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12 June 2011 - 4:10 pm
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Sammy definitely qualifies! Thanks Elizabeth.

Gracie, we love love love your story! So glad to hear you're doing well. Just wanted to throw in there to keep in mind that walking is good but it doesn't increase your strength as much as exercises to strengthen your core muscles will. How do you do that? Well, check out these Tripawd blog posts for some ideas:

Rear Leg Workouts for Lucy at CARE

Tripawd Maggie Works Out on her Balance Disc

Download Homemade Buja Board Plans

Tripawds Gear Blog: Fitness

Thanks for sharing your stories, this is so helpful. Anypawdy else?

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12 June 2011 - 7:19 pm
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Just a follow up to thank you all for your personal replies.  I read them over and over, especially late at night, and it helps to know we are not alone. With much life left for Baer, I can't tell you how huge a part of our home,home office, daily walks and travels he was. We have placed pictures all over the house and sometimes believe he will come in through the doggie door to say hi!  Each hour and day are a challenge- often seems insurmountable- but to know your posts are here is a comfort. A sincere thank you.

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Just a follow up to thank you all for your personal replies.  I read them over and over, especially late at night, and it helps to know we are not alone.

You’re definitely not alone. Please consider posting in “Coping with Loss” to talk about your grief and share Baer’s life with us in more detail. We’re always here. Many hugs coming your way.

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how you felt and acted as you recuperated from amputation surgery? Chili didn't really want to eat.  I did a lot of hand feeding and we gave him food that he normally doesn't get- wet dog food, cheese.  He also slept quite a bit and had a couple accidents in the house, which was unlike him.

how you felt and acted when you learned how to live as a Tripawd?  He adjusted to being three legged pretty quick.  He hadn't really been using his right front leg much (he went lame from the cancer so quickly, I'm still in shock about that).  The first night home he was “off” and needed help with a sling, but after that night, we rarely used the sling and the next night he insisted on using the stairs to sleep upstairs with us.  As he came off the meds we saw more and more of his old self, the medicines had masked that.

Is your life much different now or same as it always was? It's the same for the most part.  He still runs in the back yard, just not as fast as he used to be.  He wrestles with his Boxer brother a little differently- had to adjust his stance a bit.  He has figured out how to get on and off the couch and on and off the bed.  We made some dietary changes, but he doesn't seem to mind those.  He's back to sitting at my 2 year old's place at the table hoping that she will drop some type of food from her plate (just before his amputation he had stopped doing that, which was another signal that something was wrong).

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
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Awww Chili, you are such a rock star! Thank you for taking the time to describe your Tripawd lifestyle!

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how you felt and acted as you recuperated from amputation surgery?

 

I was tired a lot at first. I didn't want to eat crunchy kibble so my mom hand fed me cooked chicken and veggies. She makes a big mushy stew for me in the crockpot. I am pretty easy going and have had to recuperate from a lot of surgeries in my 5 yrs so I am used to the routine of letting Staff wait on me. I have special barks to alert them to my needs- like going out for potty and needing my bowl of water brought over to me. Sometimes I just needed extra snuggles & a massage in the middle of the night and they graciously did my bidding by joining me on my queen temurpedic bed.I had a lot of problems with wound healing and my body created a little stump button along the suture line. It's like an inny belly button. Some nasty smelling stuff drained out of it and my body rejected it's sutures so I had to visit my doctor a lot. Eventually it all cleared up but I still have my special innny stump button.

 

how you felt and acted when you learned how to live as a Tripawd?

 

I learned to balance on my own after a few weeks. It was a little hard at first because one of my front legs doesn't always work right so all my weight was on the left side of my body. I have cervical vertebral instability (wobblers syndrome) so I have balance issues. I learned to swing my right front leg differently to help me hop without falling over so much. I had to wear my webmaster ruffwear harness all the time in the beginning so Staff could pick me up after I fell over- which I did way too often! I was very happy to be outside and hopping around. Some times I would get staff up in the middle of the night just so I could go out and hop under the stars.

