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Doggie Door after surgery?
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Buddys Parents
22 January 2009 - 1:31 pm
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Hey everyone, just wondering about the dog door.  We have one and before surgery Buddy went in and out all the time, I know it's too early yet as it's only been a little over a week and we are letting him out and staying out with him but just wondered if their Tripawd's learned to use the dog door after surgery?  I don't see it happening but these dogs never cease to amaze me with everything they do on 3 legs.


Missy & Buddy

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22 January 2009 - 3:52 pm
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Hi Missy & Buddy,

That is a GREAT question! I didn't have a doggie door, so I can't offer any experiences there. But a while back, our friend Leo posted a link to a video of him using his doggie door (we tried to embed the video but are unable to … long story).

Anyhow, here is the link to the video of Leo using his dog door just one week after amputation:

Leo – Three Legged Dog Doberman Can Use Doggy Door

If there's anyone else who wants to share their stories and video here, we'd sure love 'em!

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22 January 2009 - 9:32 pm
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We also have a doggie door from the garage to the backyard. I didn't think CA Wrigley would be able to use now that she is a tripawd. But the other day, she once again surprised us and came hopping through it. Not exactly sure how she did, but she did.  Today is her one month anniversary of  being a tripawd.

So , I am trying to keep the door open, so she doesn't have to maneuver through it, but I know that she can.

On another note, she can also jump from the back seat to the front seat of the Tahoe. I load the dogs in the back and have to let our big shepherd in first because if Wrigley goes in first she usually makes if very difficult for him to get in. Today he was in, and she jumped in, and then jumped right over him and  the console in the Tahoe and sat in the passenger seat. I am thinking they can do just about anything.

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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26 January 2009 - 1:43 pm
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Hey everyone I just wanted to let you know Buddy answered my question ha!  We let him out the other night & he likes to just lay out in the yard so we were sitting in the living room and we heard the dog door open and looked and in came Buddy!  He has been out the door a time or two also.  He is only 2 weeks today post-op today and we are trying to let him in & out when he needs to go until he is fully healed but I just wanted to share.  Dogs never cease to amaze right!  Our dog door is from the kitchen onto the deck so there is actually a step down to get out, I really thought he wouldn't be able to go through it anymore but once again he has shown me! ha  Have a great week… Laugh

ps, we got the Ruffwear Harness and started using it this weekend, it works great and he really seems to like it and it's helpful to have the handle there if he needs us.

Buddy & Missy

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26 January 2009 - 7:45 pm
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What a wonderful update to share, thank you! We’re glad the harness works well for you and Buddy.

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8 March 2009 - 3:45 pm
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Thanks, Missy and Buddy, for posing the question about the dog door.  I am uncertain if our Hop-A-Long Louie will be able to navigate the steps to the basement where our's is located, so am contimplating knocking a hole in the main level utility room wall.  Unfortunately, it faces into Wyoming's most abundant resource, westerly wind.  Prior to the committment to device some way to keep the door(s )from blowing in during our notorious gusts, I was wondering if he would be able to hop through it.  At any rate we'll go for it soon and report in when we can.  We haven't collected H-A-L Louie from the vet, yet, but will tomorrow with any luck.  Better find my reciprocating saw and circular saw masonary blade.  Arg!  Oh well, labor of love?

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8 March 2009 - 5:06 pm
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Ah yes … the things we’ll do for our three-legged friends! Thanks for joining the discussion, we’re looking forward to seeing how creative you get with the dog door solution. Until then, consider a baby gate at the top of the steps. A harness will also help you help Louie go downstairs, but he’ll eventually get the hang of it.

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9 March 2009 - 7:40 am
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Thanks, Jerry G!  Baby gate is already up from knee surgery and will order better harness (ruffwear) as soon as I get my girth measured.  Have been using size large dog door, but am now requesting extra large as I am fearful the top of my butt will bump as I hop in and out through the d-door?  Have any other T-Pawds noticed if butt bumping is the case/problem?  The spare that was taken is on my hind end…

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