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Jerry’s Original Guestbook Comment Archive

Below are some guestbook comments from the original site we created when Jerry was diagnosed with osteosarcoma

(Tue 17 Apr 2007) Hello…I am Gretchen’s new step mom. I ran across your site while looking at some videos on youtube, I was surprised by all the information on here. With in the past month our family has went through many changes; moving to a new house, two new dog additions (totaling of 4), and Gretchen losing herleg to cancer. The past few days have been rough for all of us, and the vet gave us no information on what to expect or how to cope. We have been searching on the web for other three legged dogs to brighten our spirits and let us know that some day she will recover. Monday was her first big step…she finally went potty out side, she still can not walk with out help, but we are expecting her harness to come in any day now. Gretchen is 12 and suffers from arthritis so we are afraid she will never be the same. Thank you, Gretchen and Lacey

(Thu 22 Mar 2007): Hi Jerry, I’m Kali a three legged doberman! Jerry, My mommy Charly showed me some viedos of you today, she says we’re both amazing! I was diagnosed with osteocarcoma 2 days after Christmas in 2006 – and had my right front leg amuputated two weeks later. Mom and Dad were so worried about me, they didn’t know if they had made the right decision and they thought I would be devastated. But – I’m totally not! I’m the same crazy Kali dog I have always been, I do everything I used to do, even use my dog door! I haven’t tried swimming yet because it’s been too cold where we live in British Columbia, Canada but I know I’ll be able to do that too. Mom and Dad kept my lifejacket so I’ll probably use that for a while. I like your quote that it’s better to hop on three than limp in pain on 4 – I hear ya pal! I have 2 more chemo treatments left, but I’m feeling good. Thanks for sharing your story and videos, I know they’ll help more fur-kids like us. If you want to see some video of me check out youtube and search kali doberman – that’s me! Later – Kali the wonder-doberman!

(Wed 21 Mar 2007) Thanks! We are adopting our first greyhound and our first tripod. My 9-year-old is a little nervous about it and I’ll be showing her your videos. Great site!

(Wed 14 Mar 2007) Good dog Jerry! Hi Jerry and Jim and Rene, We are so happy to hear of you progress. Good clean living keeps you healthy! We think of you often and love you! T, J,K, M, A, J and coco.

(Mon 12 Mar 2007) Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Yo Jer dude? What’s quakin’? I’ve heard so much about you and I’m hoping to get to meet you next month. I’m only 3 and a half months old, and I love to take road trips. You know, your namesake built a career with only four fingers – I bet your bowl-fillers never told you that. Itzhak Perlman once played Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with only three strings, since one broke at the beginning of the concert. I see from your videos that you are musically gifted too. That’s cool. Wanna start a rock-n-roll band and go on tour? Smell ya soon! – Leonardo

(Fri 02 Mar 2007) I met Jerry at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter Christmas Party with Friends for Life Animal Rescue. He had just come home from having surgery and it was amazing how well he had already adapted to 3 legs! Animals are truly amazing and a blessing for all of us 2-legged humans. Their strength of character is a lesson for everyone. thanks for a great website!! – LouAnna

(Fri 02 Mar 2007) just saying hi. Linda Hall-Martin referred me to your cool site. I have a three legged cat named Fern so we can surely relate. Being three legged is not a big deal. thanks for sharing. – Patty West

(Tue 20 Feb 2007) What nice parents you have Jerry! Hi Jerry, I just wanted to tell you , you have some very cool parents. Hopefully I will get to meet them soon and see if genevieve can find a home in beautiful Eureka too or the surrounding area. gen had her leg amputated at 11 days old. Wow what a trip that was, I cried and cried but I also prayed she wouldn’t lose her life and she didn’t. She is getting bigger and stronger everyday. Well stay cool Jerry, you are beautiful. Very handsome dawg. Love, Debbie and Genevieve.your videos are fun to watch. :) Debbie

(Sun 18 Feb 2007) Hi, I found your site looking up tripod canines. I have a little puppy five weeks old named Genevieve after my Grandmother. I raise Chocolate labradors and at two days old little Genevieve got one of her toes stepped on by her mom and well from there it got infected and her little right back leg had to be amputated. I blame it on where I live. Tonopah, Nv. we live in the middle of nowhere with no veterinarian. Anyway I took her two hours away to Bishop California when she lost her toe but since she was only two days old there wasn’t much they could do except told me to soak it in betadine and also epsons salt of which i did four times a day. I took her there three times as it kept getting worse. by the time I took her to reno Nv. to a specialist of which I should of done in the first place, 4 hours away the foot was so infected that it had gone into the leg…To make a long story short I am now looking for a home for genevieve as I have 5 dogs already. She is of champion and national field champion bloodlines and my puppies are akc registered. She is beautiful, strong and sweet. I have contacted other organizations in California such as arfkids, canine companions, assistance dogs, etc. I am from San Rafael, california and I visit there twice a year to west marin and i stay at dillon beach. I want genevieve to have a loving home near or on the beach. I saw the picture of your dogs on the beach they love it so much to run and play. I would really appreciate it if you can help me in any way? Maybe you know of some organization that I could contact? I love her dearly, but like I said I have her mom who is 6 and her Dad 10, my daughters other big dog that is 11, and i also have a son from anouther litter who is three and i have a cocka-poo who is 9 months. I have got my hands full already. I normally sell my dogs for $600.00 but I don’t want any money for her just a loving home for someone to adopt her that will love her and care for her, and give her a wonderful life. I spent $2000.00 getting her leg amputated and I would do it again as her life was saved! That is all that mattered to me. One condition is that I need to follow her life. I want to stay a part of her life if someone does adopt her, that is my only condtion for letting her be adopted. Thank you, Deb Perchetti

(Tue 30 Jan 2007) Jerry on the beach… Jim, Renee, and Jerry, Let’s get together sometime for a walk on Clam beach. Brandy may not be a tripaw but he has a purple tongue and loves to make new friends on a walk. Paul and Betsy

(Mon 29 Jan 2007) Sorry to hear about your dog. Looks like he is adjusting well though!! Dawn Mahoney

(Mon 22 Jan 2007) Hi, I am a tripawd! Lost the use of my back right leg at birth and therefore now I have no right back leg! I am almost 9 years old, I love Happy Dog, and Kathy and Diane. I live with my bossy older brother, Chevy, and my annoying younger brother, Milo, and we are all Aussies. Unfortunately for Chevy and Milo, they have all their legs, poor things, they look funny, and have a tough time keeping up with me!!! Hope to meet you out at Happy Dog, my home-away-from-home favorite place to be (sometimes!).

(Sat 20 Jan 2007) Wag,wag,lick,wigger… Jerry, It was so good to see you today. To know that you still have the same love for life that you did before your “surgery”. To see you want to keep going even with your tough hanging to the ground Truely let us know that nothing had changed in about you in your mind. I also need to tell you how impress I am with your Human Mama & Papa. There have stepped by step done what ever you needed and now they are helping you to tell your story so that it can help others. Love all Cathy and Diane

(Fri 12 Jan 2007) Woof Woof, woof… woof. YEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! Snif, snif, mmmmmmmmmrmrrrrrmr scratch, scratch… WOOF! – Jeffe

(Wed 27 Dec 2006) your holidayzzzzzzz – Jerry, Happy when we heard that you were able to get out and visit some family for the holiday…ok, ok I have to tell; you we’re all jealous that We didn’t get to visit with you.:( anyhow… hope that you’re feeling much better with each day. Take care. xoxxo The Ludwin’s

(Sat 02 Dec 2006) we miss you Yerry! Jerry, we’ll be up for a visit before you know it–Don’t worry, you can still be the boss of Winston on three legs. We miss you and your people very much! I know you’re already feeling so much better, and makes us so happy to see a big smile on your face and a cardboard tube carnage in the back yard. See you soon :-). Lauren, Evan and Winston

(Fri 01 Dec 2006) Jerry G. Dawg! Jerry, seeing your smiling face last night and talking with your people, was the best part of my day. It’s good to see you home and on the mend. Soon, when the Doc takes out your stitches, you can have fun on the beach, play ball, take walks with Jim and Renee. Jerry you are one cool Dawg, and you have the greatest people (who love you so much) taking care of you. I’ll see all of you again soon….Until then….much Love, Michelle p.s. Jerry I have a treat for you, when you’re feeling better, I’ll bring it over…..Michelle

(Wed 29 Nov 2006) my favorite werewolf Hey buddy! We’re cheering you on over here. Keep fighting like the werewolf you are! love, jd headcase

(Wed 29 Nov 2006) Hi! I am so sorry you were ill. I sure hope you are a special dog who fools the Doctors. Rene and Jim are sure special people and you can’t leave them. I’m praying for you. Lots of aloha to you, Betty Lee

(Sat 25 Nov 2006) check out dogster – Hi, Jerry, I hope you don’t mind, but I posted get well wishes to dogster. Here’s the link to the forum: If you haven’t seen your page, you have a star and 2 new rosettes with get well wishes. Mommy has been lighting a candle for you each night. I hope that your stitches aren’t too itchy. Woofs, Aiki

(Sat 25 Nov 2006) We love you Jerry! Hi Jerry, We were so sorry to hear about your leg but we’re SO glad that your humans take SUCH GREAT care of you! We think you look very handsome however many legs you have (or don’t have.) Nickie sends her love and apologies for barking at you all the time. She just gets intimidated by such a “hunk of burnin’ love” as yourself. We love you guys!!! Jess, Dave and Nickie

(Sat 25 Nov 2006) You go, Jerry! We’re all rooting for you, Jdog. CHRIS & ELAINE

(Sat 25 Nov 2006) we love Jerry. Hi jerry, We miss seeing you around the old neighborhood but we know your be truckin’ back soon. Your pals Mac, Abby, and Jessie are thinking of you and send pants and licks. See you soon! J,T,K

(Sat 25 Nov 2006) Welcome home!!! Dear Jerry– You are such a brave soul! We’re so glad you’re already home and on the road to recovery. Raven says that she’d be happy to lounge on the couch with you ad watch Animal Planet when you’re ready for visitors. We hope you heal quickly and that your lovely fur grows in fast, too! Hugs from Diqui and licks from the pack.

(Thu 23 Nov 2006) I love you Jerry. I’m so sorry to hear about your situation, I truly wish I could do something for you. I haven’t seen you in some time but I do remember how we played when we met. I will never forget you Jerry Dawg!! My prayers are with you*** May God bless you forever~Lisa

(Thu 23 Nov 2006) Best wishes to Jerry! Ode To A Dog Oh noble beast With soulful eyes Unquestioning in trust And forgiving of lies. Your loyal heart Eternally sound A steadfast friend The best I’ve found I’ll share my home You’ll share your heart Nothing will ever Keep us apart. ***I did not write this but found it appropriate. Our neighbor’s labrador, Steinway, had his right rear leg removed due to cancer about 4 months ago. He is doing great! Our dog, Winona, who will be 15 this year, sends her best wishes along with ours for your quick recovery. Stuart, Lenorre, Blayke and Beren Saraquse

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) you don’t know me… Hey Jerry!!! Do you remember me??? It’s Anna. I hope you will feel fine after your surgery. A message from my dog: Hi I’m Delia, you don’t kow me, but you know my person, Anna. I am praying for you and hope we will meet someday. You will be fine. Take it from my old buddy Charels. I haven’t seen him for a while, but her had the same problem. He had half of his leg removed and he is doing wonderful. He got alot of attention and was very mobile. Best wishes and happy Thanksgiving!!!

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Jerry G Get Bett’a … Riley, Aka “Boss” & everyone @ our house wishing you a speedy recovery. You’ve still got a lot’a life left in you… get better quickly. We’ll be hoping to see you running again with Riley someday soon!

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) We love you. Conner says: To my best (dog) friend JerJer, I hope you feel better soon, now maybe we can keep up with you when we are hiking ;-) Love U, Kim and Conner

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Jerry get well soon! Jerry you rock. I really miss the old days when we got together and played in the yard with a 10-pound, hard-as-rock, unforgiving basketball. I’ve gone on to my greater reward, but word has it daddy-o is getting ready to bring me back in another body. I hope you stick around long enough to meet me. I wonder if you’ll recognize me?… – Ramses

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) healing thoughts – Hi, Jerry Dawg!!! We just heard the news about your surgery. We have paws crossed and will think only good thoughts for a speedy recovery. We’re very sorry that you’ve been in such pain, but we’re hoping that your surgery will cure you. We’ll come by for sniffs and gentle play as soon as you’re available for visitors. Woofs and licks, Aiki and Raven

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Best Wishes from the Hill Family – Jerry, Being three legged definitely has more character and charm than being four legged. And you’re really gonna like the attention you get. My LB doc cut off a big piece of my tongue last year because something really huge was growing out of it and, boy, did my mom baby me when I came home. I thought I had it good before the operation but … wow … it got even better. You have some good living to look forward to. Willie Jerry, We haven’t met but my mom says she’s gonna teach me how to say your name for when we do. I can also say “how are you” so be prepared for when we meet … do one woof if everything is great and two woofs if … never mind, I’m sure you’ll only need the one woof. My mom said to tell you that we are all thinking of you but I don’t know about that, I think that lizard might be thinking about taking a nap. Hope to meet you soon! Gabriel

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) love you, jerry dawg… so sorry to hear about your illness and surgery. it’s a bitch gettin’ old, ain’t it? i don’t know if i could be so brave as you, you sure are one special dog. you are in our thoughts and prayers and rene and jim too. if there’s anything you need from old auntie em, give a holler, i mean, a bark, ‘k? love ya, e

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) woof woof woof woof woof woof woof… Sppon-E-G

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Get well soon!! we miss you! Hey Jerr-bear!!! We send you lots of love and wish you a speedy recovery, and hope to see you at Christmas.Bailey woofs, “Hey bud,I’ll be waiting to see you at Christmas so we can play at Grandma’s house!Hope you get well soon, I’ll be praying for you,and so will Renata and Evelyn.” Lots of Love, Renata and Bailey

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Hello From Cruiser The Wonder-Pyr – Jerry G., I enjoyed your page and your blog. Take it from one who is experienced, you WILL feel much better once that pain is gone, and you will be able to get around just fine too. I had my right leg and shoulder amp’d in 2001, then had 5 chemo treatments, and I am still doin’ just great! Sure hope you can be like me……. Will get Mom to check the BCD group for news of your recovery. Best of luck! Cruiser (from Canada)

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) See you soon Jerry. Hey Jerry, I only have two legs so even if you are down to three, that is still one up on me ;-). You best be getting better soon we still have alot of fun to have. P.S. If Aussie were still around he would Woof “no worries mate, get better and live happy”. – Ari

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) good luck with surgery. Jerry- I hope the cat didn’t bug you too much and your surgery goes well. Box Pek was temporarily 3-legged for part of her puppyhood and was able to get along just fine. The worst part are all of the “tripod” comments that people seem to make… Please keep us updated in your dog blog. – Justine

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Good Wishes. We love you Jerry & hope you will be coming to play with us at Christmas! We wish you a speedy recovery – you are lucky, Jim & Nae Nae will take excellent care of you while you are healing! Your Cousins – Fluffy & Florence

(Wed 22 Nov 2006) Feel better Jerry…. Hi Jerry: Matt, George and I wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. You are the best dog-kid Rene and Jim could have and we are all sad that you don’t feel well. We know you will make a very able pirate…ARRR Much love, The Huntley’s

(Tue 21 Nov 2006) Good Luck, Dawg – Jerry, you have given so much to us, and never asked for anythiing in return. You are the epitome of unconditional love, and we only hope that we have been the good humans you hoped we would be on the day we met. We love you! – Mama Rene

(Tue 21 Nov 2006) i love you dawg – I must be first to sign Jerry’s guestbook because he deserves props from his peeps, and all their pup friends. And he wasn’t here to help set it up. And that’s tough. – Papa Jim

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  1. Hi Jerry,

    Remember us? We camped across from you at Lake Francis this weekend. It was a pleasure playing ball with you and we had a blast! Your such a beautiful dog and we will never forget you. Hopefully we will see eachother again someday. Keep up the good work and stay strong. Your the best, Jerry!! 🙂

    Ashley & Kylie Taylor

  2. My 11 1/2 year old female German Shepherd was diagnosed with probable osteosarcoma yesterday (right front leg) – biopsy is scheduled for tomorrow and if results come back as expected, we have an amputation scheduled for 6/29/07. Jerry’s story is inspirational! My biggest concern/fear is her age and that her hind end seems unsteady recently. I don’t know if this hind end problem is a reaction/compensation for the pain which is in her front leg or not – so I don’t know if I am doing the right thing if I do the amputation or if I will be making life harder for her.
    Thank you for Jerry’s story – he, as well as my Hannah, will be in my prayers!

