3 Legged Dog Stories

3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania after her amputation.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania after her amputation.

Amputation is never a decision that any dog owner wants to make.

When I was faced with that decision I was very confused, afraid, disappointed, and saddened. I seriously considered returning my second dog. I wasn't sure if she would be able to play with my other dog, I wasn't sure if she would be happy, I wasn't sure if *I* would be happy, and on and on it went.

I did not want a dog that was "different" and that others may think was weird looking.

Ultimately, I just could not part with Shania; so now, she is the favorite of everyone in the family.

Shania is a bouncy, energetic, Siberian Husky that is full of life and full of verve. She delights everyone, and is always ready to pounce on people and give them lots of licks.

She is also a three legged dog, but most people do not even notice that until much later. Although there are certain things to consider when caring for a three legged dog, many tripod dog owners agree that they are just awesome to be with!

Below are some three legged dog stories that illustrate why.

** All the stories are from comments in the article Three Legged Dog Care and Tripod Dog Care. Many thanks to all the people who shared their three legged dog stories and experiences.

3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania is a three legged dog, but most people don't even notice that until much later.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania is a three legged dog, but most people don't even notice that until much later.

3 Legged Dogs Are an Inspiration

"[Three legged dogs] are a great role model for us humans who can let little things get us down." ~~ [Carolyn]

"Alex lost her left foreleg for reasons unknown to us. She was reportedly a 3 year old American Rottweiler, with a fresh surgical wound when we adopted her from a shelter. She has touched many with her jaunty little walk. Often people would assume at first that she was limping, but would then stop when they noted a missing limb.

After hearing her story, many would then continue on with their day with a little more "can-doedness." ~~ [Nicole]


I think Shania not only inspired me, but she inspired many people at the hospital she was in.

When she was going through surgeries to try and straighten her leg, she was extremely brave, upbeat, and still loved all the people around her.

The hospital staff gave her this little squeaky toy that played James Brown's "I Feel Good" song. They told me that she spent her days there going to visit everyone, both human and canine, while singing the "I Feel Good" song.

It put a smile on everyone's face and made them feel a lot better.

3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania with her James Brown toy.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania with her James Brown toy.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania having a fun flirt pole session.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania having a fun flirt pole session.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Tripod Shania wins!
3 Legged Dog Stories - Tripod Shania wins!

3 Legged Dogs Are Active and Can Do Just About Anything

"[Three legged dogs] are really a treasure to have and such lively dogs. I was expecting him to be limited to do many things but he quickly showed me he was able to do everything without a sweat. His name is Blaze and he's all white with a few brown spots on his back and ears." ~~ [Chel]

"By the way my Bella is a real dynamo too, even though she is a tripod, [she] still loves to play and run with my other dog Sadie." ~~ [Linda]

It is natural for us to worry and be over-protective of a three legged dog. However, your three legged dog will amaze you with her ability to quickly bounce back, and relearn how to do, all of the things that she used to do.

Shania is a go,go,go girl, who frequently tires out my other dog (Shiba Inu Sephyis only a year older than Shania). She also manages to steal his toys and food!

Sometimes, I worry about Shania when she is running around at top speed while playing with my Shiba Inu. However, doing a not-too-controlled slide and roll on the grass doesn't seem to faze her. She can actually go faster than my Shiba, when in a full run, and has no problems with balance.

There are some things that are a bit more difficult for a three legged dog, but Shania always approaches everything with a very positive, yes we can, attitude.

3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania always approaches everything with a very positive, yes we can, attitude.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania always approaches everything with a very positive, yes we can, attitude.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania wearing a leg-straightening device.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania wearing a leg-straightening device.
3 Legged Dog Stories - A young Shania giving everyone a smile soon after the amputation.
3 Legged Dog Stories - A young Shania giving everyone a smile soon after the amputation.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania wrestling with her best buddy, Shiba Inu Sephy.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Shania wrestling with her best buddy, Shiba Inu Sephy.
3 legged dogs help us see that disability is not something that we should pity or try to ignore.
3 legged dogs help us see that disability is not something that we should pity or try to ignore.

