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I'm new to this forum.  I just found you this morning while looking for some info on 3-legged wonders!  We are adopting a very recent hind leg amputee (just 3 days ago) and will pick her up the day after tomorrow.  Ginny is an 11 month old yellow lab. She was signed over to the vet clinic, by her previous owners, for euthansia after she was hit by a car and needed her hind leg amputated. Because of some VERY kind people, Ginny was given a second chance and has had her leg amputated. My husband and I saw an e-mail that went out about her and called immediately to adopt her.  You see, 15 years ago we had another beautiful yellow lab, Sandy, who became a front leg amputee due to cancer.  Unfortunately, she passed away several months after her surgery as the cancer had spread.  She was truly a wonderful friend and we still miss her.  When we saw the picture of Ginny yesterday, we both immediately realized that we had to give this beautiful puppy a home.

I'm delighted to find this community!  I'm sure I will have questions and it appears that you will be a fount of information!

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Welcome and bless you for saving Ginny! She is simply adorable. smiley

You'll find lots of recovery and care tips in Jerry's Required Reading List, and for immediate answers to the most common dog amputation questions download the new Tripawds e-book Three Legs and A Spare.

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Ginny & Co., welcome! What pawesome people you are for being a second-time Tripawd family by choice, we love it!

Can't wait to hear more about this special girl. I'll bet Sandy's spirit will be there, watching over her and helping her adjust to her beautiful new home and family.

Thanks so much for joining us, let us know if there's anything we can help with OK? Can't wait to see pics of her homecoming!

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16 December 2010 - 12:55 pm
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Welcome Ginny and family. What a beautiful story. kudos to you for giving Ginny a permanent home.



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Sorry to hear about Ginny’s accident, but how wonderful she’s found a new, loving home! What a great Christmas gift.

Zack, King of Dogs, 1996 to 2010

Zack lived a full 14 years, even to the end.

The joy and memories he provided us will last a lifetime.

Surviving him is his sister, Izzy, a 12-year-old boxer mix quadpawd.
And the latest addition, Zula, an 11-month-old pit bull mix tripawd.

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what a wonderful gift to invite this little girl into your home!!!  bet sandy is just watching with glee, knowing what a wonderful life ginny will now have.


charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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16 December 2010 - 2:23 pm
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How pawsome that you are adopting Ginny. I have tears in my eyes – I am so very happy for all of you. Sandy is indeed looking out for you all. Welcome to our “family” here at Tripawds. You'll make lots of really good friends here!!!

Merry Christmas, and kiss that snout for me!



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She's adorable!!! Congratulations.

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Welcome to the family, Ginny and her new family.  Your pawrents truly are a gift from God to save you.  We are glad they did, and we look forward to getting to know you.


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Welcome, Ginny and family!

I love reading posts like this one.  What a sweet story.  Ginny is so fortunate to find a family like yours and what a wonderful gift for you to find her and have her join your family, just in time for the holidays!

Your precious Ginny is adorable!  I just want to hug that sweet girl!

So happy to have you join this family!  Merry Christmas to all of you!

Angel Honeygurl's pack

Dx Osteosarcoma  3/31/10.  Amputation 7/21/10. Honey put up a valiant fight and lost her battle 9/22/10. Missing her and treasuring 9 years with our Honeygurl.

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Your story caused little weeping droplets for me too.  To recognize what a gift this little package was is totally awesome.  What a wonderful Christmas present for you and for Ginny.  Thank you so much for giving her a new home.   I have an idea she will have the best life ever.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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welcome Ginny and family! Imsure you will find all kinds of useful info on the forums and the website in general is awesome in so many ways that words really cant explain! you must be very special folks to give this girl a forever home ! She will return the love 1000 fold!


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16 December 2010 - 8:22 pm
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Welcome Welcome!!!  SO glad you found Ginny and she found you!! Can't wait to see some pics and hear all about this wonderful girl!



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Thank you all so much for the warm welcome!  I have a couple of pics of Ginny taken at the Vet Clinic that I have been looking at since yesterday! Can someone tell me where to post them? 


I can't wait to pick her up tomorrow and bring her home.  We have to drive 4-hours each way, so it's going to be a long day but well worth it!



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Ah yes, welcome to the family, a great place to be. I think that is so pawsome you guys are giving Ginny a second chance, don't worry, you won't be sorry. your next couple weeks may not be the easiest, but once she heals and gets used to her new family it will be well worth it. I really think these guys know when we are helping them or giving them a second chance, and I think you will find with Ginny a bond you never felt, and the nice thing is your not dealing with cancer. Oh yea, if you get a chance to grab a few Z's, take it, sleep might be a little irratic for awhile. What a great gift for both you guys and Ginny. Don't be afraid to ask anything, you will probably have something your not sure about and you are about to learn more than you ever thought in the next few weeks, experience gives the best answers, Big paws up,Spirit Gus and Dan

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

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