  3. Jim, Renee and Jerry,

    My boy Rumpelstilskin, 5 1/2 year old doberman, is due to have his front right left amputated next thursday. I was still very uncertain if this is the right thing to do, but after seeing Jerry, I know it is. He has Hemangiopericytoma which is a slow growing cancer. So we hope that by amputating the leg it will relieve his pain and get him off the medication, and by God’s grace maybe even get all the cancer. Either way I know it is a win win situation!!!

    Glad I found your site!!!!

  4. I just received the news that my grand-dog has cancer, and one of his front legs will have to be amputed. Needless to say…I am in shock and very worried about the dog whom I love dearly because he is one of my granchildren. Thank you for your website…it is comforting and very encouranging to see how well Jerry has done, and I believe with prayers and great doctors our Linus will do as well. I will keep you updated on Linus’ progress. Again, thanks.

  5. Hi Rene, Jim and Jerry. It’s Bethanie from Manitoba, I met you at the campground in Fargo ND. You came to our site in the evening for a visit with me and my family, do you remember me?

    Do you think that you would ever come for a visit to see us in Dugald? My mom and dad said that it would be great to have you visit for a few days. There is a nice Provincial Park, Bird’s Hill, only a few minutes away from us.

    I will be following your trip through your website. I hope you e-mail me back. I will send a picture of my dog Maggie and I, so Jerry can see her too.

    Bye for now,


    Dugald, Manitoba, Canada

  6. Hi! Jim, Rene, and Jerry!

    I think it would be great if you guys could come to manitoba!! i will try to send a picture my dog maggie and I. i’m glad that my nanna let me play with jerry for that small while, and that my mom & dad invited you guys over for a while in the evening. you know how my brothers had a bad cough? well, the youngest one, Greyson, has broncitis, the middle one, Wyatt, has broncitis a little bit and i think i have that too!! oh no!! i hope i am better by satuday! why? becuase my grandma is taking me horseback riding and out for brunch!! I am going to be 11 on the 4th of aug.

    well, i’ve got to go now! bye!!

  7. While I’m not a cancer survivor, I did lose my back leg just this past July 5. I broke it in February, and try as I might, the bone died. So, I lost it. But I’m feeling much better now. I’10 years old, so my other legs are really bending.

    Thank you for this site! I love it!

  8. Jerry, you are such an inspiration and all your tips are so sensible; I’ll have to study them closely over the weekend.
    I had my rear right leg amputated last September (osteosarcoma), and am living life to the max. I’ll send you some pictures soon!

    Thank you,
    Your friend in Tel Aviv


  9. Hi Jerry, this is Bill from Chicago. Things are going much better for me. In fact I blew my parents minds last week. I had a slight relapse after surgery as I tried to do too much ( and my parents felt real bad) So they had me in a real quite way – and then they had to go on vacation for a week which had been planned for a year. Although I had been getting better, I could see they were worried about leaving me.

    So I got to go to an Animal Hospital that also did boarding. Boy were they nice and the doc was great. Cleaned up my surgery wound a little and my ears and ears ( everything at once I guess).

    Anyhow, my parents came and got me last Monday, almost 4 weeks to the day of my surgery. Mom picked me up and I just went up the 36 stairs to where we live. I was feeling great and so glad to get home – blew her away!

    Then when it was time to go out I went down the steps – cool huh – best part is I am pretty much back to my awesome personality and my routine. Love and care sure helps a lot – hope you are well – take care

  10. Hi Jerry,
    Your one brave and cool looking dog. As you know I myself have a dog Bracken with a damage right fore limb and I am on a roller coaster just now about whether to have it removed or not. I’m as confused as hell, my latest entry in my blog can explain.

    Any Best wishes to all,

    Craig and Bracken

  11. Well, Linus had his surgery, and he is getting along well with three legs. I spent the first week with Linus after his surgery….worried grandmother, and I will fly down to visit him and family in September. I’ll send pictures of the handsome fellow, because Linus is still one of the best looking three legged guys you would ever hope to see. Thanks for being there for Linus and our family.
    Proud Granny

  12. Hi!

    It’s Bethanie! From Manitoba. How’s Jerry doing? My dog Maggie is still as hyper as can be!!! My parents are going away to Denver, for a cousin’s wedding. My grandparents are babysitting on weekdays, while my mom’s mom babysitts on the weekend. My parents should be back by next Tuesday. Well, got to go!! Bye!!!!


  13. I am sooooooooooooo ecstatic over this website, I work at a vet hospital where I adopted a 3 legged Shep mix that we saved from the brink. I never in a million years thought it would be this easy to find helpful resources to help us adjust to her! I will be checking back quite often to this site!


    Austin, Texas

  14. My mom, Cindy, came across your site and shared it with me. Like Jerry, I also had my left front leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. The surgery was tough, but nothing compared to the pain from the cancer. I have adjusted really well to life as a tripod. It hasn’t slowed me down one bit! I continue to amaze everyone on a daily basis. My mom says I am an inspiration, which I think is pretty cool! You’re an inspiration too, Jerry! Thank you for educating everyone about this awful disease. Maybe together we can find a cure!

    We love you Jerry!

  15. hi Jerry, my mom (Tia) met you and your mom in Vermont – I’m so sorry I wasn’t there, but I was teaching my new little puppy sister how to be a GOOD DOG !! I didn’t have cancer, but was hit by a car when I was two months old. I was born a stray, and the person who it me felt bad & took me to the SPCA. They did the amputation, and two months later, I was put up for adoption. That very day, my mom walked into the SPCA and saw me and we fell in love with each other…….I’ve had a very good life, we have 101 acres in New York, near the PA line, and I love to run and play. I can keep up with the 4-wheelers for hours (well….getting slower as I get older…..I’m 8 years old now……).
    My mom said you were a wonderful boy, and wish I could have met you. If you’re ever in Buffalo, NY, please look me up. We can be GOOD DOGS together !!

  16. Hi!

    My name is Tacoma and I am a blue merle smooth collie. My Dad, Glenn, was worried because I was limping, so he took me to the vet. There we discovered that I had osteosarcoma in my left front leg, near my ankle.

    The vet said that my whole leg had to come off. After that, we went to UC Davis and received chemotherapy. That was a over a year ago and now when they take pictures of my insides, they can’t find any cancer. I am a happy boy and love my dad and the rest of my human family. And I tolerate Molly, my corgi big sister.

    Thanks for your site and if you’re ever in California, look us up!

  17. No one wrote any books for providing care for our 3 legged friends during their recovery from surgery. If anyone has experience, this is the place to post them.

    Here’s a hint for post op management:

    Take a old Baseball 3/4 length sleeve shirt and cut off one sleeve. then cut it up the side, all the way to the neck.

    Take your tripawd’s remaining leg and put it thru the remaining sleeve, then wrap the rest of the shirt around your buddy’s body. Secure with baby diaper safety pins.

    This keeps your friend from messing with his/her stitches or wound.

    Tacoma had some pretty bad bedsores and the sleeve kept him from developing a major hotspot on his other front leg.

    This worked great on a front leg amputation, don’t know how it would work on a back leg.

  18. This is such a great website! I recently adopted a 6 year old lab-rott mix that had to have her front leg amputated b/c of a previous injury that had been neglected. Madison is such a trooper, and its great to know she’s got friends out there that know what its like! Its only been three weeks since her surgery and she’s doing great so far, but now I know how much better she can do! Thank you!

  19. Hello!

    I have a three-legged dog named Luke. He didn’t have cancer, he was hit by a car and his right front leg was amputated. I’m so glad there are websites promoting amputation as an option, whatever the reason behind it. I think it’s great you are traveling, if you come back to northern NY (close to Canada) please feel free to contact us!

    Thanks for all the great work!

  20. Thank you for this site! My 11 1/2 year old Golden Retriever had her left hind leg amputated 10 days ago because of a mast cell tumor. Your site has given me peace and strength at this difficult time. Its so heart-warming to see Jerry outlive the odds.

  21. This site was the first nice thing on osteosarcoma I’ve found since our 11 year old chocolate boy Barley was diagnosed a couple of days ago. It really has given my husband and I hope to see so many happy people and dogs who’ve made it to the other side of this ordeal. Apparently it doesn’t look like it’s spread at this point, and we’ve gone ahead and scheduled him for surgery tomorrow. It’s going to be a different kind of Thanksgiving this year, but he’s happy right now and we hope to keep him that way as long as we possibly can. Thanks again for all the helpful info and sweet stories!! 🙂

    Carey (and Barley)

  22. Hey Jerry!
    I run a site called, free medical resource links for people with special needs dogs.

    Would you mind if I link to your site? I’d like to direct tripod owners over to you for advice and information.

    Great site, keep up the good work.

  23. Hey Jerry,

    You are one awesome gsd boydog. Love the word tripawd–why didnt I think of that?! Thanks for sharing your story–it is so obvious your dad loves you! I lost a leg to pure human stupidity–bummer. No osteosarcoma, no car accident, someone wrapped a wire around my leg and left it there until it was so infected it couldn’t be saved. But I am one happy girl now (I have found a forever home with people who would never let anything bad happen to me) and life with 3 legs is not a problem at all.

    Woohoo! Tripawds Rule!! That’s my motto! It is great that you have a site to let folks know that fact! I have a myspace page but dont really know how to use it–eventually I will learn and want to do the same as you–let people know that tripawd dogs are totally awesome and that they should never fear walking that path with their dog if need be. If my mom gets it together I will also be making my debut on You Tube soon.

    Thanks Jerrry Dawg. You rock!!

    Codie Rae

  24. Thank you so much for having a wondeful resource for those of us facing our best friends illnesses! We have just experienced our Gunnison’s osteosarcoma amputation and round 2 of chemo, as well as our Scout’s 2 surgeries for a ruptured cruciate ligament and subsequent fracture (all surgeries in the same week of October). Our home is truly a canine convalescent center! Gunni is doing great and it was so helpful to have the positive reinforcement to assist our difficult decision to go through with the surgery. Scout is actually having the more difficult recovery time, but I know she will eventually be able to keep up with our happy tripod. We have passed your website along to our vet hospital folks and I know they have given it to a few others going through the same ordeal.
    Keep up the great work!

  25. Hi, we are in the process of adopting our tripawed little bundle of joy. She is only 5 months old and was hit by a car and her back left leg was amputated as a result. We saw her online and fell in love with her. We get to meet her for the first time tomorrow and we are so excited! Thank you for such a wonderful site we will keep you updated!! Misty and Joe, St. Bernard Louisiana

  26. Hi,

    I am so happy to see this website. 5 years ago our Rottie/Shep mix Bailey had his right front leg amputated because of bone cancer. The vet thought Bailey would succumb within a few weeks but this didn’t happen. Bailey recovered and is with us still. He is 12 years old now and is starting to have difficulty walking. I am thinking of getting him a support harness. He is the most amazing dog ever!!

  27. Three weeks ago we found our that Samson (Sammy) our 7 yr. old Golden Retriever had Osteosarcoma right front wrist joint. His leg was very painful and kept growing so, after a few days of crossed fingers and lots of prayers, we were forced to have his entire leg amputated yesterday. I am absolutely amazed at the strength and ability to bounce back after such an invasive surgery. Now, almost one week after the amputation, he is no longer in pain, and obviously very happy! He can bound up the stairs, although he is a bit slower going down them. It is truly an inspiration to see his determination and strength. Thanks for a wonderful website.

    Mike Ellis

  28. Hi there! My Frankie boy just had his left front leg amputated due to a mast cell tumor. It is 3 weeks later and he is amazing me everyday! He has already mastered our 3 flights of stairs at our condo, and just 4 days after I brought him home he jumped through my sisters doggie door. Life is good!

  29. thanks so much for such an inspiring website. our 13 yr old lab sami was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma 2 weeks ago. we had to have her back right leg amputated. what a painful decision it was but we didn’t want to put her down. she has such a great spirit so it just wasn’t an option. she is still recovering, getting used to everything. in fact, she is dealing with it better than we are! seeing her like this has broken our hearts but everyday we have with her we are grateful.
    seeing jerry and other courageous and amazing dogs recover so well has helped us tremendously. we just ordered the ruffwear harness, thanks for the recommendation! you guys are awesome! please know that jerry will be in our hearts forever!

  30. Hey Jerry!
    I’ve been admiring your videos over on and had to come visit your very own website: Go you!!
    It’s wonderful to see a website like this showing how positive life with a tripod is and also offering lots of helpful advice.

    My own girl is almost two and lost her front leg at the age of seven months. We tried a few ops to save it, but it wasn’t to be. Her wonderful attitude to life despite her hard start to life and the pain she was going through just amazed me. When she got the amputation she just went from strength to strength and she truely has taught me alot about how to live my own life. She is greeted everywhere with smiles and love. Such a joy to live with!

    Her fav thing in life is to race around at high speed with her best pal, my jrt. We call them the dynamic duo!

    Keep up the great work you are doing here Jerry.

  31. Hi, I’ve really enjoyed looking at your site and loved the pics.

    I have had two dogs who although didn’t have amputations, they did have rear legs they couldn’t walk on. They did just fine on three legs. Keep up the good work.

  32. There needs to be more inspirational websites like this one to help people who love their animals make this incredibly painful decision. Osteosarcoma is not necessarily a death sentence, and the options for treatment are improving every year. Our beloved dog Gretchen survived just over two years and we don’t regret a moment of it. She came to work with me, went hunting, played frisbee, and actually caught three more squirrels all by herself while on three legs. The joy she had for life was in her eyes and spirit, and what she taught me about overcoming adversity will affect my life forever. I hope I will never have to make this decision again, but I would do it in a heartbeat. Good luck to all those lucky animals who have owners willing to invest the emotional and financial efforts involved in amputation and chemo. I promise it will be worth it!

  33. my 9 year old shepherd mix was diagnosed a few days before thanksgiving with Osteosarcoma in a rear leg. But after all that she and i had been through i believed i needed to do more. By the third consult it was determined that she had a chrondosarcoma: to my releif. Her leg was removed shortly after the holiday and we have never looked back. She is adjusting very well and couldn’t wait to get back to running those cows and sheep. We both have gained so much from this, she is my constant companion and hopefully will be with me many more years

  34. Our four year old mixed boxer/German Shepard, Kalani, just had amputation last Thursday to remove her canerous leg. She had been limping for the past six months and it finally came time to do something about her. My husband and I love our dog be very much, so we decided to give her a long and healthy life. The last few days have been very tough, but I do not regret it one bit. I just can’t wait until Kalani is fully recovered. Thank you for creating this website.

  35. Our dog, Chamberlain, is a 12 year old toy rat terrier. She had a cancerous tumor develop on her left front leg about 2 1/2 years ago. We had it removed and with in one year it was back. We had it removed again and we thought it was licked. Then it started to come back and fast. It grew so large I felt really bad for her. The vet recommended amputation about six months ago but we wanted her to keep her leg as long as we could without her hopefully being in much pain from the large growth. Finally over the Christmas holidays 2007 it ruptured open. (Very nasty and smelly!) We now had no choice but to get the leg amputated. It is not anything we have regretted. She was doing well but took a leap off our very high bed when we weren’t looking and we think she hurt herself. The vet said she didn’t see any problems but she just hasn’t been the same. She does nothing now but curl up in a ball and sleep on the bathroom floor all day and night. She won’t come when we call her. We force her to lay with us so we can pamper her. She is eating ok and going potty ok. She is handling small stairs well too. I just don’t know if she is sad she lost her leg, or because of her age she gets too tired to move around, I don’t know. She was a very active dog for 12 years old prior to the amputation. She always has her tail stub tucked down and I used to be able to get her to “speak” on command. Now she won’t. I finally got her to bark with a treat and she yelped afterward. So some how barking causes her pain. Still new to it. I just hope it gets better. It’s really starting to depress me. I know I made the right choice in an amputation vs. put to sleep considering her age, she’s my baby girl, but I just wish she didn’t act so depressed all the time. Well, that’s my story.

