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…a beautiful story of how Keira picked you.❤  

Clearly she's a Saint of a dog and has found her Earth Angels. She knows what love feels like, what Joy feels like, and knows  the serenity of being safe.

It just

17 July 2020 9:00 am
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…store today and that was crazy enough, can't imagine what the retail stores are like right now. Yikes! Anyone who works retail this weekend is a saint!

22 December 2019 5:05 pm
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…great knowing how a member is doing after surgery so don't be shy. And for some inspawration you may need, check out Thurston's blog. He's a fellow Saint who is doing terrific on three! I know he and his momma would love to hear from you:

7 November 2019 9:19 am
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… my 6 yo Saint was diagnosed with osteo and had his left hind leg removed 2 days ago. He has adapted incredibly well and is already doing his business without help

7 November 2019 6:48 am
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…videos and member blogs. Just search for "Front leg" or something similar and many dogs will come up in addition to Brownie, including Thurston the Saint Bernard and our own Jerry, Tripawds founder. 

2 September 2019 10:42 am
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…and some holistic stuff afterwards and she lived about 1 1/2 years longer.

I am also a vet and have taken legs off of other large Mastiffs and a Saint Bernard as well as many 100 pound Rotties, etc and I have never had anyone regret their decision.  Just because your dog is giant is not a reason to

2 July 2018 2:52 pm
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…now since you want to be careful with that bum leg. 

Regarding his size....125 isn't the biggest dog we've ever seen here. We've had Danes, Saint Bernards and Mastiffs who were much larger. Check out our gallery and videos, and I can point you to some stories about American Bulldogs that will

3 May 2018 11:09 am
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…that will get you to one of the man videos on the site of how to do a proper massage.  Keeping in mind of course, this is a tiny puppy.

You are a SAINT for taking care of this sweet puppy!  He's certainly been through a lot and is so fortunate to have you caring for him.

Lots of hugs

Sally and

26 April 2018 9:54 pm
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We had a Saint 5/6 years old, front leg amputation. (bone cancer) She was amazing, We couldn't believe how quickly she hopped around. Obviously a bit wobbly to

19 February 2018 1:20 pm
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…should not be the determining factor in whether or not a dog can be happy on three legs. If you look around here, you'll find lots of examples of Saints who did really well as Tripawds. Front or rear leg, they have the same chance at being happy on three, provided that they're kept slim and the pet…

…parent remains conscientious about the right kinds of activity to encourage (and to avoid). 

Here are some search results about Saints (all of which lost their leg to cancer, however). I hope this helps. Let us know what you decide OK?

Tripawd Tuesday: Chuck the Saint

19 February 2018 11:00 am
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…for any advice....we have a 3 year old saint benard that was hit by a car and damaged her back leg to the point of no repair. Her only option is amputate it. We do not want to put her down but

19 February 2018 8:23 am
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…here in the States!!! His spunk and your devotion have earned out utmost respect!

And I tell ya' what, you and Bruno have the patience of Saints! To deal with that appointment the other day....the appointment that almost didn't happen....and not blow your cool was quite impressive!

…free life for as long as we can.

I'm sure others will chime in with further advise and to share their experiences, we have Mastiffs, Great Danes, Saint Bernard's ... Rufus is not going to feel alone in our family ... and I'm sure we're going to fall in love with him too! 

Sending you a big

1 March 2017 5:07 pm
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…posts won't require moderation so post away.

Are there others out there with giant breeds who have had a front leg removed?

Absolutely! From Saint Bernards to Mastiffs and many, many more. You posted in the correct Forum Discussion to see many of their stories, and the Tripawds member blogs

1 March 2017 9:25 am
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…am sorry that you have to embark on this journey with your sweet girl 🙁 We started down this road nearly a year ago.  Our Saint Patchy was diagnosed in January last year and after several weeks of anguish we went ahead with his amputation.  He is still doing well 9 months

22 December 2016 3:17 pm
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…accordingly. You can prepare them by showing them our photo gallery of giant breed dogs. And don't forget to show them Patchy's blog. He's a Saint who is living the good life on three legs!

K gotta run for now but hang tight for more insight from our awesome members. Don't forget to review

22 December 2016 9:11 am
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… I have a Saint Bernard who's about 7, she is on the smaller side and was extremely agile, lean, and wicked fast. She's amazing and has done amazing things to help

22 December 2016 2:06 am
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…in great company and believe it or not, we've had members with even larger dogs do great on three legs. For starters, you've got to meet Patchy the Saint Bernard Tripawd! Talk about amazing! You will be inspired.

If you haven't already, please visit Jerry's Required Reading List
this week. As

19 December 2016 12:24 pm
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Our 4 year old Saint is scheduled for surgery this Thursday. We found out the news of bone cancer in his front left leg last week Wednesday and I cant even begin to tell

19 December 2016 2:46 am
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…with a whole lot of cuteness while doing it!

Here's the link to Patchy's sure and go back a few if you want to see one of the cutest Saints ever!



Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

19 April 2016 6:51 pm
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…back after surgery.

165 is not small but it's also not unheard of to have giant breed dogs do well on three legs. We've had Danes, Mastiffs and Saints here, and while their recoveries weren't always the easiest (in our experience it seems that giant breed dogs tend to take longer during recovery,…

…re just so laid back), most of them did great. This forum is a great place to read about their stories. And if you search our Tripawds Blogs for "Saint Bernard" you'll find examples there too.

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Be sure to check out Jerry's

29 November 2015 11:31 am
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Our Six year old Saint was recently diagnosed. He has no signs of disease as of yet. We think he is too large for amputation. He is 164lbs, Has anyone had success or

29 November 2015 11:00 am
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I don't have anything to add to the discussion, as my guy is a hind amputation. But just wanted to say hi, as we have a Saint also, who also had a amputation on the same day as your girl. (He is now 130lbs post amp and he is 8yrs old.)  It was his hind left leg due to

…don't have anything to add to the discussion, as my guy is a hind amputation. But just wanted to say hi, as we have a Saint also, who also had a amputation on the same day as your girl. (He is now 130lbs post amp and he is 8yrs old.)  It was his hind left leg due to



Molly my 130lbs (pre amputation) almost 9 year old Saint Bernard had her front right paw amputated on May 26th. She came back home on May 29th and since then has learned to get around. We have been

…came to bed late last night, Briston came with him! He said he did fine getting up the stairs.

This morning I had a chipper, happy energetic Saint Bernard on my hands!!! It was so awesome to see his full on body wiggle!!! Haven't seen that in weeks! It's truly a sight in a dog that big

4 June 2015 4:08 pm
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…looks like he is doing great 🙂 as a saint lover and having battled this stupid disease ourselves with our last Saint,  just wanted to send out some positive vibes, and let you know we are pulling for you. 

Lori, angel chuck and the rest of our furry family

28 May 2015 6:29 pm
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….MDDDDDD!! Imw just catchingnup!!!! WOW!!! What a loved boy! What a wonderful pack!!! What a "Saint" you are for giving such a loving h ome to this delightful pack!!

I was just riveted to your story! Getting to know this sweet cuddle bear and

27 May 2015 10:06 pm
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…said he looks drugged, I think it's only because we know he is, this is what he usually looks like when I try to get a picture. I think of it as the Saint Bernard look.)

23 May 2015 6:00 pm
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…our Saint Bernard

Trying to get pictures figured out.... I do not usually have issues with technical stuff, so a bit frustrated and confused as to why it

23 May 2015 5:44 pm
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Views: 3527
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