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Tripawd Tuesday: Three-Legged Gidge Gets Political in Missoula

There’s a hoppy Tripawd about to start doing great things for Missoula County, Montana. Today’s Tripawd Tuesday spotlights three-legged Gidge. He was just voted in as Missoula County’s first Pet Commissioner!

A Border Collie Tripawd Building Awareness in a Big Way

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Three legged Gidge is Missoula County Pet Commissioner! (Image by Mom Katie)

There’s a new government official in Missoula, Montana, and he has one more leg than all the rest. Gidge the Tripawd won a local contest and be Missoula County’s first Pet Commissioner starting this Thursday.

Adopted from the Missoula Animal Shelter in 2020 at the young age of one, Gidge lost his front right leg as a puppy. He’s been having the best life ever since! His forever human Katie says:

Gidge and I are thick as thieves. He’s right by my side whether we’re working, hiking, rafting, or camping, and he’s better company than any human I’ve lived with. He’s so easy to get on with, he’s sure of making friends with everyone. Except for this one bear that he likes to herd when it comes too close on our walks; while they share a mutual, grudging respect, I wouldn’t quite call them friends!

Gidge the Tripawd Pet Commissioner in Missoula County
Gidge is building Tripawd Awareness! (Image by Mom Katie)

And to that, Gidge adds:

Why did I run for Commissioner? I find that most folks are surprised to learn dogs like me get around well on three legs. I lost mine in an accident, but often, three-legged dogs have beaten bone cancer. Sometimes I meet dog owners who are grappling with the decision to either amputate a leg or euthanize their pet after a cancer diagnosis. Seeing me running around helps them make the decision to amputate and rehabilitate. I ran for Commissioner to give tripawds more visibility so more pets might have a chance to live happily on three legs.

On October 6th, Three-Legged Gidge is being sworn in as Missoula County Pet Commissioner.

Once he takes a seat at the table, some of the topics he and Katie will bring into the local political discussion include:

  • Working on a county-wide ordinance to restrict fireworks use to a certain time period
  • Allowing restaurants with outdoor seating to determine for themselves whether they’d like to allow dogs at their establishments.
  • And building awareness among constituents that Tripawds can have and live happy lives!

Congratulations Gidge! Three-paws up to you and your mom for participating in democracy. We hope more Tripawd packs out there will follow your pawesome example!

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