  36. We have a 7-1/2 year old yellow lab named “Bear”. He was just diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on his back left leg. I have been reading and looking at videos on this website and it had made me feel much better about what we are going to have to do.

  37. Awesome website! our dog Silas (means 3 in hebrew and man of the woods-you’ll find the name fitting after you read the rest) came to us from an indian reserve…he was beaten, and left to fend for himself when his “owners” decided to move away and leave him behind. he was in the woods forging for food all alone and got his leg stuck in a leg hole trap. for one month he was hobbling around with the rotting leg and a trap stuck to his leg. some ppl in a nearby town saw him hobbling around and finally got him to come to them. when he did, they ( took him to the vet right away and got it amputated. we then adopted our amazing dog and he is doing better than ever. it’s only been since july that he’s been with 3 legs, but he’s getting along and keeping up with his brother Tundra just fine. we wanted to thank you for finally putting something out there we (tripawed family) can finally relate to.
    i’ll send pictures of Silas and his brother to ‘ya.

  38. I’m really enjoying your website. I am a veterinarian in the Northern Kentucky area and recently (1 month ago) adopted a tripawd. His name is “Minus”, ha ha. He’s a 40 lb terrier mix that lost his leg after being hit by a car. He’s doing wonderfully, my husband and I feel so lucky to have found him. Right now we’re working on his weight (the rescue couldn’t really regulate the intake of 100 dogs so he’s a bit chunky) and his allergies. We’ll get there, though! Thanks for making a website for folks with these unique dogs, I’ll be sure to let my clients with tripawds know about it!


  39. After visiting your site and the recommendation of our vet, our Tillie’s right front leg was removed because of bone cancer. I was concerned because of Tillie’s age, which is 13. She is an 80-lb. Kelpie, super bright, and after only 2-1/2 weeks since surgery, she is eating well, going up and down the 3 stairs in and out of the house, with no help! I bought the harness you suggested, but haven’t even had to use it. As a matter of fact, Tillie is annoyed with it.

    Tonight, she even went chasing after something in the dark, barking at whatever it was. She already has her spunk and alertness back, even with the Tramadol and Rymadyl (sp?).

    I just want to thank Jerry and his humans for the inspired website for people like us. And, I know, that if Tillie could talk, she would thank you personally! You are Godsends!!!!

    Charmain & Denny Andrews — and — Tillie the Wonder Dog!!!

  40. Has anybody had experience with a good seat-belt harness for a foreleg amputee? Most of them have such large apertures that with only one forelimb they tend to spin around on the torso.

  41. OS is an evil cancer!! So far I have lost 2 greyhounds to it, both at the age of 11.5 years. Boston’s cancer was in his right femur and because of pre-existing horrible arthritis, we chose just pain management. He was gone to the Bridge in two weeks. Boy Friend’s OS was in his left shoulder and we elected amputation and chemo for him which he did incredibly well with but the monster raised it’s ugly head again 5 months later in the form of pulmonary metastasis and hypertrophic osteopathy. I will never hesitate to do the amputation again but am not sure whether the chemo was worth it. I am sure I will face it again since I still have 8 greyhounds!!

  42. Glad to see Jerry is doing so well with his os, my bracken (labrador) had os too and had her leg amputated and chemo when she was 7, she was a tough girl and fought it bravely, we lost her in september just two weeks before her 15th birthday, so we had well over 7 years with her as a tripod, she still ran, swam, dug (unfortunately for the garden!) and played and never once missed her leg, amazingly she died cancer free, sadly a massive stroke paralized her, but she had a fantastic life and was truely lucky I found the site to be full of great information, bracken also has her own website. Jerry I wish you to do as well or even better than bracken did, enjoy life every day is a bonus

  43. Hello, we just brought our dog Lacy (Golden Retriever) home today after having her right back leg amputated due to a tumor. She is doing well and it is great to hear all of the stories of other dogs that get along just fine with only three legs.
    Thank You!

  44. Hi,

    My beloved dog (Bob) has just had a front leg amputated today and we are currently waiting for him to come home to the place he loves. He was diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks ago and following test results the vet advised us to amputate his leg. The thought of it brings me to tears. He cannot come home tonight and I feel very guilty about putting him through it as he cannot make the decision for himself. The vet has advised that he may only have a few months left to live as the cancer has probably spread through his body. He looks at me with those big brown eyes and I know inside that he hasnt changed in personality and he will always be our big barky dog. But the process of getting ready to grieve is making me feel guilty. We clung on to hope that losing the leg may save his life, but we areshell shocked to learn that he may only have a few months left. We are determined to give him a very good last few months of life and take him out as often as we can. He may look different when I see him over the next day or so but we will still love him. He is a very special loving dog who deserves a longer life and we will try and give him a great last few months.

  45. I have just found out my buddy of 5 years has bone cancer. He is a lab and I am trying to find answers between the tears. I search for answers. My vet told me that he had other areas with the cancer. I am not sure what to do. How much time do they have once they are found out to have cancer??? The kids are a reck..This is so hard. I am under the assumption that taking the leg doesn’t stop the cancer..only removes the pain..Is this true?? Does anyone know how much pain the dog is in?? How to tell??? How to know when it is time to let go??? Any help is appreciated..

  46. Solo’s Story

    Solo snuck out the gate just after dark on the evening of a big snow storm on January 6. He returned to the gate with his front leg hanging in a deformed manner from his shoulder. The veterinarian stabilized him and had us take him to a surgeon. The surgeon was not able to “save” the leg, but recommended amputation. The surgeon owns a three legged dog, and felt Solo would be a good candidate. Solo is an eleven year old lab-border collie mix. He has been a wonderful pet and a great companion on horseback rides and walks over the years.

    I have to say I felt extremely guilty during the first week after surgery, looking at our mutilated dog. I found your website which made me feel a lot better about “tripawds.” Today (six weeks later) I am happy to report I took Solo out for a mile walk and romp through the field. He seems to be enjoying life fully again. His tail is usually wagging, his appetite is good and he appears comfortable and content. Thank you for your encouraging website!

  47. My 3 legged buddy was brought to the animal hospital where I work by an SPCA volunteer after being hit by a train. It severed his right rear leg just above the knee. Amputation was the only choice. After a few days of recovering at the hospital it was time to be discharged to a foster home. The SPCA didn’t have one available so I volunteered to take him home with me. He was cared for not only by my husband and myself but was welcomed into the household by our 11 year old lab and 2 cats. I soon filed adoption papers to make ownership official. He is so loving and affectionate, I find it hard to believe his former owners never looked for him. Well as the old saying goes-Finders keepers…….

  48. Ginger, a 10mo. old pomeranian, was a HBC who came in to the hospital where i work. We had to amputate a rear leg that was badly mangled. Well she had a rough first couple days, but she runs better than my 4 other 4 legged dogs. She totally rules my 2 chihuahuas. Gingers story is a sad one because her previous owner couldnt have a 3 legged dog and was going to euthanize her. With the help of the Vet i work for we got her back into shape and she is apart of my human and furry family. i dont understand humans sometimes. Maybe thats why i work with animals they are much easier to please and love you unconditionally.

  49. Thank you for sharing that story with me. I am sorry to say we never got the chance to do much with buddy,. We lost him yesterday at Easter. I am so lost for any words. I didn’t even know dogs could get bone cancer let alone go through it. what a terrible thing. when time goes on…my daughter told me mom we need to start raising money for finding a cure. so that others do not have to go through what we did. i held back the tears and realized ;hey maybe there will be some good after all. This bone cancer needs to be stopped. in our could we not figure it out. i just ask you all to pray for our family..and keep us in your prayers. I remember yesterday asking god to watch over buddy..and somehow he made me think of how much love he had to give his only son to die for us. I know that may sound odd. but losing buddy like this..just made me realize how much pain he was in. anyways…enough of me going on and on. i pray that all of you find peace somewhere, somehow and if you can find the peace than pass it on to others who need to find the peace. tis amazing how much we have in this world..but really how little we have that matters until it goes away. cyndi and buddy

  50. Our mix breed Woody is 8 years old and has been a tripawd for 13 days. Woody had a very large mass cell tumor that couldn’t be totally removed from his lower front left leg. Amputation gave us the best chance of stopping the cancer and keeping Woody around for many years. I found this web site about a week before his scheduled surgery and was thrilled with the information and comfort it gave me. There were a couple of tough days following his surgery, but Woody improved daily and is almost his normal goofy self. We are all happy that he is done with his antibiotic pills! Woody is a visitation therapy dog volunteer at our children’s hospital, and after his staples come out we plan to return to his volunteering. Again, thank you for such great information and support!

  51. Jerry-Great Site. And great story. I’m going to be a veterinarian in a little over a year, and I saw my first bone cancer patient today with the help of the great doctors at CSU. It’s a tough journey, but your courage and strength and joy remind me why I want to be a part of it. Best of Luck to each of you!

  52. Great site and touching stories. thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures. dogs are amazing, resilient creatures that make our lives so much better. All the best to you…..

  53. Just wanted to say Thankyou! Your website and story helped me with my wonderful boy. Tank, my 11 year old chow/collie mix started to limp three weeks ago. I never thought it could be cancer, he had a mass the size of my fist. He had Grade 1 Myxosarcoma in his right front leg, we made the decision to amputate. The surgery went very well, they got the cancer. We are now 1 1/2 weeks out of surgery and he is amazing!!! We took him to his favorate place to recover, Holden Beach, NC. He is walking from our house to the beach, playing with our kids, he is so happy, there is no PAIN! We now have a tripaw and love every minute with him! (He sure is the talk on the beach) 🙂

  54. Words alone cannot express to you the sense of gratitude that I have for this website and all the information, comfort and support that it provides. I was devastated, as I’m sure you know, when I found out that Zeus had bone cancer…a self proclaimed neurotic mom, this guy (and my other one too) went/goes to the Vet for every single thing that didn’t look right or feel right in my gut. This dog literally saved my life 6 years ago and everyday I want to show him my awareness of that fact, my gratitude, loyalty and simply…my love for this gentle golden retriever that came into my life a little over 10 years ago.

    It was a slight limp – on and off – for three weeks that I thought was the result of rough housing with Buddy – my adopted golden retriever. But Zeus’ eyes just didn’t seem right…like he was telling me, “Mom, I don’t feel well”…but of course, stoic and regal as he is…he didn’t show it otherwise.

    A simple x-ray and that call that Thursday evening…my world felt like it was falling apart…my best friend…cancer. My worst fear literally came to life. Fear and devastation quickly, like within an hour, turned to survival mode. We met with specialists the next day, had a final diagnosis with all the options spelled out…I “sat with it” for 2 days and made my decision…we amputated. All this happened within 6 days. Thank God 2 close friends are Veterinarians in my area…I would not have survived without them and their willingness to share their knowledge, thoughts and recommendations for hours on end…and of course, the love and support of my family.

    Long story short…Zeus is doing amazingly well. His stubborn personality, his playful approach to life, his LOVE for tennis balls, his affection and unconditional love…all the same. I’ve survived the past 6 weeks by focusing on him and his needs and making sure he gets the best care I can find…What I haven’t really focused on are my emotions and how I feel about all this, his cancer, his mortality and the idea of living a daily life without Zeus (wow – did I really think he’d live forever? no…but I also never imagined a life without him and now, I know that I slowly need to start that process). All these feelings hit me last week like a ton of bricks…kind of out of the blue with (seemingly) no trigger…probably because Zeus is doing so well at the moment and I can relax a little bit and so it all has come to the surface.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your website…I have found a lot of comfort and peace and a little bit of acceptance tonight by spending my time here this evening. I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot from us as we all walk this journey together…

    Be well Jerry…we’re thinking of you. Our gratitude to you and your mom and dad for sharing your journey with us is beyond words.
    Love, Heather, Zeus and Buddy.

  55. I wish that I had found this web site sooner, we just lost our beloved Shiloh Shepherd (Dakota) to bone cancer today. He was a tripawd since November of last year and he was doing great until various infections set in. He indured all of the chemo and various treatments with great courage and love. Anyone who treated him fell in love with him and cried today when he went across the rainbow bridge to go back home. Dakota was a gental giant and a therapy dog who loved everyone but especially childern.
    The reason I wish I had found this site sooner is that Dakota formed a number of pressure sores and we had no idea how to prevent them. We had daily treatment at the Vet’s office but there was no information on how to prevent the pressure sores. One resource we came across and who informed me of this site is Dogleggs ( They make special vests for amputees that cover the knee and help prevent pressure sores. I found them too late for our Dakota but someone else may be helped by them.
    Once again thank you for your site and helping other people going through the same thing.
    Bob Allen

  56. I would like to say thank you for provididing such a wonderful website. My El Lobo (a 20# terrier mix) lost his front leg to a fibrosarcoma on Monday. Knowing what to expect and what to look for has been a lifesaver for me. Thank You.

  57. I am a new tripaw mom, my Zoey had her right front leg removed yesterday due to cancer – biopsy pending. it’s great to see adaptive equipment such as harnesses available. I am also concerned because Zoey also has hip dysplasia in her right hip. Any advice from experienced tripaw parents?

  58. Hi Jerry.
    I am in the process of adopting a 3 legged beagle, I finally get him this weekend, we’ve named him Connor. We dont know his story, but we do know it was due to an accident and not to cancer, and have fallen in love with him. Your website has proved to be a valuable resource on taking care of our newest family member. Thanks.

  59. Hi,
    My shep/husky had to have his rear left leg amputated in December of 2007 as he developed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at the site of the metal implant used from his TPLO surgery. Sadly to say, my boy fought courageously against this damned disease and I was forced to let him go when the cancer had metastasized to the vertebrae in his spine. Needless to say, I am devasted with his loss. I would like others whose beloved canine companions developed plate related cancers to get in touch with me. Thank you. Trouble’s Mom

  60. Our Puppy Cody had his Left from leg amputated this past Tuesday. He had jumped from a pickup truck which left his paw paralyzed after two months of physical therapy and other treatments there was no other alternative. Cody is recovering from his surgery well and we as a family are coping well. So glad to see that there are resources for our three legged pup!


  61. Hi – My beloved lab Kodiak was diagnosed with cancer in his left front paw over two years ago. Within days of diagnosis his leg was amputated. The human members of our family were all devestated – but not Kodi. Within two days he had jumped the baby gates we had set up to corral him while he healed. Within two weeks he was able to balance and lift his leg to pee like a gentleman again. He is approaching his tenth birthday and all 100 pounds of him is happy and healthy. His illness was such a shock and we felt very isolated in our decision to have his leg amputated, but have not regreted a moment since. It was a wonderful surpise to find this website. Thank you for allowing the spirit of tri-pods everywhere to resonate.

  62. I am the proud owner of Mike . He was born with 4 legs ;but is missing his rear left paw. The vet says that the cord wrapped around and effected the development. He gets around well and climbs steps to come upstairs. As he ages he is becoming less active as he tires when I take him for walks.He is on acontrolled diet but due to inactiveness has become very over weight . Is this a good reason to have him evaluated for a prosthetic extension/foot Please share

  63. My 1 year old siberian husky has just recently lost his rear right leg and tail due to a bad accident with a big truck. This site has given me reassurance for doing the right thing and keeping him alive. I will admit that this past week ( it happened on monday) has been really hard to see him in such a state, but seeing everybody’s comments has really uplifted my spirits. He’s starting to become more mobile now ( but not much seeing as his pelvic bone was fractured in the accident) and very eager to get back to his normal life. I give everyone of you credit here because you all pulled together for your dogs and gave them the love and devotion they needed to make it through the rough times.

