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17 May 2023
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17 May 2023 - 7:30 pm
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Hi! We have the sweetest little tripawd puppy, 2 weeks old, AKC golden retriever, parents both have all health clearances and clear genetic testing. Puppy has been vet checked and cleared of other health issues at this point. We are praying for the right adoptive family for this puppy. Anyone have any guidance on how to go about this? Usually we advertise through the AKC website and our personal website. All our other 10 puppies in the litter are spoken for. We are experienced breeders and never had a situation like this. We love this little guy so much and want the absolute best for him. Any advice or wisdom greatly appreciated! 

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18 May 2023 - 1:48 pm
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Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for letting us know about your puppy. We've seen this kind of situation before, it's not terribly unusual. We are so glad you want to do the best you can for this little pup! They can have terrific lives on three! 

My biggest recommendation is to make sure potential adopters see this two part article:

Ten Things to Know About Adopting a Tripawd (Part 1 and 2)

also have them check out:

Do 3-Legged Dogs and Cats Cost More Money?


If you would like to let folks know about this pup, you can feel free to share more details & photos here. This is how adding images works in our Forums. The pics need to be hosted somewhere and then copied/pasted into this forum topic. If you'd like help with that just let me know.

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20 May 2023 - 5:22 pm
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Thank you so much for your response! Those articles are a great resource. We’ll likely be back to this thread in a few weeks with pics and info on this little guy to see if we can find a family for him. He’s just precious! 

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