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Sam, 5 month old Border / Aussie hit by Truck
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17 May 2009 - 9:43 pm
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Hello all, I have a 5 month old female named Sam who was hit by a pick up going around 35mph, I walked up on her and she was just lying there wasn't moving, blood spewed out of her mouth in real thick blobs at first I thought it was her tongue. I thought she was dead, she's the best dog I've ever had, she sleeps at my feet when I take too long on the toilet before a walk. She's in critical care, stable but critical, the vet says they think they will most likely amputate but I pray her nerves come back after the swelling goes down, right now she is in an oxygen tank. I saw videos of dogs on 3 legs and I think she will do great, but she was just getting sooooo fast on 4 legs… its her front right one that is broken through her growth plate in her shoulder.

Who thinks I should get the leg fixed and pray the nerves work again because she is a puppy…. do you think shes more liable to flex and stretch instead of snap or break?


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18 May 2009 - 7:37 pm
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Dear Cagney,

I am so sorry to hear of Sam's accident! She really is a lucky girl to still be here! I think if they can wait and see how the leg does it would be worth it, but if there is poor blood supply they may have no option but to amputate. You may have a specialist in your city that can come look at her.

We lost our sweet girl, Abbey, to osteosarcoma and now have a 7 mos old border collie. The breeder we bought her from has a tripawd from an accident and I had a very hard time finding which one she was as they were all six running in a huge pen. Seriously, it did not slow her down a bit! You could check her out at http://www.gfor… and email Trish. She would be of great encouragement, I'm sure.

Whatever you decide to do, I know Sam will be grateful that you are taking such good care of her. She is blessed to be in your home.

Diane Riley

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19 May 2009 - 5:51 am
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Hi Cagney,

Welcome to Tripawds!

Sorry to hear about Sam.  Our ddog Chuy a Chow/Golden mix was hit by a car as a puppy.  He is now a tripawd and does just fine.  Missing his left front leg, he gets around great.  I'm sure that if amputation is necessary Sam will adapt quiickly.  Dogs are so resilient!  They aren't big babies like us humans are.  Whatever you decide, you are doing what is best for Sam and Sam will still love you.  The first few weeks after amputation is the hardest, after that it gets easier.

You'll find tons of support, hints and helpful information here along with some laughs and good times.

Eleanor & Chuy

Chuy, showing everyone that Tripawds do everything 3 times better than regular dogs!

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