  64. I enjoyed your website very much; I have a three lagged lab mix whom I adore. She is a great dog anyway, but her “nubby” makes her even more special! Thanks for providing support to fellow “tripawd” owners.

  65. I love the site! My 3 year old Vizsla was recently diagnosed with OS and had his front left leg amputated about 2 months ago. It was the best decision I ever made and will never regret it.

    I will anyone who has to deal with this the best of luck. It is a difficult but worthwhile road.

  66. I wish I had this forum/information a couple years ago.My beautiful Neopolitan Mastif Zora had a front leg removed due to OS.Wow what a hard decision.I got conflicting info on how a dog that big(140lbs) would handle an amputation.Luckily I made the right decision and Zora was literally hopping around less than 2 days after surgery and learned to walk/run without any assistance from me,she wouldn’t accept any help.

    Most people didn’t even notice she was a tripod as she still ran fast and played like she always did.

    Zora lived almost another2 years before the cancer blinded her in 1 eye and finally took over a back leg also,making it useless.She actually managed to get around on 2 legs before it got too painful!

    Bottom line is the dogs don’t care how they look they just want to be loved and give love in return.

  67. Hi Jerry,
    Our 11 yr old border collie mix, Abbey was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in Feb and we amputated her right front leg 16 weeks ago. It was the best choice for her; she runs and plays and is not in any pain now. She even goes upstairs two at a time! My question is related to her breathing rate. I’m concerned it has increased and can’t decide if I should get a lung xray or not…I just dread it. Any suggestions? What is considered normal anyway? She doesn’t cough and her appetite is great by the way. thanks!

  68. I am so glad I found this. My Old English Sheep dog, Baxter, was diagnosed with cancer last week. I opted to remove his front leg. He had surgery yesterday and I pick him up on Saturday. I have just been devastated! I don’t know any amputeed dogs. I am concerened about pain, and a normal life for him. He loves to run fast, play hard and jump. He is always jumping my 8′ fence. How does everyone cope?


  69. I picked up a new foster dog from the shelter yesterday. Poor ‘Pretty Girl’ was found abandoned in a parking lot with her rear right leg smashed up so badly that she’s now a tripaw. She must have been limping around for a while and seems to be doing OK on 3 legs though her amputation was only a couple of days ago. As stressed out as she was (the shelter is tough even on fit and healthy dogs), she also got kennel cough. Now she’ll get to chill at my house for a few days while she recovers a little. I’ve only known her for less than a day, but I agree: it’s better to hop on 3 legs than to limp on 4 …

  70. Found this site a week or so ago when we got the osteosarcoma diagnosis. Now I am trying to read as much as possible to be prepared for surgery – within the week probably. Right now the issue is where to do the surgery – my vet has no staff at night and I would have to transfer her to and ER overnight, then back in the morning if she isn’t doing well. I’m a little overwhelmed with all that needs to be learned before the surgery. but your site is very helpful as all the info and links are in one spot.

  71. Hi, my 9 year old lurcher cross has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma last week. I am rather confused hearing so many conflicting stories about front leg amputations. I do walk with a three legged Spaniel, however it was her rear leg which was amputated and not the front. However, she is doing just great and has been for the last two years.

    Reading some of the stories here and seing products offered to help them cope with the day-to-day activities raises help. Thank you very much.

  72. Hi Isabella! We are sorry to hear about your friend, but as you can see, hope is a powerful thing. There are many of us front-legged Tripawds here who do just fine on three legs. Yes, it’s a bit more challenging for front-leg amputees, because dogs do put 60 percent of their weight on their front legs. But if a front leg amputee candidate is in good health, getting along as a Tripawd is usually not a problem.

    Why not visit our Forums to talk with others directly and ask all the questions you need to. Everyone here is really friendly and supportive, no matter what you decide.

    Good luck, and please keep us posted.

    Your friend,

  73. Our wonderful “devildog”, Mulligan, was diagnosed in February with OS in his front left leg. After some radiation we decided it was best to amputate –and he’s done beautifully – until 2 days ago. His back legs are giving out — weak and shaky — I’m afraid the scan tomorrow will reveal a tumor on his spine. He’s only 9 and still full of life but this damn cancer is going to win. The hardest part of being a good dog parent is knowing when the fight is over, and I’m afraid ours is ending. But to anyone wondering if amputating is worth it — the answer is YES — we’ve had 6 good months with Mully – he even went back to chasing squirrels in the back yard. We live close to Cornell Vet school – they called him the miracle dog once, perhaps he can pull it off again!

  74. Mully lost his battle with cancer yesterday. On Sunday he couldn’t move his hind legs as all. After speaking with his surgeon on Monday, we made the very difficult decision to end his pain. He had a good breakfast of egg and bacon! We were fortunate to have our vet come to the house and on his own bed, in his own yard in the sunshine Mully left us. His pain is over, our is tearing at our hearts. He was just the best and will be sadly missed. His brother, Finnegan, keeps going to our car and looking for his pal…can’t explain to him he’s not coming home but will always be watching over us.

  75. Hey, really good site and best of luck!

    I received a children’s book in the mail that helps children come to terms with a parents cancer. It’s aimed at younger children and is both thoughtful , warm hearted and even get’s the kids to help out more around the house. The author Linda McCowan is also the illustrator and you can buy her book “Cancer Rhymes with Dancer” [on Amazon].

    My kids read it and loved the illustrations, several which are shared on that author’s site. Mel Wilson

  76. I missed having you around this trip… no tongue to lick, no runs in the yard. I knew you were there, around the house, and tried to tell them all at night. But you know those humans, they just don’t understand a beagle whine.

    I tried to keep your pawrents happy with love and affection and silly antics. And I was sad to hear they left, I made sure to play extra hard for Rene, she needed a cheer up.

    I know you’ll be watching after them as they continue their travels. Don’t let them stray off the scent, and help guide them to a nice green place for you to rest in.

    your paw pal,


  77. i have only been introduced to your site through 2Dogs, today. i am so sorry for your loss of Jerry. he looks so happy & sweet with you both. i really enjoyed the video about the Three-Legged Red. May G-d hold you all close to his heart as you travel this difficult path.


  78. I am CoCo the Blogging Dog, and just wanted to leave my pawprint here. Fortunately I don’t have cancer, but my human companion has been through it. Cancer can be even more frightening when your not sure what to expect. That’s why I have such admiration for the Tripawds forum here, where everyone is so kind and helpful to eachother. Thanks for running such a great website!

  79. I think that Port Authority k-9 dog Sirus was a friendly dog back when I met him in the World Trade Center Tower One. I will never forget you Sirus. Love, Lisa Weiner.

  80. I adopted my Edward this summer because he was “special”. He had gotten in an accident when he was a few weeks old and I had his leg amputated when he was 10 weeks old. He is amazing and not once has that stopped him, he was up and running around the next day. He loves life and particularly like trying to keep up with his greyhound buddies (he is a lab/greyhound by association). Keep up the good work…tripods deserve respect. Your puppy doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

  81. Cancer is the general name for a group ofmore than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and even death.

  82. My dog toby who just turned 12 fractured his paw jumping out of the car. At first it seemed like it would be an easy fix he would wear a splint for a few weeks and then it would be healed. After 6 weeks they took some new x-rays to find out they had missed the fact that his ligaments connecting his ankle to his paw were damaged. They surgery would cost 5,000 dollars and they cannot guarantee a full recovery, my other option is to amputate. I have been having a hard time with this dicision. He hes older and I have some very serious concerns about how this will affect him. We are going to have his hips x-rayed to make sure if we amputate he will be able to dispurse the weight evenly. Anyone have a dog of this age with an amputated limb? How did they recover? Did they get there personality back after surgery?

  83. Thank you for the resources and comments.
    Our 3 year old German Shepherd mix was just diagnosed with Bone Cancer last Wednesday, and had her left front leg amputated yesterday. We meet with the oncologist next Tuesday and feel so overwhelmed. It is great to have a place to go to get some answers and find out how to handle all of this.
    so thank you, thank you, thank you.

  84. I just visited to get an update on my favorite tripod. I am phenominally sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was truly one in a million. Really too bad he didn’t get to meet our four-legged hipless mutt, Winston. Perhaps they’ll meet in the clouds…. Thank you for allowing us to share his life with you. Mine is so much the richer for having known him.


  86. Hi, my name is Nike an I live in Sweden, North Europe. I adopted a german shepard two years ago. He had a hard life before he came here, but is now enyoing life more than ever. I have been reading many of the tripawds stories. I´m overwhelmed! <3 Bless you!

  87. Thank you so much for responding to my post about our dog’s mysterious limp. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help and suggestions. You’ve given me information I’ve been unable to find on my own in weeks, days and countless hours of research. We’ll do whatever it takes to make him happy and get him well. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to write such a heartfelt and helpful comment about our fur baby’s issues. We have a vet teaching hospital about an hour away that accepts cases by vet referral. Keep your paws crossed!

  88. Wow! As I sit here with my Macy (Australian Cattle Dog, 7 1/2 yrs), I am amazed at all the information on this website. Macy had left front leg amputation today and I’m watching how she does throughout the night. The information here is very consoling! She had 2 surgeries on her leg last year to try to remove the cancer but it was spreading too fast. She’s been a trooper through it all, so I’m expecting the best through this amputation. Thank you for all the information! I’ll be up tonight reading everything I can get my hands on.

  89. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has posted a question or given an answer. It has helped me so much in the past 2 weeks as we go through our ordeal with Paris. I have an excellent ortho surgeon and an excellent vet, but I wasn’t prepared for what we were about to go through. It has been great to get help and also hear of all the stories of what others have been through.
    I have decided that I will enjoy everyday we have her. The irony is she was a gift to myself after caring for my Dad who died of cancer. I hate cancer!
    Thanks to all, I’ll be loving my girl one day at a time.

    • We hate cancer too, gineej! But thanks for the kind words, we are so glad we could be of help to you as you travel the path with your fur kid. Spread the word; It’s better to hop on three legs than limp on four!

  90. Hi – I just want to say thank you for all the information on this website. Our dog Scooter ( a 4 1/2 year old beagle) was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her back right leg and had to have it amputated 2 weeks ago today. She is doing amazing and is acting like her normal self. I was devistated when we got the diagnosis…but knew that in her young age it was the only option we had. We had some disagreement from our parents in our choice to amputate her leg (cost) but any amount of money we spent was worth it to have our Scooter-bug in our lives for longer!!!!!! Long live Scooter!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Thank you so much for having a web site like this one. I wish I had known about it 2 years ago, but thankfully, I now know where to turn. My best friend, and soul mate, “Yoda”, passed away from cancer in June 2007. Not a day goes by, that I don’t wish I had know more about canine cancer, and the treatment options available. Yoda was only 5 yrs old. Like Jerry, my pal Yoda, was also a trooper, and hid the pain far too long. I hope they are both happily playing together, and pain free. That is really all we can hope for.

  92. I wanted to say thanks for all the great information on your website about tripawds and cancer. Losing Fortune, our 12.5 year old Belgian Sheepdog, to lymphoma, in January 2006, started cancer research for me. I never expected to be faced with another canine cancer decision so soon. Our other Belgian Sheepdog, Indigo, was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma, in the abdomen, in June 2006. After surgercial removal of a large portion of her lower abdomen tissue & muscle, she was given a clean bill of health. We were shocked with a 2nd round of cancer for poor Indigo. In August 2008, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Indigo was 12 years old at time, most people did not understand why we would amputate…the costs…her age…I am pleased to say she will be 13 years old this March and is doing fabulously, in spite of her right hind leg amputation. We have her on a metronomic cancer therapy at home, but so far NO lung mets! I have purchased several tripawd shirts from the website…can you make a tripawd logo with two front legs and one back leg? Thanks for all the great information. May Jerry’s memory remain strong in your live’s forever. XOXO

  93. Today I read about Jerry in the local Times-Standard. What a wonderful story. I once owned a fantastic dog named Rocky. She had cancer on one of her toes. She was to old to operate on. She lived about 6 more months till the pain was to much for her and us to bear. My late husband and I have a great cat named Thumper who has 3 legs. She can do anything all the other cats can do if not better. We are dog and cat lovers and whether it be 4 or 3 legs that is not what makes the friend for life in our pets. To all you who have owned an animal who had 3 legs I think you’d agree we’d do it all over again. Here’s to my best friends Rocky abd Thumper I will always love you.

    • Linda, you are so kind, thank you for reading the article about Jerry, and a big thank you for sharing Rocky and Thumper’s stories too! As you know, it’s all about quality of life, not quantity. These beautiful fur kids of ours do leave pawprints on our hearts, and teach us incredible lessons, don’t they?

      Here’s to our furry kids! The world is more beautiful because of them.

  94. I heard about Jerry a year ago. I sort of forgot him, because I got lost in the sea of life (this I will never forgive myself for).
    Just a few days ago, I saw him again on the web and remembered hearing about him. I went to this site, and learned he was dead.
    I feel awful now. He seemed like such a cool dog, and I missed him. All because I was drifting through life mindlessly, not taking the time to appreciate how beautiful it really is.
    I’m sorry I forgot about you, Jerry. When I finally get to Heaven, I hope to see you, jumping and rolling around playfully with the pets that I’ve lost over the years. I also hope that you can forgive me for forgetting about you. I didn’t mean to.

    Also, sorry for rambling on like this. I’m probably making a fool out of myself.

  95. Rene & Jim:

    I read your fantastic story about Jerry and your trip around the United States in the Eureka Times-Standard on Sunday 02-09-2009.

    You two are great parents. You treat your animals better than most people treat their kids. My wife and I are child less, but we have an 8 1/2 year old lab that we love as much as you did Jerry.

    May God bless you on your journey thru life.
    John S. Somers McKinleyville, CA
    Cindy A. Somers
    Sandy C. Somers (the 8 1/2 year old lab)

  96. Thanks for all the great info on this website. Our 7 year old rescued Greyhound Seamus has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left back leg. It has not gone into his lungs. At this point our option is amputation. We are nervous but want to do what is best for him. This website made our decision easier.

  97. We were so touched by Jerry’s story, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We have 2 Bassetts named Bentley and Newton that have seen us through thick and thin. We can’t imagine our lives with out them. I hope that we can give them all you have given Jerry. Our hearts are with you….

  98. Jim and Rene — Just finished the Nature show, with tears in my eyes. What a beautiful story of your family. Many blessings to you and I’m so sorry to hear Jerry is gone. Thank you for sharing yourselves and Jerry with an audience of fellow dog lovers. Best wishes to you, always….

  99. Dear “Jerry”,

    My name is “Duke” and I am Allen’s forever dog. I am an Alaskan Malamute / Shephard mix. He helped me come into this world on May 12, 2000 and I almost made it to age 17 (I got my angel wings on January 25, 2007). My Pawrent Allen was my best buddy and he misses me greatly. A friend of his shared the “Rainbow Bridge” poem with him that has helped him very much in his grieving process. Here is a link to that poem.

    I hope it helps your Pawrents in their time they have left here on planet earth until they too can meet you on the other side.



    • Vanessa, thank you so much for watching and taking the time to visit Tripawds. We are grateful that good people like you are out there helping to show others all of the wonderful lessons our dogs can teach us.

  100. I was very touched and inspired by your beautiful and loving story. As the proud owner of 2 dogs, (one of which nearly died in a car accident when her leg was crushed) I felt a true bond to Jerry. Thank you for being such caring companions to him, and may his story live on forever.


  101. I watched the show last night and it really touched me. My husband and I have been working at jobs that do not give us much joy – our greatest joy is to be up in the mountains with our now 12-year old dog Angus in a little town called Graniteville where we have a cabin. Lately we have been working, working, working and Angus seems bored and kind of listless. He is also having a harder time getting around due to arthritis.

    Your show made me realize that life is too short to waste the time we have left with Angus. This morning, even though it was pouring rain, I took him up to the local park – we have a lot of open space area here and it’s acres and acres of woods and grazing pastures. I heard a cacophony of sound so we followed the sound and hiked down to a little lake that had thousands of frogs croaking so loud it was deafening! Then I looked down and there were dozens of salamanders, bright oranges in the water. The rain was pouring down and Angus and I looked at each other, and I just thought of what you said about dogs and time, “Now, now, now, now”. I was in a “now” moment. When we climbed back up the top, the frogs just stopped. If I hadn’t walked down there when I did, I would have missed it.

