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Sweet pictures! Those are just greatheart I hope everyone’s having a better Monday!

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WONDERFUL! Thanks Paula, it’s great to see the fun Kodi is having!

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I would have put Sassy in a stroller and thought about it.  We never got to that point she kept going and then wham it was that time to cross the Bridge.  Honestly I don’t care what people think that is my kid (no human ones for those of you who don’t know me). 

I love the pictures Paula and I am glad Kodi gets to still enjoy the walk and even though is paws aren’t on the ground the wonderful smells of the air and Tiny Tot Grizz gets to burn off all that energy.  I keep joking with Paula and said get him a harness and hook him up and let him pull Kodi 🙂

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First off- be sure you give yourself a break! When I am dealing with grief, even when I think I’m handling things just fine I’ll do something that surprises me.  While mourning a family member a few years ago I ran my truck out of gas…twice…in a month!  I rarely let my tank get below half.  I once had a truck that for 4 years the sending unit was broken which meant the gas gauge didn’t work and I never ran out of gas.

I’ve been using a stroller on and off for over 11.5 years now with my last 4 dogs.  Lots of looks and smiles- which really bothered me when I first started carting Tripug Maggie around.  I found myself acting a bit defensive when people asked why I was using it- for some reason I felt like I had to describe the circumstances- like I needed to justify to a stranger why my dog was in a stroller.  I think it goes a bit to what you said Clare:

I have found that NOTHING pushes my buttons like someone insulting my dogs or my care of my dogs

And I think part of it was the judgment you get from some people when you have little dogs- as if all small dogs are yappy and delicate and need to be carried everywhere. Before I brought Maggie home one of my co-workers asked me (when they found out she was a pug) if I was going to carry her everywhere in ‘one of those bags’. I distinctly remember replying, “no she comes with feet which will be on the ground”. (Little did I know…)

Now that I have been using strollers for so long I don’t really care about the looks, and I don’t feel obligated to explain. I’m always happy to discuss if someone asks a question- I’m proud about the care I give my dogs!  I’ve always been sarcastic though and with the lowering of inhibition age has brought if I get negative comments or responses I bring it!

The worst comment I remember getting was about Tani and nothing to do with the stroller, it was pre-stroller, pre-amp days of the Pug Girls. I was talking to a guy at the dog park about our dogs we got around to discussing how bright or dim they were. I told him Mag was pretty smart but Tani had a brain injury so wasn’t the brightest, at some point I mentioned that the injury caused epilepsy. Later we were leaving the dog park and a woman and small girl joined the guy. The girl started toward the pugs to pet them and the guy grabbed her arm and said ‘don’t get to close, on of them has epilepsy and there is no telling what it might do!’ I was so surprised I couldn’t think of anything to say. To this day I wonder if the poor girl is afraid of dogs or people who have epilepsy.

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I don’t think I ever thought about Tripawd pets before Murphy, not sure that I ever even saw one before him.  When we would take him out places I would get annoyed when people would say, “aww..poor thing!”  My response would be, “No…he’s lucky!”  I would go on to explain to them that he was cancer-free and pain-free, healthy, happy and that he had walked 3 different times to raise money & awareness about canine cancer.  I know that it made an impact on at least 1 family nearby us since they went through amputation with their dog.  They said that they knew he’d be ok because of seeing how well Murphy was able to get along. heart

We never did use a stroller for him, but I was close to getting a wagon for him.  We did end up getting a wagon for Cassie when she was having trouble walking.  We only used it a handful of times, but she loved walking around, smelling the neighborhood again smileyShe just sat there, looking around like a queen.

I love the way the teacher handled the situation!  Good for her for making it a teachable moment.  clapAnd I agree, some of those kids will remember that forever.

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You know what Donna? I also had very little experience with Tripawds until Huckleberry. When I worked at the animal hospital nobody I ever worked with patient or human had amputees or did the surgery. The times I did deal with cancer was palliative care and euthanasia. 

My only”moment” was when I told friends and family that we were going through with Huckleberry’s surgery. Of all people, my mom was the one that sounded horrified that I would “do that” to Huck. I have to say on top of being upset and scared that made me really angry. The only thing I could really think to retort was.. So you think I should kill him instead??? Damn, he’s only two!!  I got over it, but I have since been fortunate to see Huck recover so beautifully, and meet all of you wonderful people. 

Thank you for sharing your experience Clare. I think this has been a wonderful way for all involved to share, support, and blow off steam.

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20 March 2018 - 11:36 am
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You didn’t share what you said Clare? I would love to hear itwinker FFS 🤣
I would have told her to look my dog has three legs, and this is how she stimulates her senses AFTER she tires out on 3, etc…..
What do you know about 3 legged dogs?
She was ignorant & stepped in where she had no business! Did you get a tripawd on board sign? Hang it on the chariot!

Your taking care of Meg as you should that’s what we all know!
As for the paranoid, you are not giving yourself credit! You did see something was wrong with Elsie and went to get her looked at etc. It is normal to be paranoid right now! Human! Tripawd parent human and loss of a beloved member of your family human!

Take Meg for her regular Vet checkups as you do and if you feel something may be wrong go to the Vet and rule that out. Never second guess your thinking on if something is wrong! You will never regret taking Meg in to hear she is okay! Trust yourself!

