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Wordless Wednesday: Hot Diggity Harley

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Yes, Tripawd Harley’s having a ball
showing folks that Tripawds can still dig deep holes!

Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Chevy’s Comeback

Today we feature a short but very sweet Tripawds Salute to Chevy! His Momma Nancy recently wrote to us via the Tripawds Facebook page and said:

This is Chevy, a pointer mix we adopted in March.

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We were told he was hit by a car in South Carolina as a pup. A good samaritan took him off the road and a local rescue eventually stepped in just in time.

He was on the verge of organ failure from a massive infection/high fever but managed to pull through on antibiotics. He had his leg amputated a few days later.

A New York rescue group brought him up here. We found him when searching for a special needs dog to adopt and fell in love at first glance because he is the HAPPIEST dog we have ever met.

Don’t tell him he only has 3 legs!

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.

Wordless Wednesday: Before, After

Tripawd Barret right after amputation surgery

Tripawd Barret 2 Months Later, Ready to take on the world!

When choosing a vet for any surgery, do know what to look for in a practice?
Stay tuned for more Tripawd News later today,
How to Choose a High Quality Vet Practice for Your Dog’s Surgery”

Tripawd Tuesday: Cora’s Miracle

Tripawds can do just about anything a four-legged quadpawd can do but some have more challenges than others.

Cora is one three-legged dog who faced enormous odds from the moment she was born. Her story is one of amazing resilience, love and dedication that will bring tears to your eyes and a smile on your face.

You may have seen Cora’s update yesterday in the Forums but in case you missed it, here it is for your enjoyment.

Cora’s Momma Chris has had a lot of ups and downs since adopting her in January of this year. Yesterday she wrote an uplifting, incredible update about Cora in the Forums, called “Cora is 9 Months Now – Beating All the Odds.”

Cora came home to live with me in January. She was just a few months old and still had sutures from her front leg amputation. Her leg was deformed which is why it was amputated. She is also blind.

She was a foster but after a week I knew three things: there was more going on (or wrong) than blindness and deformed leg, she needed more care and stability than the rescue group and foster situation could provide and she had an amazing, fighting spirit. So, I adopted her and found Tripawds. Cora couldn’t walk. Couldn’t feed herself well, barked incessantly, didn’t seem to enjoy human touch, etc.

Everyone I took her to agreed she had brain damage and the early guesses seemed grim. The word “degenerative” kept coming up.

You can read her complete story of resilience, love and strength here, but for now, here’s a preview:

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Cora is happy. She loves me. She’s curious about other people. She’s made a human friend. She had her first trip to the dog park, something I never thought would happen.. . . She goes camping with me. She’s full of play. I can’t believe this is the same helpless, unreachable-seeming, demanding baby I brought home.”

We are so proud of both Cora and Chris! What an inspawration.

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.

Tripawd Tuesday: Kaai Finds the Good Life

Far too many Tripawds lose their leg from neglect. Thankfully, many of them find forever homes with loving humans who keep them protected for the rest of their lives. Tripawd Kaai is one of these lucky dogs. She lost a leg but found a pawesome pawrent in Bob Carr, who recently shared Kaai’s story on the Tripawds Facebook Page. Here it is:

Kaai and Bob“This is Kaai (rhymes with pie). At about 6 weeks of age she needed to have her L front limb amputated.

Some people found her with fishing line so tightly wound around her limb that it was severing it. They took her to our local shelter and her leg was completely void of circulation. It was amputated and I saw a picture of her on FB and decided to foster her until she healed and was able to be spayed. She was spayed in April of 2013 and I was able to then ‘legally’ adopt her.

Kaai is one happy dog, full of playful energy, a friendly spirit and so much goofy fun to have around.

I am using a Ruff Wear harness to get in and out of the car, and on hikes where the terrain is a bit rough. She is usually harness free at the house (no stairs), the dog park and the doggy day care.

Kaai is now approx. 6 months old and runs with the pack.”

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 Pacific time.

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.

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