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Name: Brenda Ketner
Bio: My husband and I only have fur babies...our dogs (and cats) are our children. We adopted Bella 7 years ago (she's 10) and she is my heart. She was horribly abused when she came into our lives and has the most gentle, loving personality. We lost our first rescue to stage 4 lymphoma 4 years ago, and this diagnosis of osteosarcoma with Bella is breaking my heart.

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Bella earned her wings
We sent our sweet Bella off to the bridge on Thursday. We adopted Bella from a rescue shelter in Lebanon, TN and brought her home to Rhode Island on November 5th 2010. They thought she was about 3, but I think she may have been closer to 5. She ha (More)
Love the Tripawds community
Wish I had more time to read and respond to so many posts on these blogs and forums. I try to explain to friends and acquaintances how impactful this site is and how courageous and loving the members are. I don't think they understand unless they ex (More)
We're back!
A little over two months post op and Bella is loving spring and looking good. I'm so grateful for this site and all of the help and support it offers. We are blessed. (More)
Bella is 3 1/2 weeks post op. Love her frosty face and smile!
Bella having fun

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What a special treasure you shared with your photos of Mosby. Such a beautiful boy. He loved you so was easy to see. I hope your heart is healing with the memories of the wonderful life you gave him and the love he had for you (More)
Thank you so much (More)
Thank you so much. I hope so too (More)
I am so sorry for your loss. Kylie was very loved by you and will take this with her on her journey. I am sure you will see her in special places and moment to come. (More)
Thank you so much. This is not such a good weekend for Bella. She's favoring her left hind leg so we are taking it easy with her. Such a loving pup though. (More)

3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. I have a quite large male tripawd whippet. Back leg amputated. Could you please advise as to which harness would be most suitable. He wears a soft coat when it’s cold so would a harness fit on top of this?.

  2. Hello. My dog Santo just got diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on his front leg. He is 6 years-old, it seems that he is a good candidate for amputation.
    My biggest concern is the overall cost. We may be able to difficulty manage the amputation cost. But there’s no way we can do chemo and amputation.
    I read everywhere that if don’t do chemo right after it most likely be a “waste” of money and trauma.
    Any thoughts?

    • Azul and Santo, welcome. We’re sorry about the diagnosis but please don’t listen to the people telling you that amputation only is a waste of time. It is most definitely NOT and it’s one of the best things you can do to help Santo. Amputation gets rid of the pain and gives him a chance at a good quality of life. Chemo is OPTIONAL, never forget that. Our own dog Jerry (founder of Tripawds) lived TWO YEARS with amputation only and we’ve seen many other dogs who also didn’t have chemo go much longer.

      Santo doesn’t want you to be stressed about money. If amputation is what you can afford then that’s OK by him. All he wants is to feel better and for you to be happy.

      Please join us in the discussion forums for help from members OK? We are here for you both.


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