The fine folks at Karbach Brewing have made it possible to reimburse another happy family who adopted a three legged dog from a local shelter. Please welcome Elvis to his new furever home…
My wife Ashley and I began our tripawd journey on December 8th, 2015. Our sweet Sadie, who was an eight-year-old weimaraner at the time, had to have her right front leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. We were devastated, scared, nervous and every other emotion you can think of. She was such a good girl and tough as nails. She ran out of the hospital on three legs the day after surgery. It’s almost like she could feel how scared we were and she wanted to put us at ease. You could almost hear her say “I got this, don’t worry.” She tolerated chemo like a champ until treatment number four when she became septic. She was in bad shape, but in true Sadie fashion, she bounced back stronger than before.
Unfortunately, on October 17th, 2016 we had to make the heart-wrenching decision to let Sadie go. She developed a neurological condition that kept her from walking. We decided at the beginning of her treatment that we would not let her suffer and that when the time came, we would allow her to pass with peace and dignity. She had fought her heart out and inspired us with her courage and unconditional love. We were heartbroken with the loss of Sadie.
My wife follows Big Dog Ranch Rescue on Facebook. They are based out of West Palm Beach, FL. On December 4th, 2016 while out having breakfast she told me that BDRR was at a local car dealership with some dogs. We weren’t really looking for a dog or ready for another one yet, but decided to go check it out. BDRR is known for all the weimaraners they have, but they didn’t have any with them this day. We saw a little dog that looked like a beagle, jack Russell mix and he was a cutie. Then we saw him stand up and you guessed it. He is a tripawd!
He was found on the streets in Miami with a badly broken leg that couldn’t be repaired. I wondered why people were passing up on him, but once I saw him stand, I figured it out. People were scared off by the tripawd. Ashley and I were immediately drawn to him for the same reason people were scared. We know how special tripawds are and how inspirational they can be. We adopted Elvis the tripawd that day and we are head over heels for him. I truly believe that Sadie sent him to us.
I would encourage anyone that loves animals to give a tripawd a chance. They are amazing stories of perseverance and courage. I would advise that if you do adopt a tripawd, to make sure to keep his weight at a good level so that it’s easier for them to walk. We place nonslip rugs all over the house to give him traction, which helps keep him safe. Since we let our dogs on the couch, we also purchased steps for our tripawd so that he can get up and down on and off the couch with ease. We exercise our tripawd and give him breaks we he needs them. We let him tell us; otherwise we let him go, go, go.
All animals are special, but Tripawds have a special place in our hearts. They adapt to life on three legs so quickly that I wouldn’t even call them special needs animals. The only special need they have is for us as owners to be a little more diligent to make their environment safe for them.
Yours in the Fight,