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Thank You From the Tripawds Foundation For #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, an annual occasion to formally say “Thank you!” to people and pets who are making a difference in our lives.


For this year’s celebration, our Giving Tuesday gift of gratitude goes to YOU, dear Tripawds community, for all of your generous support and enthusiasm over the years. Because of your belief in the Tripawds community, we were able to create the new Tripawds Foundation, a 501c3 public benefit charity!

We created the Tripawds Foundation to ensure that the ever growing Tripawds Community remains online to help those seeking information and support for pets facing amputation.

Starting now, everyone’s charitable contributions to the Tripawds Foundation are tax deductible!

Your donations will cover the costs of maintaining the infrastructure required to keep Tripawds online, and ensure that the world’s leading online resource center for pawrents of amputee pets continues to provide guidance, veterinary information, and support, at no cost whatsoever.

We are so honored by all that you have done to help start this new chapter in the community. Thank you Tripawds Nation, you rock!

How You Can Help for #GivingTuesday

We hope you will get to know the Tripawds Foundation and consider helping us reach our goal to help Tripawds everywhere!

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We owe an extra special thanks to those Tripawd heroes and angels who have already contributed to the Foundation, and we welcome you to add your three legged friend’s name to the Memorial Wall.

With much gratitude,

Rene, Jim, Wyatt Ray, Spirit Jerry
& the Tripawds Nation

Tripawd Tuesday: Meet The Tripawds Foundation!

This week for Tripawd Tuesday we have really big news!

The long awaited Tripawds Foundation public charity has been officially announced…

tripawds foundation

Introducing the Tripawds Foundation

The Tripawds Foundation is a new public charity that has been in the works behind the scenes here for quite some time now. With your help, this charitable organization will grow to ensure that the Tripawds Community remains available for all those seeking information and support when facing amputation for their pets. Read all about it in the new Tripawds Foundation blog!

Next week, we’ll be returning to our regular schedule of featuring the stories of member’s three legged heroes and angels for Tripawd Tuesday! Read on for details about submitting your story…

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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.

Is your dog or cat a Tripawd hero?

Tripawd Tuesday: Nicky and Michaela’s Twitter Love Story

Three-legged love stories can be short, sweet and beautiful all in one, as you’ll see here in this powerful Tripawd Tuesday feature, brought to you by Michaela Walker, aka @madmum661 on Twitter.

Tripawd Nicky






Read All Tripawd Tuesday Stories

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.

Is your dog or cat a Tripawd hero?

Tripawd Kitty Bloggers Sharing Their Feline Amputation Tales

Jerry first wrote about Nemo the three legged cat in November, 2007.

We first reviewed “Henry’s World: A Three Legged Cat’s View of Human Absurdity” here in the Tripawds News blog back in 2009.

Then in 2011 we reminded readers that Tripawds is not just for cancer dogs.

In 2013, we announced a wide selection of fun three legged cat designs now available on t-shirts and gifts in the Tripawds Gift Shop.

More recently, we published a guest article in the Tripawds Nutrition blog discussing The Basics of Cat Nutrition.

Now, as the Tripawds community continues to grow, we have an increasing number of tri-kitty bloggers! Please visit their blogs below or leave a comment if we left anypawdy out!

Tripawds Three Legged Cat Blogs

(As of April, 2014)

Fang’s Story*

Cat Amputation – Our cat’s transition to having three legs instead of four


First Tripawds Kitty Blogger Fang

Jill’s Journey*

Hopping her way towards a (hopefully) cancer free life three legs at a time

The stumbly tale of a rockin’ old cat

Rear leg may be gone but he doesn’t half-ass it.

Freya’s tale

Our journey starts with a single step on three legs

Little Man

Loving Life on 3 Legs

my tripawd story

Another Amazing Tripawds Three Legged Cat Blog

Tripawds Three Legged Cat designs inspired by Jill.

