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Tripawd Tuesday Applauds Pokey the Pittie

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.

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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!

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.

Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Sassy Sugar Bear

Today we celebrate Sassy Sugar Bear, who’s been beating the osteosarcoma odds for eight months, even with lung metastasis. This is Sassy and her mom, Michelle with happy expressions after getting great news from Sassy’s latest vet appointment: Sassy is kicking cancer’s butt!

Today July 14, 2013 I feel we have hit a huge milestone.  Who says a dog with Osteo can’t live beyond the odds.  Especially one who has had mets for 5 months.  This is so great.  I treasure every day I have with her.

Sassy started her official Tripawd journey on November 14, 2012. She did really well after surgery and although she had some appetite challenges during her first chemotherapy sessions, she and her mom Michelle proved there was nothing that they couldn’t overcome together.

Then, in March of this year, just three short months after her amputation, Michelle and Sassy got the bad news: lung mets. Michelle wrote in Sassy’s blog,It wasn’t just one there were multiple and one large one.  He said if we do nothing she could have 2-6 weeks.”

Well apparently, cancer didn’t hear that, because now, four months after that heartbreaking day, Sassy Sugar Bear is here to say “Pow! Take THAT cancer!”

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She is loving life, feeling great, looking good and living each and every day to the fullest. Read about her inspawrational fight against osteosarcom in her blog, Sassy Sugar Bear.

Please join us in celebrating Sassy’s eight month ampuversary. Words cannot begin to describe our joy at watching her stick it to this disease. YAY SASSY!

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: Squishy Things

Tripawd Hero Butchey Hudson demonstrates the joy of squish.

Tripawd Tuesday: Hank and Mable Fight Wobblers, Osteosarcoma

The shock of being told your dog has osteosarcoma is difficult enough, but when you learn your other dog has cancer, the impact is twice as hard. Today we’d like to introduce you to Hank and Mable, a brother and sister duo who aren’t letting cancer stop them from loving life.

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Hank is an osteosarcoma survivor of nearly three years! He’s a Mastiff who, like our friend Atlas, is concurrently battling Wobbler’s disease and osteosarcoma, while his sister Mable is just learning how to live life on three legs after a recent osteosarcoma diagnosis.

Read on to learn how this strong, brave pack from Ohio isn’t letting cancer slow them down! Their Momma Trina wrote this for Tripawd Tuesday:

It all started in July of 2010. My six year-old Mastiff Hank started limping. I am a registered veterinary technician so I like to think I pick up on things early. He is wild and crazy which is unusual for a Mastiff. I thought he just twisted something. We tried him on non-steroidal anti-infammatories to which he did not respond. He would not give us any indication where he hurt. Long story short after three months of limping, xrays and an MRI later, he was diagnosed with Wobblers disease and Osteosarcoma.

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Since he had the Wobblers we were not sure how well he would do as a Tripawd. I felt we owed it to him to try. We are now 2 years and 9 months post amputation. We did six rounds of chemotherapy. He has been the greatest inspiration to all he meets. He is now 9 1/2 years old and his arthritis is catching him quickly. We are keeping him as comfortable as possible but even now his incredible zest for life amazes us daily.

Unfortunately four weeks ago his younger sister Mable (same parents, different litter) started limping. Since she was older I was truly hoping it was just arthritis. This time she let us know where it hurt and her xrays showed an abnormality. Again after biopsies and x-rays she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

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She is now three weeks post amputation and doing just as well as her brother. We have done one round of chemotherapy so far. I don’t know why we were dealt these horrible cards twice now. We hope and pray she does as well. We have a third unrelated Mastiff and pray we do not have to face this again. Our dogs are like children to us. We have two small children that think of them as giant teddy bears.

Hank and Mable are true survivors. I only hope our story will help give hope and inspiration to anyone contemplating giving their dogs a chance as a Tripawd.

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

Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Atlas the Great

All hail the mighty Atlas, ruler of the Tripawd Danes!

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Portrait by Kathy Wochele

Atlas started his Tripawd journey with more challenges than any animal should ever face. This seven year-old Dane was diagnosed with the neurological condition known as “wobblers disease” in 2012, and then in April this year, doctors said he had bone cancer.

The thought of amputation for this 150-pound sweetheart was especially scary for his mom, who said in her first Forum post:

If we were just facing the cancer I would be sure about our decision, but with the wobblers, I’m just so scared. In trying to eliminate one pain what if I bring about a bigger pain in his neck.

Atlas’ pack had a tough decision to make. The odds seemed to be stacked against him, but a voice in his Momma’s heart told her that he could make it. Still, the advice of a neurologist frightened her. He said:

” . . . he would not recommend amputation for Atlas because he has mild wobblers disease.  They say there is a chance that Atlas will not recover from surgery and be able to carry his large (150 lb) body on an already compromised frame.  That he may collapse and we would have to put him to sleep right then.”

