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A GIFT FROM BAILEY... 10-25-14
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8 December 2014 - 10:33 pm
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Thank you Sally and Jerry. 

You are so kind and always say the right things to make me feel better.  The pictures turned out cute.  Gracie is my girl and she really did not want to participate every time I walked behind the camera.  But we got some funny shots and some cute ones (the best part is it's free because she is using them to promote her business!) 

The last photo on the page was Bailey's first Christmas in 12/06, we brought her home on the 20th of December, I remember it well sitting at dinner and Mackenzie was on Bella's breeders web site and someone returned her.  She said can we go get this merle dane someone returned her and I feel sorry for her it's Christmas... stopped dinner, put Bella and Domino in the bedroom with the baby gate up.  Left and headed to Carrolton, IL to go get that beautiful babe and give her a forever home and no more taking her back.  She was such a loving girl and still is, I know she has met all her tripawd family and has made many friends she loved other dogs.

So here we are again, I really appreciate everything you do. You raise me up when I am down.  I love looking at all the costumes and new topics I have missed.  I still have a hard time with the new tripawds.  I'm praying for them but it's still hard to read about the babies going through all of this.  I know not everyone goes through what we went through it seemed like every time we took one step forward it was two back with the meds and chemo but she was a fighter until the very end.  I just can't believe we only could help her for 7 months and the quality of life wasn't always there.  Just hurts the heart that I promised her more.

You guys are the best.

Say prayers that I go Wednesday, I know I need to but I just think I'm going to lose it.  I have a wicked stepmother and I was not allowed to see my Dad in the nursing home and she had a "no code" on him make him comfortable.  He was having a hard time breathing and chest pains, they gave him two aspirins and put him to bed.  No one was with him.  But I dealt with this all my life with her and I was kept away because I think she knew I figured her out.  Bought a card the day after he dies on Friday $40,000 and then Sat. takes it in for her phone synced with the car and gets her hair done already and it was pouring down raining.  I know I should stop right there.  My Dad belonged at home with a home nurse if she can afford to give a nice car to her daughter and buy a new car.  Anyway... I vented and you can delete this paragraph.  I just keep crying to Neil I just can't do it.

So lots of prayers, I visited Bailey today and said prayers for her and all her friends and place a Christmas swag on it and I'm going to wire names and attach to it of all her tripawd friends that helped us.  Seriously I'm not sure I could have done it without you.

Next thing is dog food for the pups...  Breeder fed Diamond High Energy Food and not puppy.  I have them on it still because I want to get a good nutrition routine for these pups.  Also thoughts of spay and neutering?  Doc says before first heat cycle helps them from getting breast cancer and then on Diesel he hasn't said he's so little.

I love you guys,

Thanks for listening and if I need to read about food topics that are already on here just say hey stupid look here... my confusion is the high protein not over 24% but then all puppy food contains at least 26%... I want to do the right thing.

HUGS and much love,

Tracy and Angel Bailey Girl, Bella, Gracie and Diesel (my daughter's dog she named him!)

Gracie is 100% Euro she is going to be one big girl.  Her feet look like lion paws.

 

Hey Sally, I loved the idea of making a donation in Baileys name for Christmas, Tripawds in a couple of days when my heads on straight, I will make a donation.  This site is like none other and I sincerely mean it when I say that you are the ones that helped me through.  HUGS and thank you for the condolences.

Love you!

HUGS and Miss you Sally, Jerry and all the furry family and Angels up above watching us silly humans wagging their tails!  smiley

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9 December 2014 - 8:57 am
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Tracy,

I'm so sorry you are having to go through the loss of your dad.  It's really tough losing anyone around the holdays.  My husband's mom passed away on Christmas Eve several years ago so I know this time of year is always rough on him.  Bailey is giving you strength to make it through...I just know it.  And no doubt she was waiting there to greet your dad.  I will definitely be keeping you and your family in my thoughts with the upcoming services.

Now to the new addition of Diesel...he is ADORABLE!!  Miss Bella sure has her paws full with Gracie and now Diesel...2 youngsters full of piss and vinegar as my hubby would say.  The pictures are just precious and they definitely were guided to a great home with the help of Bailey.  They will know nothing but love with you and your family.

Sending you all a BIG HUG!!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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10 December 2014 - 11:16 am
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Tracy, I hope today went well at the vet's and you got some good news. We once had a scare with Wyatt like this and it was nothing more than an impacted hair follicle. I hope it's that easy for you and Bella too.

You can vent here anytime, I promise. Always remember that on many nights there are some people in the chat room so that's a good place to talk when you're feeling down. We will listen and not judge.

As for it being hard to watch when others are newly diagnosed, we understand that completely. And if you need to take time for yourself to heal and step away from here for a bit, that is totally understandable. Don't feel guilty if you do. You can only help others when you help your self first. We know you can be strong again and that's when you will be there for others, your heart will have it no other way.

{{{hugs}}}}}

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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10 December 2014 - 12:03 pm
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Nicely expressed Rene...always nicely expressed..........

Thinking of you today at your Dad's "tribute"...you will be surrounded by so many good Angels.

Let us know how Bella is doing...and how you are doing...

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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10 December 2014 - 12:42 pm
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First... my condolences on the passing of your dad Tracy.... the circle of life sucks.... big time.  I hope he is holding that tripawds princess's head in his hand, scratching her solft velvet ears and getting lots of slobbery kisses... as a matter of fact.. I am sure he is..... 

Second... how cute is that!!!!!  OMYDAWG!!!!   3 beauties... in p-jammies!!!!   love it!!  you can't help but grin and feel the doggice love!!!!

Thinking of you on this day.... 

Christine... with Franklin in her heart♥

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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21 December 2014 - 8:07 pm
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Thank you for all the sweet posts to lift me up.

 

Today was a hard day it was my first trip to my father's grave.  Well we were going to visit him last weekend and my husband and I were in a bad car accident... we were at a stop light like three cars back sitting for a while (plenty of room in front of us) along came someone doing 50 mph and never stopped until he hit us... (he didn't see my H3 Hummer.) Luckily we are fine, Neil has a concussion and a cervical sprain and well let's say I'm just a mess... nothing easy with me. I will have to have surgery some time after the holidays on my neck plate... during impact I was leaning over getting into my purse getting out a Kleenex and my head hit the glove box and whipped me back... not I know some may think that ok SUV on SUV... Hummer no way... ok H3's are on Yukon frames... not like the H2 and H1.  Anyway we spent 8 hours in the hospital I had CT scans with contrast and multiple x-rays, my neck plate is messed up and pinching a nerve and my tail bone hurts like h-ll.  Oxycodeine and Flexerall are my new best friends.

So let's just say I'm not the luckiest kid on the block (or forum) and I'll be glad when 2014 is over with.  We are alive and that is what matters.  Not ready for Christmas but it's the true meaning of Christmas that counts.

Thank you to all my family here I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday and very Happy New Year.

Love and Tight Hugs,

Tracy, Angel Bailey Girl, Bella, Gracie and Diesel

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22 December 2014 - 7:58 am
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Good golly . . . I just don't have any other words, just good golly!

Sending you healing energy since 4-leaf clovers don't grow in the winter.

Peace be with you my friend!

Pam

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

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22 December 2014 - 10:14 am
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Pam, I'm just thinking I need to move (but my Bailey Girl's in the back yard)  :(

Thank you for the healing energy. 

HUGS,

Tracy and Bailey Girl!

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