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Happy Birthday Atlas!
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6 December 2014 - 6:43 am
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Hi Tripawds family!  We just wanted to drop in and share that Atlas is doing great and is turning 9 years young this week.  We cannot believe it has been 20 months since his amputation!  Talk about things to be grateful for!  We love you buddy - keep on kicking butt Might Atlas!!!!!!!  Pictured below just a couple days ago when the kids hung out while mom cleaned the barn.  It was 74 degrees in December!!!!!!!!!

New Jersey
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6 December 2014 - 7:07 am
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Dear Patricia and Atlas,

We are not here often but when I looked in this am and saw this post it brought a smile to my face. It's so wonderful to see updates of those tripawds that were here when we came with our Snoop. Atlas looks absolutely fantastic. I'm always in awe of what a handsome boy he is. He is mighty!  Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday.


Esther and her Angel Snoop

Orange County, CA
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6 December 2014 - 8:18 am
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Happy Birthday Mighty Atlas!!  You are an amazing boy!!

Livermore, CA

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6 December 2014 - 11:16 am
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Happy Birthday big guy!

Mighty Atlas indeed.



Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo


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6 December 2014 - 11:37 am
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Wonderful news! Such an inspiration from a dog who a vet didnt think was a good candidate for amputation and should be put down! Clearly Atlas has other plans!!!!!!!

Wonderful picture...and Sophie looks gorgeous as always!

Thanks for sharing the joy!!!

Hugs and love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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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6 December 2014 - 11:56 am
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You just put the BIGGEST smile on my face and I'm sure everyone else here too! WOWWWW!!! This is SUCH great news.

Atlas, you are the King of Miracles, the Ace of Amazing, the Super Dooper of Spectacular doggies. Congratulations handsome, you are just pawesome!!!!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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6 December 2014 - 7:34 pm
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This is awesome!  enjoy your birthday and celebrate many more ampuversaries, big boy!  

Our awesome Golden Boy was diagnosed for OSA in April 2014 in the proximal humerus, front-leg amp on 05/20/2014. Finished chemo (Carbo6) on 07/10/2014. Ongoing treatment: acupuncture + K-9 Immunity Plus ( 3chews) and home-cooked no-grain diet.   Stopped Apocaps because of liver issues.   Liver issues: controlling altered enzymes with SAM-e and Milk Thistle.  October 17:  started having seizures.  Taking fenobarbital for seizures.  April 18: started prednisone.

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6 December 2014 - 9:25 pm
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Happy Birthday Atlas.  We have missed hearing your updates.  I also am smiling.  You have been totally amazing & kick butt.  Keep on doing so awesome buddy. 



Michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

Westminster, MD
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6 December 2014 - 9:52 pm
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What a fantastic picture !! Happy 9th Birthday, Atlas, may you have many more happy everythings ahead.....!! Both are very good looking pups !!

Bonnie & Angel Polly

New Jersey
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6 December 2014 - 10:11 pm
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To handsome Atlas!!  Happy, Happy 20 month ampuversary!!!!!clapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapand Happy, Happy 9th Birthday!!!!!clapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclap

You are such an awesome furbaby--Lily and I are sending hugs and ear scratchies to youwinker Keep kicking cancer's butt!!!

Enjoy your daysuperstarsuperstar

Joan and Lily

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

New York, NY
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7 December 2014 - 10:01 am
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Oh what a GREAT DAY! HOPPY BIRTHDAY ATLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So glad to hear youre doing well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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7 December 2014 - 10:43 am
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Patricia and Atlas,

I'm a little late for the party but I wanted to wish Atlas a Happy 9th birthday! That's a couple of beautiful pups and that picture is Christmas card quality. And I'm jealous of the 74 degrees.

Penny, Blink, Hank and Spirit Maggie

Martinsburg, WV
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3 June 2014
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7 December 2014 - 1:45 pm
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATLAS!!!!  You are looking GREAT!!!!


Sahana and her Angel 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!

Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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22 November 2012
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8 December 2014 - 8:35 am
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I wish you could see the grin on my face!!!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATLAS!!!!!  clapclapclapclapclap

I know you must be so proud and just beaming when you walk him into the vets and exclaim 20 MONTHS!!!!!!

you rawk you big boy!!!

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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1 February 2013
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8 December 2014 - 8:46 pm
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Happy Birthday to you - Atlas you are my hero!!!

Luanne & Team Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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