Nearly every day, experienced Tripawd parents welcome new members into our Discussion Forums community. When sharing their story they know they walk a fine line between hope and the whole truth about Tripawds’ amputation recovery and life on three legs. Today’s Tripawd Tuesday feature is in honor of Meg’s excellent description of life on three legs.
MeggyMoo’s Truth About Tripawds Reality Check
Want a great link to share with new Tripawds members? Send them to Meg’s Truth About Tripawds post. Meg lost her leg to mast cell cancer last August. Here’s just a few of several accurate descriptions about Tripawd life that Meg shares. Be sure to read the entire post and share away!
“Your Dog will still be Awesome”
Worried your pet’s quality of life will disappear? Fear not! Here’s what Meg’s pack says:
Your dog is still going to be the same dog once they lose a leg, actually, if anything they’ll be even better. They won’t be suffering from a leg riddled with cancer or broken bones, or they’ll be free of pain from a traumatic accident. The first few weeks can be difficult, and recovery is different for every dog. . . .
If you’re worried that a surgery will change your dog, personality wise or physically, there is a good chance it won’t. Even if its a giant dog losing a front leg, or an old stubborn dog who will throw a tantrum that life has changed, all the tripawds stories I’ve read and videos I’ve watched on youtube says that isn’t really the case. Even if it is, YOU’RE DOG WILL /STILL/ BE AWESOME.
“Even though humans notice your three legged dog, other dogs don’t”
We’ll never forget the first time Tripawds Founder Spirit Jerry met his first Tripawd pal, Morris, pictured below.
We assumed he and Morris would act like “Hey buddy, I’m special too!” Of course they didn’t. And Meg’s mom reiterated what we have always experienced too:
Not even other tripawds will care (which disappoints me greatly any time Meg meets another tripawd). Furthermore, your own dog won’t feel insecure, or care, or worry about that missing leg. They just want to sniff another dogs behind and get on with their day!
“Tripawds need special care”
Meg’s mum also got this one exactly right. Tripawds definitely aren’t “disabled” but they do need parents to be extra conscientious about their activity and overall health. We couldn’t agree more when she says:
they can do anything a four legged dog can. Which is true to a point. People always ask me if Meg struggles with anything or can’t do things she could do before. . .
Meg can do everything else, but that doesn’t mean I let her. I’ll help her on and off the couch if it looks like the jump is a struggle, she isn’t allowed to climb in and out of the car by herself anymore, and I absolutely hate when she leaps off the bed. You need to protect their remaining limbs, they’ve already lost the spare after all. I’ve found dog physios and chiros for when Meg needs it, I’ve looked into dog injury rehabs, we purchased Meg a special bed so her joints don’t hurt, and we got her a special harness that helps her balance when she needs it. Tripawds cost more money than normal dogs, and you do need to put in more effort.
The journey to becoming a Tripawd parent can be scary. We’re incredibly grateful when Meg’s mum and all our other Tripawds Community members take time to give the whole truth about Tripawds. Thank you everypawdy!
Now It’s Your Turn: Send Your Tripawd Tuesday Story
Each Tuesday, Tripawd dogs and cats 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. Just follow these easy steps:
- In a short paragraph or two (or longer if you’d like!), describe your three-legged hero’s story.
- Include photos or links to videos already uploaded to YouTube.
- Include a link to your Tripawds Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog, social media handles, etc.
- Email your story and photos to us.
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.