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Don't Be Afraid: Adopting a TriPawd without experience or medical history
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11 August 2022 - 10:58 am
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I came to TriPawds after adopting Trixie from a wonderful person who rescues cats and dogs and cares for them in her own home (we do not have government rescue services in Paraguay). She is also a recently qualified vet but, as is normal in rural Paraguay, lacks basic equipment like X-Ray machines due to their extreme cost for many reasons including import duties. As a result I discovered, with the help of TriPawds, that Trixie had more issues than just her amputation!

You can see some of the images/videos here:

https://tripawd.....walking-1/

I've never regretted adopting Trixie, not for a minute. I've worried and stressed that I'm doing something wrong for her many, many, many times... but she is an absolute treasure. Once she realized I was her "Mama" (that took less than 24 hours!) and that she finally had a home... she became part of my heart and a joy.

I know it's scary adopting a dog or cat with challenges, but we're giving them the gift of a happy home and knowing they are wanted and loved.

I don't know if Trixie will live a comfortable and happy life for years and years and years... I just know she looks at me with total adoration even after I make her wear her harness and foot brace! (wait 'til her wheelchair arrivessmiley2) I also know she is happy, she has her pack and is no longer a fearful shivering wreck, she takes prime position on my lap when we watch a movie and makes a great fuss by 'woofing-singing' to me if she needs a kiss (that means I go to her and bestow a Kiss!sf-kiss). She is living her best life for now and we'll figure the rest as it comes.

Trixie is a treasure, she kinda mocks my anxieties and fears for her because she lives in the moment. A far happy moment than she has known! And she makes my life all the better for having her.

Don't Be Afraid, adopt a TriPawd, they're a gift!sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2

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11 August 2022 - 6:40 pm
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And you and Trixie are a gift to us!!!  You expressed everything  so beautifully  amd straight from your heart💖

Trixie IS loving her best life full of love and spoiling amd security thanks to you.  So happy for both of you.💖💖

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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11 August 2022 - 10:19 pm
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Love love love this post thank you for sharing Carolina! You are such a good mama to her, as much a gift to her as she is to you.

You just gave so many people more confidence with this story! It takes a very special person to adopt a special needs animal and it's an honor to have you in our community.

Do share more pix and videos of Trixie! Let me know if you'd like help, just PM me!

Also if you have any questions about using the wheels just holler. We had to get our Wyatt used to them, which was a learning curve for us.

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12 August 2022 - 6:23 am
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I completely agree!  I wasn't planning to add another dog to my family, but I stumbled across this little baby doggie who had recently been hit by a car and lost her leg.  She was just a delight from day 1.  I worry a little about her long term health, but for now, Loki is a happy, carefree, active young dog.

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12 August 2022 - 8:25 am
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Thanks guys. I will eventually get to writing up Trixie's journey with more photo's!

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24 August 2022 - 8:36 pm
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Sounds like Trixie has found her dream home. My wife and I adopted Maggie right after her amputation of her right front leg. That was 4 1/2 years now. It has been a learning experience for us and TRIPAWs have been a great resource for us. There are plenty of members with a ton of experience and knowledge to share. Don't be afraid to post any concerns/questions and of course, lots of pictures.

We cannot imagine our lives without our Maggie, and it sounds like that is where you are. 

Thanks for adopting a tripaw,

Dave & Maggie 

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25 August 2022 - 3:26 pm
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Sounds like Trixie has found her dream home. My wife and I adopted Maggie right after her amputation of her right front leg. That was 4 1/2 years now. It has been a learning experience for us and TRIPAWs have been a great resource for us. There are plenty of members with a ton of experience and knowledge to share. Don't be afraid to post any concerns/questions and of course, lots of pictures.

We cannot imagine our lives without our Maggie, and it sounds like that is where you are. 

Thanks for adopting a tripaw,

Dave & Maggie 

  

Trixie has transformed from a highly anxious fearful dog to one that must now have the last "woof"!

I'm glad Maggie got to learn how to be a tripaw in a safe loving home, I'm sure there is no better medicine than that.

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25 August 2022 - 5:54 pm
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Trixie is PAWESOME!

With love and patience, anything is possible.

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