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

See what Henry ate, here.

Flash’s Tripawd Journey After Hemangiopericytoma

When a dog or cat must undergo a limb amputation, a good rehabilitation therapy program is key to a healthy, strong life on three legs. Take Flash, for example. He made a great recovery after a hemangiopericytoma diagnosis with lots of canine rehabilitation therapy. Today for Tripawd Tuesday, Flash’s mom Jennifer Mohammed-Stanley graciously shares his amputation recovery and rehab story with us. We know you’ll find it as inspawrational as we do!

Flash just recently turned 10, and the best American Bulldog we have ever come across. His spirit is unfaltering, and he does his very best to make everyone smile that comes into his life.

Three legged Flash Recovers from Hemangiopericytoma

He was first diagnosed with a hemangiopericytoma back in 2009. What started as the size of a pea on his front left leg, after three surgeries, became the size of a grapefruit. We removed the tumor three times over three years, but kept coming back, each time more aggressively.

Three legged Flash with Hemangiopericytoma

After an unexpected incident, we decided to have an MRI, we made the difficult decision at that point to remove the leg, and rid him of the cancer that had haunted his body for almost four years. We were happy to hear the wonderful news that Flash is now cancer free after the surgery in April this year!

Three legged Flash Recovers from Hemangiopericytoma

Flash has developed severe arthritis in his remaining front leg, and the best option for him now was to undergo rehab. The wonderful staff at the University Of Tennessee vet hospital rehab department in Knoxville, is doing wonders for him.

He started therapy with the water treadmill, and has actually starting small laps in the pool at the hospital. This will help rebuild his strength and mobility.

Three legged Flash Recovers from Hemangiopericytoma

He is even losing a few pounds to aid with his mobility as well. We are so very proud of Flash for coming such a long way. His tail is always wagging, even if he is completely exhausted from his therapy.

Three legged Flash Recovers from Hemangiopericytoma

Flash still has no problem running to the kitchen to get an ice cream treat, and running with our two other pups playing in the yard. He loves to lay in the sun, and loves to sleep on his back with legs in the air.

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We love this pup, and so very glad to have him around. He has an amazing spirit, and has most certainly taught us humans a lesson in never giving up.

Three legged Flash Recovers from Hemangiopericytoma

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.

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Wordless Wednesday: Taking a Chance

Meet Chance.

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He’s a very good boy, abnd kicking cancer’s butt!
Follow his story.

Tripawd Tuesday: Anthony Mater’s Miracle

Today on Tripawd Tuesday we hope you enjoy this touching story of Anthony Mater. He’s come a long way to get to where he is today, let’s give him three-paws up!

Here’s his story as told by his human, Rex:

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This is Anthony Mater. He is 2 and a half years old. He has overcome so many things in his life.

He was born with a bone disease that caused fluid buildup in his lungs, heart, and brain. They preformed one surgery trying to save his back leg when he was 5 months old. He had to be woken up during surgery because his heart rate dropped very low. He was in intensive care for 3 days.

After bringing him home I realized he wasnt using his back leg and he wasnt getting any better. So they preformed more tests and another surgery to clear the fluid out of his system. I was told there was nothing else i could do for him and to put him down, I refused.

Finally after countless specialists and many tests he went in for his final surgery at 8 months old and became a Tripawd due to his disease. That didn’t slow him down any as he healed up well and remained very happy.

3 months later he sprained his front arm due to his disease and his bones being fragile. He is now in a wheelchair but does good without it.

Due to his disease he has developed seizures and has brain damage due to how many he has had. He is doing good now though and he has spent his last 2 years surviving this disease and overcoming the odds.

He is so sweet and shows me every day that there isn’t anything he wont try and do.

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.

Jill’s Postcard Project Helps Tripawds Everywhere

Last February, Jill the Cancer Fighting Tripawd Kitty began a campaign to collect one Get Well postcard from every U.S. state before her one year ampuversary on December 12. In return, her amazingly generous family: Grandmaw Marni, Grandpaw Lenny and Auntie Farrah Berse, offered to help the Tripawds Nation by giving $2 for every postcard Jill’s fans sent in.

With every new cheery greeting that spilled out of her mail box, Jill became stronger and stronger. Despite several rough patches during her journey, in just a few short weeks Jill is going to celebrate her one year ampuversary of becoming a Tripawd and kicking osteosarcoma’s butt!

If it weren’t for tripawds.com, I can wholeheartedly say I do not know how I would have gotten through this past (almost) year.  The support and love I have felt and passed on to Jill has kept us sane, laughing and positive through the darkest of days.  – Erica

This week, Jill shared some great news by announcing the results of her one-of-a-kind fundraiser:

Our goal was to receive one card from each of the 50 states, but we received a total of 90 postcards!  82 from the US, 3 from Canada, 1 from Australia, 1 from France, 1 from London, 1 from Dubai and 1 from Belgium!

We’d like to give a big Congratulations to Jill and a great big thank you to the Berse family, who celebrated this achievement with a very generous gift to our community that will enable us to continue being there for animals of all species and their humans.

Please join us in thanking Jill, Erica,
Grandmaw Marni, Grandpaw Lenny and Auntie Farrah Berse!

