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My Tripawd Diet

Tripod Diet Tips from JerryMy new pal Eisen, from Colorado, is going into surgery on Friday, and will officially be a Tripawd after that. Let’s all wish him luck and send happy woofs and barks his way.

Meanwhile, his Mom asked us what kinds of foods have helped me stay strong and healthy after my cancer diagnosis. So here’s a short list of the foods I get on a regular basis. My Mom must be doing something right, because I just reached my 11 month post-surgery anniversary!

Read more.My Tripawd Diet

Meet Lalla from Tel Aviv!

Lalla from TelAviv Israel

I just got a letter from my first overseas International Visitor, Lalla, a canine cancer survivor from Israel.

Lalla had her rear right leg amputated last September, due to osteosarcoma.

Lalla says that she didn’t have chemo, because “It would have really disrupted my normal happy routine: no beach, no pals and no treats!”

And even though the doctors told her she only had about 2 months left on earth. That was a year ago! Just like me, she has beaten the odds, and is now living life to the max!

Read more.Meet Lalla from Tel Aviv!

Tripawds Merchandise Now Available!

 Big news! We have just officially launched our Tripawds Café Press Store!

tripawds store merchandise

Show your tripawd pride with t-shirts, mugs, caps, mouse pads, stickers and more. We even offer a dog t-shirt* perfect for protecting your new three legged friend’s stitches after surgery. Use the Tripawd Journal to keep track of important diet information and health care tips.

Do you know a new tripawd? Send them my funny canine cancer get well card. Or get a pack of 20 inspirational note cards and send them out as thank you notes or personal memos.

Your purchase helps support tripawds everywhere by promoting awareness of osteosarcoma in dogs and amputation as a solution for continued health and well being.

*Many sizes available. Optional: You may choose to sew up the empty limb hole.

Jerry Tries The Pet Support Suit

UPDATE (01/19/10): The new and improved AST Get A Grip harness is now available in the Tripawds Gear Shop! Read the updated review.

Recently, the great people at Animal Suspension Technologies sent Jerry their new Pet Support Suit to test out. Below is a movie and a product review of this great new product.

Believe it. The AST Support Suit lives up to all of it’s promises. We tested it on Jerry, our 75-pound, three-legged tripawd dog with hip displaysia. As Jerry will testify, the AST Support Suit is a critical tool that helps him get through life with as much mobility as possible.

Sizing and Dressing is a Breeze

Upon first sight of the AST Support Suit, the buckles and webbing might intimidate you. Don’t let them. You’ll soon learn as we did that the suit is not as tricky as it looks. AST’s instructions are clearly written and explain how to properly adjust all the straps so that you only have to make a good fit once. After that, the Suit is always ready to go with no further adjustments.

The first time we put the suit on Jerry, he was too tired to get out of bed and unwilling to budge. Since AST’s instructions say that the Suit can be applied to a dog that’s lying down, we wanted to prove this claim.

Dressing him was a breeze. The harness lies completely flat when it’s opened, so when it was time to dress Jerry, we just had to slide it under his torso, wrap it around, adjust the webbing and snap the buckles as instructed. He hardly moved.

When it was time to get him out of bed, the adjustable handles made it heasy to hoist him and get him on his feet. As we lifted him, it was clear that the underbelly fabric had far more bottomside support than the his old harness. And the AST Suit did not dig in as we guided him up.

Ergonomic for Dogs and Humans

The Suit also makes going up and down stairs a whole lot easier. Jerry’s old harness didn’t have an adjustable handle, so one always had to stoop and hang on to him while ascending or descending obsctacles. This created a jerking motion, which can aggrivate bad backs or shoulders. But, with the AST Suit’s adjustable handles, they are always adjusted to arm’s length, making stair navigation a lot easier on humans and the dog.

Once Jerry was outside, it was clear that the AST Suit wasn’t adversely affecting his mobility. In fact, it helped it. Jerry ran, walked up boulders, played fetch, and not once did the Suit slide around like his old harness always did. He didn’t seem to notice it was there.

The Suit also delivers on its full potential when it comes to traveling. Even with tall trucks like our 4×4 Dodge Ram 2500, the AST Suit makes it easier than ever to get him in and out of a vehicle. With the adjustable straps for and istributed underbelly support, hoisting him up into or out of the vehicle is lot faster and steadier than with his old harness.

Improves Overall Quality of Life for Less Mobile Dogs

As Jerry ages and his hip condition worsens, it is clear how the AST Support Suit will be a huge help. He’s a heavy dog, and lifting him isn’t easy, but with the AST Support Suit, we know that we’ll be able to keep his quality of life to a maximum by being able to easily move him, travel with him, and most importantly, play with him as long as possible.

Our only suggestion to Animal Suspension Technologies (AST) is to come up with a lighter weight fabric. AST is located in Bellingham, Washington, which has nice cool weather most of the year. However, in hotter climates, the AST Suit’s padded fabric may be too warm. While it’s true that dogs don’t sweat like humans, we tested it on a very hot summer day (90 degrees). It made us wonder if the heavy fabric wrapped around him would affect his comfort. For our own reassurance, a strong mesh fabric with the same structure for hot summer days would be greatly appealing to humans and dogs alike.

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All Meat and No Kibble Makes Me One Skinny Dawg

Jerry Keeping GuardI’ve been having so much fun running around, keeping an eye on varmints and deer, that Mom says I’ve lost some weight. She seemed a little worried, so yesterday she went out of her way to find a pet store that sold my special brand of food, Innova Evo kibble. Lucky dog that we have satellite internet on our trip.

I used to eat the kibble all the time, along with raw meat a few times a week. Then Mom thought she could convert me to straight raw meat meals on this trip. Well, I love the meat, but I guess it ain’t enough or she doesn’t know what she’s doing, because I’ve dropped some weight!

In Bishop, Mom found a store called Pet Friendzy that sold my high-end pet food. She stocked up, and is trying to fatten me up again! Now, I get meat, and kibble with veggies for dinner every night! Yum!

What’s Really in Your Pet’s Food and Why You Need to Know

Dear Readers,
My Mom wrote this for her Toastmasters speech. I hope you enjoy it. –Jerry

It’s estimated that thousands of cats and dogs died from the recent outbreak of contaminated pet food. How could so many animal lovers let this happen to their beloved pets? The sad truth is, they just didn’t know any better. Until my own dog got sick from a diet of cheap food, I didn’t know either.

Like most people, at one time I put a lot of faith in the big brand pet foods. I believed the claims about how nutritious their food would be for my dog. In the first years of Jerry Dog’s life, I chose his food by buying whatever seemed better than the generic bulk stuff at Winco. Jerry ate it up, and grew into what I thought was a healthy adult dog. But when he got to be about 5, his teeth started yellowing, and his skin turned flaky. Then he started having seizures. After some expensive trips to his vet, I started doing my own research. All I had to do was Google “commercial pet food ingredients.” What I found, horrified me, and it should scare you too.

Read more.What’s Really in Your Pet’s Food and Why You Need to Know

Back to the Beach…

Jerry at the BeachMy fur’s coming back, and now that the temperature outside hasn’t been as cold, my Mom says I don’t have to wear my dog coats as much. I’m really starting to feel like the rugged dog I used to be!

Mom also lets me hang out in the yard by myself when I want to, she’s not as paranoid now that I’ve shown her how capable I am!

I get to go to the beach pretty often now. Be sure to check out my latest movies and photos to see how I can still tear apart the kelp and play in the surf.

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