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Getting Strong

Happy 4th of July!

Rocket has been busy just being a puppy. This 3-legger can run and turn faster than the other 3 dogs in the house. He does cheat a little by zooming under the coffee table and running circles around the legs so the bigger dogs can’t reach him. He thinks he’s a pretty funny guy! He can jump up on all the furniture now and, like Tigger, is bouncy, bouncy, bouncy! Rocket run backwards almost as fast as he goes forward – I think it’s a combination of being tiny and a front tripawd.

We have been traveling some and he is our best traveler. Sleeps all the way there and loves staying in the horse trailer.

About a month ago he had his first small session of physical therapy using a yoga block (being little he can use about anything for tools). Yesterday he had a much longer session working on balance and working all those important core muscles. He did stretches up and down and side-to-side and then did figure 8s around his balancing balls. Now we have homework so we can show improvement by his next session – which is a mix of puppy training and PT. Needless to say, he was exhausted!

Life is good for this Tiny Tripawd and says he’ll see you in the next post!!

One busy puppy

Rocket has been very busy this past month. Being a puppy he sometimes plays extremely hard. Unfortunately, when the puppy crash hits and he drops for a nap, his neck and shoulders must tighten up and when he moves it hurts and he wakes up crying. The vet has given us some anti-inflammatory to help on those days it is needed. So far, he has been able to work the kinks out quickly except for a couple of times. We are hoping to be able to start doing some core work soon to try and avoid this happening.

Other than that, he is a normal crazy boy. For some reason, this tiny tripawd has picked his biggest sibling (25 lbs) to be his favorite play pal. To our surprise, even though she is still a puppy herself, she is very careful of him and is always concerned should he squeak for whatever reason. He gets the zoomies and runs circles around her – who needs that extra leg?!

He has experienced his first snow and made tripawd snow prints.

Got his first bath (not too fond of that experience!)

And had his first big trip and stayed in the horse trailer where he found another dog and he wanted that “other dog” our of there. He handled traveling and socializing very well.

His abilities are amazing and can now get up on the couch, climb up and down small stairs and go in and out of the doggy door. Nothing gets in his way. Next week brings the last of his puppy shots and rabies and then on to puppy classes and PT work. Updates will follow!

Sunday is a day of rest (and rest, and more rest)

Rocket is now officially settled in and ruling the roost. He can zoom up and down his ramp to his yard, barks at anyone not paying attention to him and plays and sleeps hard. He is already sleeping through the night.

Yesterday he met Courtney who does dog training and also does doggy rehab. She gave him lots of chewies and has lots of plans to keep him strong and healthy throughout his life. Once he has his last set of shots, he will be attending puppy classes so he can get well socialized.

Rocket says being well rested is very important so (as you can see) he suggests taking lots of long naps.

Two pounds of crazy

Welcome to Rocket’s world!

We recently adopted an 11 week old Papillon that was born with an “angel wing” on his right front leg instead of a normal leg. (sometimes we call it his chicken wing). The breeder said he has been a feisty fellow since he first started moving around and figuring out how things work. Since he knows nothing else, he has no idea that he is supposed to have four legs!

I am hoping that with this blog I can help anyone else raising a “since birth” tripawd and make navigating this joyful decision a little easier.

Except for having 3-legs, he is like any other normal puppy – goes like crazy with wild bursts of energy and the next minute sound asleep. His life consists of playing, eating, sleeping, pooping and peeing. Strangely enough, his favorite playmate is the largest dog we own who is still a puppy herself (only a year old), but weighs 25 pounds so we have to watch closely to make sure she stays gentle and doesn’t get too excited. She has been a surprising saint with all his puppy antics.

Our first challenge has been the fact that his little leg is actually there, but is deformed and wasted. When he gets to playing too hard the paw end moves too much and can occasionally cause pain. We are assuming it becomes hyper extended or bends just wrong as there are no tendons or ligaments within that bottom portion to keep it held tight. He does not like it at all when we try to cover it with something snug to hold it still and all the doggy t-shirts out there are WAY too big for him at this time. If anyone has a suggestion that will get us by until he gets big enough, it would be appreciated. He saw the orthopedic vet yesterday and he said it would be best to remove the leg once he gets big enough. My next step will be to touch bases with a rehab specialist to see what and when we should start doing things to make sure the rest of his body stays strong and healthy.

I love this community as it helped me through a difficult time with Shooter and I’m looking forward to keeping everyone updated on Rocket’s Journey!

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