Three Legged Dog Story

This is a lovely story from Nicole, about her very special friend Alex … 

 

I have never looked for others with tripods until today and find myself doing so because I believe we are coming to the end of a wonderful 11 year odyssey.

Alex lost her left foreleg for reasons unknown to us. She was reportedly a 3 yo 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 woould 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.”

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.

For those of you just beginning with a “tripod wonder” and wondering how it will impact your family. Both of our daughters were yong when Alex came and both learned about tolerance and acceptance in the procee. 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.

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!

Thank you for the story Nicole. Shania and I enjoyed it very much. We would love to see Alex, so please post us some pictures when you can. Below are some pictures of Shania giving licky licks :)

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Comments

  1. Van says

    This site was really helpful. Our golden retriever is going to lose a leg from cancer tomorrow, and it is such an emotional thing to go through. We’re so worried he won’t be able to play or enjoy life anymore, and reading these pages has really lifted my spirits. Thanks for putting it together. It makes me more hopeful that we and he will get through this.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I was very worried with Shania as well, and it really helped to write about my experiences with her. How did things go with the surgery? How is your golden boy?

      Big hugs and lots of licks from Shania.

  2. Amanda C. says

    Hello!
    I stumbled across this blog and I just wanted to say that I too have a three legged siberian husky missing the front left leg. I adopted Kodah from the San Diego Humane Society…there his name was Houston. He was brought to the Humane Society because he was a victim of a hit and run, I guess his leg was too badly mangled that they had to amputate it. Kodah does great, I forget he has three legs most of the time. He does get a little clumsy sometimes when he gets very excited but he can run faster than I can! :)

    • shibashake says

      It is always so good to hear of a Husky finding a wonderful home. Big hugs and tummy rubs to Kodah! Shania sends lots of Husky kisses!

  3. shelly says

    I am on the brink of having to decide wether or not to amputate my 2.5 yr old husky fronr right leg. He was involved in a pretty serious accident with a pick up truck on Feb, 16th 2012(the worst day of my life). The weather is getting warmer up here in North dakota which would usually mean spring time runs through the park with Konas sister Kaienne. His options are arthrodesis(bone fusion), amputation, or going to sleep… forever. This little man is my shadow, a best friend, and a brother. I want the best life for him possible. I am really struggling with making this desicion. The fusion surgery is only about $1500 more than the amputation but this comes after the $4000 i have already spent, and with no promises. i am just looking for some input.. If you have never owned a husky, they just dont understand.. please help. these guys are my life.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Shelly,

      I had to make a similar decision with my Siberian Husky Shania. With Shania, we elected to try to fix her leg by realigning her bones. It would cost a lot, and Shania would have to go through several surgeries, but this was something that would affect the rest of her life. If successful, the procedure would allow her crooked leg to be weight bearing – which would be a significant enhancement. Therefore, I decided that it was worth it.

      Sadly, the procedure did not work because there was already too much cartilage damage in her leg. Ultimately, the surgeon suggested amputation, and we agreed. Here is Shania’s amputation story, how I made my decision, and how things were after the amputation.

      Shania is now 4.5 years old and she is happy, bouncy, and an awesome companion. Even though the bone alignment surgery did not ‘work’, I am glad I tried everything I could to try and save her leg. I still wish we could have saved her leg, however, that does not stop Shania from living her life and having fun. She digs, plays with my other dogs, goes on walks every day, and likes to cuddle.

      She takes a bit of extra special care and some extra supervision, but I am so glad that I get to share my life with such a special and kind soul.

      Bigs hugs to your Huskies.

  4. Jennifer says

    I just wanted you to know that your page has helped me with a decision I had to make about amputation in my Shiba. He was hit by a car at 6 months old and has been suffering from nerve damage since then. We’ve tried all that we could but ultimately the vet recommended amputation. Reading about the wonderful life your husky has had with 3 legs has really helped us. A big thanks to you from me and Kramer. :)

    • shibashake says

      Hi Jennifer, I am glad that Shania’s story was of some help to you in this difficult time.
      It is really amazing how quickly they will bounce back. Shibas are also smaller, so they will be able to adapt to having 3 legs even better than a Siberian.

      Hugs and kisses to Kramer. Although being a Shiba, he probably prefers to just go off on his own with some yummy chicken :D

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