3 Legged Dogs Are Great Role Models

"My name is Mac. I have a three-legged dog, Reggie, that we got three months ago. He is three years old, and lost his leg from a car accident. I am in second grade. I want to learn about three legged dogs like Reggie, and am making my science fair report about him." ~~[Mac]

"For those of you just beginning with a "tripod wonder" and wondering how it will impact your family. Both of our daughters were young when Alex came and both learned about tolerance and acceptance in the process. One is finishing her doctorate in physical therapy and the other is in her first year of premed, as tribute to what they have learned." ~~ [Nicole]

Many people always stop me on the road and ask me questions about Shania and how she gets along on three legs. I tell them that she is a dynamo and she constantly tires everyone out. They are usually surprised that she likes going for walks so much and how she requires a lot of exercise.

Shania loves meeting people and she is always ready to receive tummy rubs and give licks as payment. Most people are very happy to meet her and will usually walk away with a smile on their face.

Three legged dogs help us see that disability is not something that we should pity or try to ignore.

Tripod dogs may look a bit different, but they are happy, loving, and full of doggy goodness. Through their example, we can perhaps learn to appreciate people who may be different from us, who may not look like us, but who share the same needs for compassion, acceptance, success, and happiness, as we do.

3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania right after the amputation.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania right after the amputation.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania with her flirt-pole kill.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania with her flirt-pole kill.
3 Legged Dog Stories - She is sitting there, with her tongue hanging out, waiting for me.
3 Legged Dog Stories - She is sitting there, with her tongue hanging out, waiting for me.

3 Legged Dogs Are BRAVE

"I have a 4 Y.O. Weimaraner named 'Dieter' aka 'Der Blau Hund'. Dieter's female companion , 'Gabi' likes to chase the garbage truck up the driveway. Dieter was injured by the garbage truck while he was herding Gabi out of the way. As a result, his right rear leg had to be amputated and he's now a 'tripod' in the recovery stage." ~~[Dave Potter]

"Our dog's leg was amputated after he was attacked by a pit bull.

In 2003, our 9-month old rat terrier puppy, Yodi, (like Odie from Garfield, not Yoda from Star Wars) was attacked by my parents' neighbor's pit bull. The pit bull was not restrained in any way - no leash, no fence, no pen - and was just roaming around on the loose that night." ~~ [excerpt from My Dog Has Three Legs]

Three legged dogs have to go through much adversity; and yet they are able to maintain a very positive attitude, and a very happy outlook on life.

Whenever I have to journey through a dark patch, I think about Shania, and borrow some of her courage and grace. Somehow, my burden gets a bit lighter, and I begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

She is sitting there, with her tongue hanging out, waiting for me.

3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania loves giving people licks.
3 Legged Dog Stories - Siberian Husky Shania loves giving people licks.
3 Legged Dog Stories - I am very happy and privileged to share my life with Shania.
3 Legged Dog Stories - I am very happy and privileged to share my life with Shania.

3 Legged Dogs Are Casanovas

"I have recently "inherited" a tripod named Grim. He is especially challenging because he is an 180lb mastiff. Unfortunately, his last owners kept him in the house all day, and did not exercise him. He is 5 years old and such a sweet boy." ~~[Lila]

"I have a tripod puppy that is 4 weeks old (I have her mother and siblings too!) I have decided to keep the tripod as I feel I can give her the home and love that she deserves. She was born with very little of the fourth leg, but it is a nub and useless to her. ... She is the sweetest and most loving puppy I have ever seen and I want her to be happy." ~~[Amy]

"Arthritis has taken the grace from her step and cataracts have clouded her vision, but her nubby tail always greets us with a rapid wag and makes us feel loved. The shelter staff still keep in touch with us and often remark at how lucky Alex was to find a home with us.

However, it is clear that it is us that should be giving thanks for the blessings that she has brought to us." ~~[Nicole]

 

What do you think of three legged dogs?

  • Love them. Have shared my life with tripods or plan to do so in the future.
  • Not really sure. I would like to get more information.
  • Pity them. I don't think a dog can be happy with three legs.
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Is a Three Legged Dog the Right Choice?

"Sorry for the windedness, but just wanted to share what we have gotten in exchange for our little bit of effort. We will certainly miss our Alex when her years are done. God Bless to all of you just taking up this uncertain and sometimes painful path...it is worth it!" ~~ [Nicole]

Is a three legged dog right for you? That is a difficult question to answer and is a decision that you must make on your own.

I can only say that I am very happy and privileged to share my life with Shania. She is sweet, loving, perky, happy, zesty, and an absolute joy to be with.



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Anna Sternfeldt 3 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

Great to see these amazing dogs doing so well!! For me to ask the question if a three legged dog is for me is weird...no one would really ask if their child would be for them if they have to amputate one of their arms.. For me I couldnt't ask such a question about my dog either. My dog is my friend, someone I love.


