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Cooper and Cinta – 2 tripawds in Montreal

The life & times of two amazing tripawds living with a strange four-legged Golden Retriever in Montreal…

Cooper and Cinta – 2 tripawds in Montreal

Cooper Craves Carrots

January 22nd, 2015 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

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Hello all,

I just had to share this with you as we’re peachy pleased over here in Montreal (despite the freezing cold!).

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I posted this in the Discussion Forums as well, but as you may have noticed on Cooper’s blog I am a major shutterbug when it comes to taking pictures of the two tripawds Cooper and Cinta and our Golden Colby. So last week I started an Instagram account for them, @coopercravescarrots, as a means to share pictures with my god-daughters who love them and don’t find they see them enough.

You can follow and/or see their pictures here:

http://instagram.com/coopercravescarrots/

Then early this week, Cooper, Colby and Cinta’s story was chosen to be featured on FuzFeed.com as part of their #PawsForThought and #AdoptDontShop campaigns!

https://fuzfeed.com/rescue-dogs-found-forever-home/

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Following this, Cooper and the pack’s story got picked up by PetsPlusUs who shared it on their social media feeds on both FaceBook and Twitter! You can see the posts here, they were both posted today:

https://www.facebook.com/PetsPlusUsCa
https://twitter.com/PetsPlusUsCA

I love that they were featured as part of an Adopt Don’t Shop campaign and that the story puts a spin on rescuing dogs with stories (and two tripawds)! It also talk to Cooper’s being a certified therapy dog with Therapeutic Paws of Canada – it is so inspiring to see the effect he has when we go on visits. He has great success with our groups of seriously handicapped children and adults, as well as with the crisis center for homeless men, and we have also started going to a new drug rehabilitation program. They see him as an example of living in the present, forgetting your past, forgiving and getting on with life.

Go tripawds!

Had to share this with all of you!

Hugs from Montreal xo

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Cooper & Colby pictorially forming kisses and hugs from Montreal!

January 4th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Hello all!

I’m taking over Cooper’s blog while he and Colby snore (well, Cooper snores, Colby dreams – Sally, I’ve read that Coonhounds do tend to be snorers, it is the most peaceful, and funny, sound! I wonder if Franklin will entertain you with dulcet snores!) nearby… After 10 centimeters of snow we have had 10 milimeters of freezing rain… Beautiful to look at (see pic below and the trees in the back of the house covered in icicles) but treacherous to walk in, especially for Cooper who bravely hopped along… Slowly! I believe it was one of our shortest walks ever…

Now the pups are happily snoozing in the cutest position so I had to share… Bum to bum and in a perfect pictorial of XO, kisses & hugs!

Hugs from the Montreal pack!

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Happy New Year from all of us!

December 31st, 2014 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Hello friends,

I just sent Happy New Year wishes to the three amazing Earth Angels who brought Cooper into our lives (Liz Marshall, Samantha Holton and Paige A.) and thought they were worth sharing here as well with all of you:

‘From us to you, may 2015 be filled with health, happiness, moments of awe and joy, people you love and, as embodied by our two pups below photographed yesterday in the winter sun: peace, contentment, rest, relaxation and the magical capacity to live in the present!

Oh, and if you were as good as Cooper was in 2014, perhaps Santa also left you a perfect gift.. Such as a stuffed racoon for a Coonhound :)!’

Or the perfect piece of wrapping paper (much better than the gift inside) for Cinta… And worry not, Colby got a stuffed squirrel but we unfortunately did not get a picture of it before it was… destroyed!

Hugs from Montreal and all of our best for 2015!

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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…

December 20th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Good morning fellow tri’s and the people who love them!

It is starting to smell a lot like X-mas here… Tree going up (a small one, you should see what that cat Cinta does to a larger one… Who says Trikitties can’t climb trees?), baking going on (crumbs!!!), the cat fighting with leftover ribbons and wrapping paper…

Alas, along with that come silly Christmas photos… Who are they trying to fool, that may look like Santa and his elf but I can smell our vet and her technician under there! You don’t fool us hounds that easily (though I did not tell Colby, I’m sure she was none the wiser). And then our peeps insist on putting silly hats on us! Why oh why? How insulted does Cinta look?