A Blind Eye and a Tripod

A Tripawd kitty and her friends

Henry Blue Eyes

A Three Legged Cat Blog


Masters Harold, Claude, & Spiderman Presiding

Salem Bynx’s Second Chance

Our three legged adventure

Deva the Wonder Cat

Deva the Wonder Cat

Deva the wondercat*

Another Amazing Tripawds Three Legged Cat Blog

Holly’s journey to become a super tripawd kitty!!*

Another Amazing Tripawds Three Legged Cat Blog

Lemmy & Hailstorm

Two Cats, Seven Legs

Niko’s Story

A story to health and happiness!

Sebastian’s Story*

A three legged, still shockingly handsome, black cat.

Misty Grey X-rays

Misty Grey’s X-rays

Misty Grey*

She has things to do, like occupying sunbeams, drinking out of the bathroom sink, and being beautiful – on four legs, or three!

Ian Fluffypaws

A Tripawd Kitty Dreaming of World Domination

Steve the Pretty Tripawd Kitty*

The Prettiest Tripawd Kitty You Ever Did See

Bobby’s Big Kitty Blog*

Living and Loving Life on 3 Legs

More Tri-kitty Bloggers

We’ll do our best to update this list as more cat bloggers join the Tripawds nation! If we missed you, please comment with a link to your Tripawds blog.

Three Cats, Eleven Paws*

Jerry Kitty’s Story

Vinny Boy

My Cuddly Gentle Giant


Mona shares her three-legged adventures after Vaccine Associated Sarcoma.

Kender’s Tripawd Journey

The Tales of Tri-kitty Kender

Smore the Kitten

The Journey of a Sweet Kitten with 3 legs


The Tri-pocalypse Chronicles

See All Tripawds Three Legged Cat T-shirts & Gifts!

Browse all recent three legged cat and dog blogs in the Tripawds Blogs Directory, or visit the network search page to search all Tripawds blogs.

Tripawds Supporter Blogs*Tripawds Supporter Blogs help keep all the blogs, forums, and live chat online! Immediately remove ads from your free Tripawds blog and unlock enhanced features with a Tripawds Supporter Blog subscription or review the various ways you can help support your community.

Join Tripawds on the Pet360 Network!

Become a Pet360 Community BloggerTripawds is proud to announce we are now part of the Pet360 network of pet parents dedicated to sharing the best information and resources for dog and cat lovers. As a Paw-tastic blogger, we enjoy the benefits of forums, chats, advice, pet food and product savings and much more.

As a member of the Pet360 community, you too can:

  • Get alert & recall info about your brands 24/7
  • Connect & share your with other Pet Parents
  • Receive custom news, articles & tips
  • Learn about products specific to your pet’s needs

Why Join Pet360?

The Safety Center in your pet’s profile is reason enough to create a Pet360 account. Simply enter your dog’s or your cat’s favorite pet food and treat brands to be automatically notified of any recall notifications or other safety alerts. Add as many profiles as you need for each of your pets to make sure everypawdy is safe!

Pet360 Dashboard

Visit your Safety Center Dashboard anytime to review current notifications and learn tips from pet professionals from veterinarians to animal behaviorists and trainers. Use the calendar feature and set reminders to get notified when you need to order food or medications, or send yourself a notice about upcoming events.

Join the Pet360 CommunityThe Pet360 community features so much more!

Read important pet industry articles or subscribe to your favorite pet blogs about topics ranging from helpful pet parenting tips and animal welfare to health and wellness or pet celebrity news.

Participate in forums or chat with others to talk about anything from breed specific issues for cats and dogs, to senior pet health, pet loss, and more.

Discussion forums, message boards, Q&A, behavior and training, health and wellness, and did we mention shopping?

Save 5% on your first purchase at!

Pet360 is your one stop shop to save on all major brands for cats and dogs. Find the best food, medications, treats, furniture, toys and everything for the home or traveling with your pet. Fine tune your search to items Made In The USA, only those that are GMO-Free or with natural ingredients. Select items specifically for a cancer diet or many other special conditions.