We have been fortunate for whatever reason. No one has said anything negative about Purrkins? Even my Gram at 96 at the time was supportive. She didn’t understand it entirely but was supportive and could not believe Purrkins hops on as he does. She called him her 3 legged kitty;) Everyone who has seen Purrkins is amazed not negaitve? Wish all humans had some sense!

Here is to better days and it is ok to have these days! We all do!
Not ok for ignorant people to butt in but yes that is today’s world, you fixed her! HAHA, I say good for you Clare.claplaughing This lady might not step in so quickly on the next person just saying some people need to learn these lessons and I am sorry you had to teach her one, but you have.

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~Paula are you happy with the stroller? We looked at the same model but it would be for off the pavement all-terrain have you been off the pavement with it? I have that exact model in a wish list:) Thanks

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I have a neighbor who got her first dog ever about 12 years ago.  He was a Corgi – the runt of the litter – and she and her family loved him immensely.  Denby was the sweetest little Corgi you could ever meet.  He had a great life and at about 9 years old he started having problems with his back legs.  She put boots on them so he wouldn’t drag them and create sores on them when they walked.  She then created a way to re-align the angles of his back leg….wait for it…..with hair ties – which her vet turned into a solution for the issue at her practice!  Then that didn’t work anymore and she got him a little wheelchair cart that enabled him to still walk with help for his back legs.  they would drive up to the end of the street and then walk down with Denby and he was the happiest little Corgi ever.  I loved it and I appreciated their dedication – and they were one of the few neighbors who were so supportive when Ted lost his leg, when we lost Ted, and when we adopted Joe.  Other neighbors had comments that they were so eager to share, to which I had no comment.  People are alway going to be insensitive – and I probably have been in my lifetime due to lack of knowledge – but I think we all know what we are feeling/doing and as hard as it is – don’t let them take your joy and love for your pup.  Really thinking a lot about you and Meg.

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I LOVE THE STROLLER! I have taken it “off road” so to speak…across grass and such. It works great. I would’ve been happy to pay full price if I’d have known that Kodi would like it as much as he does, but I was fortunate to get it for less than 1/2 price brand new still in the box! I highly recommend it!

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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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21 March 2018 - 9:20 am
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Thanks for the input Paula!
WOW, I guess you are fortunate good for you!
I do not seem to have such luck on deals like that, but I watch for them.
Good to know you would have paid full price and you love it. The all-terrain wheels are when the price goes up, and that is what we need. Will post the day this gets checked off our wish list!

Thanks again!

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Oh gosh, I do apologise, am only just catching up! I forgot to subscribe to my own thread (Duh!) and didn’t realise the conversation had continued. Thanks, everyone, for sharing your experience. It is so reassuring to hear your stories and to know we are not alone. I love this community.

Those pics are priceless, Paula. Kodi looks so pleased with his new wheels laughing The one issue I have had recently with mine is repeated punctures. It’s been hedge cutting season, and there are loads of Hawthorn hedges in the countryside, which are lethal, and I think that’s why. It’s been thorns every time. I’ve invested in some new puncture resistant tyres and also thorn resistant inner tubes, and am hoping these will do the trick. 

There are some true tossers out there (do you say that over there? what-ever) but far more people who can be crass on occasion through ignorance, or thoughtlessness as many of you have said. I certainly know I can. In fact, I clearly remember forcing my ‘assistance’ on a blind man at a train station, when he patently neither wanted nor needed it. That was more than twenty-five years ago, and I still wince at the memory. 

I shall endeavour to continue doing the best I can for Meg, and pay less attention to what people think (unless they think we’re doing a sterling job, of course… winker) Meg is a good teacher in this regard as she has never cared what anyone thinks (and least of all me), not in the very slightest…

Always love hearing about your Gram, Holly heart

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PS Would happily share what I said, but I don’t know how to translate it into American. Lol. winker

Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Oh gosh, I do apologise, am only just catching up! I forgot to subscribe to my own thread (Duh!) and didn’t realise the conversation had continued. Thanks, everyone, for sharing your experience. It is so reassuring to hear your stories and to know we are not alone. I love this community.

Those pics are priceless, Paula. Kodi looks so pleased with his new wheels laughing The one issue I have had recently with mine is repeated punctures. It’s been hedge cutting season, and there are loads of Hawthorn hedges in the countryside, which are lethal, and I think that’s why. It’s been thorns every time. I’ve invested in some new puncture resistant tyres and also thorn resistant inner tubes, and am hoping these will do the trick. 

There are some true tossers out there (do you say that over there? what-ever)

Meg is a good teacher in this regard as she has never cared what anyone thinks (and least of all me), not in the very slightest…

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Such an adorable photo…As are all pf Meg!

Is a “tosser” same as asshole?

PAULA!   Loved the photo pf Kodi and Grizz with the stroller!!  SO ADORABLE!! 🙂

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The one issue I have had recently with mine is repeated punctures.

I had the same problem when I switched from Maggie’s chariot that had hard wheels to a jogger type stroller for Tani, in fact I popped two of three tubes on one walk.  In addition to the puncture resistant tubes I got I also installed a puncture resistant liner in the tires (also called tube protectors).  The combo works well and I’ve rarely have puncture issues anymore.

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