured in this article about the event:

How to Help Bianca Charity

According to the Friends of Bianca Charity English website;

“Bianca is a Portuguese charity that rescues, treats, cares for and then re-homes stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Portugal, where there are no government supported animal shelters. Many of the animals, which are left in the streets to fend for themselves or found tied or chained to the fence of the Bianca compound, have suffered severely through neglect and abuse and, without Bianca, some would simply starve to death or die of treatable diseases. Established in 2002 in Sesimbra, south of Lisbon, and run solely by volunteers, Bianca now takes 600 animals into its care every year.

The shelter currently looks after over 250 dogs and in addition fosters 30 cats and works diligently to find loving, permanent homes with responsible owners for the animals in their care. This re-homing takes place not only in Portugal but in many countries around Europe such as Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Holland, and Norway, through a network of animal associations. An exciting new opportunity to re-home even more animals in Bianca’s care is opening up in the United Kingdom, due to the changes in regulations.

The best life for these animals, who through no fault of their own have found their way to the Bianca shelter, is to be adopted into a forever home. Funds raised through Friends of Bianca are being used to not only support Bianca in Portugal but to assist in their current re-homing program and hopefully in early course to assist in bringing dogs to the UK.

King would like you to visit the Friends of Bianca website to see the many ways in which you can help this wonderful group.

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 Sunday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

 

Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Loki’s Ampuversary

Today we are celebrating Tripawd Tuesday with Loki, who just celebrated his three week ampuversary. Read on to find out how your Tripawd can be featured too.

Loki’s Momma Stacey wrote this kind note to us:

“Just wanted to share Loki’s 3 week anniversary as a tripawd! I never thought for a million years he would do this good:) thanks for helping me through this “tripawd” experience!”

loki

And here he is pawtying it up!

Hoppy Ampuversary Loki!

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 Tuesday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.

Hoppy Wordless Wednesday with Jake the Snake

Jake the Snake

Jake the Snake, hoppy to go home after amputation surgery.

In honor of Spirit Jake, an early Tripawds member and true Tripawd Hero.

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