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14 September 2008 - 7:32 pm
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3quarterHound said:

pictures… where do I do that at?


Right here! Check out the Tech Support forum for how to add images to forum posts.

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21 September 2008 - 6:37 pm
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Hi everyone,

We rescued our "little girl" at 5 weeks from a breeder.  She had the same birth defect described in the initial post.  We weighed all of our options and decided to have her right front arm amputated at 6 weeks old.  It was the best decision we have made for her.  Since then she has shown remarkable improvement in her balance and mobility.  Julie can hold her own with our two other dogs (labrador mixes). Now at 5 months old and 65lb, I can’t imagine a moment without her.  

 Best of luck to all of you, it can be a tough road but worth the journey

 

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21 September 2008 - 7:32 pm
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JuliesMommy said:

… it can be a tough road but worth the journey.


Indeed, thanks to the support of people like you! Thanks for joining the discussion and sharing your inspawrational tail.

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Hi everyone,

This is k9nkid – I’m looking for a home for the three legged pup by dog had.  He is absolutely adorable. The home I had lined up fell through.  Any suggestions on where to look. Like I said in my earlier post – he is missing a front leg.  Gets along just fine – and is the sweetest puppy around. 

 

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23 September 2008 - 10:29 am
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k9nkid said:

I’m looking for a home for the three legged pup by dog had.


Hi k9nkid!

Please start a new topic in the Tripawds Angel Exchange with details about the pup and a picture or two if possible. Be sure to let readers know where you’re located. We’ll do whatever we can to help him you find a good home!

No need to share any personal contact info if you don’t want to. We can hook you up with any interested parties. Thanks.

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Hi, i’m Pacey. I’m a 7 month old German Shepherd/Husky mix and was born without my left front leg (or so i’m told). I was found out in the desert in Israel and was rescued by a great adoption center called SOSpets, and lived with a foster family for a few weeks until i got adopted yesterday.

Because Pacey was born as a tripaw he seems to be very well adjusted, and basically doesn’t know any better. But as a new pawrent, and a first time tripaw owner, i guess i’m very over protective and worried. How do I know when i’ve exercised Pacey enough? I don’t want to wear him out, but i certainly don’t want to cause any damage to his back or remaining legs.

Pacey is a beautiful dog and has a wonderful character, i love him to pieces and couldn’t have asked for a better companion. I just want to ensure that he has a long and happy life. Any advice?

 

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30 November 2008 - 1:41 pm
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Pacey said:

I was found out in the desert in Israel… 


Congratulations on your adoption Pacey, and thanks for joining the discussion!

You’ll have to search these forums for comments from Lalla, and check out the blog for posts about Lalla. She was my long distance girlfriend, a beautiful three-legged lab who got to play on the beach every day in Tel Aviv.

Regarding advice, since Pacey has never known life on four legs, he will adapt just fine and build up extra strength in his remaining legs to compensate. He may tire a bit quicker than other dogs, so take more frequent shorter walks and always bring alomg lots of water.

Pacey will let you know if he’s tired, so just rest whenever he wants to. Swimming is also excellent low-impact exercise. Thanks again and welcome!

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