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And so the amputation Journey begins
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28 September 2018 - 1:58 am
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And introductory ramble…..

For ten years, we had three dogs who all ended up passing away within about 14 months of each other. Between the three of them, we dealt with all sorts of issues…..heart worm (successfully treated!), poisoning, blood transfusions, diabetes and two years of blindness being some of the more challenging ones.

I pretty much thought I had seen it all……..and the Universe said “HA!”

After two dogless years, we found George at our local Animal Shelter. He’s a 94 pound Shepherd Mix with ‘mix’ being the operative word! (picture to follow as soon as I figure it out). He was thought to be around seven years old at the time and now he is around nine.

A few months ago, the limp began. I’m assuming that we have all been there?

Maybe he had something stuck in his paw? Maybe he pulled a muscle? Cancer was not something that I had even considered but here we are with a front right leg amputation scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday (October 2nd).

At first, we were horrified by the idea of amputation….how could we do this to our beloved boy? Especially with a front leg….how will he cope? We initially decided to just use pain meds until he wasn’t comfortable any more and then ‘let him go’. But then his x-rays from this week showed a spread and we decided that he would most likely suffer a terrible fracture before succumbing to the cancer and that would be traumatizing for him and us.

Then we started looking at YouTube videos posted by Tripawed owners and it gave us hope that maybe he could be one of the dogs that not only copes but just keeps on truckin, business as usual and so here we are.

I am so very grateful to have discovered this forum and I am sure that I will be returning over the next few days with questions but in the meantime, having begun to read through many of the posts and topics, you have all shared a wealth of information that has been so helpful…..Thank you all so much! 

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28 September 2018 - 8:39 am
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Awwww. George’s mum, you are a pawesome pet parent! 

Thank you for joining us here, we are so happy you were able to find inspiration and hope through the Tripawds community. We started it for the very same reasons….we were looking for hope that a dog could be happy on 3 legs, and found one video that changed everything.

When is the big day for George? What can we help you with? Throw your questions at us, we are here to help. 

Oh and here is a link that explains adding images to the Forums (in short, host them in your own Tripawds blog, or on a site like or Facebook, then paste the image URL in your forum post). We can’t wait to see your handsome hero. If you’d like help posting images just let us know.

Keep us posted, we’ll be waiting!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Livermore, CA

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28 September 2018 - 11:06 am
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Hello and welcome.

I pretty much thought I had seen it all……..and the Universe said “HA!”

So true! I don’t say this out loud anymore or even try to think about it because the next ‘HA’ could be just around the corner!

I see surgery is scheduled for next week- please do get your questions together so we can help!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Hi Georgesmom,

I’m Remysmom and I was horrified at first also. And the decision has to be made so quickly due to how aggressive this cancer is. We are 2 weeks post surgery and there are good days for Remy and not so good days. He is able to do all that he needs to. Takes him a bit to get up in the morning, he is stiff. Remy has some arthritis in his rear legs and it was his front left leg that was amputated. He is able to come out to the kitchen, eat breakfast, go out to potty and loves his treats. He still sits for them. Such a sweet boy. But other times he sleeps a lot. Tonight I had a scare. He was trying to lie down and kept turning around and then he let out a yelp and seem to stiffen up. I think he had a neck spasm. His neck bobs a lot when he walks and I bet it is hurting him. Trying so hard to keep him comfortable and yet want him to keep moving, but don’t want him hurting himself. 

I’m wondering if anyone has taken their dog for rehab. I did speak with a physical therapist at a local vet’s office about it and he told me that I could make an appointment for a consult where he could teach me some good exercises and massage to do with Remy. I think that makes sense. There is water therapy also, but one step at at time.

There is so much to research and I am so grateful for this site and this forum and the ability to read what others have done and share.

Your George will be a great Tripawd, so will my Remy.


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remysmom said
I’m wondering if anyone has taken their dog for rehab…

Many! We highly recommend consulting with a certified canine rehab therapist for a professional evaluation, treatment recommendations and specific exercises you can do to keep Remy fit and strong. Visit a CCRT or CCRP and the Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first visit from the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab.

Visit the Tripawds Foundation blog for the numerous rehab stories from those who have received rehab grants, or download Loving Life On Three Legs for more professional rehab tips and check out these starter exercises in the mean time.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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