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Hey all! I’m so glad this forum exists, it’s been so helpful already! 🙂
We just finalized our adoption of Ollie, a 3yo (estimated) Australian Shepherd x (avatar pic) He was found as a stray, front right leg already missing, and nobody knows any back story on him. I can’t even find a scar on or around his stump so I’ve been wondering if it was a birth deformity…either way, he gets along great! He does nip at the air in front of it occasionally, reminds me of the stories I’ve heard about humans “feeling” their lost limbs. Once his medical records are sent to me I’ll be taking him in to our vet for a check up and will see if they have any insight, but for now I was curious if anyone else has adopted a tripawd with an unknown history?
25 April 2007
Hi Carlotta! I’m in the Tripawds Chat room right now if you want to talk.
To answer your question:
I was curious if anyone else has adopted a tripawd with an unknown history?
Our Wyatt Ray is a Tripawd rescue, but we know that his leg was amputated because of neglect. Sally, aka Benny55, has a Tripawd named Frankie who came to her with a similar story, hopefully she’ll see this and share her experience. Many others have adopted Tripawds with unknown pasts. In our experience, when an active breed Tripawd shows up at a rescue, it’s usually because the dog ran away for lack of attention and proper engagement/activity at home. As an Aussie mix, Ollie will definitely need to be occupied and active, but of course within a Tripawd’s physical guidelines. You can learn lots about that by seeking the guidance of a rehab therapist. The Tripawds Foundation may even pay for your first rehab visit if you don’t take advantage of the Tripawds Rescue Reimbursement program. Our e-book, Loving Life On Three Legs , and the Tripawds Gear blog also has tons of Tripawd fitness tips so check ’em out!
Welcome to the Tripawds Nation! We’re happy to have you here and again, congrats!
15 December 2015
Hi there, Carlotta (is it?), and Ollie,
Just wanted to say welcome to the Tripawds family. What a lucky boy Ollie is to have found a home with you! My Meg is also a rescue, who lost her front right leg, though in her case this happened after she came to me, so I obviously know her story. I’d also second what Jerry said about taking Ollie to see a rehab vet. They will be able to assess how his body has adapted, teach you exercises etc. you can do with him at home, and give you guidance on appropriate levels of exercise etc., as well as other activities you can do together. That nipping, for example, could be caused by some tension in his neck and/or shoulder muscles. A rehab vet will be able to determine this by touch.
Looking forward to getting to know ups and Ollie and hearing about your adventures together.
Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx
Meg, Mutt, aged around 10, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie My life as a MEG-A-STAR
Jerry and Meg, thank you for the warm welcomes! 😀 Ollie is fitting right in with our family, I’m so in love. Our older husky isn’t quite convinced yet haha, but he’s coming around too! Tomorrow is Ollie’s vet visit, and I will definitely be looking for a rehab vet to see what they think about his condition and what they recommend. Thank you for bringing that up! I’ll keep you guys updated on what they say. 😀
~Carlie & Ollie (and family)
22 February 2013
Welcome Carlie and Ollie…And the Husky too!!
Yes, my Coonhound Frankie s a front legger adoptee. He picked me and I picked him 2 1/2 years ago! 🙂 Once youvew adopted a three legger, itxw hard to even think about adopting one of those weird four leggers!! 🙂
He supposedly was dound wandering in the woods in Noeth Carolina. Was in the Rescue for over a year.
In Frankie’s case, I’ll never knkw what caused the amputation. I’ll always wish that “somehow” his original owner knew he was okay and happy. I cannot imagine the anquish they went through after loving him enough to see him through the amputation a d then for him to get lost.
I knkw from my own experience with Frankie that, ince a Coonhound is able to run outside kf their hepard, their nose takes over and NOTHING will stop them from following a scent. Mr Frankie has gone in two “unauthorised vacations” without me…once for two days and once fo four days. He was found several miles away. One kf the worst times of my life…And finding him was one kf the best times of my life! And he took Merry Myrtle, my four legger with him. And Frankie was in far better shape than she!
So looking forward to following Ollie in his new furever home! His avatar pocture is absolutely ADORABLE!!
Where do you love? We have tripawd gatherings throughout the country.
Tha ks for giving sweet Ollie such a great home! 🙂
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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!
30 August 2016
Welcome Carlie, Ollie & any fur siblings 🙂 This is a great site and odds are if you have questions, someone will have answers!
We adopted our Kylie from the shelter too, she was also a stray, so no background on her. However we had her 9yrs before she became a tripawd and lost her leg to cancer.
I just wanted to say that it does my heart so good to know that there are people like you who didn’t let the fact that Ollie was a tripawd, discourage you from adopting him!! But how could you not when you see that face!!!!!! That avatar is awesome! Hope your older dog adjusts OK. Its a big change, make sure he/she gets some extra attention during this adjustment time 😉 I can’t wait to see more pics & hear what the Vet tells you. Congrats again on your newest furbaby!!
Chris & Kylie xo