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Gracie Tries Out Her New Leg
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28 July 2011 - 10:34 pm
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I haven't been on the boards for awhile, so I thought I would share some recent pictures of Gracie.

Gracie is a 13 month old pure bred Golden Retriever who was born with a deformed front leg. She came from a reputible breeder who breeds for health and temperment, and they never had a puppy born with a problem before. Gracie's dad was an agility champion as well as a paid movie / TV star. Gracie was given to us by the breeder in the hopes that we can train her to become a companion dog for our 10 year old daughter Ashley who has mild autism.

Gracie's leg is normal from the shoulder to the elbow, but her foot/paw is short, and her wrist is bent so her paw pads are turned in. Gracie still uses her paw to play with toys and to lean on. I have a friend who makes prostetics for people, and he offered to make a prosthetic leg for Gracie to try. He had previously made a leg for a horse who had gotten his leg tangled an injured in a rope, and the horse is doing very well.

We are working with Gracie wearing the prosthetic for 20-30 mins at a time. She puts weight on it when she sits and when she goes to stand up, but we still have to remind her to put weight on it to walk. She is so used to hopping. We are using a clicker and treats, so she is starting to get the connection 🙂 as soon as she stops moving, she puts the leg out and taps it on the ground in front of her, as if to say "OK, here's what you want, so where is my treat?" She is too cute. We will let her decide if she wants to use the leg or not. Right now as soon as she sees it she runs over and lays down because she knows she will get a treat once she is wearing it.

Here are some pictures 🙂

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You can see puppy pictures of Gracie without her prosthetic here:

Kim 🙂

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28 July 2011 - 11:10 pm
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Wow, that is so neat that people can make things like that to help our animal friends! It would be lovely if the prosthesis helps her get around better... but if not, that's ok too, I bet she does just fine hopping around too 🙂

Julie, mom to Spirit Max the Pomeranian,

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28 July 2011 - 11:29 pm
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We decided to try it since she is still young and continues to bear weight on her stump. Since her bad leg is in the front, and she will be a big dog (Golden) a prosthetic could help preserve her other shoulder. But if she decides she doesn't want to use it, then we will discontinue it.


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29 July 2011 - 3:41 am
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It has been way too long since we've seen Gracie.  She's looking wonderful! Hope she adapts well to her new prosthesis.

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.

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Wow, that's pretty cool, and purple is definitely her color!  She's a beauty!

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

29 July 2011 - 9:21 am
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Hi Kim,

Boy has Gracie grown up to be a beautiful pup. That's amazing that they can make a prosthesis for a dog.  I sure hope her new purple leg is a success smiley .

Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your daughters. 

It was good to  hear from you.

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29 July 2011 - 11:48 am
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WAY TO GO Gracie!!!


Purple legs ROCK!  

Glad to hear all is well with you!  And so happy to see an updated pic also! 

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.

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29 July 2011 - 1:24 pm
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That beauty is NOT the same puppy that was here last year? Are you KIDDING?

OMG she is GORGEOUS and all growed up!

Love the purple prosthetic leg. If it works we would love to hear more about your friend who designed it. Prosthetic legs aren't for every Tripawd but for those who are willing to use them, they can be helpful.  You might want to have a rehab therapist take a look while she's wearing it, if you haven't already, to ensure her spine is staying in good form when she puts her weight on it.

Wow, what a gorgeous pup. Welcome back Ma!

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