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Livestrong Tacoma; One Year After Chemo and Cool As Ever

Tacoma; One Year Post Cancer Amputation and Still Going StrongWow, my favorite vet hospital, the University of California at Davis, must be doing something right, because I heard from another Tripawd that got wonderful care when he needed the big Tripawd surgery there. Here is what this cool California native told me:

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.

Tacoma is a certified therapy dog, and visits old folks to make them happy. He also wears a yellow collar with “LiveStrong” embroidered on it. I want one too now! Isn’t he cool?

Tacoma; One Year Post Cancer Amputation and Still Going Strong

Tacoma’s Dad, like my parents, is mad that the AKC does not allow Tripawds to compete in their events. Can you believe that? They discriminate against tripads! What the . . .? I think we should all write to the AKC and tell them how we feel about this, don’t you?

2 thoughts on “Livestrong Tacoma; One Year After Chemo and Cool As Ever”

  1. Hello, I’m writing about my Great Dane Jewel. I was told she has cancer and her leg needs to be amputated. Jewel is 7 and I’m not sure if I should put her through this. Can someone please tell me what to expect. I feel as though i’m being selfish and I’m doing this for me not her. I have not heard any positve stories from people who have put their dogs through this surgery. Jewel does not seem to be in any pain or much pain at the moment. I have put her on pain medication. I want to know I’m making the right choice.
    Patti and Kyle VanDale


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