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Wrigley's Story
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23 February 2021 - 9:57 am
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First...I am so glad I found this group.  My husband and I are long time foster parents and foster-failed on a tri-pod late last year (official adoption on Dec. 24th).  Wrigley came to us after he was hit by a car and his family could not afford the repair so they surrendered him to a rescue group.  The rescue was able to raise enough money to get Wrigley in to an orthopedic vet to try to pin his leg.  Ultimately, he developed a bacterial infection, was rushed to an ICU Vet about 2 hours away from us.  He spent the weekend in ICU and his leg was amputated 3 days later on November 9th.  He has since fully recovered and has no clue he only has 3 legs (hind leg was amputated).  Wrigley will be a year old around May 1st.  Currently we are working with a scent work trainer and he absolutely loves it!  He also loves to run so we checked into getting him involved with FASTCAT through the AKC - All American Breed.  At this time the AKC does not allow physically challenged dogs to run 🙁  I am just starting to do research on how to petition the AKC to allow healthy tri-pods to run.  If anyone has any information or experience petitioning the AKC please reach out!  The only way I can describe our bundle of energy to people is to say that Wrigs has a "hold my beer" attitude.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special community!

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23 February 2021 - 11:31 am
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YAY for foster failures! smiley_clap Congratulations to you and Wrigley! I'm sorry he lost his leg but wow he's so lucky to have found you. I love that you are doing scent training, this is one of the BEST activities for 3-legged dogs! It tires their brain before their body, which is crucial to keep a Tripawd strong and healthy and injury free.

At this time the AKC does not allow physically challenged dogs to run.  I am just starting to do research on how to petition the AKC to allow healthy tri-pods to run.  If anyone has any information or experience petitioning the AKC please reach out! 

Did you happen to see the news about how Ari's mom got the AKC ruling for Rally and Obedience changed

Be sure to check out the Tripawds Gear blog for lots of fitness tips, along with our Tripawds e-books library, for tons of tips about life on three legs. We are so glad you found us and look forward to following along with your adventures! 

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23 February 2021 - 11:40 am
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Ari's story is what led me to your group!  I believe Wrigley found us for a reason and we will do whatever it takes to get is story out so everyone knows that tri-pods are just as capable as 4-legged dogs and deserve to be treated and welcomed no different than other dogs 🙂  Granted he is in no way, shape or form a purebred (DNA test says german shepherd, dachshund, treeing walker coonhound) and do not expect him to welcomed in pure bred things, just the things he is capable of doing.

Our adventures are just beginning!

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23 February 2021 - 11:42 am
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OH!!!  you can follow Wrigley's adventures on his facebook page too!  https://www.fac.....45226624 

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Awww he's adorable! Thanks for sharing his page. We cannot wait to see the adventures you have together. smiley16

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