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25 April 2012 - 7:06 am
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what a handsome little man!!!  nothing in this world compares to the beauty of a black dog!!!!   gayle was a lab mix, and was in the 'high 60 lbs' as a tripawd.  we have many large breed pups, cooper was a newfoundland - if you look for 'sooper cooper' in a search there are many pictures.  the key is to keep them lean.  glad sarge is doing so well, can't wait to hear of his further adventures!!

 

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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.

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25 April 2012 - 8:06 am
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He is adorable!

I think a lot has to do with build as to how dogs will and can get around, too. The other day at the dog park we encountered a dog missing the same leg as Dante and he seemed to move  much more seamlessly than Dante does. Dante's movements have always been a bit labored and I guess...choppy or jerky? I think it's because being a stocky pit mix, he has much more of his weight distributed in the front. This dog was much larger than Dante (Dante is about 50lbs, this dog maybe 70?) but had a fairly proportioned body with it's weight evenly distributed and he moved much more gracefully and with much more ease than Dante does.  So hopefully even if Sarge does end up being a big boy - his build will lend a hand in his mobility. We've had some real big guys here do just fine! Back leggers seem to have an easier time than the front leggers, too, so he's got that on his adorable little (big!) side too! 

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25 April 2012 - 8:35 am
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Oh, he is absolutely adorable!!!! (and you can never post too many photos, especially of cute tripawd puppies).  I didn't know you could DNA test to determine breed- how interesting.  If he's already 35 lbs at 3 months, I'm thinking the newfie is winning at the moment, but maybe the border collie will make a run soon!  Keep us updated; he looks like fun!

Scout: January 31, 2002 to November 7, 2011

Scout's diagnosis was "poorly differentiated sarcoma"; amputation 1/11/2011.  Scout enjoyed 9 fantastic years on 4 legs and 9 glorious months on 3 legs.  If love alone could have saved you…

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28 April 2012 - 9:37 am
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I was asked to post some suggestions about having an older (almost 16) tripawd and how we handle him.  He had his left front leg taken off last November and he weighs about 75 pounds.  He hasn't lost any weight since then which is amazing.

We live in a motorhome and that did present a problem as we are up in the air about three to four feet to be level.  Jack and a friend built a two sided ramp and deck out the door to get Buck up and down on. The only steps were the two going into the motorhome itself. 

Most of the time, I had to get him in and out myself and I had a great friend, Shannon, who would come over and help me get him in a sling thing and we would carry him in and out that way.  He had a hard time getting up and around and did need some prednisone to accomplish that after a while, but only for a short time. 

Being older, he does have arthiritis to contend with, too.  But what an attitude!  Shannon finally got a job so I had to improvise so I got a plastic toboggan that fit him and slid him up and down the ramp on that.  The lifting him up the two steps and down was still tough to do, (I am 64), but when you love them as we all do, you do it.  I have very strong arms now.

Once he gets in the grass, he off to the races.  He gets in and out of the "tub" by himself and doesn't fight it at all.  I slide him down it by himself and he loves it.  In the winter when it snowed, I took him for a ride around the yard so he had a change of scenery.

As you all know, it is a red letter day when they stand on their own and take the first steps on their own.  This guy is a miracle dog for sure and we consider each day with him a gift as I am sure you all do with yours.  I am going to try and add some photos.  well, can't seem to get the photos up yet.  Have to work on that.

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28 April 2012 - 10:37 am
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Well that is true love, what a terrific pawrent you are. Being that we live in our 5th wheel which is high off the ground, we know the steps can be a challenge. We found that the Ruff Wear Harness is indispensible for getting in and out, as well as having good traction on our steps. Sounds like you came up with some pretty inventive ways to help him though, that's greaqt.

I'm sorry your photos didn't post. If you paste the URL in your response I can help.

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28 April 2012 - 12:26 pm
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Awwwwwww!  Such a sweet face!

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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30 April 2012 - 5:31 am
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Sarge is adorable. My own tripawd is a toy poodle so I can't comment on a large breed. In addition to a missing front leg (born that way), he has bilateral hip dysplasia. He has had surgery on both hips. Since we were at the vet so much with the surgeries, I had his remaining front leg/shoulder x-rayed each year. The surgeon and I thought it would be a good "record" to see if any arthritis or changes happen in the remaining leg. I am very nervous about any changes happening to that front leg. Cheek was inbred so we never know what is going to happen. I certainly NEVER imagined hip dysplasia in a toy poodle.

He definitely gets tired faster than my other dogs. Luckily he can get carried! It's amazing that he NEVER gets tired when he finds grasshoppers! He can hunt those forever!

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30 April 2012 - 2:43 pm
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Trapper John is also a rear leg trauma amputee since 11/02/11.  We adopted him a couple months ago, so he had some time to adjust to life on three legs before he came to us.

 

There's been a ton of great advice here and the only thing I can think to add is get lots of throw rugs for your non-carpeted floors.  Once Sarge starts running, those slippery floor will provide an extra challenge.  Trapper John actually slid all the way across our kitchen floor on his belly when he first got here and is still nervous about walking on the parts of it that aren't covered.

 

Otherwise, welcome & I'm glad you found us!  There are a ton of great people here who are always willing to help.

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30 April 2012 - 2:43 pm
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PS:  Sarge is just tooooooooooooo darned cute!!

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jerry said
Well that is true love, what a terrific pawrent you are. Being that we live in our 5th wheel which is high off the ground, we know the steps can be a challenge. We found that the Ruff Wear Harness is indispensible for getting in and out, as well as having good traction on our steps. Sounds like you came up with some pretty inventive ways to help him though, that's greaqt.

I'm sorry your photos didn't post. If you paste the URL in your response I can help.

 

I think it is  2012/04/IMAG0266.jpg  It is of Buck just after surgery and when we got him home.  I wanted to show some before and after photos.  I did get it to my media library??? but can't seem to figure out how to get it to my posts.

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1 May 2012 - 2:21 pm
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nmmjhf said
I think it is  2012/04/IMAG0266.jpg 

FYI: It looks like you've uploaded the same photo twice so the filenames got appended (imag02661 & imag02662)

I did get it to my media library???

Yes, those two images are still in your library. 

but can't seem to figure out how to get it to my posts.

Here are detailed instructions for embedding photos in forum post. In short, copy the File URL by clicking Edit on any image in your library, or right clicking on an image once posted in your blog. Paste that into the Image URL field using the Insert Image button when drafting your forum post here.

Hope this helps, Check out the media tutorial video for more help or post in the tech support forum and we'll be happy to assist.

Also, please consider Jerry's tips for resizing your photos before uploading them or you will quickly consume your free upload space. Your photos are huge! oh-my

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