She wondered: listen to doctors or follow her heart? “Atlas has taught us so much already- true pure love, benevolence, forgiveness, living in the moment,” she wrote.  In the spirit of Atlas’ lessons, she went with her gut feeling and decided to proceed with amputation.

It wasn’t easy, and although his recovery had its rough and scary hurdles, Atlas has proven to be unstoppable.

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This week, we are overjoyed at seeing Atlas play off leash for the first time since his recovery, which is why he’s this week’s featured Tripawd hero!
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Atlas, you are one amazing, inspawrational Tripawd. It’s an honor to have you and your pack as a part of this community.

Read more about Atlas’ journey in these Forum posts and his blog, Atlas the Great.

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

Wordless Wednesday: Running Free Forever

Run free Elgin. You will always be our  hero.

Tripawd Tuesday Spotlights Elvis, Who Never Skips a Beat

Today we’re hoppy to present an inspawarational tale about Elvis, an unstoppable three-legged herding dog from Illinois. His Mom Arlyn Sigeti wrote to us and said:

“Elvis is a 9.5 month Border Collie. He loves herding, and was introduced to sheep when he was 8 weeks old. In January, he had in injury to his right rear knee, being a silly puppy just doing things a puppy does. The knee became infected. His leg was immobilized for almost five weeks.

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We went through extensive rehab trying to get him to start using the leg again, using underwater treadmill, land treadmill, acupuncture, and laser therapy. He was using the leg, but not as much as we hoped for.

May 26th, he came out of his crate with the leg dangling and would put no weight on it. It was broken at the femur. The infection had settled in the bone.

He had surgery May 30. The specialists found that the bone was so badly deteriorated that attempts to repair the leg would fail. They made the decision to amputate.

He has adjusted well to being a tripod. He wasn’t really using his leg much anyway. He has become a happy puppy again, something we hadn’t seen for quite a while. He is playing and running a lot more. He doesn’t seem to be missing anything.

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The hardest adjustments came to the humans here. We had to change out goals for him, like competitive agility and herding. He will now be a therapy dog.”

Life takes some interesting turns sometimes but Tripawds never let adversity stop them from living life to the fullest. Let’s give a big round of applawse to Elvis!

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

Tripawd Tuesday Spotlights Mr. Briggs in the UK

This week we send paw waves to Briggs, a Tripawds UK hero who is fighting the good fight against osteosarcoma.

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According to his Dad:

“Briggy doing great, no reactions to chemo,, woo hoo..!! perfectly normal. had long walk/run yesterday eating/drinking normal and the usual long sleeps..!! he’s a hero taking it all in his stride.”

Wit this kind of pawsitive attitude and his magical Tripawds Rule bandanna, we know this amazing boy won’t let anything slow him down. Keep on lovin’ life Briggy!

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

Join the Tripawd Heroes Celebration!

Is Your Dog or Cat a Tripawd Hero?

You might have noticed the new Tripawds Facebook Page cover banner, which features three different Tripawd Heroes.

The dogs and cats spotlighted are from the pages of Tripawd Heroes Volume 1, an inspawrational and informative photo book we created to show the world that it’s better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.

The book is available in various formats from the Tripawds Bookstore, or you can personalize your own unique edition featuring your Tripawd’s story with his or her photos on the cover and a full page inside, along with stories of 24 other incredible Tripawd Heroes.

From each new edition of the book that Tripawd pawrents like you order, we will select three lucky Tripawd Heroes to be featured atop the Tripawds Facebook Page. These three featured heroes will change every month. We will post photos and links throughout that month to their blogs or forum topics for details about their amazing stories.

Your Tripawd Can Be an Internet Sensation

Tripawd Heroes Volume 1 is a colorful photo book featuring 25 inspirational dogs and cats loving life on three legs. This informative book is a perfect thank you gift for your veterinary professional, and will definitely help ease the fears of a worried pawrent who reads it in your vet’s lobby.

A personalized copy of Tripawd Heroes makes a wonderful keepsake, and a great gift for anyone with a three legged dog!

To order your own custom copy and be considered as a featured hero on the Tripawds Facebook page, please visit the Tripawds Gifts Blog.

Get Free Tripawd Heroes Book Customization!

Tripawds Library Dog Amputation Ebooks Info

Want us to waive the customization fee for your personalized Tripawd Heroes book? When you purchase the Tripawds Library Bonus Package, you receive two helpful canine amputation resources plus a coupon code for free design of your custom Tripawd Heroes book, among other fun freebies!

With the Tripawds Library, you get both Three Legs and A Spareand Loving Life on Three Legs, for comprehensive canine amputation recovery and care information. Upon download, you will receive a page filled with bonus material including a coupon code for free Tripawd Heroes book personalization, a free copy of the KillBarney Tour e-book, a Tripawds Etsy Store coupon, and much more!

Wordless Wednesday: Bubbly Brendol

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Bubbly Brendol does a hoppy dance!
As captured by the talented Puparazzi Portraits in Atlanta, Georgia.

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