All hail the mighty Atlas, ruler of the Tripawd Danes!
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.
Atlas, you are one amazing, inspawrational Tripawd. It’s an honor to have you and your pack as a part of this community.
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- In a few short sentences, describe your three-legged hero’s story.
- Include a photo or video.
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