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shibashake 3 years ago Author

Hello Larissa,

She sounds absolutely adorable!

Shania is also missing one of her front legs. She has no problems going up stairs, but coming down is a bit more difficult. The biggest problem is that she often insists on coming down stairs at full speed. I make sure I am there with her during a stair descent, and I reward her very well for not rushing. Now, she goes more slowly and waits for me on the middle landing to get her rewards. :D

Sarah also suggested that using shoes may help with outside slippery surfaces. Here is her comment-

http://shibashake.com/dog/three-legged-dog-care-tr...

Definitely post us some pictures when you can. :)


Larissa 3 years ago

My partner & I were at the local dog home earlier today looking at adopting a puppy/dog, we were about to leave when I felt a dog jump up on me from behind, I turned around to see a beautiful dingo-looking dog snuggling me. I gave her a pat & when she jumped down I noticed her front left leg looked weird, I asked the volunteers what was wrong with her leg & they said it was a birth defect. She jumped up on me again looking so happy & I instantly fell in love with her. She is a 18mth Siberian Husky X Kelpie, she is small for her breed so we think she may of been the runt of the litter. We are seriously thinking of adopting her tho I am concerned about the steps at my place that lead from the deck to the lawn, there is about 4 steps. I would get mats or something to put on them so she wouldn't slip in the wet but I am really concerned she would have trouble going up & down them. We have a lot of tiles & wooden floors, so we will need to invest in some rugs. I have read your site & it has made me want to adopt her more than before :)


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Beti K 3 years ago

Hi There Everybody,

I have a 1 year old dog called Cleo she is a German Shepherd and this week we found out that she had Tick Bite Fever two days after , my sister took our dog for a walk and she wasn't wearing a leash because it was broken and without a leash she still follows but with some small breaks , but that day she was on the other side of the road and the car was really close to the sidewalk which my dog was also close to ,too . Yesterday we had a choice of amputation or euthanasiate so me and my sister did a lot of research to see how dogs will cope with three legs and we found this website and it helped a lot , they did the operation on her back leg and we are able to take her home this Friday , I am kind of worried because she really likesto jump on the couch and she likes running after flies , and now is a really sensitive time for her to jump on anything actually , so I'm freaking out about the fact that she might jump and her other leg would get injured , also we have to do a lot of shopping and we haven't even started an she is coming home in two days.Can you suggest what we should do about the jumping on the couches and other furniture , and can you also suggest some products to help the other legs stay strong , Thanks for sharing your stories , opinions and experience with your little tripod.


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shibashake 4 years ago Author

Congratulations!

I love the look of Akitas and Adde sounds awesome. Big hugs!


Brat29 4 years ago

She is absolutly beautiful!!!! Last Friday I went to my local Humane Society looking for a puppy. I went in the puppy room and didnt want to make a decision right then so I went to the medium size dogs and there she was her name is Adeline aka Adde. She is an Akita and was born with only 3 legs. I was hooked when I saw her she loves to play. Im so happy I found her :)


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shibashake 4 years ago Author

Hello Steph,

How is Blu? How did things go?

With Shania, she was totally zonked after the amputation for about a day. Then after that we tried to keep her calm and quiet to give her time to heal. It was around 2 weeks, maybe more before the stitches came out and she could have more normal activity.

We also had to keep the area dry, so during that time we tried to set up an indoor potty system. That also enabled her to go potty without having to move too far.

I slept with her downstairs during that time so she would have company at night.

Have you been to the tripawds.com site? There are probably people on the forums who have gone through amputation with an older dog.

http://tripawds.com/forums/


Steph 4 years ago

I have a ten year old Weimeraner called Blu. She ripped a tendon in her leg and had to have a screw put through the bone to try and help it heal but unfortunately she has major pressure sores from the bandages and her inner toe has died. So we have had to make the horrendous decision of either to have her leg removed or to have her put to sleep. We have decided to have the leg removed tomorrow as she is just so healthy to go with the option of having her put to sleep. After reading the comments on here im so glad i made this decision. Im just wondering how hard is the after care? And has anyone had a dog of this age when their leg has been amputated???

Steph x


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shibashake 4 years ago Author

Thanks for sharing Ashley's story with us. She sounds like an awesome girl!

