Welcome to another edition of Tripawd Tuesday. In this weekly celebration we spotlight the life of one of our special Tripawd community members. Read on to find out how your Tripawd cat or dog can be a Tripawd Tuesday star, but meanwhile we hope you enjoy Pokey’s story as told to us by her Momma, by Jessica Lang
This is Pokey, our sweet full blood Pit Bull who will be turning 15 years old this October. I have had her since she was 6 weeks old so she is more like a child to me than a pet.
About 18 months ago I found a small marble size nodule on her right back leg and within a few weeks it had grown to the size of an orange. She was diagnosed with hemangiopericytoma and we had the tumor removed. This was a very stressful time for our family. Due to the area and depth of the tumor her leg had to be completely “skinned”. I had to change her dressings every three days. I can not even imagine the pain this must have caused Pokey. Five weeks post-op, we were changing her bandages as usual when I saw an abnormality starting to form. My heart sunk as I realized it was the tumor growing back.
We were now faced with the tremendous task of making the hardest decision we ever had to make concerning Pokey. We prayed and cried, then prayed some more and eventually came to the conclusion that an amputation was the best choice for her.
The night of her operation was the most heart wrenching night I have ever lived through. Pokey was in so much pain. She cried, wailed, moaned, and at times, what sounded like to me, screamed. I began to question my decision to have the leg removed. I just couldn’t bare to see her in so much pain. The next few weeks were difficult and it seemed like Pokey would never have a quality life with just three legs. But, she toughed it out and despite her age and arthritis in her remaining back leg she began to adjust to her new body.
She continues to surprise and amaze me with her strength and adaptability. Today marks one year since the surgery and Pokey still has days when she can hardly walk and sometimes forgets there isn’t a leg there anymore and falls trying to put weight on it. But there are more good days than bad, and she is enjoying life.
As hard as this whole experience has been on Pokey and our family, looking back, we would not change one thing. Without the amputation we would not have had this past year with our sweet girl, and for that I am eternally grateful!
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!
- In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
- Include a photo or video.
- 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.