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Tripawd Tuesday: Sweet Sugar the Boerboel Mastiff Tripawd

A Mastiff Tripawd is one of the dog breeds that some people think cannot be happy on three legs. Sugar, aka SugarCookie, is here to say “Not always true folks!” This giant breed girl is living proof that it is entirely possible to be a large-stature pup and have a great life after amputation surgery! Here’s her Tripawd Tuesday story as told by mamma Britton from their home in Texas:

Sugar is a 3 year old Boerboel aka South African Mastiff. She had a rather large soft tissue sarcoma around the hock joint of her left hind leg. She had surgery to remove it and it came back within 2 weeks. Thankfully the doctors said it was a “friendly cancer”, meaning it would very unlikely to spread elsewhere.


We tried some homeopathic medicine to try to save her leg and she ended up developing an infection. Once that happened we had no choice but to amputate.

We were scared for her losing a leg being that she’s such a large breed dog and so young but man has she shocked us all!! She was running almost 2 weeks after surgery!


She is the strongest, sweetest baby ever.

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5 thoughts on “Tripawd Tuesday: Sweet Sugar the Boerboel Mastiff Tripawd”

  1. May have to have our Boerboel’s left front leg amputated…she has a tumor that has grown, and if it’s not bone cancer we were told we could have it amputated and she would adapt. Thanks for your story, this gives me some hope concerning our Remi.

  2. SUGAR!!!!! YOU’RE MELTING MY HEART OVER HERE!!!! 🙂 🙂 Smooching you through the screen !!!

    You are a gia t Teddy Bear loving your snuggles and hugs!!

    And those puppy pictures…ADORABLE!!! 🙂 And look at you rocki ‘ those three legs like a Ballerina! 🙂

    This .made my day!!”Keep these great updates AND delightful pictures coming!! 🙂
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!


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