    Thank you for reminding me to have “now” moments and for waking me up to remember what’s important.

  102. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. In these challenging times with so much bad news, it was good to hear that Jerry was fortunate to have parents that loved him so much.

  103. Thank you for sharing your story. My dog, Ayrton ruptured his disc and became paralyzed 4 years ago. We purchased a cart for him so that he could walk. His front legs were very strong, so he was able to take long walks on trails through the woods around our house everyday. His face was smiling and his eyes were very bright with joy when we would go out. Because of his other illness, he passed away two years ago;, however, my husband and I had a wonderful two years with Ayrton. There were some people who criticized us because they think we were cruel. However, I know animals can be happy even they are handicapped. It was clear to everyone who spent time with us that Ayrton really enjoyed his last years. I think you can understand. I believe that Jerry and Ayrton are running freely now. And we will see them again.

  104. Well, we are going through this today, our beloved Kona is having her back leg removed due to cancer. Her leg just broke yesterday and we had no clue, we thought her legs were getting weak from old age, she is 12 years old and will be 13 in May. They said no cancer in the lungs they are clear, happy to hear that and otherwise she is very healthy, that is why we are doing the surgery. No Chemo for her, just take it one step at a time. She is old for a German Shepherd, the doctor said she was in the right home, we love her so much and are at a lose on how fast that this has happened. We are hoping she can make it to 14, if her quality of life is good, we have always agreed, that if she is in any pain we would know it is time to… Say a pray for our sweet amazing girl Kona, she can bark without making a sound, loves hugs, slaps five, and still acts like a puppy, and is a good eater.
    Any suggestions on how to help her get around after the surgery, what type of help will she need, any special equipment? Thanks, Lynn & Rita, Hammonton, NJ.

    • Well, our Kona is now at home, she is having a hard time getting around, Rita is in the process of picking up a sling, (using a towel right now) and ramp today, this happened so fast, we didn’t have time to get anything. It is really hard to see her leg gone, no bandage or anything. Does it need to be covered up? She is eating which is a good sign. No problem with the lungs, it has not traveled there at this time, they are clear. Any suggestions for any supplements to help with the healing? Any help would be good, we are really at a lose right now. We are hoping she will get mobile soon and that she heals fast. Keep her in your thoughts dog lovers out there, we can use them at this time. We love her so much, she really is a great dog, she is Kona the Bona, our nickname for her. Lynn & Rita!!!

  105. Dear Rene & Jim–Jerry should look out for Bianca, a Big White GSD who left our family a few months ago. She was almost 13 and had cancer. She loved squeakies, eating toast with butter, flashing her gigantic Big Bad Wolf teeth and boy dogs who treated her like a Queen. My parents’ devotion to her in the last few months reminds me a lot of your journey with Jerry. Here’s to love that is always with us.

  106. I am glad to have seen your inspirational story last night. We are moved by such stories. Val and i have two dogs and nine cats in our family. All came off the streets of Camden NJ one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America. We have lost another 16 Kittens over the last 30 years and they rest in our gardens. They all have stories like you. Most lived an average of 18-19 years. Not a likely life expectancy for a stray in Camden but not nearly long enough for us. They gave so much love to us and so many. As much as it breaks your heart to lose them you know you must help the other homeless animals who only want to be loved and give love. Thanks for telling your story.

    • Mike, thanks so much for watching and sharing your own incredible story. What you and Val are doing by helping those cats is just incredible. Thank you so much for making the world a better place by helping so many critters who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance. I can tell by your work at the Camden Children’s Garden that you are the kind of human beings that Jerry wants all of us to be. We need more like you. Thanks again.

  107. I was so moved by Jerry’s story on “Why We Love Cats and Dogs.” I’ve had four dogs with cancer, and I know how hard it is to make decisions about their treatment. What an amazing life you gave Jerry and he you. Blessings, Gayle

    • Thanks so much Gayle, your words are very comforting. But our story pales in comparison to coping with cancer four different times. Wow. We are so sorry you and your dogs had to go through that. What an awesome pawrent you are for being there for them when they need it most.

  108. My friend Cera told me about your story so I watched the online version this afternoon. What a wonderful tribute to Jerry. Memories of Buck (not that they are ever very far away) and his battle with osteosarcoma came flooding back. Your comments so closely mirror my feelings back in 2005. We had his right front leg amputated in hopes of giving him a few months of quality life. I was so distraught about the lack of “hope” when researching about bone cancer. Buck lasted 4 months after the amputation as the cancer had jumped to the other leg. Buck told us it was time. He had fought a hard battle but he lost the war.
    Thank you for sharing your story. It re-inforces why I continue to fight in Bucks memory by getting the word out that our canine friends do get cancer.
    If you have a chance, please visit
    Thank you for this website!

    • Connie, thank you for the kind words and sharing Buck’s story here. You did the right thing by helping to ease the pain of cancer through amputation.

      When Jerry got cancer, we had no idea that dogs even got cancer. As first time pawrents, we were clueless. Then we got an education in canine cancer that we never wanted. Many thank to you and Cera for all of the incredible hard work you do to help put a stop to this awful disease. Paws up to you awesome humans!

  109. I was so moved by Jerry’s story I had to sign this guestbook. I watched his wonderful spirit and the wonderful bond he had with you guys! It is so moving to see how much love was shared! I was moved to tears watching his story. Jerry is at peace now. Now that you have graciously shared your story we can all experience how special Jerry truly was!!! I am truly sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Cassie, thank you. We are honored and touched by your thoughtful letter. While our grief is still so new, the kindhearted souls like you out there who have taken the time to write, have helped to lighten our hearts. Thanks so much.

  110. I have had dogs my whole life and can’t imagine life without them. I currently have 3 rescued kids. Jerry’s story on PBS moved me like no other. What a magnificent legacy. I bawled like a baby when I found this web site and read his whole story. Thank you so much for sharing his story with us and reminding us that the simplest things in life we often take for granted are so, so important. (Like unconditional love!)

    • Thank you Valerie, it’s an honor to know that Jerry touched so many wonderful people like you. The legacy he left us was to share the love he gave us and the life lessons we learned form him. Thanks to the nature program, we have reached so many … beyond our wildest dreams, really. Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment.

  111. Thank you for sharing Jerry’s story. All who view it are blessed by the love you shared and it is my hope people who don’t understand that dogs and cats are special beings will begin to see the light. My husband and I are 34 years together with Doberman “kids”. We’ve battled cancer 3 times now, lastly with my beloved Zoë. From her I learned not to fear cancer; instead focus on quality of life, nutrition, spirituality. We were told without amputation she had 4-6 months. At 8 years old, we thought it would be too hard for her. The cancer was slow growing mixosarcoma, we opted for radiation and tumor debulking. Then I found holistic vets who used regular medicine, nutrition and alternative meds for the next 6 (yes, six!) years of her life. The cancer never reared its head again. She died at 14 from bloat misdiagnosed by an emergency room vet when our hometown vet clinic decided to no longer treat emergencies. She was my teacher and so very, very wise! She’s waiting for us at the Bridge with our other Dobies and a “herd” of cats who have graced our lives over the years, too! One day you will be ready to open your home and hearts to another dog and Jerry will be glad — because he taught you how to love and live in the “now, now, now”. 🙂 God bless you both — now I must go play with puppy “Quinn” — 4 months old, happy smiles, wet sloppy kisses, big clumsy paws who makes me laugh and learn anew that “now” is all there truly is!

    • We are so happy Jerry’s story is reaching so many animal lovers out there. And if we can even reach one person out there who thinks they love animals to show them how strong the bond can be, even better! Thanks for commenting and sharing the quality of life you’ve had/have with all your furry kids.

  112. The Jerry story brought back a reminder to me that life should be enjoyed.I lost my darling Portia on thanksgiving day 2007 after only spending two and a half years with her.I lost her to diabetes,she was only five years old. She was a very loving calico and deserved so much.I gave up work for one year as I could not cope with everyday business.I was looking into getting back into a very heavy workload again and then I watched Jerry’s story which made me realized that is not what life is about.

    Thinking of you Jerry,
    Mary ,Heathcliff,Tia,Phoebe and Portia in Spirit.

  113. I have never blogged but…………your story dredged up emotions that I was trying to stuff down because of the acidic effect it was having on my wife and I. SHAME ON ME for (privately) mocking other people earlier in my life for losing a family pet and the “moping” about it. I thought “come on, it’s just a dog!” get over it . I am now cursed with the same affliction. I tried to dismiss the fact that “Sami”, a 12 year old Welsh Corgi, was my therapy. The secret adhesive that held me together. Cancer took all of my grandparents away by age 23 and now took my Sami. We still see her from time to time streaking across the yard ; only to hope with a private scream so loud it would shatter the window you’re looking through, blink hard, and refocas and have her taken away all over again. I’ve resolved that I had too much invested emotionally in a dog. Just the first in a long line of cruel things I will say because of the absence of her influence. I have yet to file away in my mind your story from PBS. Exceptional as it was, I haven’t let myself accept it as a positive or a negative experience. I suppose the well balanced citizen would turn it into a positive. With Sami there wouldn’t even be a discussion.
    I found her favorite toy yesterday, behind some construction material. It’s been 5 months since she died in our our arms. It’s like a stab in the guts with a fillet knife everytime.
    I am now struggling with the guilt when we chose, for whatever reason, to leave her at home instead of taking her with.

    • Wow, we really appreciate this sincere comment. Jerry would be so proud to know that his story has helped someone come to terms with such issues. But he would never want you to feel shame. He never did. And if – thanks to Jerry – we can help get through to at least one person who thinks “it’s just a dog” then we owe a huge debt of gratitude to PBS. Thank you for taking the time to share. Keep up the good work!

  114. Jerry just seemed to enjoy every day on this earth…he is an inspiration. I have two shepards at home and the story I watched on PBS touched me. I think what you did for Jerry was awesome and I am sure it was a trip of a lifetime. I know Jerry is looking down on you guys, God Bless Him!

  115. hi–we loved your story! bentley, our 8 yr.old big red doby, has 4 legs & a huge heart. as he gets older, i think about that awful day when we will have to say goodbye. i totally understand why you packed up, sold out & followed your hearts. remember that bumber sticker, “the guy who dies with the most toys wins”? that’s not true! the people who die with the most LOVE STORIES “wins”! in honor of jerry, today we’ll love “the bent” a little more–if that’s possible. thanks for your sharing jerry with us. mickey, sharon & bentley

    • Thanks for commenting Mickey, if that’s true. We’ve already won thanks to all the stories we keep getting from wonderful animal lovers like you. Try not to worry about the inevitable end … Bentley doesn’t! And if you think it will be awful, it most certainly will, when with acceptance, it can be beautiful. Sad, but beautiful.

  116. I just watched Jerry’s story on Nature with my 6 year old Yellow Lab, Peanut. I got her a couple of years after saying goodbye to my Lab/Shepard Rachel. One thing I am keenly aware of in bring ing another dog into my life is that I am giving Peanut (as we all do with any dog) permission to eventually break my heart. She has brought me so much joy that it is well worth it.

  117. I am so happy for what you did for Jerry. I lost a Rottie to the same kind of cancer but it was too late when we found it. The Vet said the same thing it was arthritis, and it turned out to be cancer. She was 13yrs old when we had to let her cross over the Rainbow Bridge. We tried everything, and she let us now it was her time. She is dearly missed. Now Velvet is running free with Jerry and all of the other animals. We will all meet again, I know!!

  118. I have a dog that I rescued from the SPCA…his back leg was broken but healed badly & we decided the best thing for him was to amputate. We haven’t done it yet, but it’s scheduled for next week. I’m a little nervous about it & wish I could somehow communicate to Charlie what’s happening, but it makes me feel better seeing this website & knowing for certain that he’ll bounce right back to being a happy dog. Thanks!

  119. I have had the privilege of hearing all about Jerry’s life from the friend and hairdresser Ross Eliot. We have two fuzzy daughters, Abby and Porscha, that are the joys of our lives. Abby is 2.5 year old Fox Terrier and Porscha is a short jacka russell terrier that is almost 2 years old. We have no children and we can totally relate to how Jerry became one of the biggest parts of your lives. Even though he is gone in person you are so wonderful to keep his spirit and soul alive. It takes committed and caring people such as yourselves to bring awareness to the tripawd life and not to give up on your pet.
    Happy travels! Todd and Victoria

    • Thanks for the wonderful comments Victoria. You’ll have to thank Ross for us when you see him next. If it wasn’t for the inspiration we got from Moose, we may never have gone as far as we did with Jerry.

  120. Jerry and staff,
    Thank you very much for providing so much excellent information on tri-pawds. Our Jerry look-a-like named Louie joined the “Hop-A-Long Club” yesterday due to a bone infection he caught after knee surgery. We have yet to bust him out of the vet clinic, but if all is well we will tomorrow.
    The stories and information on the site are very inspiring and uplifting for us. Please know we are most appreciative for this and it has vastly improved our state of emotion.
    Sincerely, Hop-A-Long Louie

  121. As I try to get registered on the forum, I just want to thank you in every way I can for making such a wonderful place for helping all of us dealing with such a horrific time. It certainly brings out the very best right in the middle of the very worst.

  122. Sally, my little Border Collie cross, lost her left front leg as the result of a pick-up truck running over her three weeks ago. The damage to her leg was horrifying and her vet was very reluctant to attempt to save it due to the severe damage to the nerves and arteries. I had only a few minutes to make the decision and was unsure whether it was fair to such an active dog to keep her alive with only three legs, but the vet assured me that dogs adjust well, she is young and healthy, and she had no other life-threatening injuries. So we opted for amputation. Sally is now adjusting so well that my doubts are gone. She once again romps and plays with my other dog and constantly begs me to throw the ball for her (which I am not encouraging yet). She definitely did not lose her spirit. Thanks for this wonderful website. It is encouraging to see other dogs that are going on with a normal life after this surgery.

  123. Thank you so much for devoting so much to these wonderful angels’ needs. My Old English Sheepdog was diagnosed with Distal Radial Osteosarcoma in Oct. of ’08 & I only had 24 hours to decide whether to try & save her or let the cancer take her. She is the center of my universe & the vets assured me that with her health being on otherwise superior condition, she would recover. At first, she had several set-backs, including a very painful & debilitating saroma that put her back in the hospital for a week. Finally, by December she was bounding through the snow trying to keep up with her pals at the park. We used other forms of harnesses that weren’t specifically designed for tripawds and they’d slip one way or the other either choking her or hanging her from her hind quarters putting even more pressure on her one front leg. It was very frustrating. I am so excited to see this fabulous harness you have just for her. I can’t wait to order mine. We have lots of stairs & hardwood floors, so this will give her strained shoulder some much needed assistance.

    You guys are GREAT!

    • Thank you for the comments and for taking such good care of your pup! For the record though, the Web Master harness we offer is not designed specifically for tripawds. It was designed for search and rescue dogs, and we make no modifications. It ships directly from Ruff Wear. On front leg amputees it will have a tendency to slip around the chest, but we never noticed any choking hazard. This issue is merely aesthetic and easily adjusted.

  124. Thank you so much for your website. Our bullmastiff Maddie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma the end of January. She had her right front leg amputated in February and is scheduled to start chemotherapy next Friday (her chemo had to be postponed twice because she had a small infection in her incision and is on her second round of antibiotics to clear it up). The first week or so was pretty tough, but she has bounced back amazingly well and she is getting around great! The first consult we took her to told us she wasn’t a candidate for amputation because she is a giant breed and said she only had 3-6 months, but we refused to accept that and took her to University of Penn Veterinary Hospital and they have given us hope and she loves to go there and loves the staff. This site has been a great resource for us.

