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hhackett
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2 May 2012 - 8:09 pm
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Hello all! I am new to the tripawd community and wanted to share an interesting case. I am a veterinary technician and recent owner of a three-legged baby. This cutie came in to the hospital I work at to be put to sleep. He was 5 days old, belonged to a stray, and had a necrotic back leg that was falling off. The people who had taken him away from the stray did not have the ability to raise him, and he could not continue to live with the mother. I happened to be there when he was brought in and decided to give him a chance at life. He weighed 10 oz when he came in, and lost an ounce over night after refusing to drink formula. It was tube feeding for the next few days, and also minor surgery to take off the dead leg (his rear right). Since then, he has caught on to bottle feeding and has been doing great. He now weighs 1 pound 4 oz. For the first few days I considered myself fostering this baby, but I he has stolen my heart. I am happy to introduce baby Bertram to all. He will be having a second surgery to amputate mid femur when he is older and stronger. I look forward to sharing his story as he grows and develops, being connected to other tripawd parents, and hearing stories of their three legged children.

 

I cannot get images to post at this time, but I will work on that.

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2 May 2012 - 8:42 pm
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what a darling little boy!!!  bravo to you for rescuing him and opening your heart and home.  looking forward to more pictures, and following bertram's story!

 

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2 May 2012 - 8:42 pm
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Thanks for joining, and bless yu for saving this little guy! Your future forum posts will not require moderation.

Here are instructions for adding pictures to forum posts. If you don't already share photos somewhere online, the easiest way may be to start a blog so you can upload them to your media library.

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2 May 2012 - 9:16 pm
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OMD, he is adorable!! I think Bertram just might win the prize for tinniest tripawd!

You are so sweet for taking him in. But you will find that you are the lucky one. It is an awesome thing to be a tripawd pawrent! Welcome to the club.

Can't wait to hear more about how he does.
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2 May 2012 - 9:56 pm
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Oh goodness!  What a little angel Bertram is!  And what a saint you are for making him your own!  Is is going to be a big dog or little dog?

I can't wait to hear more updates! 

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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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3 May 2012 - 8:53 am
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Wow! I think he's the tiniest Tripawd we've ever had the pleasure of welcoming here!

What a big hearted, compassionate person you are. Thank you for all of your dedication and giving this guy a chance at a good life. We can't wait to follow along with his Tripawd adventures!

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3 May 2012 - 9:06 am
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OMD, so adorable! If I could, I would give his tiny cheeks a pinch. Keep us updated on his progress. You are an angel for saving him. 

 

Cadence's Mom

Cadence Faye: Born 10/30/04, stepped into our hearts 12/23/2004. Rear leg tumor found 7/24/11 by mom and dad, Xray on 7/25/11, Osteosarcoma suspected 7/26/11, amputation 7/29/11, Carboplatin started 8/23. Met free so far! 

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3 May 2012 - 7:55 pm
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It is so nice to hear from everyone! Thank you so much for your support and kind words!

Here are pictures:

Top: Day 1: The Dead Leg

2: Day 1: Close up of Dead Leg

3: Day 2: Dead Leg has been Snipped Off (luckily with no complications!)

4: Day 16: Eyes Open!

Last: Day 20: Play Pen Set Up (Bertram is rapidly learning to walk now!)

 

More to come as Baby Bertram seems to learn something new everyday!

 

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hhackett
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3 May 2012 - 8:04 pm
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cometdog said
Oh goodness!  What a little angel Bertram is!  And what a saint you are for making him your own!  Is is going to be a big dog or little dog?

I can't wait to hear more updates! 

I have no idea what breed he is! The people who brought him in said the mother looked like a "Mini Golden Retriever" and they had no clue what the dad was! It will be a surprise as he grows, but he does seem to have a longer coat.

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3 May 2012 - 8:20 pm
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I would totally love to snuggle that little guy! You'll have to post a zillion pictures because of how fast he will grow. His coat looks like a white golden, doesn't it? 

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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4 May 2012 - 7:54 am
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The photos are showing image cannot be found. OH NO! Is anyone else having this issue? I am dying to see his pictures. 

Cadence's Mom

Cadence Faye: Born 10/30/04, stepped into our hearts 12/23/2004. Rear leg tumor found 7/24/11 by mom and dad, Xray on 7/25/11, Osteosarcoma suspected 7/26/11, amputation 7/29/11, Carboplatin started 8/23. Met free so far! 

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4 May 2012 - 8:07 am
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Yes Heather, I also see that message. It's not you! Maybe there was a problem with the pictures and hopefully they'll be back. I did get a chance to see them yesterday and tried to show my son this morning. Poof! way-confused

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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4 May 2012 - 8:54 pm
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OH MY GOODNESS!  What a doll baby!!! 

 

Oh no!  I just thought of something....what if he grows up to look like Monkeybutt!???  I see a little bit of resemblance! 

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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