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Kirkland, WA
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5 June 2009 - 9:45 am
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Since most of us are dealing with cancers, accidents, and surgery, I thought it might be fun to list some things that I am looking forward to with my new three legged dogs-a-lot.  Staying positive and smiling makes the stressful times, well, less stressful 🙂

*Since Captain Jack was named after a pirate, we can now officially get him a peg leg!  (just kidding...kind of)

*I am looking forward to watching him learn new things and have new experiences as a tripawd (he just taught himself how to get on the couch today)

*Snuggling is easier without that leg in the way

*He looks cute in his little bandage covering t-shirt!

*I no longer have to tell him to stop making bad cells

More to come!  Hope to hear what others have to say  🙂

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5 June 2009 - 12:51 pm
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There is much less hair in the house.

They don't try to give you their paw all the time.

Re above-mentioned snuggle factor: The cat can really squeeze in there now.

Other pets constantly hiding limbs to get attention.

Disabled cat and duck feel pretty cool to have a pit bull in their club.

They get to wear chic Ruff Wear accoutrements. 

Resident teenage son instantly cooler. 

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6 June 2009 - 6:21 am
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great idea.

Love the other pets hiding limbs to get attention. So true.

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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6 June 2009 - 6:22 am
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oh one more...

You can make a lot of  wonderful new friends with a tripawd.

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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It's cool to support yourself against the wall when you eat.

Little kids don't notice you only have three legs.

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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Noticing the good things a day has to offer

Stopping to smell the roses ...or whatever

Barking to be let out instead of pounding on the door (and mom dreading the day it breaks)

Amen! to the wonderful new friends we never would have met without a Tripawd

Ease of brushing off the tummy when Tripawd has been lying outside in dirt

Fewer toenails to trim

General improvement in everyones health as a result of learning so much about fighting cancer

Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

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Ooooh, we love this thread! What a great idea, thanks for starting it. Ok, here's a few of ours....

Instantly losing 5 to 10 pounds

Less nail scratches on hardwood floors (especially since Mom and Dad covered ours up after my amp!)

One less muddy paw print to clean up

Everyone wants to know your story

We get to forever change the impression people have of "special needs" dogs, by showing them that tripawds can do anything a quadruped can do, and with much more style.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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7 June 2009 - 2:07 pm
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Cemil:  Stopping to smell the roses …or whatever

I agree!  Jack is a day dreamer, and now I just want him to be able to smell whatever strikes his fancy for as long as he wants!!  Well, within reason 🙂

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Someone asked "why would you get a dog with only 3 legs?"

I told her, "that's all we could afford," the look on her face was amazing and 10 seconds later we all laughed! 

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People ask me "What happened to his (Chuy's) leg?" 

I look at them and say What do you mean?"

They say "He's missing a leg!" 

I look at Chuy and say "Chuy!  Did you leave your leg at home again?!"

It always gets them, every time!Laugh

Chuy, showing everyone that Tripawds do everything 3 times better than regular dogs!

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8 June 2009 - 9:10 pm
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Oh these are all soooo funny! Thanks for the smiles. Keep 'em coming!

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9 June 2009 - 12:31 pm
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Angel just figured out how to roll over and wiggle side to side to scratch her back in the grass.  (It will be even better when she doesn't have a 'full body' bandage on!)

And she lets me know when she has to potty bc we have to hold her up to do it.  (She wasn't perfectly potty trained before and liked to leave little puddles for us.)

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10 June 2009 - 11:20 am
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I get to make him new clothes!  This is Jack in his new birdie tee that he obviously just lovesSuperstar

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That is AWESOME! How did you make that? We think you should sell them! I see a business opportunity here, we need this!

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jackcrowder said:

Someone asked “why would you get a dog with only 3 legs?”

I told her, “that's all we could afford,” the look on her face was amazing and 10 seconds later we all laughed! 


silly humor moments are great - I was at Home Depot ordering fence supplies and a shed.  When we were walking back to the counter I told the salesman that I have a beagle and had been ready to put in a board of pebbles around the fence to keep him from digging out,,,,  BUT I really REALLY needed a fence , so I just had his leg cut off so I didn't have to worry about his getting out.   His look was priceless till I couldn't hold my straight face anymore.   He did tell me I had a warped sense of humor Clown

Having a good laugh at watching him relearn how to lift his leg to piddle ..... 

Instant kid magnet ...

While in a handicap spot, I can't wait for people to wonder about him when we get out and then tell them they give out passes for animals now ( it really is mine  , but my limp at times isn't to obvious)

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