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New Tripawd Mom to Parker
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7 December 2018 - 8:07 pm
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Hello all I just rescued a 5 month old terrier mix today from the shelter, and she happens to be a Tripawd.   I’ve been waiting to move into our new house and get our fenced yard so I could rescue a disabled/special needs dog and the last thing I expected was a puppy eek!  But she melted my heart and I couldn’t resist.  She’s extremely calm “for now” but we shall see.  I’m definite she’s gonna give me a run for my money!  Lol. Thanks for reading Angela

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7 December 2018 - 11:38 pm
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Angela thanks for joining and adopting this sweetie! She won the doggie lotto when you fell in love with her!

Let is know if you have any questions about life on three legs! We look forward to following along with your adventures.

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8 December 2018 - 12:31 am
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As we all get adjusted to our new surroundings.  Parker and Waverly (our rescue kitty) are getting along famously and played all evening.  Almost as though Waverly was showing Parker “the ropes” and making sure she was happy with the new surroundings.  My husband stayed home as Parker and I set out into lovely Friday evening shopping traffic to the PetSmart to buy EVERYTHING starting  with collar and leash.  I made sure to buy an extra large dog bed knowing cat and dog would be sharing alike, as well as most toys.  Parker looked exhausted and tired of walking so I set the bed up in the cart and she snuggled right in and took a nap.  She had a long day and I couldn’t blame her.  Besides never hurts to try and buy.  

Whew that’s done get home and sure enough cat and dog are officially staying in said “bed” I am calling it the recliner couch.  Continuing to play, nap, play some more, potty breaks repeat.  It’s quite entertaining and as I write this at 1AM because I awoke realizing we are all suddenly having a slumber party in the living room.  Husband and I fell asleep on the couch with cat tucked in the middle and Parker STRETCHED out in the KING size bed enjoying not having to sleep on shredded paper for the first time.  

{Parker potty break}

All good back to sleep and perhaps me too sweet dreams.  

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8 December 2018 - 12:33 am
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Thanks for the warm wishes Jerry soon I will figure out how to post pics.  LOL first timer I’m afraid

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8 December 2018 - 12:08 pm
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Awww what a perfect match! Parker and Waverly are sure to have lots of good times together. How neat!

Here’s a post about adding images to the Forums. Let us know if you’d like assistance, it’s much easier than you might think but we are here to help.

P.S. You may want to take advantage of the Tripawds Foundation ‘s Rehab Reimbursment Fund to get Parker evaluated by a rehab therapist. Although it might not seem like she needs one, it is soooo educational to start out knowing what our Tripawd is and is not capable of doing as far as activity. Once you understand that and the therapist demonstrates exercises required to keep Parker strong, you can help her live a long, healthy and injury-free life!

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8 December 2018 - 5:32 pm
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Hi Angela,

God Bless you for helping a shelter puppy and a challenged one at that. Was the puppy born with 3 legs? Were there siblings?

Just curious. I am a dog trainer and had a Tripawd (7 month old Lab) in my class. He lost his leg due to being hit by a car. He was amazing. Did not stop him one bit from jumping over things and running around.

Our dog Remy had his front left leg amputated 3 weeks ago. He is being a trooper. I would love to see photos when you get some time of your Parker and Waverly. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

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Hello and welcome to you and Parker, and Waverly!

Is Parker missing a front or back leg?

My Tripawd Elly lost a back leg at 7 months old after being hit by a car, I adopted her when she was 10 months old.  Elly is a little Pug mix who was full of puppy energy when I got her!  I wanted to do therapy work with her but soon after she came home I found she was afraid of everything that moved and many things that didn’t big-grin.  So after taking many classes we found Nose Work which I started with her to build her confidence.  It has certainly done that- and as a bonus she really likes it and is really good at it! 

We also play lots of food puzzles and games, do tricks and obedience training, and do strength and balance exercises.  All of this to build her confidence, build strength, challenge her mind, and tire her out without too much strain on the body.

Here is Elly’s blog if you want to see some of our activities.

Can’t wait to see pictures!

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.

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8 December 2018 - 10:32 pm
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I just found your blog- she is adorable! I can see why you were smitten.  Same thing happened to me with Elly- I saw her picture and I knew I had to have her.

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

 

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