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Introducing Tanner's soon to be brother...... (!!!!!)
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Virginia
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17 March 2015 - 6:24 pm
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I really can't believe I'm posting this and I was going to wait until we got him home but I'm just too giddy (Sally the nervousness has turned to complete excitement now hehe). Just to provide some history, I have wanted a Boston Terrier for a long time and I told my family way back that if I ever saw a 3 legged Boston that we would be in trouble. So, a couple of weekends ago, Eric (not seriously) mentioned that Tanner needed a friend. It took me about 1.5 seconds to pull Petfinders up and to my complete shock on the very first page was a tripawd Boston at a rescue around the corner from my house (!!!) Long story short, we met him, took Tanner to meet him, and we are bringing him home Saturday!! He is 2-4 years old, 17 lbs, and the product of either a terrible puppy mill or backyard breeder. His tail is docked from what appears an at home rubber band job. His teeth are really jacked up, his eyes a bit cloudy (luckily the vet said the lens look fine) and he had a fixable injury to his leg but some jackass tied a rubber band around it rendering it completely useless. He was found wandering with the band wrapped around his poor leg. He had the amputation about 3 weeks ago and just got his staples out today. He hadn't been using the leg for lord only knows how long so he is getting around great on 3. He's even learned to stand on his two hind legs. He does have some behavioral issues that are going to take some work (he was just neutered and likes to spread his love around to everything and everyone if you get my drift way-confused) and he definitely needs basic obedience training. His rescuer said that what he lacks in breed quality he makes up for in personality and he definitely has quite the personality! I will have more pics this weekend when he comes home but this is from his adoption page. We decided he needed a manly dog name, so without further adieu I introduce to all of you, ROSCOE:

 

 

http://www.adop.....-terrier 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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17 March 2015 - 6:37 pm
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And I can't believe I just now signed on and BINGO BANGO......WELCOME HOME ROSCOE!!!!

Yes! I see the switch from nervousness to giddy excitement!! And that's a beautiful thing!!

ROSCOE IS ADORABLE!!! I am sooooo in love!!! And the way this all happens....oh yeah....meant to be!!

Frankie likes to slread the love too! What a great love fest these two will jave at the Tripawd Pawty!! Hopefully there will be a love fest of a different sort with Tanner!

So happy for you Elizabeth! I know Jake is just thrilled that he had his paw involved in picking Roscoe and Tanner for you!!

CANNOT WAIT FOR VIDEOS!!!! He is so darn cute!!

Lots of love to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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17 March 2015 - 6:56 pm
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Oh Elizabeth, he is simply adorable!! I am not a huge fan of smaller dogs for myself, ( I do love ALL dogs, really though) but these little Bostons are the first on my list to own one day...... My neighbor friend got a little female Boston a year ago, when her Rottie died from cancer not long after my Polly died, and I was little Abby's day care mom till she was about 9-10 months old....how I grew to love this little girl, but I have loved Bostons for most of my life, they are great little dogs!!

I am so glad you will give this poor little guy a home he deserves, with so much love and endless fun....after everything he has been through, he will be so happy with you and Tanner. And his name Roscoe seems to fit him! He will be well behaved in no time, these pups are very intelligent.

Can't wait to see more pics and videos!!
Much Love,
Bonnie, Angel Polly, and new crew

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17 March 2015 - 7:05 pm
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OMG .... I needed some smiles today and boy oh boy did I get them!!! ADORABLE!!! You are a saint - truly! Two tripawds! I remember you posted one time that your boyfriend said "it's ok to have a dog w/4 legs, you know that right".. :-) BUT BLESS your heart for rescuing these pups!!! 

Oh how I wish JL and I were coming out to DC. We will promise to make the next one... GIVE us lots of advance notice so we  can find cheap flights ...:-) And we'll do some east coast sight-seeing. 

Congrats Elizabeth. I am SO happy for you. They are going to have the best time together!!! Bostons are great little pups... I see them at the dog park. So much fun!

XO

alison with the spirit of shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little jasper too) 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife



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17 March 2015 - 7:22 pm
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Yay Congrats.  You will have a great time now :)   Definitely need lots of pictures

 

Congrats

Michelle & Angel Sassy

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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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17 March 2015 - 7:24 pm
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That's right Alison...I forgot about Eric's brilliantly funny comment avout it being okay to have a four-legged dog!! That was sooo funny!

And now.....Elisabeth has two tripawds! Its okay Eric. I can in Elizabeth's mind, add all the legs together and they have six. So I guess that equated to one and a half four leggers! clown

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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17 March 2015 - 10:06 pm
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Elizabeth,

Roscoe is adorable. I bet Tanner will have a great time with him. And Bravo to you for adopting this little guy. Just stock up on the disinfectantclown

Penny

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17 March 2015 - 11:03 pm
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Oh my gosh what a lucky dawg! This was meant to be! Way too cute, can't wait to meet him.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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18 March 2015 - 4:04 am
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He is precious!  We had bostons when I was a young child.  They are very smart, would do anything a 4 year old asked.  So they must be easy to train.

Thank you so much for adopting.  My favorite breed is Adopted!

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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18 March 2015 - 4:51 am
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Haha! Alison, Eric knows I have a soft spot for the perfectly imperfect (we are a household of misfits lol). When Roscoe jumped on him and tried to lick him to death he was sold! 

Bonnie, there is just something really adorable about these guys...I think its that Boston smile! 

Shanna - I agree, adopted is the best breed! There are so many pups in rescue that I just could never buy one.

It makes me feel better to hear you guys say they are very trainable. Jake and Tanner were so easy that I'm afraid this little guy will give me a run for my money. They said he only had one accident when he first went into rescue and he does a good job listening to his rescuer when she gets him focused. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!  

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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18 March 2015 - 5:41 am
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Cute, cute! Congratulations! Isn't it something when that picture just sort of pops up on the computer screen and you know it is meant to be. Poor boy has been through the ringer , but he has hit the jackpot now!  Tanner will show him the ropes. Cannot wait to see more pictures. Lori, TY and the gang

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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18 March 2015 - 8:13 am
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

awesome to see that another door has opened in your heart.. and Roscoe has that key!!   Such a cutie pie.. love the face.. look forward to hearing stories and seeing lots of pictures!!!!!

Some people really should be shot and piss on first.. then asked questions... geesh... rubber band.. wtf??

Christine.. with Franklin in her heart♥ 

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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18 March 2015 - 8:23 am
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Holy crap . . . how cute is he!!!??? Love, love the name Roscoe, and it fits him so well.

Congratulations!

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

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18 March 2015 - 9:35 am
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Oh...I just love Roscoe!!!  He is just the most precious!!!  I'm so happy for you and I'm so glad this little guy found his way to your home...right around the corner (unbelievable...it's fate)!!

I can't wait to see more pictures and hear all about his antics.

Sahana and her Angel Leland

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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