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3 February 2011 - 12:15 pm
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Fantastic news about Cuervo! You will make a wonderful pack.

We are so hoppy for you, but sad to hear about your hedgehog. We send lots of healing thoughts your way, keep us posted.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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3 February 2011 - 1:11 pm
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Thank you for the well wishes! You're a wonderful group of people.


Believe me, pictures will be in abundance. I have to get one of both Guinness and Cuervo, just to show the crazy size difference. It's hilarious, especially because Cuervo is supposed to be Guinness' 'pet'.

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3 February 2011 - 5:47 pm
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Hi Courtney

You aren't the first one who got their dog a pet, but having the pet be the larger of the two is funny. Welcome to the club, although it sounds as though Cuervo will remain a quadrapawd. Comet and Cooper – does that make him a Monkey butt?

Catie is an active tripawd in Edmonton, and Genie used to be. Maybe you will run into them some day.

It sounds like you might live near Tewiliger Park (sp?). Do you? I live in Winnipeg now, but lived in AB for many many years including a bit of time in the 'Chuk. I had Tazzie with me when I lived a block from Mill Creek (unfortunately he is no longer here, at least in visible form). His best friend still lives there!


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3 February 2011 - 5:54 pm
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Rhoooohooooo!  Congrats!!! 

(And hoorah for spare legs too big-grin)

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at:

3 February 2011 - 6:06 pm
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Susan, I'm actually just a hop, skip and jump from Terwillegar dog park. It's beautiful!

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3 February 2011 - 6:58 pm
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Congrats on your new baby!  And super congrats on getting to keep the leg!  We are super thrilled over here!


  I'll ALWAYS choose a “damaged” animal over a “perfect” one. The way I figure it, I can do so much more for a “damaged” animal and I get so much enjoyment out of helping them and watching them blossom into a great pet. I have the experience to deal with them and great vets at my disposal… I'll leave the “perfect” pet for someone else.


Can I get a AMEN to that!???


I been trying to come up with the right words as to my feelings of not getting a perfect dog after losing the most imperfect dog and now you have said it perfectly how I'm feeling.  I'm going to steal your eloquent words!  smile Because I was starting to sound like a nutjob with mine! clown 

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

4 February 2011 - 8:10 am
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I think for a lot of us, the “imperfect” pet are the “perfect” ones in the end. It's solid care, attention and devotion that make them into the perfect, wonderful animals they are. I'm a strong believer in the theory that animals in need KNOW they were given a second chance, and they repay the favor tenfold throughout their lives. Despite what anyone says, abandoned animals KNOW they were abandoned. They know they were unwanted and when they find someone who WANTS them, they know and appreciate it. That's why they bond so strongly to their people. Their adoration and loyalty stems from the fact they were given a second chance to be loved.

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4 February 2011 - 12:55 pm
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You couldn't have said it better about second chances for these guys, my feelings exactly, congrats on your new best friend, 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

4 February 2011 - 9:18 pm
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Welcome home, Cuervo. This is the very first photo of her, taken 2.5 hours after bringing her home. As you can see, she settled in very quickly (that's my boyfriend acting as a pillow).


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4 February 2011 - 9:20 pm
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Courtney wrote:
Despite what anyone says, abandoned animals KNOW they were abandoned. They know they were unwanted and when they find someone who WANTS them, they know and appreciate it. That’s why they bond so strongly to their people. Their adoration and loyalty stems from the fact they were given a second chance to be loved.

I completely agree! We’ve had Zula 3 weeks now, and she has been so trusting and a complete cuddlebug since day 1 – and that is despite being put into dog-fighting (we’re assuming this due to her lineage and at least 3 scars we’ve found on her), left as a stray, getting hit by a car, and losing her leg – all in 8 short months! Every once in awhile, I look at her cuddled up in my lap, and it brings tears to my eyes that 1) any humans could have treated her that way, and 2) that she doesn’t hold it against the rest of us! She is just awesome.

Congrats on adopting Cuervo – she’s one of the family already!!!

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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