Pet360 is also a licensed online pharmacy in most states. Take advantage of auto-ship programs, frequent special offerss and always enjoy free shipping on any order over $49.00 — every day, with no promo code required.

Pet360 Home

We’ve just begun to scratch the surface of this pawesome pet parent community. Join for free to discover the amazing benefits of the Pet360 community!

Tripawd Tuesday Thanks Tripawds Bloggers

Let’s give a big Tripawd Tuesday “Thank You” to all of the Tripawds members who take the time to change the world by sharing their amazing three-legged journeys in their own Tripawds blog!

From Shooter

to Sparky the Dog

from Chloe

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to Rio

and Lincoln

and so many more . . . Every Tripawd who shares even just a glimpse of their journey is helping to make lives better for both humans and animals alike. By allowing us to peek into their own Tripawd life, we’re able to see what the “new normal” is after losing a leg. Sometimes it’s filled with ups and downs and occasionally the story tragically ends far too soon, but in all cases we are awestruck by a Tripawd Hero’s lessons of perseverance and courage.

We thank everyone who’s ever started a Tripawds blog, for you are making a difference in people’s lives.

How to Follow Tripawds Blogs

Keeping up with Tripawds blogs is easy:

You can always browse or search the Tripawds Blogs Directory which displays the most recent posts from all Tripawds blogs.

Or, use this RSS Feed link to subscribe to the latest 25 blog entries. RSS Feeds give you the ability to keep up with your favorite blogs, newspapers and other media. You can read this to learn about current RSS Feed Readers and how to use them.

If you have any questions about using RSS feeds just post them here in our Tripawds Technical Support Discussion Forum Topic.

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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.

Thank you for being a Tripawds member!

tripawd awareness ribbon for three legged dog websitesAfter more than six years and 5,500+ registered Tripawds members, we just launched our first newsletter to keep everyone updated with important news from the Tripawds community.

Sign up for the Tripawds Newsletter!

Confirm your subscription to receive a free Tripawds Etsy Store coupon! Unsubscribe anytime and keep your free gift!

The newsletter is sent bi-weekly with important updates and highlights from the blogs and forums, as well as fun and informative blasts from the past. All new Tripawds members have to option to subscribe during registrtion You can unsubscribe here anytime.

Update Your Tripawds Account

Opting out of newsletters will not affect your Tripawds user account.

Do you have a Tripawds Blog you haven’t used? Perhaps you want us to delete your account for another reason? We’re on it, just ask! Use the form below to tell us how we should modify your membership.

If you are unhappy with your Tripawds account or blog for whatever reason, we can probably be of assistance. Just send us a comment above and we’re happy to help!

Thank you for your continued support.

Not yet a Tripawds member? Register to join the discussion and get your free Tripawds blog now!


Tripawds reserves the right to retain existing content in any blogs and discussion forums, and may choose to reassign authorship if account deletion is requested. Deleting your user account or blog will not cancel future automated Tripawds Supporter Blog subscription payments. Please visit the Supporter tab in your blog dashboard or your PayPal account to cancel any recurring payments if applicable.

Be a Tripawds Advocate in Your Community

Interested in spreading the word in your community about the amazing abilities of three legged Tripawd dogs? If so, you’ll find plenty of ways to outreach to others and create an official Tripawds chapter where you live.

Download Tripawds Wall and Counter Displays

Download and print these Tripawds fliers and cards, then put them up at local pet stores. Also, ask your veterinarian or oncologist to give them to all their amputation patients. Feel free to write in your contact information on the materials.

You can even give your vet a handy Tripawds Countertop Display to hold the business cards, and have the staff contact us for more cards or just let them know where they can find the electronic file!

Midwest chapter leader Barb Young has stocked several veterinary offices in her city with Tripawds materials. During her visit to the practice, she drops off some yummy dog treats, her own Mission of Hope business cards with Tripawds information, then leaves a nice letter for the vets informing them about Tripawds.

