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31 January 2012 - 8:31 pm
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Hey all. My three year old Brittany just had left front leg amputated due to trauma. She hopped the fence and before we could find her someone hit her with their car. I think it has been tougher on me emotionally than her. We are 4 days out and she seems to be doing quite well. The main problem we are having is keeping her calm when we take her out. Today she actually ran around the house and up the back fairs before we could stop her. I bird hunt and she is my best bird dog by far, I hope she gets to hunt again she loves it. Her name is Turner's Christmas Bell and we call her Bell.

31 January 2012 - 8:50 pm
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Hi and welcome to Tripawds,

I hope you don't mind that I moved your post here- I didn't want your story to get lost in the other thread.

Also- future posts will not require moderation.

I think most if not all of us relate to the fact that amputation is harder on our pups than on us.  Dogs just have a way of taking what comes their way and getting on with things- while we fret and worry.  We need to be more like them!  Around here we call it being more dog.

Sounds like Bell is doing well so far.

You need to check out Jeddediah's posts- he is also a bird dog that lost a front leg to a break.  His Dad posts as chaco1.  You can see all the posts he started HERE.  Jed is back to hunting, I bet Bell will be able to also.


Karen and the pugapalooza

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31 January 2012 - 8:58 pm
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Hi Bell and family

Sorry to hear about your Bells injury. Sounds just like our girl Kayla after her amputation we had more problems keeping her calm than anything else 🙂 It is incrediably hard on us mere humans where as the dogs just seem to take it in thier stride, it doesn't seem to phase them after a while.

Hope her recovery continues to go well. These forums are a brilliant source of info and encouragement espescially all those little questions.

Good luck

Sarah and Kayla

31 January 2012 - 8:58 pm
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Welcome!! Sounds like Bell is doing great! If she feels like running around that is a good sign. I would still try to keep her as calm as you can though so things heal properly. Good luck with everything and I hope that Bell can eventually go back to doing everything that she loves including being a bird Dog!! 

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31 January 2012 - 9:10 pm
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Welcome to the gang, Bell! So sorry you needed to find us but so happy you did. It's hard to keep a Brittany down, but you need to chill out a little and heal. You'll get a little better and stronger each day, and pretty soon you'll be out there working your tail off again. Make sure to post some pictures of yourself so we can see your pretty face. I'll bet you have freckles!


From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

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Hi Bell!  Sorry you lost your leg but glad you found us.  Daisy is a front left amp, too. Here's hoping for a speedy and uneventful recovery!

Marla and Daisy

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Welcome-- sounds like Bell is doing marvelously, although I'm so sorry about her accident.  I bet she'll be back to birding once she fully recovers.  Our surgeon told us about several dogs he's performed amputations on that went on to be successful bird dogs, and our own tripawd loved to swim.

Scout: January 31, 2002 to November 7, 2011

Scout's diagnosis was "poorly differentiated sarcoma"; amputation 1/11/2011.  Scout enjoyed 9 fantastic years on 4 legs and 9 glorious months on 3 legs.  If love alone could have saved you…

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Welcome to you and Bell. It is pretty much always harder on us humans to accept this than it is for the dogs. The dogs just get on with it - in the meantime, teaching us a lot about how to deal with adversity!

I also thought of Jeddidiah. I think you'll find his pics/posts very inspiring! Hopefully you will be back to hunting too, Bell!

All the best,

Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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1 February 2012 - 11:48 am
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Thank you all for the kind words. As of this morning she is doing great! She should get the drain tube removed tomorrow.

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