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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.

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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?

3-Legged Victory at AKC Nationals

Last Saturday a first-of-its-kind Tripawd victory was witnessed around the world when The American Kennel Club presented its most prestigious honor to Bart, a three-legged Vizsla and five year osteosarcoma bone cancer survivor from Georgia.

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Bart and his mom Darcy were bestowed the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) at the AKC’s Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

As you can see in this awards ceremony video, Bart shined like the superstar he is and Darcy was magnificent as she beamed with pride. What an honor it was when she asked us to create an original leather dog collar just for Bart to wear at this event!

“It was surreal to be standing there, with this applause, screaming and whistling for these amazing dogs and that Bart was one of them,” Darcy told us Monday. “I still can’t think about that without tears running down my face.”

The three-day event drew thousands of enthusiastic dog lovers from around the world, several hundred of which visited the Vizsla Club of America’s booth where Bart reigned supreme.

Bart Wins the ACE Award

“They treated us like absolute rock stars and Bart was incredible with everyone who came up to meet him,” Darcy shared. “The Vizsla booth at the Meet The Breed event had his Gun Dog Magazine cover blown up to 8 x 10 feet and when Bart was there for his appearance, the crowd was 4 deep to meet him. It was crazy and fun and a once in a lifetime experience! Better yet, our booth won 1st place for the sporting dogs. Clearly due to the gorgeous Tripawd who was the main attraction!”

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Darcy and Bart experienced three amazing days they’ll never forget. “When we would ride in the shuttles, Bart would climb in and just get in a seat like he was a person…everyone would laugh and take pictures, including almost all of the shuttle drivers! There was not a moment that was not amazing,” she said.

Be More Dog, Defined

From the moment he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2008, Bart and his mom Darcy have shown the world that cancer and the loss of a limb need not stop anyone from living life to the fullest. This dynamic duo has been a part of the Tripawds community ever since his the earliest days of his cancer battle.

Tripawd Vizsla Bart Wins AKC ACE Award

Since then Bart has achieved awards and accolades that no other Tripawd has ever received; from being the first three-legged Vizsla to earn an AKC Master Hunter Title, to his inspawrational cancer survival story, this handsome hero is the ultimate example of how to Be More Dog.

While Darcy is extremely conscientious about making sure his activity level is appropriate for a Tripawd’s capabilities, she also understands that Bart was born to live his greatest passions and nothing has gotten in the way of his life’s work.

At eight years old, he is officially retired from hunting competitions but we have a strong feeling that the best is yet to come for this one-of-a-kind Tripawd hero.

Please give a 3-paw salute to Bart, winner, hero and inspawration. Congratulations Bart and Darcy!

 Recommended Reading

Bart’s Story: The Greatest of These is Love

Learn about three-legged hunting champion Vizsla, osteosarcoma survivor and AKC Award Recipient Bart in article by Pam Stuart.

Bart and Darcy Visit Tripawd Talk Radio

Download Tripawd Talk Radio interview with the mom and vet of a Bart, a three year canine cancer survivor and three-legged AKC hunting champion Vizsla.

Wordless Wednesday: Congratulations Bart

 

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Congratulations to Bart, Tripawd Hero, Master Hunter, Bone Cancer Survivor and
Winner of the American Kennel Club’s 2013 ACE Award for Exemplary Companion Dog!

Bart Wins the ACE Award

See Bart get his award at this first ever Tripawd victory!

Wordless Wednesday: Who Did That?

“That is SO not cool!”

Tripawd Tuesday: Senior Michigan Tripawd Dog Needs a Forever Home

Today on Tripawd Tuesday we’re asking folks to share this post about Trinity, a sweet senior Tripawd in Michigan who would love a forever family.

Her foster mom Katrin would love for you to help by sharing this link with others:
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West Olive, Michigan: Help Trinity Find Her Forever Family

Meet Trinity – A beautiful soul with a turbulent life.

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Trinity came to Harbor Humane Society in 2009. She was injured and required surgery to save her life. As one of the original recipients of our Hope Fund, she received the attention she needed.

Although she lost her leg, she recovered beautifully and was adopted by a loving local family. Sadly recent circumstances have forced that family to move and they could not bring Trinity along.

Trinity is now back with us her at Harbor Humane Society and is again looking for a permanent loving family to live out her final years.

She is a senior tripawd who is incredibly loving and well mannered. She does wonderfully with other dogs, cats and small children as well! She is available for adoption through Harbor Humane Society in West Olive, MI and recently placed in a foster home where she is absolutely adored.

To learn more about this sweet heart, please visit her Petfinder Page, contact Harbor Humane Society at 616-399-2119 and make an appointment to meet her.

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.

Wordless Wednesday: Let the Howlidays Begin

Jake kicks off the howliday decorating!

Tripawd Tuesday: Golden Grady’s Glorious Recovery

If you’re new to the Tripawd journey and facing recovery challenges, we hope that this edition of Tripawd Tuesday will brighten your day. Everyone, meet Grady!

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Grady lost his leg to cancer. Here are excerpts from Grady’s story, as told by his people. You can read lots more about his journey in this Tripawds Discussion Forums post.

“Grady is a Golden, and he’ll be 11 on Nov.18th.

His amputation was on a Friday. On Sunday afternoon, I had left his side for all of four minutes…and when I came back, he was on the couch. We did hit that slump in between weeks 1 and 2, when his energy dropped, he seemed depressed, and we thought he may have been sicker than we thought. He also popped a few stitches after 1 week, and got a few external stitches to close the wound back up.

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So, at 3 weeks post-amp, he happily hopped back to the vet to have his stitches removed, ANOTHER chest xray, and CBC. The vet was truly stunned at his mobility and perkiness, and all bloodwork was 100% perfect!

We asked when we should bring him back, and he said…they’re taught to never use the word “cured” when dealing with cancer, but I should read between the lines: we’ll see you in March, for his annual well-check!

My son now uses Grady on weekends, with Wounded Warriors, and Grady also spends time at an adult daycare facility, for handicapped adults, and elderly patients. He still catches air, all 3 legs off the ground, and has learned to scratch at the back door (he’s a front leg amp!). I have a heart attack when he does stairs, but he does them better than he did prior to his surgery. He chases balls, chickens, kids…it rewound time for him.

I love all of my pets (3 dogs, 2 cats, and 6 chickens), but there’s just something so inspiring and downright admirable about a dog that goes through an amputation that’s oddly calming. My perspective, not just on my dog, but on LIFE, had been profoundly affected!

Grady

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 paragraphs, 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.

Tripawd Tuesday Introduces Otis the Awesome

Looking for some inspawration? Check out the story of Otis, a new Tripawd. His dad Stevee McDade explains:

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Our handsome boy, Otis is a 11 month old yellow lab/mastiff cross.

He was hit by a car on October 30th which resulted in the amputation of his front left leg on November 1, 2013.

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Two weeks post surgery and this tough cookie was back to his regular tricks! (playing with only his SQUEKY toys at 6am, attempting to ride shot gun in the car, and taking ME for a walk at the sight of a SKUNK!).

OtisHe is back to galloping around like the goofy puppy that he is and is getting stronger everyday.

He is exactly the same dog today with three legs, as he was with four .

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Dogs are such resilient creatures and we could all learn a thing or two from their strength.

Otis

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 paragraphs, 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.

Wordless Wednesday: Henry’s One-Pawed Tripawd Cat Tricks

See what Henry ate, here.

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