Contact us for an example of the letter.

While we are hoppy to send you some business cards, these downloadable fliers and cards are a big way we keep the costs of maintaining this community to a minimum. Thanks for helping us reduce our operating expenses.

Create Your Own Tripawds fliers

Do you want your Tripawd to be the star of your own flier about three-legged dogs? If so, create your own Tripawds flier.

Please note: Because the word “Tripawds” and “It’s better to hop on three than limp on four” are registered trademarks, we want to ensure their proper use, so please email your flier design to us for approval before distributing.

You may utilize these high-resolution logos in your poster, press release and other announcements:

Tripawds Logo in Black and White

Tripawds Logo in Color

Organize a Tripawds Pawty

Three Legged German Shepherd Dogs Lizzie and WyattTripawds member gerrysmom created a Tripawds Party Flier when she wanted to organize a three legged meet-up in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Her Word doc is available for download and customization. Then, take your flier and:

  • Post fliers at local feed stores and dog-friendly watering holes
  • Create a Craig’s List posting
  • Write a press release and call local TV and newspaper reporters

Finally, be sure to announce your three legged gathering with a new topic in the Tripawd Parties discussion forum as well as on our Facebook page. You never know who your nearest Tripawd neighbor will be!

Represent Tripawds at Dog-Friendly Events

Tripawds Members Barb and John Young regularly represent Tripawds at local pet fairs, media shows and events to get the word out about the capabilities amputee dogs, so that more people will consider adopting Tripawds.

John Young at Mission of Hope Tripawds Exhibit

Barb and her husband John attend these festivities as part of her Mission of Hope project to carry on her Hope’s legacy, which is represented at the events as an organization working on behalf of Tripawds. Now, Tripawds Member Heather Neal, Cadence’s mom, is also going to start representing Tripawds in the greater Chicago area!

Thanks for Spreading the Word!

We encourage other Tripawds members to conduct the same type of outreach in their cities. If you are interested in attending an event as a Tripawds representative, please contact us today so that we can exchange ideas about how you can help get the word out to as many folks as pawsible at each event!

Best of Tripawds 2011

Best wishes for a very Hoppy New Year to all our Tripawds members, fans and followers! We hope you all have a healthy and prosperous 2012.

Hoppy New Year from Tripawds!

The stat monkeys at WordPress just sent us an interesting run-down of blog activities for so we thought we’d share what’s been going on around here this year.

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. Jerry’s Tripawds News blog was viewed about 350,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 4 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

In 2011, we published 84 new posts, growing the total blog archive of 602 posts by Jerry. This does not include the Tripawds Featured Blogs or all the Tripawds member Blogs.

For some reason, the busiest day of the year was January 25th with 1,709 views. As usual, the most popular post that day was the Tripawds Forums page. The Tripawds News blog post for that day was Jerry’s list of Tripawds Grief Support Resources.

How did everyone find us?

The top referring sites in 2011 were:

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tripawds, tripawds forum, bear, three legged dog, and That “bear” business still perplexes us. We often notice vistors finding Tripawds after searching for “Bear” and we can only assume that Bear the Big Brave Three Legged Dog has lots of friends.

Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

Most Popular Tripawds posts of 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

*The Ruff Wear dog support harness is now available in the Tripawds Gear Shop.

Many of Jerry’s most popular posts were written before 2011.

Looking Ahead

2012 is sure to be another exciting year here at Tripawds. Our membership continues to grow, as do our vast resources. That Admin guy will be updating the site to the most current WordPress version soon, and we are expecting an important update soon for the Simple:Press plugin that powers our discussion forums which should help improve performance. We are also planning a major server upgrade to meet the demanding needs of our ever-expanding audience and could really use your help. We didn’t hold a fundraising campaign this year and with your assistance we won’t need to have one next year either.

What was your biggest memory from the Tripawds Community this year? And what would you like to see here in the future? Let us know with a comment below or in the forums!

