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Our Story - Chasing Charley
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20 February 2013 - 12:15 pm
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Charley came into our home as a puppy shortly after my then-husband and I separated. For my two children and me, this English Setter was a welcome change to the mood in our home -- puppy kisses and someone else to look after were exactly what we needed!    

Our tripawd story begins in October 2010 when this lively & energetic (but not very well-behaved) 2-year-old pup was hit by an SUV near our house.  I can still hear the sound of the impact in my head.  At the vet, Charley was diagnosed with radial nerve damage and was kept for supervision for 2 nights.  We returned home for a few days, keeping Charley corralled in the kitchen.  His left front leg was constantly in the way & he was often re-opening his wound.  It became clear that an amputation was necessary.  Charley's recovery seemed slow for a few weeks, but then one day he jumped on the couch and I knew we were going to be just fine!  Within a few more weeks, we were taking our regular walks - though now they were more like 'hops'.  A few months later, Charley was running through the woods near our cabin almost as fast as he ever did! 

Charley has been a great way to meet new people.  Kids are very curious about where his leg went (I tell them that it was broken, so the doctor had to take it off) and often grown-ups look at him with a lot of pity at first.  Many times they tell me, "I feel so badly that he only has 3 legs!!!"  I tell them that Charley probably feels badly for them because they only have 2.

He is still very lively & energetic, and not always well-behaved.  But I wouldn't trade this 3-legged wonder dog for anything!

Photo of Charley


20 February 2013 - 12:25 pm
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Sorry - trying to put in the picture....

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20 February 2013 - 12:28 pm
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Thanks for posting! Stay yuned to the news blog and Tripawds Facebook Page on 03/03 when we will be sharing Charley's story along with those of many other amazing three legged dogs.

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Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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20 February 2013 - 3:13 pm
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Great story.  Charley is really handsome! I love those markings.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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20 February 2013 - 3:50 pm
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Please consider registering...

Never mind that, we thought Charley looked familiar! Be sure to log in when visiting the forums and your posts will not require moderation. big-blink

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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20 February 2013 - 6:05 pm
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What a regal pose!  He is gorgeous.


Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ......

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