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26 March 2019 - 7:31 pm
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Hi: My name is Maggie and I am a four year old black Lab mix. Here is my story: My original owner let me run and I was hit by a car. I broke my right front leg. Instead of getting medical attention, I was tied up in the back yard and left. A concerned neighbor called the local ASPCA about me. When I was rescued, I weighed 40 lbs., had a severe flea infestation, and still had that broken leg. My rescuers tried to save my leg, but ended up amputation. In June of 2018, my future Mom & Dad met me and the next thing I knew, I was heading to my forever home. Today, I weigh 70 lbs., go for two walks a day, and attend a weekly group training class with all kinds of dogs. Not only do I get and give lots of kisses and hugs, I also have lots of family who come over to visit, including two fantastic grandboys who really shower me with love. I am still a little nervous when a storm approaches, but I cuddle with my mom & dad and all is well. 

Well, that’s my story, Don’t you just love happy endings? I do. 

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26 March 2019 - 11:13 pm
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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I’m sorry Maggie had a rough start, but she obviously scored when she found her forever home!

My first Tripawd was a little black Pug named Maggie- she lost a back leg to cancer.  My current Tripawd Elly, a Pug mix, was hit by a car at 7 months old and lost a rear leg as a result.  Her original owners had her off leash too, and it was a bit before they turned her into a rescue group.  Some people don’t deserve dogs!

I’m glad to hear she is doing well.  Elly was afraid of cars when I first got her but is now over that- she is just over 4 years old now.  She has fear issues and separation anxiety that we are still working on.  Oddly, loud noises like fireworks or thunder don’t bother her. 

We spend a lot of time on food puzzles and games and we do the sport of Nose Work. 

We would love to see pictures of your Maggie!  Here is how to add photos to forum posts.

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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27 March 2019 - 10:14 am
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Oh Maggie! A hoppy ending indeed! What a blessing to have found your perfect furever family. You have the best life ever now!

We are so glad you hopped on over here. I can’t wait to see your photos. Thanks for joining us and being there to inspire others.

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27 March 2019 - 1:48 pm
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Thanks all. I will try to post a photo in the near future, This site has really been informative as having a tripaw is new to us. We did not realize what all was involved with a tri paw. All of our efforts with Maggie is to protect the remaining three legs. ex: we installed lots of carpet runners and throw rugs throughout the house for better traction , the harness is great for getting Maggie out of the car or off the bed. All of these ideas came from this site. Keep up the great job and we appreciate input from the Tri Paw community.

Virginia




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27 March 2019 - 3:51 pm
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WELCOME MAGGIE!!  And yes, we love your story that has such a happy ending, as well as a happy beginning  with your loving  furever home!!!😎❤    You are clearly  a well love boy.  Can’t  wait to see pictures of your adorable self!!

Thank you for introducing yourself to us.  Your post made my day😁

Extra hugs to you!

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

PS. Your Mom can check jnto sone good supplements  to help keep your joints healthy.  Tons of information  here in the site.  You can check out Welactin, Dasequan, Cosequan, just to name a few.

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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30 March 2019 - 11:39 am
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Hi Maggie and Maggie’s mom!  I just adopted my TP 2 weeks ago who is also a black lab (maybe mix? I can’t tellsmiley).

He’s 2 and is the sweetest dog I’ve ever had!  I just found this website and started my Tripawd account last night and I definitely look forward to keeping up with your story =)

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30 March 2019 - 2:34 pm
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Hi Maggie and family!

It sounds like you hit the winning jackpot Maggie, I am so happy for you! So glad you were able to find help here, it really is a great place for resources and help preparing for tripawd life heart

Can’t wait to see pictures of you!

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30 May 2019 - 9:33 am
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Well, what a year. First off, I am getting ready to celebrate my 1st GOTCHA Anniversary smiley4on June 8th with my forever family. June 8th is also the 1st tripaw gathering in the Houston area.smiley_clap Hopefully there will be a big turnout. I am looking forward to meeting Brownie and his family.smiley16 Also, I just passed the 1st ampuversary and besides hopping around, life is good. I go for walks, car rides, etc., and have a great backyard to protect and run around in.

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30 May 2019 - 9:46 am
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congrats on all the upcoming special days!! Ronin and I hope to see you guys at the Houston meet-up. 🙂 

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30 May 2019 - 9:58 am
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Hopefully you will be able to visit. Looking forward to meeting as many tripaw’s and their families. 

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30 May 2019 - 10:52 am
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Wheeee! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate, what a GREAT occasion! You lucky dawg! I can’t imagine a better life for a dog, you won the lotto!

We are so hoppy you will be at the pawty. We will do our best to get the word out. Stay tuned in Tripawds Parties, I’ll have a flier you can put up at your local pet store and vet clinic. 

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30 May 2019 - 6:21 pm
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I wish I were close enough, but Ky is a long stretch for us right now. Please take plenty of pictures to post sp_hearticon2Wish we could come!

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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4 July 2019 - 9:27 pm
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Hi Maggie, this is Brownie. Just wanted to say hi and hope you are doing well. Hope we can have another meet once the weather gets cooler!  Take care,

Brownie

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7 July 2019 - 1:19 pm
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Hi Brownie. Hope you are doing well. Lets plan on getting together again in the fall.

Maggie

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Hi Maggie,

I would love too.  I am continuing to loose weight, so I am getting around even better.

Brownie

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