  125. Biscuit is my almost 10 year old yellow lab. She is the perfect dog. My family has had her since the day she turned 8 weeks old. She LOVES swimming and inour pond as long as it isn’t frozen. She loves Florida and Lake Erie beaches, boating and pools. Also, other dogs and cats, and of course people. She has always had a hitch in her walk. About 4 years ago she became very lame. Our friends at Ohio State U Vet Teaching hospital found the the cartilege in her toes had worn away. After awhile scar tissue formed and she could walk, run etc. with minor lameness. She loves chasing the ball, and could do it again.Over time she bacame more and more lame – I thought it was her foot, but was severe osteo arth. in her elbow and other places. more following

  126. Our friends at OSU began BissyGirl on a regimen of physical therapy – water tank, cavalettis, etc. We wenttwice a week ( an hour each way) starting last August. At Thanksgiving ’08 her limp became worse and she did not recover after 24 hours so I knew it wasn’t a flare up. To make a long story short, after much insisting by me that something more was wrong the vets found the problem. Osteo carcoma in the same leg with the worst arthritic elbow. SHOCK – amputate or not. What a horrible decision to be faced with out of the blue.We scheduled the amputation and enrolled her in a chemo trial with 28 dogs. 27 have lived longer than a year. March 27th was to be our fourth and final chemo treatment. Biscuit was suddenly in pain that day so once again I was insistent that she had a new problem. Lungs are clear, but a small tumor & fracture on a rib. She could not have any more chemo, it wasn’t working. She is the second dog who will not make it a year. We have two to six more months with her and will cherish every minute. She is a happy dog and has been in the pond with her new Rufffwear life jacket once.
    I will take her to Florida for the last time, soon.
    Our poochie before Biscuit was a Cocker Spaniel and he had lymphoma and we had him for eight years.
    One of dogs before him had a throat cancer.
    I think these dogs have come to us, because we are willing to do everything we can to be sure they have good lives.

  127. We just adopted a wonderful three-legged chocolate lab. His name is Hutch, he is about 3 years old and we are so excited about him joining our family (we also have 2 other chocolate labs). We were originally fostering him for the local rescue group but we just couldn’t let him go. We are glad to have found this wonderful website and look forward to meeting others with a three-legged friend!

  128. Greetings to all tripod(ers)! I am new to the site with a yellow lab mix Homer. He herniated a disc, had neurosurgery and failed to recover. He has normal nerve impulses to the rear but one knee is turned in and weak. We bought a cart and he flies around like a champ. But we and the rehab vet believe he can become a tripod. The cart is great for tracking but does little to build up muscle mass etc. Others have suggested devices we could make to suspend him from above on a set of springs or bungee cords. I have crafted all manner for foot protectors and harnesses. I believe he will not age well at the rate he is going. He is suffering from all manner of cuts etc. Too, I have been voiding his bladder by hand for 2 1/2 years and that can’t be good for his urinary system, We have already had one raging infection.
    All who watch him see him ALMOST push himself forward so we know the brain memory is there. TOO, I find him standing to eat dinner now and then. WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!!!!!!!!. I take care of my dad who is 94 with Alzheimer’s and this rescue sweety is my lifeline and best pal of my dad. Is there anyone out there who has rehabed a dog to being a tripod. I will gladly send pictures of my buddy to reinforce what a dynamic loving cupcake he is. He is now 7 to 8 years old. My thanks to anyone who can help and I will forward this page to my vet and any vet I ever meet. Kitty

  129. Our dog just had his left rear leg amputated and it all happened so fast. A routine check up and some X-rays should a tumor and fracture. When the Doctor said they had to amputate I was floored.

    Buddy is part Border Collie and Part Golden Retriever and loves to run and play.

    We love him and will do anything for his recovery and longer life with us.

  130. Hi,

    I am new to the site, but would like to send my thanks for all of the helpful information available on here. My boyfriend and I adopted a tripod named Chester two weeks ago. He was struck by a car on March 12th 2009 and surrendered to the Humane Society. While suffering mostly just cuts and bruising everywhere else, the injuries to his right front leg were irreparable. He is a Lab mix just over a year old, and is making an incredible recovery. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks again, this site has been really helpful


    Melissa and Chester

  131. Hello, I am new to all of this. Rudie went in for her surgery today to have her back leg removed. We get to bring her home tomorrow, I am sad and scared for her, and miss her very much. Reading all the stories on this site have made me more optimistic, Thank you for being here, Deb

  132. While I’ve never lived with a tripod, I’ve had the opportunity to share my life with some of the best dogs in the world (my opinion, of course). Your site reminded me these great dogs and the good times we had. I particularly remember my guy, Echo, who was afflicted by cancer. He, too, told us when it was his time. But not before we had some great times. It’s been nearly 5 years since his passing and I still miss him. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about him- they never leave your heart! Thanks for sharing your adventure. I wish you the best.

  133. Thanks for the story about Jerry in the Nature show – Why we love Cats and Dogs. I have the show recorded on my computer and watch it for healing every now and then.

    While the show is really good, I enjoyed the story about Jerry the most. I can relate to your story when my my running buddy, Sable, passed away a few months ago. She did not have a leg amputated, but cancer was most likely the cause. While I had her for almost 13 years (she was almost 14), but I know the statement means by how far would you go for a dog. Until you go through that sort of trial, some people may never know what that means.

    Thanks for sharing your story during your family’s difficult time. I do not know if I could have done it. Jerry was an awesome companion and buddy.

  134. Hello all,
    I found this site to be very interesting and supportive. My dog baxter was adopted from the humane society about three months ago. He was hit by a car in december and lost his back leg do to extensive fractures.
    I am so glad that i was able to give him a great home were he is very happy. The best dog i have ever owned. Staffordshire terrior mix.

  135. so a three legged dog hobbles up to a bar…. The bartender say’s “what are you doing dog?” The dog say’s ” I’m lookin’ for the fella that shot my paw… lol
    I own the best tripod ever…. he’s a boarder collie who came to me as a puppy
    with a deformed stub leg. His little stub leg was fractured and wouldn’t heal.
    It was decided that amputation was needed, and off it went. ! So now he’s a
    smoothie tripod dog. I just thought I’d sign your guestbook and tell you great job.

    • Thanks for sharing some smiles … reminds me of a joke that ends with an old Cherokee who had a three-legged dog telling a Choctaw, “Well, a dog that good you can’t eat all at once!” 🙂

  136. Hi, I’ve am new to the amputee world. just today my boxer Miss Riley had a front leg amputated b/c of cancer. I’m looking for advice, support and good ideas as we move into this new world with our girlie. I found this site last week when i decided to make the choice of amputation to save our Riley. Thank you for being here when i needed it.

    • Hi Lisa We are thinking of you and Miss Riley and we have recently had a similar experience with our dog Jet. We were devestated when we found out he had bone cancer,but after amputation he was pain free and we knew we had made the right decesion.He still lives life in the fast lane 40 miles a hour on 3 legs which can give people a bit of a surprise.The first 2 weeks after surgery are difficult and then when off the painkillers Jet seemed to recover quickly.His latest trick 7 months after surgery is digging large holes in our back garden ,he is very bouncy and sometimes we forget about his cancer.Sending our best wishes to you and Miss Riley keep in touch Fast dogs Mom and Jet in England

      • Hi Eve. Miss Riley is doing wonderful on her 3 legs. i do appreciate your comments. our boxers are so fast too and Riley has hardly missed a beat. she’s also got a serious heart condition so this will keep her calmer in the long run. I feel very honored to have such a special dog and to a part of such a wonderful world tripawd owners. take care too of fastdog and Jet. all the best to you and yours from Murphy and Riley’s mom, Lisa in BC, Canada

  137. Rene, Jim & Spirit Jerry,
    The Red Dog wants to thank you for all of the prayers and support…she knows you mean it! And we want to express our profound appreciation to you for sharing Jerry’s story and for creating a place where so many others can do the same. We gained valuable knowledge (and tons of moral support) as we faced the rapid-fire decisions that follow an osteosarcoma diagnosis, and now because we were able to make decisions quickly we can continue experiencing the daily blessing that is the Red Dog. You guys ROCK! (WOOF!)
    Brian, Debra & Shiva, the Red Dog

  138. We had our beloved Louie home for only one week after his right rear leg amputation…he passed away on March 16, 2009.

    Louie went in for a routine acl surgery on his knee and several visits to the vet later, including xrays, drugs, exams, etc. never revealed what was really wrong with Louie…he had osteosarcoma. Over the 2 months he was trying to heal from knee surgery the cancer had matastized and it was in his lungs.

    Not sure why the vet didn’t see the cancer in the x-ray prior to the acl surgery….and still thought it was a bone infection of some sort at the time of amputation. A sample of his tissue was sent away for the osteosarcoma diagnosis. And at this point….it was too late.

    Just wanted to share our tragic story so that others maybe can learn from it. If a dog isn’t healing from a cruciate ligament surgery and is in excruitating pain…tell your vet to check for cancer!!

    • So sorry to hear about that. I actually brought my dog in for a cyst removal because he developed a limp and I thought this big fatty cyst was in the way. He had surgery on March 27. He never got better, in fact worse. That is when the the other vet at the clinic that I know x-rayed him and saw a shadow on his leg. We decided to follow him on pain meds and see how he was and decided to amputate after another film and pain meds not touching it in 2 weeks. We sent the sample out to pathology to see what kind of cancer so we know what we are dealing with, it’ll be intersting to see the results.
      I too am surprised though that the first vet didnt do an xray or check for cancer… Like for humans be your own advocate – but its hard to know what you dont know…
      Sorry for your loss.

  139. I am so happy that I found this site. Our 9 month old Belgian Malinois just had surgery to remove her front leg after a freak accident at the local park (she stepped into a sprinkler hole while playing fetch) 2 months ago. We tried to save her leg and paid for a very costly surgery to place a rod, 2 pins, 1 screw, and wire to hold her leg and elbow together. After 2 months of recovery, constant seromas appearing (we have had to have them drained 4 times) we rushed her back to the doctor last week becuase the metal rod in her leg was pushing out of her shoulder. After x rays, we decided to amputate because another surgery to replace all the hardware that had moved, not to mention 3 more months of cage rest with constant sedation, would be just too much on her. She’s just a puppy and is longing to be out of her kennel and be a dog again.

    We were told that she would adapt rather well because she is lean and strong, my only fear is her energy level is through the roof, and I don’t know if she will slow down after the surgery. The vet warned us to keep her from running to keep her from injuring her other leg, but her working drive is very strong. Before the surgery she went through two trainers, they could not believe her energy level, she never stopped!

    She has been at the vet’s office for 2 days becuase a seroma formed after the surgery and they want to monitor it to make sure the swelling goes down. Hopefully we will bring her home tomorrow! I can’t wait to see her again!

    • Thanks for the comment, we’re glad you found us. Your pup will just need time to rebuild her strength in the remaining leg. Try to get her to take it easy for a while until she does. But she should eventually be just fine, and will surprise you with her endurance and strength. We only recommend caution since tripawds no longer have a spare leg, should they happen to injure themselves again. You will fins much more help and advice in the discussion forums. See ya there!

  140. Our five year old doberman, Emily is going to have her back right leg amputated Tuesday. We are so scared for her we can barely breathe. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • We totally understand, but try to remain strong. Emily isn’t scared, she only wants to be free of pain. Bless you for taking such good care of her, and best wishes for a speedy, complete recovery!

    • Emily will adapt better than you will to her new look. Our 6.5 year old boxer Riley is doing wonderful. it’s only been 5 days since her surgery. she’s doing her best to keep up with her bro, 7 year old boxer. she tires quicker but that will change when she builds up more muscle in the remaining front leg. i didn’t have much hope until i found this site and saw all the wonderful pics of dogs with a front amputation. i figured missing a front would be more stressful but was glad to see for myself that dogs are strong and adapt well. we are just so grateful to have our wonderful Riley Jo with us still. you will do fine but just remember that Emily will be special needs now and special care will be expected around her to keep her remaining legs healthy. remember to breathe!

    • Update on Emily: Emily came through her surgery fine. In fact, she got to come home today! When we picked her up from the hospital we couldn’t keep up with her on the way to the car.

  141. Jet celebrated his 7th birthday last saturday he has recovered well from his amputation which was 7 months ago. He still enjoys his walks and we are glad that the amputation stopped the pain he was in from the bone cancer.Dogs adapt quickly to life on 3 legs and this site is really helpful .Best wishes from Jet and Fastdogs Mom in England

  142. It’s been 3 months since our Kona became a Tripawd and she is doing okay. She also reached another milestone she turned 13 this past week. That is amazing for a dog her size, she is a 80 pound German Shepherd. No other signs of the cancer spreading, which is a plus of course and makes us happy. She loves to be outside and will drag herself around the yard, we also use the sling and throw her ball so she can play. It was her back leg and being older she has a hard time getting around. We have adjusted our lives and help her with the sling. She is a trooper and doesn’t complain. We are happy that she is still here and hoping for another year. This forum is great place to talk about our beloved pets. We question ourselves if we did the right thing, but reading these posts clears up the doubt. Thank you all very much for sharing your stories.

    • Thanks for the update. We’re glad you believe in your decisions fro Kona, and we’re sure she is too. Bless you for taking such good care of her. Here’s to many more happy birthdays and anniversaries!

  143. Chloe was a stray I picked up who was darting in & out of traffic on a busy road. It appeared that she had been “bumped” from a car. The next day the doctor agreed that it seemed she had an injury that had heeled in the wrong location. With further testing we discovered she had bone cancer:)! and heartworms!! Her doctor sent her home with pain medicine and a month to live. Well, 4 months later she had not degressed at all so her doctor reevaluated her treatment but was still hesitant about amputating the leg since her white blood cell count was so high(45,000), so he ordered a biopsy, which was VERY hard on her (and came back inconclusive). She was feeling really badly for ay least 2 weeks. It was finally decided to go ahead and amputate the leg and we are so glad we did!!!!! She is a different dog, so much energy and she’s not in pain at all anymore. She used to flinch when you touched her anywhere because the pain was just radiating thru her body. She is a sweet sweet girl, a small chocolate lab mix about 35 pounds and i just love her to pieces. My husband calls her “the money pit” but she is so worth it. She brings so much joy to our life. I love this web site. I actually had a woman approach me in the dog park to “ask” me to please put her to sleep before I considered amputating her leg!!!! Can you believe that!!! Crazy. Thank you for informing the world that it is indeed “better to hop on three legs than limp on four.

  144. Hello!
    Thank you for having such a wonderful resource!
    My 13.5 year old dog Albert (Australian Shephard/Husky Mix we think) developed a limp and few weeks was told he had a lesion, most likely bone cancer on his top right femur. It worsened so quickly in 2 weeks that it fractured and made the decision to amputate after seeing that it hadn’t yet spread on the films. It was hard – he was in a lot of pain and I didnt know if I was just prolonging it, but considering he was just running through snow banks a few months ago I figured he probably could handle this.
    We have the best Veterinarian, and he thinks he got “it” all. Albert is 5 days now after his amputation and doing very well, more and more each day! Hops around, wanders in to check on the kids during the night. He is feeling so uch better than he was! He is AKC certified and will get vet cleared again for being a therapy dog with how well he is handling it! Hopefully we’ll have some pain-free time yet even if things come back.
    I just want to confirm that you know your dog – Albert wasn’t ready, was healthy to get through the surgery, and his age is not a factor. I can tell he even knows how much we care about him, he checks on everyone even more now.
    Take care everyone and thank you!

  145. Two weeks ago we had to have our beloved 11 year old greyhound, Checkmate’s right rear leg amputed due to osteosarcoma. We just started chemotherapy which seems to be very hard on Checkmate and I am concerned about her quality of life especially considering her age. Also, during this same time, her housemate died after 16 years in our lives. Checkmate appears listless and unhappy—not her normal demeanor. We are very concerned as to whether we have served her well. Any comments/ideas/similar experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • You have certainly served Checkmate well by putting an end to her pain. It’s only been two weeks and I assume she is still on pain meds of some sort. This would explain her behavior. Just give her a bit more time to regain her strength and I’m sure she’ll surprise you. Please consider sharing your story in the tripawd discussion forums where you will find much more help, support, and tips than we alone can provide here. There a a number of members with senior greyhounds who can speak better to your specific experience. See you there…

    • Dear Sandra,

      Our 5 year old bullmastiff Maddie had her right front leg amputated for osteosarcoma in February. The first couple of weeks are the hardest. Maddie actually had anxiety attacks (they think it was from phantom leg syndrome) so they put her on anti-anxiety meds for one week and she was fine after that. She had a set back from an incissional infection so she was almost a month post op before they could start her chemotherapy. She has completed four rounds of chemo and has two to go. She is doing amazing. We were at our regular vets last night for her weekly blood draw and one of the vet techs who hasn’t seen her since her surgery said she does not look like a dog that has cancer. So know that you did the right thing for Checkmate, things should get better from this point forward.