Tripawds Fundraising Appeals Policy

All Tripawds members know about the emotional toll of high vet bills. Which is why a recent surge of personal fundraising appeals by new members has prompted us to implement this official fundraising request policy here, and on our Facebook page.

“The Tripawds Blogs community along with the Tripawds Facebook Page welcomes questions, advice, photos, videos and progress reports from all three legged dogs and their people. However, personal fundraising requests for purposes or organizations not endorsed by the Tripawds community will be removed without notice. Such pleas for help distract from our mission, which is to inform & educate while providing a platform of emotional support for all members.”

Why are we implementing this policy? Because Tripawds must remain a safe, welcoming, guilt-free haven for all members and guests. Nothing should ever intrude on this space, and we can’t play favorites by allowing some members to solicit financial help when others have refrained from doing so despite their own hardships. Others have indicated they feel these solicitations are inappropriate.

Such pleas for help will be reserved to support causes for the greater good – like keeping Tripawds online, and supporting the efforts of other animal welfare organizations.

Where to Turn to For Help

If members need financial assistance, there are several resources where financially distressed individuals can apply to. Please see: Tips and Resources: Resources to Help Pay for Canine Cancer Care

We hope the following clarifies our position on various types of fundraising appeals:

Tripawds Dog Blogs’ Personal Fundraising Appeals

Tripawds prohibits Chip-In widgets, PayPal buttons and other fundraising devices to be installed directly on Tripawds three legged dog blogs. Should members choose to conduct their own personal fundraising campaigns, we suggest doing so via, a Facebook page or personal website. Announcements and links to fundraising pages may be included in posts on Tripawds Blogs, as long as funds are not received via the blog interface.

Official Tripawds Causes & Fundraising Appeals

Tripawds often supports organizations we believe in (and receive no financial compensation in return), such as Morris Animal Foundation and We will continue to periodically select organizations like these that promote canine health and will occasionally conduct short fundraising campaigns on behalf of these groups.

If a member wants to help another great canine cause and tell the Tripawds community about their fundraising efforts, please contact Admin or Jerry first to ensure that the campaign fits within our mission statement.

Appeals for Fun, Games and Miscellaneous Dog-Related Organizations

If you’re participating in a “Make my Dog a Star!” type of promotional contest and you want to ask Tripawds members to vote for your pup, that’s fine as long as it’s not request for money. If the contest will generate funds for a canine cause (such as 2 Million Dogs’ calendar contest), please be sure to indicate such, providing details about how the funds will be used.’s Annual Fundraising Campaign Appeals

To keep this community online, Tripawds conducts an annual fundraising campaign to help defray hosting and maintenance costs. Without these campaigns, Tripawds would not exist as you know it now.

Until such a time when Supporter subscriptions, product sales and affiliate commissions compensate for our endless volunteer hours and out-of-pocket expenses, Tripawds will continue promoting this campaign on an annual basis. We promise, however, to clearly indicate where funding goes, keep solicitations to a minimum, and never spam or harass members for contributions.

If you have any comments or concerns about this policy, please let us know. We thank you for being understanding about this and sincerely appreciate your support!

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Best Gear for Tripawds

Find the most helpful items for three-legged dogs by checking out Tripawds Gear product reviews and demonstration videos. Here you will find the popular Ruff Wear harness, and Bark'n Boots, or FitPAWS training equipment and much more!

Tripawds Nutrition Blog

Learn about the best dog supplements and healthy pet diets for all Tripawds, with or without cancer. Save on dog medications, healthy food, and learn about K9 Immunty, Power Mushrooms, Dasuquin, and other recommended canine supplements.

Gifts for Tripawd Lovers

Show your Tripawd Pride with three legged dog t-shirts, cards, caps, mugs, memorial gifts, and more! Follow the Gifts Blog for new item announcements, or browse the Tripawds Gift Shop directly. Get your Tripawds bandanna here. You name your price!

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