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OFFER: Ruffwear Flagline Harness (Large)
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The Rainbow Bridge

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26 November 2023 - 12:31 pm
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Do you need a harness for your big Tripawd? Maximutt's people just donated a gently used Ruffwear Flagline harness in size Large / XL.

Please reach out if you'd like it for your Tripawd. All we ask is to cover the cost of shipping.

Thank you.

In memory of Max

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Laura Bewley
2 December 2023 - 4:23 am
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If this is still available, I’d be so grateful to have this harness for our Winston. He has been very active and adapted beautifully since his amputation due to cancer a yr and an half ago, but we have noticed he is starting to struggle more. He seems to be developing some arthritis in his remaining front leg. He is falling when he goes down stairs (even just a couple) and is more wary of flooring without carpeting/rugs. I know he could use a harness that will fit and support him better. Please let me know what I can do, where I can send the shipping cost, etc. Thank you for offering this gift! We cannot really afford such a nice harness, otherwise, and I know it is what he needs. 

The Rainbow Bridge

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3 December 2023 - 12:40 pm
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Laura, be sure to measure Winston and let us know what his girth/chest size is OK? It sounds like he is missing a front leg? In that case we recommend the large Flagline , which fits dogs with a 32" - 42" girth.

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Sorry to hear he is struggling. Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit , so if he hasn't been yet, this would be a good time to have him evaluated and find out how you can help him stay strong and stable. Let us know if we can help you find a therapist.

Laura Bewley
4 December 2023 - 7:12 am
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Hello! I measured Winston to get his exact size and he’s at 35”. He slipped trying to get up this morning so I am excited to have a better harness for him! I also appreciate your offer to help with therapy. I had reached out a while back and you were kind enough to give me the requirements necessary for the provider. I found one near me but had a very unpleasant experience when setting up his assessment appointment so we opted to cancel it. If you’d be so kind as to provide some resources in my area, I’d appreciate it. Hopefully there is someone else that would work out better! Thank you so much! 

Laura Bewley
4 December 2023 - 8:22 am
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Sorry. Yes. He is missing his front right leg. 

The Rainbow Bridge

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4 December 2023 - 9:43 am
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Hi Laura, 

It sounds like the Flagline will fit him so that's great. You can contact me with your mailing address via email, or join as a member and your future posts won't need to wait for approval. 

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with arranging the appointment. I'll try to help you find another practice.

Oh, do keep in mind that a harness will not support a dog all by itself, but it will allow you to help him in tricky situation like slippery floors. 

Laura Bewley
4 December 2023 - 9:58 am
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Hi Jerry, 


Thank you! Yes, I know we would need to help him, but the way this harness fits, will be far better than the ones we currently have for him, which often slide around so they do not allow us to support him appropriately (especially in situations where he gets nervous and tenses up). 

I had registered a while back but can't recall the username or password. I tried to reset using my email, but it keeps acting as if it didn't recognize my email address. I finally decided to try and re-register, but then I get a message saying there is already someone with that email address. 


I'll send an email with my information shortly. Thank you again. 



The Rainbow Bridge

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4 December 2023 - 8:10 pm
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OK terrific. I see your email, I'll help you over there. 

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Thank you for the assistance!! 

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