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Tripawd Mogli Gets His Mojo Back!

Here’s something to brighten your New Year’s Eve! It’s the latest Tripawd Tuesday profile about Mogli from Tennessee. His mom sent his inspawrational tale for our ongoing celebration of stories sent to us in 2023. Prepare to fall in love with this Malinois / Shepherd boy!

Tripawd Mogli in Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Harness
Tripawd Mogli enjoys life against all odds!

How old is your Tripawd?

  • 8

When and Why did your Tripawd lose a leg?

  • End of February this year due to osteosarcoma

How did your Tripawd adapt to life on three?

  • Way better than we anticipated! It’s definitely slowed him down, but he still enjoys the things he used to just a little slower pace!
Mogli says “Slow? Me?!”

What are your Tripawd’s favorite things to do?

  • Mogli loves being outside any way he can, whether that’s going to the park, to the lake for a swim, a short hike or stroll around the neighborhood! He also loves to eat treats and snuggle/get pets!

Was there any special gear that helped your Tripawd?

  • The Ruffwear “swamp cooler” vest has been great for assisting with going down stairs and better for walks. We also got a telescoping ramp for getting in and out of our vehicles, which has been a God send for saving our backs picking up our 90+ pound Prince!
Tripawd Mogli treeing a squirrel
This Tripawd shows he can adapt, how about you?

If you went through amputation surgery recovery with your animal, what did you think would happen after surgery? Did your worst fears happen? How did you cope?

  • Honestly, the first few days were rough, but he made progress every day. We were given the option to visit him at the vet and we took it. I wouldn’t recommend it. Using the bathroom was hard because we don’t have an ideal set up but we figured it out.
  • It was definitely a learning curve and we are still figuring out his limitations 7 months later, but it honestly went better than we anticipated!
Tripawd Mogli on boat dock
“Who says I won’t recover?!”

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your Tripawd?

  • That they are WAY more resilient than we could’ve ever imagined! We seriously do not deserve them!

What is your best advice to someone who is about to go through amputation with their pet, or someone who is thinking of adopting a Tripawd?

  • It will be okay! We were told by the first vet that he wouldn’t recover well being a big dog with 3 legs and boy was she wrong! (She literally hinted that we should put him down instead of get the surgery)

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2 thoughts on “Tripawd Mogli Gets His Mojo Back!”

  1. The story with Mogli touched me a lot. Thank you so much for sharing. It’s amazing to see how well Mogli copes with his handicap and how incredible it is how quickly animals get used to it and adapt to the new situation.

    I’m currently in the position of having to decide next week whether I should amputate the front leg of my Miniature Pinscher. She has a hemangiopericytoma on her leg since 2016 and has already undergone several operations. Now I can’t have it operated on any more. It is a terrible decision that is very difficult for me. I’m afraid that she’s already too old for it. She is 13.5 years old but very agile and fit. Everyone thinks she’s younger 🙂 But I’m just afraid that she won’t be able to cope with it or that she’ll have other problems due to overload of other limbs and to be honest, I’m also afraid that I won’t be able to cope with it. We’ve been to the mountains with her so often (as she loved hiking) and it makes me sad when that’s no longer possible. But stories like this one with Mogli give me courage.

    I wish Mogli and his owner the very best and take care.

    Best, Andrea

    • Andrea, we are sorry to hear about your pup. You’ll see in our senior dogs stories that even larger and older dogs can do fine on three legs as long as they don’t have any other serious mobility issues. Please join our Discussion Forums and chime in so we can help you decide and give you the support you need. See you there!


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