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Tripawd Frankie has second torn cruciate on other leg
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It was right around this time a year ago  front leggers Frankie jad cruciate surgery repair on his left rear leg.  Recovery was long and rwally, really hard ams required ,ots of Rehab. That strong will, hard headed, determined,   "do it  my way" Frankie recovered  after many months.

He periodically  gave me a scare with a collapse every now and then, or holding a leg up, etc.  I was always worried the cruciate  repair surgery  was the cause.  Fortunately rest and meds, helped him over the hump.

Several weeks ago , another  scare....xrays, check of leg, he seemed okay...jist lots of arthritis ... fot better ....until he didn't, 

Other rear leg has full  blown cruciate tear.

His other legs jist do not jave the strength  to compensate .  The Rejab Bet said he's trying to walk and balnce on his one front "peg leg"   And let me tell you, if Frankie was as strong willed and determined as he is, he wouldn't  be avle ro make it long enpugh for me ro chevk out options.  See video belpw.

After tons and tons of research with my regular Vet and Rehab Bet (who reached out to a Sports and Rehab Vet) and someone  who had a connection with Colorado Rehab, it was determined  the ONLY option to give him a CHANCE was the stronger TPLO  surgery with tons of Rehab    There are no guaramtees as it's  hard to say how much longer his  other legs can help while he's  trying to recover.  

Me dear, dear regular Vet knew that, as impossible  admit was to figure out the funds, she knew I didn't  have the physical strentth.  She cried, I cried.  The TPLP is not a surgery she does or she would jave worked out a payment plan with me.

Then, without batting any eye,  she said she also couldn't  stand the thought of "putting him down" without giving him a chance.  She said she would BOARD HIM AT NO CHARGE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS and try and get him over as mich of a hump as she could.  She's  not a 24/7 and she's  not a Rehav.  But she can ice him and carry him out to potty, keep him confined, etc.  Maybe do some range of motion.  She did say she would probably  lightly sedate him some because he's  QUITE VOCAL!!!  THAT'S  MY BOY!!!

I know once I get him home, somehow I still jave to jave daily help (I jave to wprk) and, of coirse, extensive Rehab.  All the Specialist  say that is the most crucial part to his recovery .  Right now, I'm focused on one chunk  at a time...the surgery .

Once my Vet made that offer, the Christmas Miracle continued.  It was mafic...truly ,magical!  An unbelievable  gift was given to Frankie, and to me, to cover the surgery cost.  And I wasn't  really sharing this situation with anyone...or TRYING not to!!   What was TRULY impossible .....TRULY IMPOSSIBLE , even with my kind  Vet's offer...became POSSIBLE!   The generosity  extended to us without  hesitation  from the purest of hearts, the purest of humanity,  unbelievable 

Sooop Frankie's surgery is scheduled for this Monday.  Of coirse, it's  supposed to snow!  So they also set up a baxk day for  Tuesday.

I'm  absolutely  on pins and needles.  Certainly  concerned avout javing to to surgery ,  but sooop scared a put my ability  to give him proper care so he has THE best chance !  I K OW Frankie will do his part!  I K NOW he will!!  I just jave to figure out how to take abput  forty  years, become instantly strong and fit and talk to the weather Gods so we have no snow and ice for the next four months!!   Easy peasy, right.

I hope with all my heart and Soul this works for Frankie.  I hope with all my jeart and Soul this is the right path for my Super Dawg Cool Hound Frankie!  Please dear goD, and all the Tripawd Angels in the sky, help my Frankie💖

Sooo......I'll let you know Monday what's  going on.  THANKS FOR LISTENING!!! I'm so scared I can't  even eat ice cream!!!!!😭😭😭   And I'm so grateful  for this chance for Frankie , he and I will NOT fail!!!-

With love to all

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

PS   poor Merry Myrtle  relies on him a lot now, so she'll be whacky for a couple of weeks.  She's  developed separation anxiety  since all her eye crap started.😲

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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I am so sorry that you and Frankie (and Myrtle) are going through this.  I am so upset right now I have tears running down my cheeks and trying to work.   My heart is breaking I so wish this wasn't going on. 

I am so glad whomever this Angel is that allowed this surgery to happen for him.  I know Frankie will help do his part.  I wish I could help more. 

Praying for all of our Angels to help out


Michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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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Sally, Frankie and dear Merry Myrtle!!

i am in tears for you right now my darling, but i can also see that you have a ton of angels trying to help you all through!!!! I am keeping you all in my prayers right now... Frankie i hate to see you like this my darling! You are one very strong fella and if anyone has a chance, it’s you!!!! 

Your vet is an incredible angel in your life right now Sally and you are doing everything in your power to help your boy!!! Know that i am holding your hand and i will be looking forward to hearing some good news on Monday! 

Prayers that the snow Gods stay away for a while and you can have some mild weather to help keep Frankie safe!!!

Lots of love coming your way Miss Sally! Keeping you all in my thoughts!

Lots of thloppy kitheth from Thtewie too!heartheartheart

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7 December 2018 - 12:53 pm
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WOW  talk avput quick responses!!

Now turn those tears into tears of joy because Frankie has a chance!!!!!

I've  shed many a tear alao, but because of all his Angels they are now happy tears!!

Well, offing me off because  I don't  even feel like eating ice cream, so a few tears over that!

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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Mith Thally,

would it help if i ate thome ithecream for you?!! I know it’th not the thame, but Mum hath thome ithecream in the freether... it’th Thmartie flavoured to boot!!! I jutht can’t bear to think of you crying all alone!!! We’re here with you crying tearth of joy for the chanth that Frankie ith being given!!!! 

