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A Chariot Fit For A Tripawd Warrior Princess :)
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7 February 2012 - 4:27 pm
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Okay – that does it. Lylee's chariot is getting….. pinwheels!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

And Lylee is going to disown her mother. She wont just not get in it she will not even walk near me 🙂

So was the chariot for her or me?

Okay Karen – you're on! Chariot Races are now schedule for: April 14th, Mill Valley Dog Park

Accepting entries now.

We'll start training in earnest! (puff, puff)

Hugs, wags and weeeeeeeeeee!

Joanne and not Lylee

*No excuse Jackie – start planning your trip up here!

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How cute! I've considered something like that for Ranger as well. He loves to go for walks, but the monkeysister has a lot more stamina. I think Ranger's would have to look a lot like a car in order for him to get excited about it! I'm afraid some people would frown if I took Ranger in the car and just let Athena jog along side while I held the leash out the window surprised.  Everyone would be having fun, except for local law enforcement laughing

Sadie is my 9yr old Rott/Shepherd mix. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right scapula 1/28/10. Our brave girl had her amputation 2/13/10 and her last chemotherapy on 6/6/10. Unfortunately, a tumor appeared in her back right leg and on 10/7/2010 Sadie's earthly journey came to an end.  On 10/24/2010 we adopted Ranger, a handsome Rott/Lab mix tripawd (got hit by a car) I think Sadie sent him to us.

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7 February 2012 - 5:04 pm
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Miss Pegz and Daisy – if you do get the chance to ride in a chariot I found the really great advice to first have your pawrent remove the wheels (should be not too difficult on most makes). This will make the trailer more stable and wont move around  – more like a regular crate, get a nice comfy bed with familiar smells. Then lots of treats so it's a really positive experience (make sure they only give you the best – chicken, liver, etc).

Then when you do start to wheel around make sure the chariot is well braced with wheel brakes and held securely so it wont move much when you first get in (me lylee doesn't like unsteady things  i took it slowly). And then start with short trips, then get them to continue with the good treats when in the trailer. my Mother taught me the 'wait' word – so I don't get out by myself. Best to wait anyway for it to stop rolling.

Hope this helps

Lylee TWP

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7 February 2012 - 5:12 pm
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Awwwww she looks so cosy in there!!


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7 February 2012 - 5:17 pm
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Thanks Lylee!!! We gonna give it the old Tripawds Try!!! I think if we follow your advice….Peggy gonna just LOVE it!!!

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Great idea about taking the wheels off!  I hadn't thought of that.  I figured I could use treats to lure her in but was afraid she'd freak as soon as the thing moved and try to leap out.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

7 February 2012 - 5:46 pm
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I got a stroller for tri-pug Maggie right after her amp.  It really is a carrier on wheels.  I did just what Joanne talks about- I took the carrier off the wheel part and had Mag get in it, sit in it, all that with lots of praise and treats.  Then I put it back on the wheels with the brakes on and did it all again.  Then very, very short movements so she would feel comfortable.  I was really worried because as a young pug she HATED riding in wagons, she would always jump out.  I figured this would be a battle…. NOT!!!  She took to it like it was an entitlement!

After Mag left I kept the stroller because her younger sis Tani had arthritis, and is now to the point where she can't walk as far as my younger pug Obie.  Tani HATES the stroller and barks and tries to get out ( it is enclose with net so she can't).  Even treats haven't worked that well with her.


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Lylee Girl Styling like a BIG DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!

She looks so comfortable and cozy in her new ride.

So, we have chariot for Lylee, a carrier for Tani and Obie and a Lil Red Wagon for Shelby. When we park all of our TRV's (Tripawd recreational vehicles) at the dog park, it's gonna look like the hill at a NASCAR Race weekend! 

Can't wait till the April git together!

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OMD! That's funny laughing A Tripawd NASCAR Race meet – weeeeeeee!

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7 February 2012 - 8:19 pm
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Still waiting for Admin Jim to do the *NEW* Weeeeeee!  commercial!   What fun to watch him on a zip line!

Start rolling the camera Rene!


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You guys are too much!  I have to admit, those commercials were totally what made me suggest pinwheels.  I giggle in complete delight every time they come on, but Greg hates them with a passion.  Don't forget to put a playing card in the spokes of her chariot!

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...

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Hi.  My new dog, Willow, had her front left leg amputated due to synnovial cell cancer about 18 months ago.  She has been my girl for 2 months now.  She is an 8 yr old Dutch Shepherd Mix.

I would love to know what you did to modify the trailer to make it comfortable for Lylee.  Did you take out the seat?  How did you reinforce the floor and cushion the bars?  Any tips that you or anyone else can give me would be very appreciated. Thank you.

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Hello Willow’s pawrent

Sorry Willow had to go through amputation but congratulations on her being your new girl – tripawds are very special kids.

Yes – I did take out the seat. With her chariot I just cut it out. I decided webbing straps were best to reinforce the bottom (attached to the main frame) and then used light weight rigid plastic board on top of this. I then cut up about an inch thick single foamie single mattress topper so that it covered the bottom and then extended up & acted like a bumper up on the sides (I added an extra piece too but it depends on actually how thick the topper is). I then took the wheels off, at first, so Lylee could step in and out like it was her crate and used lots of treats and praise! She loves her chariot and it works really well for her. I always make sure the brake is on when she gets in and out so it’s as stable as possible.

Good luck and let us know how it goes

Hugs & wags

Joanne & Lylee

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