Glad to hear that she is recovering well, and big hugs!


ekto23-ashley 4 years ago

Ashley (Australian Kelpie) had a simple broken leg go gangrene. She was not asking to be put down but looked at the useless leg and asked what to do with it. I was upset at making the decision and she has improved everyday. There are still some differences in having a tripod to a four legged dog, but her nature has not changed. We take good care of her. When her breeder saw her he said, "When the dogs run too much working we restrain their front leg in their collar for a while, she'll be right!".


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shibashake 4 years ago Author

"What a great attitude these amputees have."

Yeah, it is amazing how they are. Best of all, their positive energy is really infectious!

Hugs to your dogs. Shania always sends her licks. :D


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Sue826 4 years ago from Albuquerque

I love your story - I've just met a tripod dog at the local shelter - thankfully, she was adopted to a good home. What a great attitude these amputees have. Without any understanding of the reason their leg is suddenly gone - they just pick themselves up and continue to love life.


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shibashake 4 years ago Author

"the only difficulty my Hal has, is loosing his balance when he runs, but he get's right back up there and starts again."

Yeah Shania is the same way. 3 legged dogs, and dogs in general are just awesome.

I wake up every morning, watch the dogs play, and it starts everything off on a positive note. :D


joe 4 years ago

My late Max was my first three legged dog, he was hit and run over by a car, when he was 11 months. it was the front leg. He was amazing, loving, protective, affectionate, very sweet. everyone loved max. Just one look and he knew it all. Sadly, he died at the age of 14, due to congestive heart failure. I vowed, I would always have a 3 legged dog. After a year of mourning Max, Mikey (my other dog, 4 legged) and I adopted Hal, a three legged greyhound (rear leg). Hal is just as sweet, gentle, and affectionate as my late Max, though there could only be one Max. the only difficulty my Hal has, is loosing his balance when he runs, but he get's right back up there and starts again.


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shibashake 4 years ago Author

Thank you dstair1.

How is your friend's Boxer doing?

Shania sends her love, lots of licks, and lots of powerful positive energy.


dstair1 4 years ago

I just want to express my sincere gratitude for everyone sharing such uplifting stories. My best friend just had to make this difficult decision for her boxer due to cancer. Just looking at Shania in pictures you can see the joy in her face for life...inspiring!!!


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TheEpicJourney 5 years ago from Fairfield, Ohio

Beautiful and Inspirational hub Shiba!


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shibashake 5 years ago Author

Hello Catherine,

Yeah it is a very tough decision. With Shania, she was a very young dog and amputation was still a difficult choice to make.

Have you been to the tripawds site? They have some great information there on dealing with canine cancer and amputation. There are also many helpful people there who have gone through cancer with their dogs.

Big hugs to Barnie! If you have online pictures of Barnie, please include a link. Would love to see him.

http://tripawds.com/


catherine drew 5 years ago

a very nice site. we have to make a decision for our Barnie who has been diagnosed with cancer of the bone. an amputation of his front leg might give him a few more months. such a hard decision to take :-(


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shibashake 5 years ago Author

Thanks Wendy! Yeah dogs are truly amazing; they know the secret to living a happy life. :D

Shania sends her love and big slurpy licks.


Wendy 5 years ago

Happy Birthday Shania, from Anchorage Alaska. I too have a three-legged husky dog but she has no idea that there is anything different about her.

-Wendy


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shibashake 6 years ago Author

Hello sissyco,

I also had a very difficult time dealing with Shania's amputation.

Dogs adapt to it really well though. The most difficult part was trying to keep Shania calm and stop her from overdoing it after the operation. She is a big ball of energy!

I learned a lot from Shania through the whole process. Dogs have a lot to teach us about life :)

Hugs to Cisco. He sounds like a very brave and awesome guy. I think he will be out and about in no time. Let us know how it goes.


sissyco 6 years ago

I've been fighting to save my dogs leg's for almost a year now. After 11 months and four surgeries, I just found out the bone is not going to regrow, and amputation is the only solution. I'm devastated, and having a really hard time trying to make the phone call to make the appointment. In fact, I had one appointment, and I canceled it. Hearing all your words about the high spirited, lovable, brave tripod dogs out there is making me more courageous, like my dog Cisco has been since the accident!


hoppy 6 years ago

And for the record, 3 Legged dogs CAN indeed do everything a 4 legged dog can do (If not better).. Hoppy swam so much better than any dog i have ever seen. She couldnt walk in snow very well though--(DEEP SNOW).but running and swimming was her Fourtay..Has any one here had a tripod that was naturaly born??


hoppy 6 years ago

Has anyone ever heard of a natural born dog with 3 1/2 legs? yes I had (JAH BLESS HER) A dog that was born with half her front leg missing.and 1 tiny finger coming out of the soft pad that sits on the end of her nub. she lived 12 Long Beautiful years.Her name was hoppy. Hoppy has seen 7 visits to the vet in her life and NOT A 1 Has ever heard of such a condition for dogs. I LOVE AND MISS YOU HOPPY!!!!!!


