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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.

Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Cemil, a Four-Year Osteosarcoma Survivor

Giant breed dogs are often seen as poor candidates for amputation surgery, but Cemil the Anatolian Tripawd is on a mission to show the world that’s not always the case.

This 150-pound, four year osteosarcoma survivor has not only beaten the odds as a bone cancer hero, but has defied all expectations as a giant breed dog living as a Tripawd.

Since 2009, Cemil has quietly inspired our community and everyone he meets, by living life to the fullest and not letting cancer get him down. He’s literally a miracle on three very big paws, and today we’re proud to share this special Tripawd Tuesday full-length interview with his Mom, Mary.

Cemil is exactly how many years out from his diagnosis & amputation?

The whole thing started January 19, 2009. He’d been limping for about a month. Nothing had helped so I took him to see the vet. She couldn’t find anything so she wanted to do an x-ray. I waited in the waiting room, and soon she came out, invited me back into the examining room and said, “I have some bad news.”

She told me she suspected bone cancer and asked me questions to eliminate any other possibilities. She showed me the x-ray and explained about the thumb print of thin bone and the starburst behind it and then gave me a few days to do research and decide what I wanted to do.

I ended up at Tripawds, where I found the courage to go through with the amputation (Jan 26, 2009).

Cemil is about 150# so he stayed there an extra day with the staff working with him on all the things he’d need to do, like walk, eat, potty, and step over a curb.. I had prepared a nice bed for him on the floor beside my bed but he came inside and immediately jumped up on my bed, where he stayed all night. In the morning, he lost his balance and fell off, which made me feel terrible, but no harm was done. That was his only bad crash.

What treatment(s) did and does he receive, if any?

The acupuncturist who was Alle’s doctor (one of Cemil’s siblings) took over his care and recommended Hoxsey and ImmPower (which is AHCC). I had him on other supplements too: salmon oil and acai berry powder and probably others, but I don’t remember. I made a smoothie of leafy greens to go over his food every morning and I think yogurt was in the mix too. I also switched him to grain-free food. I don’t do the smoothie anymore but he still gets the Hoxsey, AHCC, salmon oil and cod liver oil, acai berry powder, and also Flexamin to keep his joints happy, and he gets a raw meal 3 times a week.

What is a day in the life of Cemil like?

Cemil says: “Work day, pretty boring. Eat, sleep, eat, sleep.”

Saturday and Sunday, better.

Slowly wake up, stretch and get loves and scratches, pats, pounds on the chest (Mom read somewhere that it keeps the insides healthy), kisses; then kisses and paws from (sibling) Mujde and finally Mom gets out of bed.

We go outside to check out the world while she lets the chickens out and gets our breakfasts ready. Meals are great. Then she feeds all the other critters while we digest our breakfasts and she lets us out of our rooms when she freshens our water buckets. She eats breakfast, we hang out. She drinks coffee, we hang out. She hangs out, we hang out.

Somebody walks by outside the fence, Mujde barks her head off. Sometimes I help her, sometimes not. I watch over the chickens and rabbits, and Mom and the others; Alex the cat shows up sometimes to sit on Mom’s lap while she drinks coffee and I check out the neighborhood smells that he brings home. It’s like reading the local newspaper.

Mom putters around the house and yard doing things related to dirt and I watch over it all. Mujde threatens anyone who walks by and (sibling) Radzi mostly naps on the bed. We spend a lot of the day like that. On Saturday nights, we get raw chicken for dinner which is gone in an instant, and then we hang out together some more. Come to think of it, we spend a lot of time like that.

Sometimes, other dogs and people come to visit and we play dog park. Even less frequently, we go in the truck to see someone else.

Life is pretty much about spending time together and appreciating it.

What are Cemil’s favorite activities?

Cemil loves to meet new people. At the dog park, he goes around to meet everyone and they call him The Mayor. Sometimes there’s a dog he invites to play, but mostly he likes the people.

How is he different from his packmates in terms of activities, attitude, stamina, etc.?

Cemil’s fur buddies are Radzi, a Chart Polski, and Mujde, an Anatolian-Lab cross. And Alex the cat. Alex is pretty much a free spirit who roams around the neighborhood collecting smells, then brings them home for Cemil and Mujde so they know what’s going on. Radzi and Mujde are into hiking and athletic stuff; Cemil is a couch potato because every hop pounds on his back and shoulder. So long walks are out for him. Anatolians are about watching over their kingdoms anyway, so it works out.

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What are the biggest challenges he faces as a giant-breed Tripawd?

The biggest challenge is a long walk. We went to a picnic one day and there was a dog-guy there who took Cemil for a walk around the block. Cemil is a trooper and went along (Mom wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize what was happening until they were gone); for the next few days, he was really stiff and sore.

In looking back on the last four years, what are the biggest lessons you’ve learned in living with Cemil and his diagnosis?

  1. That living in the present is the only reasonable way to live. Dogs don’t waste time trying to go back to the way things used to be. The “New Normal” becomes the way of life.
  2. Sometimes people refer to him as “disabled”. Wrong. He finds a way to be able to do everything he could do before.
  3. Love is the bottom line. It’s the beginning and the end of everything important.

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: Fabulous Feline Fang

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Cats make great Tripawds too! Just read Fang’s Story.

Tripawd Tuesday Celebrates Boycie in the UK

Congratulations to Boycie, who won a free copy of the book Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle during our Tripawds book giveaway in May.

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Boycie (pictured above with his brother Gunner) lives in Wales, in the United Kingdom. His contest entry was selected at random, and today we’re hoppy to share his inspawarational story with you.

On May 2nd, Boycie’s dad Don Devlin wrote:

“Boycie, is now 5 weeks post amputation and inspires me with every new day. I was the one in years when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and told he would lose a leg. I was the one word sick about whether I was doing the right thing. I was the one scared of the “c” word and the thought of chemotherapy. Boycie just takes everyday with a hop and despite everything he has been through wags his tail and barks. My dog, my hero.”

From everyone at Tripawds, may you live a long, healthy hoppy life Boycie!

More inspawaration from the Nubs contest entries:

“My Tripawd is My Hero Because . . . “

Kelly Rambo wrote:

Honey is missing her left rear leg yet she is the feistiest and most agile of all the cat’s I’ve ever had. She is super confident and happy to take on the world!

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Barbie Lee wrote:

“My tripawd is my hero! He got is foot in a trap and his foot died. He was rescued from a shelter by For the Love of Labs. Upon amputation of his leg, we found out that he had also been shot. He is my hero because he still showed love to all that cared for him when his foot was dead and his bones in his ankle showing. He is still showing his love for all today.”

Michelle wrote:

Sassy, is my hero because in our journey to become a Tripawd she has over come every odd given her. The vets said she was a good candidate but not sure if her 3 legs would support her 138 pounds. From the moment she woke up she proved them wrong. She got up and hopped out to pee & wanted to keep going to come home. When we were diagnosed with lung mets they said she may have 6 weeks so far we are 2 months into this journey. We are continuing to fight. This is why Sassy is my hero.”

3akitalovers wrote:

“Our new little(80#) tripawd is amazing. Even though he has a few challenges with his first few days of recovery, he never lost his gentle, sweet spirit. He always has a tail wagging way of showing you he loves you even when he doesn’t understand what’s going on.”

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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