 

Is your life much different now or same as it always was?

 

My life is different now in that I can't navigate around the house as much as I did before. However, I do believe that Staff has become even more responsive now than when I was younger. That is definitely a plus! I enjoy sitting out on my deck and listening to the sounds of the neighborhood. I tire easily so I have trained Staff to assist me up the ramp when I am ready to rest after running surveillance on the back yard and wooded area. A series of high pitched yipping barks lets Staff know to run out the back door and help support me as I hop up the ramp.

 

I have an EW wheelcart but I hate it and refuse to use it. It's just not too my liking and very uncomfortable. I much prefer to take walks while riding on my chariot. Staff bought me a beautiful purple XL wagon and I ride on top while they push me along the road. It's awesome. Every tripawd should have one 🙂 Well it's time to head back out to my deck and enjoy this beautiful fall day. Think I might even take a little nap before dinner.

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10 October 2011 - 2:12 pm
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Oh it's SO great to hear from you! I'm glad that you have your staff properly trained. They take a while don't they?

Thank you for sharing this wonderful information, I know it will help so many others.

Enjoy your lovely afternoon! {{{hugs}}}}

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Hi Everyone!

We just brought a lovely pyr boy into our pack.  We have always taken in special needs goldens, so when we lost our 18 year old golden this summer we thought it was time for us to take in another Pyr for our  3 year-old Bear.  We worked with the rescue, there was a pair of 8 month-olds that we just to bone headed for our crew and a girl whose baggage was more than we thought we could take on with 4 kids under 11 and 2 other k9s in our crew and then she suggested Giovanni.

G definitely has a guardian angel.  He was on an indian reservation in CA, part of a quasi wild pack of 25 pups. In May, he got hit by a car the very same day that a traveling group of vets came to do checkups on the pack.  His right rear leg was hanging on by just a tendon.  They had to make a decision and now. If they amputate, then what.  If they left him with the pack, no way he'd make it.  If they amputate, could such a big guy adjust?  Luckily one of the vets, brought him home and personally rehabbed him.  Last month she surrendered him to the Pyr Rescue in our area and now he is with us in a foster with intent to adopt.  He is amazing.

Giovanni is a minor celebrity at the dog park.  He fits in here just as though he has always been here.  We did have to add stair runners to our hardwood stairs and since we did that, he follows me up and down with the other 2. He runs more gracefully than he walks. G sometimes forgets his does not have a leg to lift when marking.  He is wonderful.

Hopefully you guys won't mind if I check in periodically when questions a discussion arise.

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Hopefully you guys won't mind if I check in periodically…

Definitely not! That's what we're all here for. Consider starting a new topic or a blog so we can track Giovani's progress. Your future forum posts will not require moderation.

