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Metro Kansas City
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7 February 2009 - 5:12 pm
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She can race like the wind!!!

Three legged greyhound Calamity races

Make sharp turns!

Three legged greyhound Calamity races

Play with her brother like the good-ole days!

Three legged Calamity greyhound plays

Or just play alone.

Three legged Calamity greyhound plays

And some people questioned why I had her leg removed! This is LIVING!!!!

Janie & Calamity

PS: sorry Jerry, we don't know how to do that photo thing :-(

Janie & Calamity http://www.trix.....gspot.com/

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7 February 2009 - 6:31 pm
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kcgrey said:

PS: sorry Jerry, we don't know how to do that photo thing :-(


Hey there, not a problem. We fixed your post. Click HERE for instructions on doing the photo thing. It's really easy!

Many hugs to Calamity and you. Calamity is definitely having a GREAT time! Thanks for showing the world what Tripawds can do. The photos are fantastic.

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7 February 2009 - 10:19 pm
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YOU GO GIRL!!!

Great idea to post those visuals to show everyone what we can do…that amputation is not cruel and unkind and selfish on the pawrents part…that it is a GIFT to us for a pain free life and a life worth living.

AMEN!!!

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Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures- Isn't it wonderful to watch them enjoy life so much.  I can't imagine the alternative.

Go Tripawds.

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Wonderful, wonderful pics.  How could anyone question whether this was the right choice after seeing those.  Kudo, Calamity, you're the one for us all to look up to.

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8 February 2009 - 2:06 pm
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Living indeed! Laugh Thanks for sharing the inspirational update and photos. It is certain to help others when faced with the difficult decision of amputation for their own dogs.

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The decision to amputate Calamity's leg was a tough one. She didn't face cancer. I had surgeons (yeah, the “cut to cure” ones) telling me they could try to fix it again while my own knowledge told me otherwise. I had to question their abilities to really “fix” her while weighing her ability to become happy again with a bum leg.

When I see her like this, I KNOW I gave her a great life back! I love this girl so much,

Janie & Calamity

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Janie and calamity

Calamity looks so happy having 3 legs does not slow a Greyhound down we know we have Jet a black greyhound we lives in the fast lane. best wishes

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My Border Collie, Flare, had her amputation in Sept. and she is faster than my other 8 Border Collies.  My girl has not lost her need for speed at all since her amputation. 

I will try to post her photos and videos as soon as I figure it out.

~~Trish 

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gforcetrish said:

I will try to post her photos and videos as soon as I figure it out.


Thanks for joiningthe discussion Trish! We'd love to here more about Flare. Please feel free to start your own topic for her speedy tales.

Instructions for posting photos and videos can be found in the tech Support forum.

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I wish I had a photo to post but I have to share another milestone for Calamity. We had some torrential rainstorms tonight which made the ground soft & moist, just like the dogs like it. I did not see this, but hubby came in laughing when he brought the pack back inside.

Apparently Munchie was digging in a nice spot when Calamity went to her & barked, trying to get her to chase her. When Munchie gave chase, Calamity quickly went back to the “dig” and began to dig in her own tripawd way, by hop-digging! Hubby said he has seen everything now!!!

I do believe there is nothing a tripawd can't do!!!!

Janie & Calamity

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That is So adorable to imagine! 

Calamity is just such a great Tripawd ambassador, thanks for sharing.

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With the accomplishments Calamity has made, I want everyone to know that there is nothing a Tripawd can't do when they are finally out of the pain!! Calamity is a testamant to that!

Since her leg was removed she has re-lerned to:

Get her muzzle off (she learned if she lays down she can reach with her remaining leg and flip it off!)

Stomp for food when being ignored (this is funny, her whole body stomps)

Race once again, yes RACE in her backyard competing with her housemates.

Dig (I haven't seen this yet but it cracks hubby up…she burried a toy in a pile of leaves this morning)

She is amazing!!!

Never be afraid to take away the pain by amputation. After a healing period, your pet will be back to normal, happy & pain free. as Calamity is.

Janie & Calamity http://www.trix.....gspot.com/

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9 March 2009 - 6:08 pm
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Inspawrational topics like this are exactly why we created these forums. Thanks for sharing Calamity's tripawd triumph.Big Grin

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