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Tripawd Tuesday: Histiocytic Sarcoma Didn’t Stop Tate from Loving Life

Did you know that clicking through the “Random Blog” link you see at the top of every page at Tripawds can lead you to all sorts of great stories? Today on Tripawd Tuesday, Tate, the three-legged flat-coated retriever from Chicago appeared for us!

Tate’s Inspawrational Journey After Histiocytic Sarcoma

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Flat Coated Retriever Jake will always be remembered.

Tate was diagnosed in February 2011 with histiocytic sarcoma. In his blog we learn that he was just five years young! And although his time with us was far too short, he and his human mom Jan (aka “TatesPeeps“) quickly became a beloved part of our community. 

Looking back, I see that his blog was very therapeutic for me to write.  Tripawds is a place where we can indulge our emotions and someone is always there for you.  So if you happened to get here on a search (I found Tripawds with a hit on someone’s blog), I’m here to tell you this is a great place for support.  — Tate’s Mom

He lost his leg in February, but that didn’t slow him down. He lived life to the fullest in the nine short months he was with us as a Tripawd. He even met up with other Tripawd heroes during summer!

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Three Tripawd heroes on the beach. Tate, Ginger and Isabelle.

Shortly after Tate got his wings in November 2011, his new sister Sam and his parents gathered once again for a celebration of Tate’s life. Other Chicagoland Tripawds members like Cadence and Ginger joined in honoring their hero. This bittersweet memorial is captured in his blog  post “Tate’s Excellent Celebration (or why Tripawds Peeps are the Best!). 

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Tate’s celebration of life with Tripawds family.

Tate’s journey on three legs was far too short. But because his humans chronicled it in their Tripawds blog, every step of his life as a Tripawd will always be there to inspire newcomers. And his blog will also warm the hearts of others knew and loved him. Tate, and every other Tripawd hero, will stay in our hearts forever.

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Your Pet Can Star in Tripawd Tuesday

Each Tuesday, Tripawd dogs, cats and other critters 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:

  1. In a short paragraph or two (or longer if you’d like!), describe your three-legged hero’s story.
  2. Include photos or links to videos already uploaded to YouTube.
  3. Include a link to your Tripawds Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog, social media handles, etc.
  4. 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.

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2 thoughts on “Tripawd Tuesday: Histiocytic Sarcoma Didn’t Stop Tate from Loving Life”

  1. Thank you for honoring Tate this week! His little sister Sam is now 7 and has gray hairs under her chin, hard to believe! She was a rambunctious puppy that looked up to her big brother and loved to play with him. Tate never met his little brother Zeke, who is 6 years old. They both have lived longer than our Tate, we never forget that every day is a gift. Thank you Tripawds for being there for me through that painful time.

    • You are so welcome, we will never forget your sweet boy. It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by, Sam is really 7? Wow. She and Zeke are no doubt the apple of Tate’s eye in heaven. It’s wonderful to hear from you, thanks for the sweet note.


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