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Nova Doesn't Let 3 Legs Keep Her from Fun and Adventure!
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11 April 2009 - 7:28 pm
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Last week my son and I took Nova and my other dog to go visit relatives in the mountains of NC. I wasn't sure what Nova would be able to handle, in terms of hiking and climbing stairs and uphill, plus a 12-hour car ride each way. She's normally just a big ol' couch potato. I had no idea what to expect.  Well, aside from some lousy, unseasonably cold and rainy weather, she was just AMAZING. I am so proud of my girl. And to think that there are people (and vets!) who think that giant breeds can't cut it on 3 legs. HA!

My beautiful Nova hiked to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the tallest mountain East of the Mississippi:

Nova at the Summit of Mt. Mitchell

She climbed up 4 flights of stairs (and came back down too!) to visit the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, NC:

Nova at Mile High Swinging Bridge

She hiked an icy trail beneath the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway:

Nova at Linn Cove Viaduct

She visited my family's historic Orchard on the Blue Ridge Parkway:

Nova Above the Orchard at Altapass

And she traveled over 1700 miles round trip going to do all this stuff!

Nova at Jellico Mountain, TN

So listen all “New” Tripawds, and Tripawds-to-Be!  Don't let anyone tell you there is no life on 3 legs! You can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! Don't let 3 legs keep you from making the most of every single moment of your life! If Nova can do it, YOU CAN TOO!

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Dane Mom Sue and Tripawd Nova (Tripawd and lung met-free for 152 days… and counting!)

Dane Mom Sue at nova.tripawds.com and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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11 April 2009 - 8:47 pm
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Sue, you are so funny! I was just posting about Nova's adventure in the Size and Age Matters forum!

She is soooo awesome. Thanks for sharing your adventure here!

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Congratulations Nova, looks like you had a great trip.  Tripawds rule!

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Totally awesome!!! That's all. 😀

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Thanks for posting this…a big help as we approach our amputation surgery scheduled for this week.

Leah & her best friend Olivia

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Good luck you two, let us know if we can do anything to help. Keep us posted.

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Those are great pictures!  Tazzie does not have the stamina to do something like that but then again she was always a couch potato even with four legs.

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Pam – Nova is the biggest lazy-butt there is!  That is what makes this whole trip of hers so amazing. She has spent her life lounging on the furniture, occasionally going outside, but always the “housecat”. She NEVER did this stuff on 4 legs.

Also take note, Nova is blind in her left eye (from glaucoma). So not only did she do this on 3 legs, but with only 1 eye.

Sue

Dane Mom Sue at nova.tripawds.com and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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Dane Mom said:

Nova is blind in her left eye…


Nova is my new hero … reminds me of the old joke about a three legged dog, deaf and blind in one eye, who answers to the name of Lucky!

Nova is lucky indeed to have you. Big Grin

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Oh what a fantastic story.  It just brought tears to my eyes.  I know what wonderful pets great danes are and I sure miss mine a lot.  I don't think there's a better breed of dog out there… I'm glad you and Nova have made it through these challenges!! Superstar

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