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25 June 2014 - 12:55 pm
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That was a wonderful article.  It’s great to find various avenues to get the word out about the Tripawd community and that amputation is not the end but a new beginning.  When I was researching about amputation I just happened to stumble across the Tripawd site and I’m so glad that I did.

Thanks for creating a place for us Tripawd parents to share in our experiences.

Sahana & Leland

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Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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25 June 2014 - 1:58 pm
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Beautiful…. simply  beautiful (as I sit here w/tears running down my eyes at the office… ha ha)… Thank you again for creating the most amazing community!

Alison & her Shelby fur-ever in her heart 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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25 June 2014 - 8:47 pm
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You gals are the best, thanks for making this such a special place to be, it really is about the amazing members and Tripawds here. xoxo

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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The number one compliment we can ever receive is when a veterinarian refers us to clients, and it’s even more pawesome when that vet writes about us online! Here’s a great post by British vet Cat Henstridge BVSc MRCVS:

Information overload? – Trusting online pet advice

If you are after more specific information, for example a particular disease or health issue, again there is lots of great quality advice out there. A nurse I work with recently had to have her dog’s leg amputated and she found great comfort from the website and forum tripawds.com. Forums like this exist for most pet health issues, and for specific breeds or interests like agility or working dogs, and they can be a fabulous way of speaking with people in similar situations.

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Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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25 August 2014 - 10:55 pm
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AND A WELL DESERVED, HARD EARNED COMPLIMENT TOO!!! Quite a validation that Tripawds.com is a tremendous source of information and support.

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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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9 April 2015 - 11:23 am
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Woot! Another honor in this San Francisco Gate Vet Q&A Column, by Dr. Shaw at Sage Vet Centers in Northern California:

“Dog with osteosarcoma can be active after leg amputation.”

“Q:My 4-year-old greyhound has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her rear left leg. My vet is recommending amputation, but I’m concerned about her quality of life thereafter, especially since she’s so active. I’m heartsick and not sure what is best for her.”

To which Dr. Shaw says:

“In addition to having further conversations with your veterinary oncologist, I recommend you go to https://www.tripawds.com for resources, video links, and a chance to reach out to other pet owners who have been where you are today.”

3-paws up to Dr. Shaw!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

Virginia




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9 April 2015 - 11:41 am
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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR DR. SHAW AND YA….A NON STOP YAAAAAAAAAY FOR THE TRIPAWDS.COM UNIVERSE OF LOVE AND COMPASSION AND INVALUABLE KNOWLEDGE!!!!

And all because of a dog and his humans who came to earth focused on his mission! YAAAAAAAAAY FOR JERRY, RENE AND JIM!!!clap

Gratefully,

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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9 April 2015 - 1:14 pm
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:) Thanks Sally, you are such a sweetie!

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29 April 2015 - 11:04 am
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Ok folks, we’re asking for your help to get some media coverage for the upcoming Tripawds and Greyhounds Rock pawty in Fredericksburg, VA on Memorial Day weekend. If you have any kind of connection to an East Coast pet writer, radio show host, newspaper columnist, anyone who can help get the word out we would love any leads you can pass along.

We have a great pitch for a pre-event story to cover, about the wonderful pets & pawrents here and those who will be attending, and heck we can even submit something ourselves. We’re just trying really hard to get media coverage before the event and so far not much luck crying

Please Private Message us if you can help. Thank you!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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2 July 2015 - 1:50 pm
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5 Things That May Surprise You About Three-Legged Pets

By Rene Agredano

What do Jon Stewart, Sandra Bullock, and John Legend have in common? They all have three-legged pets! Until recently, amputee animals were an anomaly because most pet parents had no idea that physically-challenged pets could enjoy a great quality of life. But thanks to growing numbers of high profile celebrities with happy “Tripawds,” as they’re affectionately called, animal lovers are enjoying glimpses into the joyful lives of three-legged dogs and cats.

No matter who you are, all Tripawd pet parents will tell you: Living with a three-legged dog or cat can change your life for the better. From nervously shadowing their first inspiring steps on three legs, to watching them exuberantly dig with one front leg, three-legged pets have lots to teach humans about living life to the fullest no matter your circumstances. Every Tripawd dog and cat is full of happy surprises, such as . . .  READ MORE

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Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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2 July 2015 - 2:31 pm
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That is a wonderful write-up on being a Tripawd pup or kitty!!  Articles like this help to dispel the misguided thinking of general society that amputation is horrible for our pets. 

Awesome Job Rene!

Sahana and her Angel Leland and Lucian too

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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2 July 2015 - 6:28 pm
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WOW… that’s amazing! Can I share on my FB page? Great job!!! i know … years ago who would have thought a tripawd dog could / would be as common as it is. I always squeal when I see a tripawd! They will forever have a special place in my heart! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife



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2 July 2015 - 9:42 pm
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Excellent, well-written article Rene! Thanks for all you do in supporting us and our tripawds.

Kerren and Tripawd Mona

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mom2shelby said
…amazing! Can I share on my FB page?

Of course, please! Be sure to tag #Tripawds.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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4 July 2015 - 11:25 pm
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BRAVO!! That article will DEFINITELY change perceptions and empower anyone faced with a decision about amputation!

Thanks for putting forth such valuable information and dispelling such crazy myths about tripawds!

And that is such a beautiful picture of Jerry…one of my all time favoirtes!

We love our Rene! Oh yes we do!!clapsuperstar

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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