      We’ll be thinking of you!

      Kathy & Maddie

    • RE: chemo, i’ve heard that its quite hard on the dogs esp after an amputation. There is a woman who volunteers for our local boxer rescue in conjunction with LA, California who opted not to do chemo and her female is 4.5 years post amputation. the dog is now 9 years old. i have chosen not to do chemo for i want my little Riley Jo to recover from the major surgery and get strong with her remaining legs. i’ll consult our vet after a time. you might consider giving your Checkmate a little time to recover before subjecting her to chemo. just a thought. 🙂

    • To everyone on this site that has dealt with the Osteosarcoma diagnosis followed by limb amputation, the unconditional love and bond between pets and their owners is what keeps all of us going. I am glad I found this site before making some tough choices and reading the stories of others in the same situation. As my vet told me “no one knows how long any of us have in this world”. That statement helped me make my decision to save “Andy” who has been with us through many tough times in our life. Keep the faith — good things do happen.

  146. Our 8 year old Collie mix (45 pounds), Andy, had a slight limp initially in November of 2008. We took him to the vet and thought he might be developing canine arthritis. The vet prescribed Rimadyl. He was better but we sensed something was still not right and went back to the vet 2 weeks later. An x-ray on the front right leg showed Osteosarcoma bone cancer in the distal radius — this was a shock!!! Andy had a bone biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and we decided to have his leg amputated at the end of December, 2008. This was a hard choice but it was amazing how fast he recovered and was up and around in two days! He is like a born again puppy and we treasure every day with him. Altough no sign of spread of cancer from the beginning — we followed the recommendaton for chemo and chose (Carboplatin). No side effects, he is doing great 5 months post surgery, cancer-free and he runs down the parkway like a Greyhound — faster on three legs than four. Best wishes to anyone dealing with this type of canine cancer which generally strikes much larger breeds.

  147. 6:00 am this morning Rockie and I were up and at em looking forward to a beautiful day. I was making coffee in the kitchen, I noticed Rockie looking intently out the back slider towards the back yard, rabbits. Rock loves to chase rabbits, never catching, chasing, its the pursuit after all isnt it? I let him out. Half way across the yard he went, then the heart stopping yelp of intense hurt. Rockie had broken his front right leg. What, how could this happen? Though 11 years old, he was healthy as a horse. I rushed him to the vet. The doctor took ex-rays. I had never before heard of osteosarcoma. This is the beginning of our new life..I am scared.
    The specialist we were sent to told me amputation was a 90% chance. All this today. From what I thought was perfectly healthy dog to one with cancer and and most likely amputation. I am up late learning about this horrible disease, while Rocky queitly moans with pain on the coach, his leg in a splint. I wish I could make the pain go away. I want to thank you for this wonderful site. You have shown me life is not over just yet. You have relieved a lot of my fears. Rock and I are not done.
    Rockies’ Dad.

      • Albert is doing great… Go tintot he kids snacks today, so its almost like normal.. He is sooo darn happy. Our walk to the lake tuckered him out, about 2 blocks away. He took a few breaks. But it was worth it, even if only to add a month. I just have to watch his weight, I’d been feeding him for the 2 weeks before like I was saying goodbye.
        He too broke his leg where the cancer was… No possibility it could ever heal iwth the cancer there. He had the fibrotic form – it doesnt form bone spurs but is more necrotic… His stitches are out now, so we’re going to try swimming tomorrow. And I need to order a harness from this site… Need to take of that last leg…
        Good luck! My 13 year old Albert is a blessing! Signed up for another therapy dog year by the vet. PLus he gave me a good line now too: A soccer mom and a 3-legged dog walk into a bar… That actually is real 🙂

  148. Thank you for a wonderful website! The stories, experiences, and advice have been the only comfort I have found this evening. My two year old Doberman will join the ranks of the other stoic tripods in the morning. The Vet is almost certain that my little girl has OS. I never thought that my lesson in life and love would be taught by my faithful dog.

    • Nate, We’ll be thinking of you and praying for your girl. My Bullmastiff Maddie is five and she had her right front leg amputated in January for osteosarcoma. She is having her last dose of chemo today and is doing great. The first couple of days will be tough while your girl adjusts, but you will be amazed at how quickly she adapts to life on three legs. Please keep us posted as to how she is doing.

      Kathy & Maddie

  149. my name is haley and my puppi trice is in the animal hospital and she got here leg amputated after falling out of the box of a moving truck. she is doing ok thay said and will come home in 3 days. i was just wondering what to expect.

  150. Hello; I need help, I don’t know what to do, I have an 8 yrs. old female Rottweiler, Gretchen which has Osteosarcomas, She had her left leg amputated on 6-3-09, She is doing well, But, I went to see the cancer doctor at Cornell Univ., And she said that I must choose what to do, The chemo they use is Cisplatin, And it would be very costly, I don’t make that kind money to do this, She said, It would make her sick. I don’t want to do this to her, If I do nothing she has 4 to 5 months., I don’t know what to do, I love my girl so much, I had her on K-9 immunity only, And pushing alot of protein (Chicken, gizzards,livers, eggs,) Please I need input, And alot of help! THANK YOU, Chris

    • You’ve come to the right place. But you will really find much more advice and support in the tripawd discussion forums than we alone can provide here in the guestbook. The doctors told us Jerry only had a few months prognosis after his amputation so we opted not to do IV chemo. He lived nearly 2 years. We attribute his longevity to the K9 Immunity, his metronomic therapy, and healthy diet. I hope these links help. Also be sure to check out our top ten Q&A posts. Best wishes to you and Gretchen!

    • Chris,

      Keep the faith. Most larger trauma animal hospitals will allow you to make affordable payments and I was able to get a 2 year interest free loan to pay for the Carboplatin treatments our dog needed. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in Nov. 08, had the surgery to remove the right front leg, finished chemo and is like a born again puppy running fast as a tripod and living a happy life cancer-free.


    • Dear Chris,

      Our dog Maddie (she is a 5 year old Bullmastiff) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had her right front leg amputated in February. She just finished her last round of chemo last Friday. She had 3 treatments of carboplatin and 3 treatments of Adriamycin. She tolerated the chemo very well. Dogs don’t usually get sick or lose their fur with chemo. They don’t give animals as large of a dose as they give people. Maddie’s chemo averaged out to about $300 a visit. If your hospital won’t make payment arrangements with you, you can apply for care credit and get an interest free loan for 12 months. Whatever you decide to do for Gretchen will be the right decision:) Good luck and keep us posted on her progress. Kathy& Maddie

      • My St Bernard, Bruiser, has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and will have his front leg amputated on June 25th at CSU in Fort Collins, CO. CSU is an excellant animal hospital and I have every confidence that Bruiser is in great hands. My concern is how a dog of this size, more front heavy, will handle the support of only one front leg and a house with stairs.

        I was reading Kathy Mauger’s entry about Maddie, a bullmastiff and curious as to how long it took Maddie to adjust.

        I’ve been considering a vest to assist Bruiser with stairs and other obsticles and interested in the experience of others using the various types of vests available.

      • Dear Michele,

        I’ll be thinking of and praying for you & Bruiser. Maddie handled life on three legs better than we ever expected. She hopped out of the hospital on her own three days after surgery. We were fortunate that steps weren’t an issue at our house. My husband built two ramps for her to get in the back door and off of our deck. She does manage to go up 5 stairs into our vets office and does fine, we do however have to take her down the elevator when we leave the vets. I don’t think that Maddie’s endurance is as good as a smaller breed dog, we make frequent stops to rest when we walk to our corner, but she loves getting out and about, it’s the highlight of her day! She still has plenty of energy to run around the yard in spurts, she just gets tired out quickly. I have no regrets about our decision, she is out of pain and she is such a happy girl! If we had steps I would have purhased the harness for her. Please keep us posted on Bruiser’s progress.

  151. My wonderful golden Lola had her right front let removed yesterday after cancer was found in her scapula. Her prognosis is good and I am looking forward to getting her home and helping her recover. Just found this great website and it was great to see all the other tripawds enjoying a great quality of life. I am looking forward to taking her on a one week camping trip at the end of July.

    Thanks again for the great site and all the outstanding information.

  152. Thinking of you and praying for your continued healing. Hope the weather is in the NW and you get to enjoy the beautiful holiday weekend!

    Wenche Abd Al-Aziz
    Mrs.Wenche Abd Al-Aziz

  153. Hello 🙂

    I adopted my boy Champ a year ago a couple of months after he had his front leg amputated by the shelter he was surrendered to after his original owners returned him. (They had adopted him from the same shelter a couple of years earlier when he was a puppy.)

    He didn’t lose his leg to cancer, but to a badly broken leg that had healed wrong. His owners left documentation from the vet they took him to a few months after he sustained his injury, but they were unable to afford the costs to repair his leg surgically. Unfortunately for Champ (previously named Charlie – but Champ is a more fitting name!) by the time they gave up ownership, his leg could not be saved.

    I just came across your website today, and just wanted to let you and others know that it’s possible I’ve adopted the Worlds Most Perfect Dog…second only to my 4-legged dog, Bella, who is Champ’s best friend, playmate and partner in crime. 🙂 It makes me so sad when I think of this sweet-natured boy sitting in a shelter for months waiting for someone to adopt him, and even more sad to think he lived with a badly broken leg that was unusable and causing him pain for over a year. According to the shelter, we were the first family to request a meeting with Champ, as others took one look at his missing leg and kept on walking. It was THEIR loss!

    To anyone out there who is considered adopting a 3-legged dog, you will not regret it! I forget he only has 3 legs, as he is able to do anything Bella can do, and is a good-will ambassador to everyone he sees. It’s the most amazing thing – how people who spot him run over to ask about him. He loves the attention. He’s our own little superstar!

    I only wish people would stop referring to him as a “tripod”….for he is A DOG….not a piece of equipment that is cold and impersonal.

    Ya’ll would love him…. 🙂

  154. My 3 year old Golden has bone cancer that has already spread to his lungs. The vets said it was too late to amputate. If anyone has a contact I can talk to on medicine for our Largo, please let me know. Thanks, Linda

    • We just received this reply via email … “I am not sure what state you are in but in Illinois I used Arboretum Animal Hospital in Downers Grove and they have other locations across the states (great place!). You can search for them on-line and check their site. Our collie mix had Osteosarcoma bone cancer in November of 08, he had surgery and chemo with Carboplatin at this facility. He is doing great, no side effects, he is a born again puppy and no reoccurance of cancer. Do not waste time if you want to try to treat it and get another option. There is always hope.”

      Aloha Medicinals also has a toll free canine cancer hotline wher you can get professional advice regarding cancer care, diet and supplements for your pup. Hope this helps. Best wishes.

  155. Our dog, Skittles was diagnosed with bone cancer and shes only a five year old yellow lab. She just got her front left leg amputated yesterday and is in a lot of pain, but shes a tough cookie. The only thing that we’re worried about is that she has moderate arthritis in both hind legs and we dont want her to be in pain. 🙁 But thanks jerry for being a great inspiration to us !!!!
    -Marianne and Skittles

    • Thanks for the comment Marianne, and best wishes to Skittles for a complete speedy recovery. Jerry had mild arthritis and displaysia in his hips too. He was eight at the time of his amputation so i wouldn’t be too concerned about Skittles. These pups are tough indeed. Consider Bella’s Hot/Cold Pain Relief Pack for the arthritis pain, and start swimming instead of walking once Skittles regains her strength. You will also find much more advice and support in the discussion forums. See ya there!

  156. Just found your web site through I have a one year old boxer girl who had her front left leg amputated due to being hit by a car. I’m happy to find you site and wiull be purchasing th eharness soon. Thanks for all the great info!!

  157. Hi,
    I found your site today after my daughter’s family little dog sammy got hit by a car; since last night the surgeon has called her several times; there also is my 12 yr. old grandson there who tried to save Sammy by running in the street which is a definite no and then a five year old grandson. They are trying to save Sammy so badly but the surgeon has told them several different things but they have decided on the amputation instead of first trying to save the leg and then if that doesn’t work then amputate; unfortunately, besides going through all of the pain and learning to walk later, the cost is not bearable for them at this time. We feel we do know Sammy better than the Dr. even though he knows the surgical stuff; you see Sammy had a little arthritis in one of his back legs and sometimes he would hop but not for long and that is why the surgeon wanted to try the first surgery before the amputation.
    We feel we will do whatever else we will do for Sammy and see about harnesses; teaching him to walk. he is a mixture of beagle and something else so he is small. My daughter is pregnant and this is not good for her or any one in the family either. I am the grandparent of Sammy and I love him too. I just wanted to write that your site is an inspiration and I will be sending it to my daughter to see; when Sammy has his surgery we will send a photo. He has a young puppy living there also and so after he heals I hope the presence of Alex will greatly help Sam. This is definitely a great organization for animals and their families that love them so much. My next stop will be on your other forums to help with getting tips on how to help Sammy the best. The worse thing that gets me about him getting hit besides his injuries the woman that hit him saw it and did not even stop; she was in a hurry so left the injured Sammy and a young boy crying. Luckily, there were some good people there to help them; it was just such a fluke how he got out of the yard and he just ran so fast following his buddy.
    Sorry for going on so long

    Thank You
    Roberta in Cinti

  158. I need some advice… durring my search for a doberman puppy I came across a little black guy with his 4th leg tucked to his side resembling a chicken leg. The woman selling the pups told me he was one in a litter of 12 pups in a 65lb mom and was squished in his sack with no room allowing him to exersize the leg. She said her vet said no need for amputation or to put the puppy down since he was in good health. I can’t stop thinking about this little guy and really want to get him. I need your thoughts. What do you think the chances are on perhaps him getting arthritis in the future or for any reason him needing an amputation? Or is there any special medical needs for this puppy requiring me to have a ton of money to put into surgery, etc? thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Hi AJ. Thanks for finding us. Bless you for considering bringing this special dog into your life. Well, we mostly agree with the vet. When dogs are three legged from birth, they have the blessing of never knowing life any other way except as a Tripawd. They usually get along just great, and can keep up with the rest of them. While we can’t cite any statistics about their risk of getting arthritis, we’re betting that it’s no greater than any other four legger. As for needing an amputation; well, we have seen some puppies grow up and have to have the limb removed due to it getting in the way. So there is the risk that you might need to do it at some point while he’s still young. Meanwhile, you can read about other stories and get advice from more pawrents in our Beyond Cancer Forum . Good luck to you.

  159. Hi, what a fantastic site! I am owned by a male staffordshire bull terrier who lost his front left leg after being hit by a car when he was 6 months old. I rescued him from Battersea Dogs Home (I live in the UK) a few months ago, and unfortunately, he is currently recovering from an operation on his left rear cruciate ligament, and once recovered, will have to have the right one operated on too.

    I wonder if anyone has gone through a similar experience and could share their story with me. I am extremely worried about my special boy, paws crossed that he recovers and is back to his bouncy smiley ways very soon!

    thanks very much x

  160. What a great website! my dog is actually in surgery right now having his back leg ampuated. He was hit by a truck and his leg was shattered to pieces. Axel, is a 7 month old blue heeler/cocker spaniel mix, he is hyper and the sweetest dog you will ever meet! he loves to play, swim and hunt! he is the most amazing dog I have ever had. he is SO smart and loved by everyone who meets him. I am getting very impatient, I just want to bring him home! I miss him so much. I am hoping all goes well and his recovery is as quick as it can be, with no complications. I know his life will be great, just as it always has been. I know I can not wait to spoil him and give him lots of love! I know he will adjust just fine with 3 legs and will still run and play with our other dogs! he is such a great dog and I would be lost with out him in my life!

