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Bone Cancer, Battle Scars and Bear the Big Brave Tripawd

Last November when I had my surgery, my Mom was a little upset that my Dad posted my surgery photos on Tripawds. He wanted everyone to see my battle scar because he thought it was cool. My Mom wasn’t amused.

Not too long ago, I got an email from Bear, a big ol’ dawg that got the bad osteosarcoma news that he’d be a tripod dog soon. His people were worried, but his Dad said

“Both my wife and I were very happy that we had seen Jerry’s pics before Bear had his surgery. It would have been much more traumatic to have seen it for the first time when we went to pick him up.”

Ha! That made my Dad feel good. And then my Mom agreed, and said “well, yeah, we had never seen any post-op photos of an amputee dog either.” When she first saw me come out of the hospital, she almost fainted!

So, in the interest of canine health education about bone cancer, here is Bear’s story, post-amputation surgery photos and all.

Bear, Bone Cancer Amputee Dog, BeforeThis is Bear, before his surgery. See, he’s limping just like I was. Ouch!

Bear, Bone Cancer Amputee Dog, AfterThen, look at Bear, after his surgery.

Don’t worry Bear, that big furry coat will grow back. Mine took about 6 months to come back completely, but now I’m more handsome than ever! And remember, even though you lost your leg, you’re lucky it was a back one. See, when a dog loses a rear leg, it’s much easier than when he loses a front leg like me. Dogs carry most of their weight on the front legs. Rear leg canine amputees have an easier time getting around. But watch out Bear, I’ll bet I can still beat you in a race for a stick!

Bear is doing great now. His Dad says:

“It’s been great to have him back to his old self. It’s been a week now, and he barely seems to notice anymore. . . He’s eating really well, and he’s getting a lot better at taking walks and wanting to go check out his old haunts to make sure everything’s OK and re-mark his territory.”

Are dogs cool, or what? Yeay for bear! Go get ’em pal!

Punxsy Jerry

What a relaxing time I’m having while hangin’ with my Auntie Emi in Pennsylvania this week. She lives near Punxsutawney, that town that gets all crazy over this big rodent named Phil every February 2nd. You know, Groundhog Day.

Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney PennsylvaniaWell, I went to Gobbler’s Knob to try to sniff Phil out, but he was busy munching down on some crab apples or something because he was nowhere to be found.

 

Jerry on the Couch of our Arctic 245N Fox Fifth WheelIt was a warm day in Pennsylvania. All that fun wore me out!

Jerry Getting Canine Health Certificate in PennsylvaniaOh yeah, I went to the local vet’s office to get my Health Certificate. I was so worried, I thought I was going to get a shot. Instead, I got some treats, and a piece of paper. This paper is my Doggie Passport that gets me into Canada without any hassles. I guess you gotta have one of these just to prove you’re not a canine terrorist or something.

We’ll be crossing the border very soon at Toronto, to see where Grandma Mary and Grandpa Jim met. Oakville, here we come!

Long Time No Beach

Whitefish Point BeachMore happy faces yesterday when I finally got to go to the beach again! It’s been months since I used to run and play on the beach and the Samoa Dunes near Eureka, CA. But I haven’t even smelled a beach ever since we started driving. And in all honesty, I didn’t really smell one yesterday.

But it sure looked like the beach. There was sand, waves, seagulls, driftwood … just no kelp! And the air smelled clean and fresh instead of salty and fishy.

They say this place is a lake. But it’s like no lake I’ve ever seen. It’s just so … big! But I was sure glad to run on the beach again anyway.

We did meet these cute kids who had fun throwing rocks in the water. Boy how I just wanted to go in after them! I hate it when they sink like that though. Everyone was eventually able to distract me long enough to take this picture. And then we were off again to another lake, another adventure.

So many miles… So many happy faces…

Recumbent Roadside ReunionWe’ve now got over 6,000 miles behind us on our full-time RVing adventure. But we’re not walking! We’re driving. Well, OK, my people are doing the driving. I just get to sit back and enjoy the ride from my big comfy bed in the back seat of our Dodge Ram truck. But I sure do enjoy meeting all the new people along the way. They always seem so happy to see me too. This is a good thing, considering I’m such a Happy Dog!

Take these nice guys we met at a roadside park along Highway 2 on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for instance. We had passed Don riding his recumbent bicycle in the bike lane a few miles back. While we stopped to stretch our legs and have some lunch, he pulled into the rest stop and circled by the RV a couple times to read the side which includes my website and tagline, It’s better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.

Read more.So many miles… So many happy faces…

2 Dogs, 2000 Miles

2 Dogs 2000 Miles

I just received a comment on one of my YouTube tripawd videos from The Big Dog who is undertaking an incredible journey with his two beautiful boys Murphy and Hudson. I was so touched, I just have to share it with everyone.

In January 2008, these three will embark on a 2,000 mile, 6 month walk from Austin, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research for companion pets. Read on to view the trailer and tell everyone you know about 2 Dogs 2000 miles.

Read more.2 Dogs, 2000 Miles

Meet Lalla from Tel Aviv!

Lalla from TelAviv Israel

I just got a letter from my first overseas International Visitor, Lalla, a canine cancer survivor from Israel.

Lalla had her rear right leg amputated last September, due to osteosarcoma.

Lalla says that she didn’t have chemo, because “It would have really disrupted my normal happy routine: no beach, no pals and no treats!”

And even though the doctors told her she only had about 2 months left on earth. That was a year ago! Just like me, she has beaten the odds, and is now living life to the max!

Read more.Meet Lalla from Tel Aviv!

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