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wow, what a household!!!  sounds like shinobi might be having some phantom pain .  gabapentin  is often given to minimalize this…we didn't have it, but others will probably chime in with their experiences. 

yes, living in the south, it seems many folks are 'challenged' about caring about animals.  we lived in texas for 13 years and have been in tennessee for about six…  i'm sure it's slowly getting better, but these humans can be very frustrating!  you are setting a wonderful example and are leading by example – bravo!!   pictures, we really need pictures!!!


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Hi Leanne,

We had no phantom limb pain either but Shinobi’s reactions sound very similar to those who’ve experienced it here. Since he’s only done it twice, it’s hard to tell. However, it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and get some Gabapentin in case he does it again. I’ve heard it’s not an expensive medication (I don’t know for sure).

It doesn’t really matter what others tell you about your decision to rescue Shinobi and give him a good life. You are preaching to the choir here, but don’t bother trying to convert your community. Let Shinobi get out and about in the world and he will do his own converting once people see how ordinary he becomes. Take him to pet stores, parks, wherever dogs can go. Who knows? You might run into someone who down the road will be faced with the same thing and say “you know, I met this 3-legged dog last year…”


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.

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Leanne and Shinobi, welcome! My apologies for being late to the welcome wagon, I don't know how I missed your post.

You are not crazy for saving him, you are a total saint for helping this pup and giving him a good home, THANK YOU. While I'm not from the south, I do know that when we have traveled there in our RV my Momma was wanting to pull over every mile or so to pick up a stray dog or unchain one from a front yard. We noticed far too many neglected animals there 🙁  Thank you for leading the way and showing those unenlightened folks that dogs deserve better.

I hope his recovery is smooth an uneventful. Please let us know how we can help OK? And yes, pictures please!

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