Jill Tripawd Cancer Fighting Kitty Pride

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We hope you enjoy Jill’s Thank You video as much as we do:

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Tripawd Tuesday: Dozer Needs a Home

Today on Tripawd Tuesday we’re showcasing Dozer (aka Jiminy Cricket), a lovable 8-month old German Shepherd pup in need of a forever home. This special Tripawd is currently being cared for by a friend of the Tripawds Nation in San Antonio, Texas. She says:

Dozer is one cool dog.  He is housebroken, crate trained, and does quite well on a leash.  He knows sit, stay and lay down. (The last two are his newest commands, so he’s still working on them sometimes.) He gets along great with other dogs and is also doing well around horses.  I don’t have a cat, but he’s been around cats a couple of times and did well.

He likes to ride in the car, and go on outings. Dozer is a little over 8 months old. Still a pup, he is very laid back (I don’t say that about every pup). Dozer has even been on a local television show prior to Halloween. Other guests included zombies, scary clowns, etc. Dozer was not bothered by them.

He does wonderful in crowds, with groups of children, and meeting new dogs. I had him evaluated by a trainer who said he’d make a great therapy dog. He learns quickly and is eager to please. He’s always looking to me for his cue. He will sit when I feed him and (usually) wait for my cue to eat. He also will sit at the door and wait to be invited in. He learned that so fast – partly from watching my dogs. Dozer comes when called, wanting only to make you happy.  This is one of those dogs – one of those once in a lifetime dogs.

Dozer would be a great dog for a young boy or girl to grow up with – that bestest furry friend we all deserve to have – the one that follows us everywhere, loves us unconditionally and keeps all our secrets. He’ll lay at your feet when you’re quiet or run along as you play in the yard. He’s THAT dog.

Please, share Dozer with your friends. He is a very special dog. Fun-loving, happy, easy keeper, and a willing, quick learner. Oh, and he has promised he will grow into his ears and his feet!”

His rescue agency, Spay Neuter Inject Project of San Antonio (SNIPSA) says:

“Before he made his way into our care he was camped at Animal Care Services with a badly hurt leg that had to be amputated. He is now completely healed and running around like crazy! Don’t let this one get away from you – fill out an application today!”

It’s hard to believe that Dozer is still available for adoption. Please help him find a home by sharing this post with everyone you know with this shortlink:  http://wp.me/pcAJ7-2n0

Thanks!

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: Six Years and Counting, Scout Still Shines

Recently we received this happy update from one of our earliest Tripawds members, Scout.

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He is a senior dog and six-year survivor of synovial cell sarcoma cancer and he writes;

“Hi guys, Scout the wonderdog here. You and Jerry helped me with the amputation almost 6 years ago! My mom wrote a blog about us both going through cancer and we thought you and your readers would enjoy it. I am 13 now, and still going strong!”

When you read this post on his Momma Lauren’s blog, you better have some tissues ready.  We know you’ll find his latest news as unforgettable as we did.

Scout the Wonder Dog

Read this entire post at AfterFiveYears.com: Scout the Wonder Dog

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“I have come to understand that it’s not about what is gone, but what remains. That is really all it’s about despite how complex we want to make it; that the cancer is gone and your leg doesn’t hurt anymore. We don’t have to be whole to be whole, and sometimes, despite our very human emotional stuff, we are more whole when we get rid of the part of us that hurts. This big beautiful joyful side of us emerges when the pain is gone; one that is even better than before. We don’t have to wait for it to come.

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: Leo the Strong and Brave

Tripawds sends lots of love and woofs to Leo and family, today and always.

Tripawd Tuesday: Meet Sato Charlie

Today on Tripawd Tuesday we’re going to brighten your day with the story of Sato Charlie, who recently wrote about his heartwarming story of survival and love. If you haven’t seen it, we encourage you to visit his blog today.

A Sato Dog is slang for “Street Dog” in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 homeless dogs live hard, short lives of neglect and starvation. Thanks to Save a Sato Foundation, Charlie won the lotto and found a loving, forever home in America. He writes:

There are lots of satos just like me, waiting to be saved from the streets or taken from Dead Dog Beach, and ready to bring lots of love to families who can forgive our fear and accept who we are.

Charlie’s story and that of the Sato dogs will warm your heart. Watch this great video and get out the tissues, you’re sure to be touched.

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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.

Tripawds 2014 Calendar Project Update

Many thanks to everyone who submitted a photo for the 2014 Tripawds Calendar Project! By Friday’s deadline we received 61 fantastic photo entries from Tripawds members around the world.

But we have a problem:

2013calendarThere’s only 12 months in a year!

Originally, voting to select the 12 best calendar photos was going to occur via the Tripawds Facebook Page. Unfortunately we didn’t think this through before we wrote the rules. We learned this voting process would exclude some Tripawds members who aren’t on Facebook. We don’t think this is fair. We also really want everyone to be included.

So, we hope you don’t mind, but in order to make sure everyone is part of this year-long celebration of Tripawd Power we decided to scrap the voting process altogether.

Instead . . .

Everyone who submitted a photo by last Friday’s deadline WILL get into some kind of 2014 Tripawds calendar!

Whether it’s a month-by-month, a calendar poster or a weekly planner, all photo entries will be included in one version or another.

Tripawds Admin Guy is working hard to lay out the different calendar designs. Yes, you will be able to know which calendar features your own Tripawd hero.

We’re sorry for any confusion, and we hope you think this is a good idea. Since 2006 we’ve struggled with choosing which photos to include in our annual calendar. So far, this seems like the fairest way to make sure everyone who took the time to submit a photo is included. We hope you agree.

Stay tuned for more details about The Tripawds Calendar Project!

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