Tripawds Foundation ASAP grant #57 helps Tripawds member tripawdpaul pay for front limb amputation surgery for new Tripawd Pirate Paul. Read on for his story, and learn more about the Tripawds Amputation Surgery Assistance Program. See if you or someone you know qualifies for our pet amputation financial assistance.
Tripawd Pirate Paul Tells His Story
In December of 2021 I had a cancerous mass removed from my tiny left front leg. Unfortunately, it returned this year. On October 21, 2022 I had my left front leg amputated in order to combat this cancer. Surgery was successful and I have been resting and recovering since. Learning how to walk on three legs has been a mostly easy transition.
With only a couple stumbles and spills along the way, I’d say I’m doing really good; although I get tired pretty quickly. The vet said that I’m not allowed to hop on the stairs or onto the couch, so I’ve been relying a lot on my Pawrent to pick me up and put me places that I am used to going all on my own. He’s normally really good at picking me up quickly, but sometimes I have to growl at him to get his attention.
Going to the bathroom as a Tripawd pirate has been slightly more difficult because there are stairs that lead down to the grassy area where I do my business. I can jump back up but I can’t get down on my own. A ramp is under construction as we speak. My sutures come out on Thursday November 3rd. Once my incision fully heals I am excited to get back out on my daily runs through the local park and get back out into the world.
I would have to say my favorite part of all this is the extra love and treats I am receiving. As you can see, I really enjoy dressing up. Since losing my leg I have so many new costume ideas and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.
All in all the transition to being a Tripawd Pirate has been a mostly smooth one with a few learning experiences here and there. I’m really looking forward to getting the hang of it, the vet said around three weeks is when I feel back to my normal self. Thanks for reading my story and please reach out if you have any suggestions. I’m on Instagram @TriPawdPaul.
~ Johnny & Bruno (aka: Paul)