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Three Years, Three Paws; No Problem!
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24 September 2009
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31 August 2010 - 4:07 pm
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It's not every day that a fifteen year-old Tripawd celebrates her three year ampuversary!

Yes, you read that right: this month marks our friend Calpurnia's three year ampuversary after losing her leg to a soft tissue sarcoma. Wooo hooo Cali, congratulations!

As a working sled dog, Calpurnia has not only survived a spiral fracture that took plates and screws to repair, she has lived life on three legs as beautifully has she ever did on four.


She runs! She plays! She sprints!

And she's the girl who caught my eye.

Cali also happens to be one of our earliest Tripawds members (from a time when we didn't even have Discussion Forums).

Yes, Calpurnia is especially dear to our hearts.

This winter, Cali the Queen is heading to Alaska, to live as an Alaskan sled dog. Can life get any better?

May this very special working girl live life to the fullest in the great white north, and continue inspiring all of us for a long, long time!

Three cheers for Calpurnia! Hip! Hip! Hoooooorrrraaaaay!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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31 August 2010 - 4:36 pm
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Three years!  I am so impressed.  Good luck Cali, celebrate in style.

Debra & Angel Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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31 August 2010 - 5:31 pm
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remarkable!!  calpurnia has set the bar very high, it definitely looks like she's enjoyed every moment of those three years!!  here's to many, many, many, many more!!   '''north to alaska,,,north the rush is on..""

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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31 August 2010 - 5:53 pm
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Yay Calpurnia! Way to be an inspawration to the rest of us!! Keep on sledding!

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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1 September 2010 - 9:10 am
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That is indeed remarkable!  Yay Calpurnia.  🙂

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1 September 2010 - 12:01 pm
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That is such great news!  Ajax is an 8 year old lab who just lost a leg to a chondrosarcoma - in the cartilage, but basically acts the same as a soft tissue sarcoma.  We are delighted to hear about Calpurnia!

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1 September 2010 - 1:11 pm
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Hoppy 3 year ampuversary, Cali! Keep doing what you've been doing - living life to the fullest! You are indeed an inspawration to both humans and fur babies! Have a great time in Alaska, and don't eat the yellow snow!

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1 September 2010 - 9:39 pm
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 Cali you are such an inspiration, keep showing us all how amazing you are.


 Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

Pahrump, NV
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2 September 2010 - 12:22 am
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Congratulations Cali!!!You are inspiring for sure.  When I read the post about how to celebrate, I was going to suggest hanging out at the Iditerod, but that seemed "over the top".  I recently spent 2 weeks in Alaska and got to meet some mushers and sled dogs. I met Lance Mackey and one of his dogs "Prego" I also visited Jeff King's kennel and learned so much about mushing and the awesome dogs (and got to play with some puppies!) I think Cali would love it there!  Please keep us posted on her adventure!

Sadie is my 9yr old Rott/Shepherd mix. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right scapula 1/28/10. Our brave girl had her amputation 2/13/10 and her last chemotherapy on 6/6/10. Unfortunately, a tumor appeared in her back right leg and on 10/7/2010 Sadie's earthly journey came to an end.  On 10/24/2010 we adopted Ranger, a handsome Rott/Lab mix tripawd (got hit by a car) I think Sadie sent him to us.

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