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Hi, I'm Renee and new to posting things like this, so forgive me if I'm at the wrong place. I am adopting a little tripawd this weekend. He's a poodle mix and I'm adopting him from animal rescue. He was found wandering alone in the middle of nowhere in Laredo, TX, dragging his right front leg. The lady that found him brought him to Tyler, TX (an 8 hour drive) because they couldn't find a no kill shelter in Laredo. The vet said he had radial nerve damage in that leg and it had to come off. He had his surgery on Monday and I haven't been able to bring him home yet. It will be Friday before I can bring him home. This website has been the most helpful website I have ever visited. I have gained so much knowledge and insight to life with a tripawd. Tanner and I started our journey together last week when I fostered him before his surgery. OUr journey will continue starting Friday and I hope I can reach out for help if I need it.
Renee and Tanner (and Ellie, his new (schnauzer mix) sister)
25 April 2007
Hi Renee, welcome! You and Tanner's rescuer are saints! What a beautiful thing you have both done by giving him another chance at life. We are so so happy to hear stories like this! Thank you for joining us here and sharing his story.
We would love to hear more about when you finally bring him home. You must be going nuts with anticipation. We can't wait to see photos.
Are you in Laredo? We are in New Braunfels and going to Livingston next week for a few days. Are you anywhere nearby?
Thanks again for joining us here, we can't wait to hear more.
28 November 2008
Welcome Renee & Tanner. I know you will be glad to get him home.
Bless you for choosing a rescue!
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.
I live in Tyler, TX, about a 6 hour drive from New Braunfels. I am really anxious to get Tanner home and also a little nervous about his care until his incision heals. I went to see him the day of his surgery and when he saw me his tail wagged, he tried to lift his little head up and he started crying. Even in his morphine haze, he recognized me! That did it. I was totally and unconditionally in love. I will send some pictures when I get him home. Don't you just love Texas?
It’s Ok to be nervous, just don’t show it around Tanner. You’ll be surprised how well he’ll adapt. What he needs most during recovery is rest, and time to regain his strength. And yeah, Texas ain’t all that bad after all! 😉
I picked Tanner up from the vet on Friday, and what a weekend we had! I had read all the stories about new tripawds crying out in pain and other issues for two weeks after surgery, but Tanner had none of them. He has adapted so well, I am truly amazed and blessed by this little dog. He hasn't gotten the staples removed yet so he's been wearing a doggie t-shirt that I modified by sewing a piece of material to the leghole on the amp side. He looks really cute in it. There has been no drainage or anything, but I wanted to keep the incision covered because he was trying to scratch it. it must itch from healing. I have had to work hard to keep him quiet, and it didn't always work. He got out in the yard and ran and ran and tried to play with my other dog. I could tell by the end of the day that he was wore out and probably in a little pain from overdoing it. But he never complained. What a trooper. I will send pictures if I can figure out how to upload them to the site.
Wonderful news! Thanks for the update. It's news like this that everyone considering amputation for their own pup needs to hear.
You'll find instructions for posting pictures in forum posts in the tech support forum. Can't wait to see Tanner in his t-shirt.