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Hello everyone! My dog Diesel is an Akita, he was about 95lbs and was 1yr old when he was hit by a motorcycle. His femur was shattered in his front right leg. Luckily we had a great vet that really helped out with costs. We decided to try to save the leg since Diesel was amazing protecting it, kept it off the floor, and if their was a ball infront of him he would swing the leg to hit it. If my dog was willing to try so was I. With the vet, Ortho specialist, and therapist we worked with Diesel to save the leg. I stayed by his side for months, changing his bandages every four to six hours, giving him his meds, doing therapy, and making daily doctor visits. Diesel was a perfect angel thru it all! He never once gave me a hard time. He went thru 5 surgeries before we unfortunately had to amputate. The healing leg just couldn’t support his weight and broke again.
After the amputation he immediately adapted. As soon as the drugs wore off he was already going up n down the stairs! The only trouble was that he kept pulling the muscle in his left front leg. But once he was able to strengthen those muscles he was fine. Now Diesel was always a very clumsy dog and knowing this I made sure that any obstacle he would could come across he would do while I was there. This way he would know what he is capable of and how to handle these obstacles if I’m ever not around. Waring, If u were constantly at your dogs side for months, expect your dog to go through separation anxiety. Since I no longer had to play nurse, my dog started screaming for my attention. And of coarse for days I thought he was in pain so I always ran to his side. I even took him to the vet. He would scream so loud the elderly neighbor ACROSS the street would come over to see what was wrong. He even would wake up scream several times a night! Finally I convinced his doctor to observe him overnight just at the very least so I can sleep. Sure enough the next day the doctor told me he was fine all day and night. So the next time he started to scream, I looked at him and sternly said NO! He tried to yell one more time and again I said NO! That was the last time he screamed.
He is now 7yrs old and very lean and strong. I have him on science diet which contains fish oil. I also make sure he takes his vitamins. VERY IMPORTANT, always keep an eye on their pads! In the beginning they can develop corns and that can b painful. Also their pads can become very dry. I suggest to have wax ( I love Musher’s wax) and wax their feet, AT NIGHT or else they’ll be sliding all over the place! Also have boots for the extreme weather. Try to avoid rough surfaces like cement, Diesel always walks on the grass rather than the cement side walks because of his feet.
There’s really not much Diesel can’t do at age 7. He still goes up and down the stairs, jumps into the back of my SUV without ramps, stairs, or help and he loves to run and play! And don’t let the 3 legs fool you, HE IS STRONG! He even broke the groomer’s table and had the groomer on the floor when I walked in. So right now I’m still scared of arthritis one day cribling him but I doubt it’ll be anytime soon!

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Hi Diana and Diesel! Thank you so much for sharing your story and giving folks the confidence that big dawgs can have GREAT lives on three legs. He sounds like a real spunky dawg!

You just reminded me I need to update our Giant Breed Tripawds photo gallery, so feel free to post a picture of Diesel here and I'll put it in the gallery.

Hugs coming your way! It's good to have you here 🙂

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Hi everyone. My dog chopper is a bull mastiff x ridgeback and were from Australia. 2 years ago on my 19th birthday I watched my 7 month old chopper get run over. The bottom half of his right back leg from the elbow down was only hanging on by a piece of skin so amputation was really the only option. After he was hit he jumped up off the road and hopped onto the grass. I told the vet and she said that it was a good sign he would adapt easily.

So 2 days later we could take him home. We have eight or so stairs leading up to the house and he took to them like a fish to water, he ran up the stairs like normal which made us all start crying with happiness, we knew we had made the right decision (only my dad thought of putting him down but as we bought chopper as a Christmas present for him we couldn’t do it). As he was only 7 months at the time he adapted really well and had barely any problems outside the norm for any dog 3 legged or not. Our biggest problem was always going to be his size and weight as bull mastiffs don’t really stop growing until there about 2&1/2 years. He is nearly 3 years old now and unfortunately due to his size it is getting a bit harder, he weighed in at 56kg (112lb) on monday and needs to lose a lot of weight. He gets really freaked when we touch his feet especially when we cut his nails, so we tried to get them done at the vet, who after one attempt said he would have to be sedated. After giving him enough for a 60kg (120lb) dog, and it having no effect the vet had to leave his nails long. But the vet did say that he is so strong that a paralysis tick would die on him before it could kill him, which is good because he has had one before.

We live in a very small town so he is known every where as the 3 legged dog and everybody loves him. My dad and I work in the industrial area and chopper comes to work every day and justs walks around playing with the other dogs and going to every other business to get treats or just eat out of their bin. It was as work where he got ran over but we don’t really worry about it anymore because everybody is always keeping an eye out for him. My dad doesn’t like to think that he ever considered putting him down because now he couldn’t live without him. But as a family we have all decided once his quality of life is gone and he has given up we will do what is right for him.

Chopper is the most beautiful dog in the world and we think if he had 4 legs he wouldn’t be half the dog he is today.

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