  161. My human family is about to adopt me after losing a leg to multiple, unrepairable fractures. Tripods gave them a resource for information and products to help care for me. But that’s not all! Viewing Tripawds gave them the confidence of knowing they’re not alone in the 3 legged pup world. Thanks Jerry!!

  162. Hi Jerry,
    I learned of your story last night and read your blog today. I know you are in a great place now. I hope you can meet my friends Maxine and Sambuca and play with them. All of us down here miss all of you up there. Thank you for sharing your story. Lots of Love to you!

  163. So glad to find this site. I’ve just adopted my first tripawd cattle dog after losing my closest friend. He was a cattle dog too. Miashi came out of a shelter in Missouri. He had been shot in the back leg with a shot gun and left in the shelter for two weeks with no care. By the time the Cattle Dog rescue found him the leg had to come off. He is loving and now runs like the wind. I still wonder at a dog’s ability to go through something like that and still trust in humans. It took him a long time to be adopted though. Why do so many people want the “perfect” dog. He is perfect for me. Bless you all.

    • Charlotte, thanks for commenting and sharing Miashi’s story. You are a sweet human for adopting a Tripawd, we wish there were more out there like you. Hmm, why do some people want the “perfect” dog? Probably because they just don’t understand how incredibly resilient and strong dogs are, much more than humans. If they saw how dogs can bounce back after such adversity, they’d blush with embarrassment! Come visit our Discussion Forums” to talk to other Tripawd pawrents, or better yet, start your own Tripawds Blog for Miashi!

  164. I love this site and so glad I found it. We just adopted a 1.5 year old schnauzer mix who is a tripod. They think his leg had been caught in a trap and left to heal on it’s own. It didn’t and his right front leg was so damaged and beyond repair that the rescue and their vet decided to take it off. His name is Zippy and he lives up to his name! He can do anything a four legged dog can do: stairs, jump on the furniture, in and out of the car, play a mean game of tug-o-war, etc. He definitely does not let his handicap keep him from living and never seems to even realize his leg is gone. He can give great chase to our cats and can keep up with our other rescue dog during their “wrestling” matches. The only down side we see is that he definitely tires out easier so we just make sure we don’t overdo it on walks, etc. I am glad to find some sites with advice and questions on care. We want to be sure we do all we can to allow him a full, normal life. Thanks so much for creating this site! It is now bookmarked in my Internet Explorer!!

  165. Hi Everyone,

    I read a short article about in my local Saturday paper and had to check the website out. It’s awesome! My husband and I adopted a greyhound, Wilbur, in April ’08. According to the kennel owner, Wilbur had a bad racing injury to his back leg. It was not properly attended to and as a result, it had to come off. Wilbur never ceases to amaze us! He can run just as fast as a tripawd as a 4-legged greyhound. He is full of love and is so trusting of people despite what he went through. He brings us joy every day.

  166. Just saw an event listed for Longmont, Colorado in the DenverPost and it directed me to this site. My 10 year old lab Annie is now 13 months cancer free and a tripawd. She had 3 surgeries to save her leg and the tumor came back more aggressively each time. I was so afraid of amputation but now wonder why the fear. She doesn’t miss her leg in the least and runs fast through the park and almost daily some one new sees her and is shocked to see she is missing a leg. This is a great resource – wish I had known about it when I was having to make the difficult decision 🙂 THANKS!!

    • Hi Casey! We’re so glad you saw the article and came here to check out our site! We would love to meet Annie and you tomorrow, hope you can make it. She’s a rock star, 13 months is GREAT!

  167. Ilene had a great day at the dog park! It was great to see all the tripawds in the area. Thanks for organizing such a fun event! Ilene says thanks for ALL the cookies 🙂


    • You’ve taken the first step by realizing Zoom doesn’t need the extra attention! Now, just treat him like you used to, he probably doesn’t even realize he’s missing a leg any more.

      You should really start a topic in the discussion forums where you will get much more advice from the entire Tripawds community than we alone can provide here. Thanks for the comment and best luck to you and Zoom.

      PS: Why are you SHOUTING? 😉

  169. I was given an article about from a co-worker and was excited to see something like this existed! We own 2 tripawds…Lucy who is a 7 year old terrier mix whom we rescued from an abusive home where she was hit by a car and never treated; and Mylie, a 2 year old terrier mix who we just rescued 2 weeks ago from a family that didn’t want her after a car accident that left her with an amputation. People are always telling me that I’m “so nice” to rescue these dogs. I just don’t see it that way – they are just loving dogs that don’t even know they have something wrong with them! After I got my Lucy, I swore I’d only adopt 3 legged ones from now on!

  170. I found your website when I was trying to make the decision to amputate my longhaired rottweiler Bear’s leg. It was great to read about all the happy tripawds and encouraged me to go for the surgery. I did have a hard time reading all the posts about post-op complications such as leaking incisions and dogs who wouldn’t walk. I am happy to say Bear had no complications. Her incision healed quickly with no draining, she had a good appetite (Umm canned dog food!) and she was walking well the next day. The pain meds seemed to keep her comfortable throughout. We’ve started carboplatin and things are going great.
    Thanks, Ginny

  171. Enjoying your site -saw the article in the Longmont paper and had to check your website. We just started fostering a 3 legged darling named Missy. She is an Italian Greyhound from Wise Guys Italian Greyhound rescue in Golden. It’s fun learning about other “tripawds” and I love your motto! I signed her up for a blog to share her photos. Thanks for what you do!

  172. I’m so glad to have found this wonderful support group and website! My 10yr old Jake was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma of his front leg, and we have decided to go ahead with the amputation. This forum will give me all the support and information I need to help Jake through this whole process… Thank you so much!

  173. just wanted to encourage everyone to keep fighting the good fight. Our fight is over at this point as we had to put our almost 7 year old Miss Riley Jo to rest yesterday. I came to this site when she was first diagnosed. She became a tripawd in May of this year as a result of the discovery of osteosarcoma in a front leg. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to her lungs by this month and it was detected just 9 days ago. It moved so quickly and had overtaken our baby girl within 7 days. we didn’t know how long it had been present in her lungs as she showed no signs of distress until then. this is very difficult to write but i want to encourage all of you with tripawds to love them each and every day you have them.

  174. My 8 year old Border Collie had his front right leg amputated last May. He had a infiltrative fatty tumor that was causing him pain and was invading his muscle tissue. It was suppose to be an hour long surgery, but it lasted five hours. I had 2 minutes to make the decision to amputate. It was the best decision that I ever made. Sooty is now a pain-free happy dog. He runs and plays just as much. He sometimes tips over when he is cutting in but he is adjusting. Your website made a big difference.

  175. I have a Tripawd Golden Retriever that was rescued after being hit by a car and abandoned. The vets tried to repair her back leg, but it wouldn’t heal properly. Lucy does great—she chases squirrels with the best of them. Something special about our Tripawds…

  176. Good morning,
    I volunteer with German Shepherd Rescue Northern California as
    a foster dad. I have been asked to take on an 8 mo. old GSD undergoing rear left leg amputation on Tuesday.
    Looking for advice on rehab.

  177. I found the TriPawd site after searching for a harness for a dog I rescued that had to have a front limb amputated. I named her Happy. She loves to go for a walk but I had trouble finding a harness that wouldn’t fall off. I have two Rat Terriers as well. Happy also gets tired very quickly and the RuffWear harness has a handle that I can use to assist her without having to pick her up, since I cannot carry her farther than 5 or 10 feet.

  178. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this wonderful website! I am so excited that I found you and all of this wonderful information. I am so happy to see the love the people have for our three and four-legged friends.

    I have a beautiful 16 year old three legged terrier mix named Skinny. You lost her front left leg to osteosarcoma four years ago. I think her surgery was emotionally harder on me than it was physically for her and I am amazed at how resilient she became on her three legs. She was up and around and ready to chase her red ball after a couple of days.

    Though her surgery and treatment were expensive and really almost broke me, I would have done the same thing all over again. She has and still brings me so much love and I could not ask for more in such a perfect 30lb. package.

    Though at times she might smell a little “doggy”, that is the smell of unconditional love and I welcome it whenever I am greeted at my front door from a long hard day at work.

    God bless you all and your big hearts! My Skinny girl is not my pet, she is part of my family.

  179. Well, we are one-week into tripawdness with our 9+ year old Scottie, Duncan. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but we are SO very very glad that we had the surgery done. Duncan had a neural sheath tumor on his front leg, and as we struggled to get it diagnosed, we watched him diminish from the super-fierce perro fuerte that he had always been into a sad, lethargic little man. The thing that broke my heart the most was the week before the surgery when I saw him hobble-running down the backyard. I thought, “That’s the most I’ve seen him move in weeks!” Of course, turns out he was chasing a skunk… (2009 Record – Skunks : 2 / Duncan : 0) Ah well, it at least told us there was still life left in him, if we could just get him feeling better.
    We were heart-broken to make the decision to amputate his leg. That’s the thing with our babies – we wrack up immense guilt at making tough decisions for them, second-guessing whether they would agree with it if they could. The research we did, though, led us to sites like this where we found encouragement and hope that all would turn out well, and so far, it has!
    He is now the most adorable little 3-legged Scottie we’ve ever seen (parental bias? maybe a bit!). He gets along very well, and his spunk and happiness is coming back in droves. The way he does a little one-armed hop for cookies now is impossibly cute. We agree that we would much rather have a happy tripawd than have him whole in body but broken in spirit from pain and sickness.
    I hardly consider us experts, but my one piece of advice to anyone else going through this is this: Consult the medical professionals, take comfort from the wonderful folks who run sites like this, listen to your heart, and make your decision without looking back. And once you do, shed your tears and beat your breast… but not where your baby can see. Let him have your love, encouragement, and praise every step of the way. It will help you both get through it emotionally whole and lift you up as you both take your first wobbly steps into a brave new world.
    With gratitude, Alisa, Jeff, & Super-Duncan

  180. our 5 month old 50 lb puppy got hit in the shoulder by a car. He cannot control hWearing splints is difficult because he has grown and they irritate and abraid his skin. I think it’s his rotator cuff because he cannot rotate his “arm back in front he sort of can swing it but not control it. It has been 1 month since he was hit. How likely is it that his tendon will self heal and re attach?

  181. Hi, just dropped by looking for some information on three legged dogs. We are adopting a 5-6 month old Chow/Lab mix that has a birth defect with his left front leg. He does have a leg but he does not use it, he keeps it tucked up except very occasionally he will use the elbow when on a slippery floor. I see alot of the dogs wear a harness, how is that helpful and I wonder if it would work for Milo?

    • The Ruff Wear harness will definitely help you assist Milo when he needs help – on stairs, or in/out of vehicles for instance. See our review video for complete details.

      Bless you for adopting a three legged dog! Please consider searching the forums for more information about caring for Milo. We have heard in some instances it is better to amputate birth deformaties and partial amputations since over time, spinal issues can develop from the frequent twisting of them attempting to use the remaining limb. Please ask any further questions in the discussion forums where you will receive much more support from the entire community than we alone can provide here.

  182. Hi, I just joined the site today after reading many blogs, forums and watching many of the wonderful videos on your website. My 10 year old lab mix (Blue) was diagnosd with osteosarcoma 1 month ago and after many vet visits, xrays, 2 biopsies, CT scans, many internet searches and lots of tears..I made the decision to amputate his left front leg. Blue had his amputation today (12/15/09) and is presently recovering at the hospital. As many of you know, this day has not been easy. I wanted to THANK all of you that posted your stories and videos. This website has truly been a comfort and a source of inspiration and I look forward to the day that my beloved Blue is home tripawding around the house and we can share our story with others.

    • I know how difficult today has been for you, but know in your heart that you did exactly the right thing for Blue. You will be ASTONISHED at how much better he will very quickly. Just remind him every day how special, handsome, and loved he is, no matter how many legs he has! Best wishes for his speedy recovery from Duncan, the SuperTripawdScottie!

  183. It’s great this site exists to help provide support to newest members of the “Tripawd” community. After waiting months with the hope a damaged nerve in a front leg would heal, I decided to proceed with an amputation. It would seem to be an easy decision to come to terms with; however, it was still painful (although for the best). Nemo, my apx 3-yr old Lab, is recovering remarkably. I know the decision freed him from carrying around a useless leg that proved to be more of a liability. While we may not fully realize the depth of events and how they impact our lives at the time, there is a reason things happen. Nemo chose us as a family (he was a stray) and he has brought so much sweetness and inspiration into our lives.

  184. Hi my name is magen and I am 16 years old. About two months ago I rescued my dog Emmit from the pound. A pit bull attacked him earlier on in the year and his front right paw had to be amputated. The owners wanted to put him down but my boyfried, who is the vet tech at the clinic they took him to, re-schudled the euthanization so that he could try and find a home for him. Well he did! Emmit is the best dog in jthe world he is an Aussie and a Border collie mix. He is the happiest dog I have ever met. Well i was surfing the web when i stumbled across your website and I wanted to let you know that this is a wounderful website and it really encourges me that their are other people out there going through the same thing Emmit and I are going through. Thank you for such a wonderful resource.

  185. Hi,
    My mom and I just found out our llab-retriever probably has bone cancer in her shoulder. I have had her my whole life and my mommy is very upset. We are trying out more about the cancer and we should do and if there are less expensive ways to do it (my mom is a single mom). I think your website it great, I didn’t know so many dogs had three legs. Any suggestions would be thoughtful.

  186. Hi from Cody! My best ever friend, 9 yr old lab mix and canine cancer amputee. His surgery was in Aug 2009 due to bone cancer. These days he is running and playing with my other dogs! Thanks to God, and many people who have cared for him through surgery, chemo and recovery. Every day is a blessing.

  187. I’m an 11 year old golden retriever and it has been 7 days since my amputation surgery. The vet thinks i had osteosarcoma in my right front elbow(we’re still waiting for the exact diagnosis. Hope to have it soon).I’m still not doing the greatest but it may take longer for me to heal since I’m a little older than most of you.. I still have some pain and I don’t really want to get up if I don’t have to. They gave me lots of drugs for the pain so that does help some..My parents are very worried so they took me for another vet appointment today for a check up.. My temperature was normal and everything else seems fine. My 58 staples come out on Wednesday of next week (YEAHH) I still have my appetite so I guess that is a good thing says the vet..My mommy and daddy are still very devistated and they feel very bad for doing this to me, but I know it was the best thing for me. I keep telling them that I’ll be ok,but I see their eyes start watering so I stop… I hope i will recover soon so I can go play and get taken on walks again….I like this website and thanks for sharing the stories about all my new 3 legged friends…

    • Abbey, you sound like a really pawesome doggie! Congratulations on making it through the first week. Yeah, there will be some challenges but we know that it’s nothing a wise pup like you can’t cope with. We’ve had twelve year old Tripawds come through surgery just great, we know you will be fine and out there on walks in no time. We hope to hear more about you in our Discussion Forums!

  188. Hi and thanks for having this website. Jack had her left rear leg amputated 11/20/2009 because we suspected she had Osteosarcoma. We didn’t do the biopsy because she was in too much pain so we changed the surgury from a biopsy to an amputation. THANK GOD we did. She had to heal for a couple weeks but boy after those sutures came out was she back to her old self. The relief from her pain was amazing. I was hoping that this would have stopped the cancer and we have done three treatments of Chemo but learned it has spread to her hip and other leg. That was way too fast for me but we’re getting through it. We start radiation Monday, hopefully that will help with the pain.

  189. Thanks for the website….My best friend Hunter had his left front leg amputated January4, 2010. He is doing great….. he was hit by a car and had major nerve damage and a broke elbow…..It is nice to read about all the tripawds…..they are truly all special….He is part collie and weighs about 80 lbs… He is 3 years old…I think he will now be a house dog…..he has adjusted well to staying inside……I was so nervous about the surgery….It has all turned out well…..Had to get more stitches night before last…….about 4 inches in the middle of the incision did not heal good and gapped open…10 more days and maybe all the stitches and staples will be out……

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