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Bud's MRSA and Tripawd Kindness
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8 October 2011 - 5:04 pm
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It was heart wrenching for us when we found out that Bud's hip replacement failed. Things only continued to spiral downward…femur fracture, MRSA , leg amputation, bronchitis and skin infection. It was such a battle and I don't know how I would have gone through all of it without the encouragement from this wonderful website and our kind Tripawd friends!

Thanks to the many of you that were there for us…cheering for us, offering advice and making me laugh on days I was crying.

In May, I was contacted by the Bella Moss Foundation (which had offered us it resources with Bud's MRSA diagnosis) about sharing Bud's  story in hopes of helping others who might find themselves in a similar predicament. At that time we were still battling the skin infection and I really wasn't in a good place. I finally sat down and wrote it this past August.

With the good advice from my friend Shari “aka Dakota's woman”, I contacted Rene and asked her if it would be ok if I shared this with the tripawd communtiy also? Rene of course, once again, inspired me with her tripawd kindness and offered to include our story here on this website.

I would absolutely love it if no tripawd ever has to deal with MRSA but unfortunately I fear that with the increased prevalance of this infection that will not be the case. I was looking when this happened to us for a success story to lighten the hopeless feelings I had. Now thanks to Tripawds and the Bella Moss Founation…. THERE IS ONE OUT THERE!http://download…..ents/ and Tripawds is the only place where one can find the entire story just as it was written.

Thankyou …Thankyou…. Jim and Rene for the concern and kindness you show to ourselves and our canine family members. Thankyou for the knowledge you empower all of us with so we can advocate and care for our pups. Paw's Up Spirit Jerry, we love you!

With the sincerest appreciation,


“Bud's Mom”

Greater Western Washington area
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8 October 2011 - 5:10 pm
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That is so wonderful of our founders, Rene and Jim, and really wonderful of you, to continue the kindness and offering a helping hand to others that are in this awful perdicament. 

approval all around!


Elizabeth… (I want to post clapping and cheering sounds but that is beyond me)

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

In your heart, where I belong.
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8 October 2011 - 8:27 pm
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Well  Bud's our bud, so we obviously are delighted that he is on the upswing now! Why he had to end up with this nasty thing is beyond me, and we really worried about him while he was fighting this. I remember thinking “that poor dog; when will he catch a break?” I'm so happy you were able to help the Moss Foundation with Bud's story, and your contribution here will help (unfortunately) other dogs in the future who are infected with MRSA .


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

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8 October 2011 - 8:44 pm
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We are thrilled beyond belief that Bud is doing so well now! He’s a fighter, for sure!

Micki and Rio

the Woo

~ ~ Rio ~ ~
Forever in my heart...

April 2000 – January 20, 2012
Diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer in June 2007. Left rear leg amputated Feb. 8, 2011.
Mets discovered Aug. 31, 2011. Read more of Rio's story here.

knoxville, tn
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9 October 2011 - 9:45 am
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bud is a hero, you are heros.  your efforts will no doubt save lives and give hope to those that follow in your unfortunate footprints.  all hail the heros – job well done.

charon & gayle

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.

Love Never Ends


On The Road

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9 October 2011 - 11:31 am
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Awwww shucks, you're making us all teary-eyed. We are just SO glad that Bud fought this thing and you are both here to educate us about it. This community is all about sharing information and making everyone better pawrents, which you are doing. Thank YOU!

And believe me, now that we know more about MRSA here in our household, we are going to be SUPER vigilant when it comes to vet care! Scary stuff.

Bud, you are definitely our hero! And of course you too Anjl, lots of folks would have given up but you fought as hard as he did. Applawse to you both!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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9 October 2011 - 2:38 pm
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Waaaaaaaa!  Waaaaaa!  Waaaaaaa!  Thanks for making us cry!  Okay, maybe it's not Waaaaa!  Waaaaa!  Waaaaa! and more like little sweet tears of joy and happiness – it's more like: Wa. Wa. Wa.


Bud you are a special, special boy and your amazing recovery inspires us all!

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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10 October 2011 - 4:09 pm
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aww shucks! Thanks everypawdy!!!!

Rene, awsome job on the links it turned out WAY PAWSOME!

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11 October 2011 - 8:06 am
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Another example of what a simply perfect community this really is. The caring and sharing is off the scale, and the friendships made here will last a lifetime.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

12 October 2011 - 4:51 pm
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Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.  Harley just had his leg amputated 3 weeks ago and I am very concerned about infections.  Where can I read Bud’s story?  Also, what other helpful hints do all of you have for avoiding infections (harley’s surgery incisions are almost healed, but we were in the vet a little over a week ago b/c of nasty drainage and there was a tube inserted) and how to you spot an infection after the wounds are healed?  While the wounds were open I could see what was going on, but now that they are closing, I am concerned that I might miss an infection.  Harley is still having a hard time getting around although his spirits are great and I using that to gauge how he is feeling.  How do we strengthen the back leg he has left?  You can tell I am a brand new tripawd!  We would love to hear from you here, and on our blog at  Peace ~ Harley’s packsmile

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12 October 2011 - 5:26 pm
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Harley said:

Where can I read Bud's story?

Hi Harley! Be sure to log in so your forum posts will publish without requiring moderation.

Bud's pack has not yet posted anything in his blog, but you can click anjl's avatar to view their profil and see links to all their forum posts.

FYI: We fixed the link to your blog too. You can add it to your signature by clicking the profile button at top right. That way it will appear beneath all your forum posts.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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Sorry Harley! Bud's mom never did get to the blogging but if you go up to the top forum post, you will see a blue print. It is the link, click on it and it will take you to the MRSA page Rene created and Bud's story is posted there.

 I'm guessing the others will help you find reading on telling if there is an infection and strengthening. They are great at that!  You can also start a new topic and ask for recommendations. They might see it better so you get a good response. You can also do a search and type in key words.

 I hope Harley feels better! It's hard not to worry but remember it's only been three weeks and some of us it takes longer than others!

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13 October 2011 - 10:13 pm
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Pretty cool update to this today!

I sent the link Rene created to the Bella Moss founder and she thought it was wonderful and fantastic!

She added to her website under helpful links.

AWWW! I love it when caring dog folks come together for the “betterment” of canine kind!!!!

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