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shibashake 6 years ago Author

Sounds like Shania! She is so happy and bouncy all the time - even in this dreary, rainy weather.

Watching her makes everybody feel a bit more happy and bouncy as well :)


Wendy 6 years ago

My three legged dog has no idea that she only has three legs, nobody ever told her and it doesn't slow her down in the least.


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shibashake 6 years ago Author

Scott, your lodge looks heavenly! Jake is a lucky dog to get to run around on 62 acres of land.

Great photos too and I would sure love to wake up in that master suite. :)


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shibashake 6 years ago Author

Yeah - my silly girl just wants to go on and on during our walks, and afterward she still has energy to play all day with my other dog.

Will definitely drop by and check out the blog.


Scott Kemp 6 years ago

Another 3 legged dog owner.... They do just fine on three. I was so worried about his quality of life. Now problem there, I still hunt with him. He does great. I am starting to write about him on my blog.


simon carter66 7 years ago

just got a puppy 3 legged Akita, front leg,so everyone say should have pretty normal life, he as so much Carita,, most out of the litter,,


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

Hello Kristine,

Thanks for sharing your story about Bob. It is so good of you and your family to take Bob in when he was in need. It is great to know that Bob found a happy home :)


kristine 7 years ago

I have a three leg dog too.

The vet where we live has know that we was looking for a dog, and a person brought in a dog, it got ran over by a car and it's owner did not want it any more. So the vet gave it to us. It was a black lab. and it had a fav toy ball, (but now it lost it's squeek) It's name was bob.

People call him Bob the dog, or Bob the three legged dog.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

Yea, when I tell people one bag of dog food is between $75-$90 depending on the size we buy, they're like 'that's ridiculous my dog gets alpo.' I just leave it alone. The people at my job are older and pretty much set in their ways. There are a few people that actually feed good food and consult their vets on diet and nutrition.

And, like you said it is a little selfish to put them on such expensive diets. It's good for them, and good for us.


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

lol - I am glad to see that I am not alone in this. My parents and friends think I am nuts to spend so much money on dogs. But, giving them a good life gives me a lot of joy, so ultimately, it is as much for me as it is for them :)


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

Definitely. He's such a worry wort about her. He's already said that his next dog, which will either be another APBT or a Bull Mastiff will be on EVO and the K9 diet supplements, immune boosters, and omega 3 from day one.

He figures it won't hurt by any means, and I agree with him. It'll probably be my plan for my next pup (plus a little raw. ha), but that won't be for a good while, after I move out. Although, it'll be rather expensive, it'll be worth it. I'll just have to convince my boyfriend it's worth it. He wants a boxer and I'd love a APBT or mix, so two large dogs on the diet and supplements will be a killer.


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

lol - I don't blame your dad. Shania does the same thing and gets into all kinds of trouble. It is tough sometimes to balance her freedom and happiness with her safety.


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

Wow. That's crazy. I know everyone at Auburn knows MIA because it's not often that they get dogs her age and have 2 bone tumors in the same leg, much less a super friendly, chicken APBT.

Yes, Mia is the pup in my picture.

tripawds is a great website. My dad participates in the forums occasssionally. It's the site that introduced us to the ruffwear harness.

Mia is crazy energetic at times. It makes my dad nervous when she starts taking off through the house at full speed.


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

Whitney, lol - yes there was some drama during the whole process but the hospital we went to was really great and everybody there loved Shania and treated her really well. They even wrote an article about her in their newsletter and had pictures taken of her with the hospital staff.

Is Mia in your profile picture? She is a cutie and extremely courageous. You have probably come across Jerry's place? http://www.tripawds.com/. I really enjoyed many of the stories there.

As I write this, Shania is right next to me, and she wants me to send Mia her most positive, Siberian-charged, energy. I actually think that Shania would get along really well with Mia. My Shiba is getting really lazy, and I think an APBT is more her speed :)


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

[Iphegenia] Yes, that is a very good lesson to learn. Still it is sometimes difficult to execute in real life situations. Having dogs around can really help though. It is tough to stay depressed when someone is licking your hand and giving you the please-come-play-with-me "look" :)

[Three-Legged Dog] Thanks for dropping by. I used a quote from Yodi's story; I hope that is ok with you. I wrote to you through the hubpages email system, but it may have gotten thrown away as spam.


