Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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As mentioned here, we have an incredibly generous Tripawd mom who has donated two Ruffwear harnesses to us, for a Tripawd parent who cannot afford to buy one for their dog. Here is the second of two she sent to us:
Ruffwear Webmaster Harness, size Large / Extra Large (32"-42" girth). Please measure carefully. Interested? Reply below or message me.
This harness is a gift from Jubilee.
She is an incredible Tripawd, and wants to share her story with you!
Hello! I am Jubilee. The first picture is me right after my surgery to remove a leg that was injured when I was hit by a car. That was before I found my new Mom. My owner died right after the accident and a nice rescue took me in. They paid for my surgery and helped me to heal, and then they helped me find a new home.
The next two pictures are me in my Ruffwear WebMaster harness, which I love, love, love! It has helped me so much, and even though I don’t often need the lift assist, I feel so much more secure wearing this harness that I don’t like to go for walks wearing any other type.
Mom and I like this harness so much that we would like to share one with another dog who might need one.
This next picture is me after a short hike and a little romp in the water … of course I had to roll in the dirt, too, and it made me so happy!
Mom says I am a show-off, so one more picture – sorry, I can’t resist! Aunt Nessa calls this one “Crazy Eyes” but I just think I am crazy about life.
That’s me – Joyful Jubilee!
30 April 2021
Hi I’m Rachel and my best friend is a senior red nose pit bull terrier named Max. He is the most gentle and kind natured dog I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, something awful happened to Max in February: my boyfriend’s twin brother accidentally ran over Max’s front paw with his Ford Expedition. I could not afford the veterinary bill to reconstruct the multiple fractures to his toes (using pins to reconstruct his paw).I recently got laid off from my job due to covid-19, I applied for a loan to cover the cost to just amputate his front leg, I cried so many years when he returned home after his surgery…. He struggles every day with learning how to hop around without losing his balance& he has always worn his leather collar but now that he is a front leg amputee he definitely needs. nice harness..if it’s still available please consider donating the harness to my sweet Max.. thank you
Hi Rachel. I'm so sorry to hear about the accident, that is just awful! Don't beat yourself up about not being able to cover the cost of his paw reconstruction: we see many people come here after a surgery like that fails, and they end up amputating anyways. So now, Max can just get on with his life and be hoppy on three.
I'm private messaging you for your details about where to ship the harness.
If this is still available I would love it for our dog, Zeke. He is a new tripawd (surgery was this past Wednesday). He’s an almost ten year old Goldendoodle who is battling Osteosarcoma. He loves being active and I think this might help once we are at the point of getting him outside to hike again!
Zeke & family, welcome! I hope your recovery is going well. Let us know if we can do anything to help OK?
Meanwhile, what is your girth measurement? That's the measurement around widest part of your ribcage. I want to make sure it fits. Also, what leg was amputated? The Webmaster really is best for dogs missing a rear leg (we prefer the Flagline for front-leggers), but it can still work for many dogs if Zeke is good about allowing you to put his front leg(s) through the leg loop on the right side.
Thanks for such a quick reply!
Yes, Zeke is a rear right amp. He’s also the most easy going dude and lets us do anything so I’m not concerned for a second he wouldn’t let us put a leg through. His measurement is about 33 inches. I checked the fit guide before commenting and I think this is his size based on that. Let me know if you disagree!