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Tripawd Tuesday: Great Pyrenees Bandit My Best Friend
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25 April 2007
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13 February 2024 - 4:19 am
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Big dogs are especially inspawrational as Tripawds. For many years, most veterinarians would disqualify a big dog as an amputation candidate. Some still do. Well, they haven't met a Great Pyrenees like Bandit! Today, we are hoppy to share his Tripawd Tuesday love story as told by his mom Gina from California.

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Bandit, Great Pyrenees Inspawration!

Great Pyrenees Bandit, My Best Friend Forever

Get ready to meet a big dog with a big heart! Bandit proves that not even amputation can keep him from enjoying his life on the beach with his favorite people.

How old is your Tripawd?

  • 7

When and Why did your Tripawd lose a leg?

  • A year ago from cancer

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Bandit learns to adjust after surgery.

How did your Tripawd adapt to life on three?

  • He was walking on his own less than a week after surgery

What are your Tripawd's favorite things to do?

  • He loves to take walks, bark and eat

Is there any special gear that helped or helps your Tripawd?

  • We had a special wheelchair made for him but he doesn’t like to use it…haha

If you went through amputation surgery recovery with your animal, what did you think would happen after surgery? Did your worst fears happen? How did you cope?

  • I was a complete mess…my heart shattered into a million pieces when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I didn’t really know what to expect. I harnessed all of my sad energy into making him healthy.
  • I found the best oncologist and surgeon in the Bay Area and called everyday sometimes twice a day to get him an appointment. One week after his diagnosis he went in for his amputation. He came home two days later and we nursed him back to health.
  • We feel blessed that we could financially afford all that we have done and continue to do. He went through five rounds of chemo and has been cancer free almost a year:)

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Bandit keeps on doing what he loves!

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your Tripawd?

  • Dogs can do anything!

What is your best advice to someone who is about to go through amputation with their pet, or someone who is thinking of adopting a Tripawd?

  • Go for it!

Follow Tripawd Great Pyrenees Bandit on Instagram! See More Tripawd Tuesday Stories, and contact us to share your own too!

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13 February 2024 - 5:48 pm
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Way to go Bandit!  Such an inspawration to anyone starting  this journey ....especially BIG dogs!!

I love that two of Bandit's favorite things are to eat and bark!😎

Keep on keeping on Bandit!!!!  HAPPY ONE YEAR AMPUVERSARY....keep 'em coming!


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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13 February 2024 - 6:10 pm
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Isn't he awesome Sally? Big Tripawds are especially inspawrational! 

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