Prayers for you all, we’re here for you!!!! 

Lot’th of Ruv from Thuper Thtewie heartheartheart

On July 10/17 I became a Super Tripawd! You can find out more about my Pawrents Allensong but first Check out my 🎗 journey Super Stu Remember...“live in the moment!“  

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Oh Sally!  As much as I hate this is happening to Frankie and you my heart is overflowing on the Christmas miracle Angel who is covering the surgery cost.  What an amazing act of love this is!  Try to keep your fears chunked down...lets get through the surgery and take one step at a time.  Frankie's GOT this!  That boy doesn't know can't do.  And you've got this too.....believe in yourself and the power of LOVE!  Do keep us posted remember we're walking beside you.  And may your Christmas Angel have blessings returned to her a millionfold!  Go "team Frankie"! ❤️❤️❤️

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Yes Virginia, there ARE real Tripawd Christmas Angels out there! WOW!! A big, big thanks and lots of hugs for whoever helped make this happen. AMAZING! The love that flows through this community is unlike anything I've ever experienced. What great people!

Sally, your dedication and love for Frankie is beyond measure. It will help you through the recovery and get Frankie back on the road to strength and health. I KNOW you guys can do this! You've already done one recovery, and with your wonderful vet's help, this one will be even easier. Please let your vet know how truly grateful we are for her kindness too. She has a heart of gold that's for sure.

Keep us posted OK? We are here for you.

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I have read this twice ( could only watch the video once ) and I am just astonished. I would like to say I am speechless but... it works the opposite with me, unfortunately. So I have tears, questions, questioning the "greater gods" to why this crap always has to happen to wonderful souls. Angry.

I wish so hard now that you were close enough to allow me to travel there to help you and still be able to work. I have to work. and I wish I had a job that I could just take time off and come to help you. Between me and you we could do it. But 8ish hours drive each way is long even for a couple of days, and you need MORE than that. Is there a tech in your proximity that can be hired to come over a couple of times a day to help you handle him? I don't know how remote an area you live in but lots of techs take side jobs and can be very reasonable. 

I am going to say a lot of prayers, talk to Pepper, Rosie, Rajah, Gazoo, Molly, Chuckie, Falcor, Minnie, Sylvester, Mack, and all the other Angels I know and put a good word in for you and your family. Maybe if we all talk to our Angels, we will keep the Christmas miracle alive. 

If there is anything at all that you think I can do to help, you know my number. Use it. Please.

Love you wonderful lady, you are one of the most kind, giving people I know. Gonna try to be like you and think pawsitive heart

Jackie heartheart


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OH NO, we are so sorry to read this!! That breaks my heart watching Frankie try on one leg!

Thank god for Christmas miracles and Christmas angels, Christmas Angel Vets too!! We are asking for all the angels to help you three thru recovery. Frankie will do as he is doing in this video he will get thru this there is no stopping Super Dawg Frankie.

Sally, you have this!! You are experienced in this like or not! You got thru this once before, and you will get Frankie thru this again.

We are with you in spirit and sending strength, love and healing wishes!

Update us when you can please


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So sorry to hear this!!!  I couldn't watch the video - sorry - but I knew it would be too much for me to handle. I'm so thankful for this Christmas miracle! Yup, you have a tough road ahead, but you can get through it. The stars have aligned in the universe for this to all work out...nothing but positive thoughts and energy from now on. Hang in there, friend - hugs!

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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Sally (and Frankie and Myrtle):

I am joyful at these miracles that mean Frankie has a chance and deeply admire your vet and angel donor for their incredible acts of kindness and caring.

We will be with you every hoppin' step of the way!!



Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

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THANK YOU  MICHELLE ❤  You are always a help to all of us just by sending  your loving supportive energy!!  ALWAUS!

THANK YOU LINDA❤  Exactly, Frankie has no idea what he "can't" do!  The power of love and TEAM, FRANKIE

THANK YOU JERRY❤  YES!  The love and compassion  tjat flows thru this community TRULY is magical!!  And it all started with a dawg named Jerry and his hoomans!

THANK YOU LISA ❤  Joyful miracles indeed!  Still pinching myself!  

THANK YOU JACKIE ❤  We may not be close geographically, but you are right here by my our side cheering is on woth all your very special precious Angels!

THANK YOU HOLLY❤  Yep, "ezpwrienced" for sure!  Frankie has the right stuff, I just know it!!

THANK YOU PETRA❤  We feel your love and support all the way from Alaska!!

THANK YOU PAULA❤  Clearly the "stars are alogned" and that's  a good sign from the Universe 

THANK YOU THEWIE❤ Thewie, no worrith, I'm gonna eat thome ith cream tonight!😎🍧🍨   Thmarthie flavor...ith that a real flavor or a rypo?🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

AND TO THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE ANGELS, Frankie and I are are grateful beyond words!!

UPDATE....Big snowstorm here!!  Had ro cancel for tomorrow .  Rescheduled  for Tuesady..

Lots of love to all!!💕❤💙💛💜💚💖🍨🍧🍨🍧🍨🍧

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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Dearest Sally,

My heart broke when I read the title of this post. And then it became whole again as I read through the post. Miracles do indeed happen, especially for those who have spread love and light throughout the world their whole lives, as I know you have heart Love this Christmas miracle!! 


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I was going to ask but was afraid to, lol. It appears the South and the North have switched places temporarily way-confused

We missed it by a very small margin. I guess that gives you and Frankie and Beautiful Myrtle a little more time to share ice cream 💖

Hugs to you all



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We are thinking of you today and sending lots of love for a speedy recovery! Hope everything went great. Keep us posted!

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