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Three-Legged Dog 7 years ago from USA

Excellent hub! Love those tripods! :)


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

Wow that sounds dramatic. My cousin's lab mix had a growing problem with one of her front legs, and had to wear a brace, but she's fine now.

Her name is Mia. She has bone cancer. We fought amputation for a long time, but after a few months and a few too many pricks from the vets in Auburn, the pain started and we decided to go ahead with the surgery. I actually have a little info about it in my hub guide for dog cancer. Basically, she had a growth and my local vet wasn't sure what it was as it looked a little like a cyst but still didn't quite look right since she had two spots on the x-ray. We had a bone specialist look at it, and he wasn't sure, but did sugery to remove 3cm of the right radius for biopsy and removal of the growth, leaving the smaller spot. ABout a month later we found out it was bone cancer. It's actually pretty uncommon for them to get 2 tumors on the same leg, but she got it. She had 2 chemo treatments before we amputated just in case the 3cm removal was enough to start metastis, but after the 2nd treatment she had another xray and the tumor was returning in that area. Around Christmas 08 she started limping and it was a fairly constant limp. We got her leg amputated about 13-14 weeks ago. She's had 3 chemo treatments and has 1 left. She has a 50/50 shot to live a year. She's not 2 years old yet, and she's been dealing with this since she was 17 months.


Iphigenia 7 years ago

Good Hub - my friend has a tripod long haired poodle - he lost his leg 7 years ago after a road traffic accident. When he got home after surgery he just carried on as though nothing had happened; he's really popular and an object lesson in how feeling sorry for yourself is a great way to waste many hours of your life !


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

lol - gotta love dogs. They teach you to be a lot more Zen about stuff in the house :)

Thanks for asking about Shania. She was a c-section baby, and was "born" with a crooked leg. We do not know for sure what caused it, but we speculate that it happened when the vet pulled her out. Our surgeon told us that when they are that young if too much force was applied, it could have misaligned the bones.

Initially we tried to realign the bones. It is a pretty uncommon procedure, but the surgeon was optimistic about our chances. We had to put this "device" on her leg to keep the bones in place and slowly move them back into position. Things seemed to be going well, but unfortunately, when we took the "device" off, the bones slid out of place again. Finally, the surgeon decided to try and manually reposition the bones. During the operation, he called us up to tell us that there was too much cartilage damage to really save the leg. Even if we managed to realign the bones, they leg would not be usable because of joint damage. He recommended amputation and we agreed.

What about your APBT? Btw. what is her name?


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

We have loads of carpets. We've finally got each room matching. Where for a while, we had to buy whatever the store had until they had enough to match. We've had to replace the kitchen once already, a second time will be needed soon though where she keeps tearing it up from boredom during the day. At least the ones in the kitchen are cheaper runners and center carpets.

What happened to Shania to need a the amputation?


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shibashake 7 years ago Author

[christine] Thanks for your very kind words. Btw. love your profile picture.

[Whitney] Yeah I hear you with the carpets. I just ordered some new ones for Shania. I made the mistake of choosing a darker tone though, which is bad for hiding dog hair. Now I have a dog-hair carpet :) Hugs to your little tornado. My little tornado is currently cutting a path of destruction through my new bushes and tree. ><

[Nancy] Good to see you. Yes, it was not a good time; but since then things are pretty good :) You are absolutely right about animals being very adaptive. Shania was her usual self on the day after the operation! I still worry about Shania and am perhaps a bit over-protective of her, but she is a force of nature and will tornado around if she wants to :D


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

I can sympathize with your sadness and confusion of having to make a horrible decision like this concerning your beautiful dog. Keep in mind that animals are more adaptive to situations like these then humans. When they have bad day they deal with it and when their days are good, they make the most of it. She will adjust and you will love her just the same. After all, she is your baby!

Great article and beautiful pictures...


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia

My APBT is recently a new tripawd. She's taking very well to it. It's hilarious to watch her chase her tail though. She's like a little tornado. It's just a pain because we've had to add carpet runners throughout the house because she slips on the hardwood floors.


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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

beautiful dogs:) three legged dogs are just as capable of being a friend as four legged dogs are. great hub. very inspirational for animal lovers.

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