Even the poor Eiffel Tower got a hat! What did it do to deserve that?

Sigh… We love them anyway…

Hugs from Mtl!

Cooper

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Almost famous…

December 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Hello fellow friends, furry and non…

My moment of near-fame has arrived and I wanted to share it with all of you! A new ‘pet space’ boutique has opened in our town and as part of the grand opening there was a wine and cheese evening (actually is was a beer and cheese evening, a local microbrewery beer called, aptly, ‘Chihuahua’) and a fundraising fashion show.

Of course being the gorgeous top-model that I am I was part of the show and actually modeled the best coat in recycled materials (leather, suede and fur – my mum has a slight issue with the fur thing but as it was recycled she flowed with it). Of course if offset my gorgeous red coat perfectly 🙂

It was also a great forum for us tripawds ;)! So many people came up to chat with my peeps, ask questions about tripawds and mobility and say how amazed they were at seeing a three-legged dog hopping around so happily :)! I hope that it has changed some people’s perceptions of us amputees and makes them more open to adopting/rescuing/making tough decisions in the face of their pet’s illness.

A few pictures of the article that appeared in our local newspaper (yes, that is ‘moi’ being dashing on the left)… Oh, and there is that jealous cat Cinta trying to steal my thunder… Feigning sleep on the paper to hide my snap, hmmmmph…

Oh, and pardon my French if you will, I used to be a Georgia boy but I’m now, living in Quebec, fluently bilingual :)! I know all of my cues in French : assis (sit), couche (lay down), reste (stay), viens (come), dehors (outside), fais pipi (ok, that one is self-explanatory), au pied (heel), manger (food!!!), biscuit (another easy one)…

Life in ‘la belle province’ is all in French, hence that article accompanying my picture… But that’s ok, the picture says a thousand words!

Hugs from Montréal!

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Saturday snoozing… Cinta here!

December 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Happy Sunday all!

Enough of these dogs getting all of the attention here, my turn at this blogging thing… We’re enjoying a ‘staycation’ weekend here which suits me perfectly… Staying in, napping, fires, watching hockey in the basement all 5 of us last night… Treats… Perfection!

Now if only those dogs could stop photobombing my pictures…

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Maybe I’ll just take a nap and forget about them…

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Or I could just completely steal their bed (and yes, that is a girafe tail beside me, RIP Mr. Girafe, put to rest by those dastardly dogs…)

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After all, doing all of that yoga was exhausting…

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Yawn, it’s a cat’s life…

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Two peas in a pod! (Colby here)

December 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Hello all,

Colby here taking over whilst Cooper snoozes (sulks) in front of the fire… After the storm comes the calm, everything is beautiful outside, covered in snow, and we are all bundled in front of our fire! I don’t see why tripawds should have all of the attention, quadripawds have feelings too!

That Cooper may call me kooky and strange with my four paws, and I may not be eligible for our vet’s special nail clipping rate that those other two benefit from (yes, 3/4) but in the pictures below you’ll see that he really does love me, four paws and all! Notice how he is almost always touching me… Ok, perhaps it’s the other way around…

Two peas in a pod really :)!

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Summer loving…

December 10th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

‘Summer lovin’, had me a blast
Summer lovin’, happened so fast
Met a girl crazy for me (my part)
Met a boy cute as can be (that kooky Golden’s part)
Summer days drifting away’

Sigh, those ‘Grease’ lyrics really do apply for a Georgia boy living in winterland… Tomorrow they’re forecasting a real doozer of a storm with 40 centimeters rolling our way… Makes me long for those summer sun days…

That was the life really, and that sun keeps my joints and limbs all toasty… Though, in the winter my physiotherapist ups the temperature in my swimming therapy pool which is nice, though I’m still not nuts about water unlike that Golden Colby…

Perhaps I’ll share some pics of me in the pool with my therapist next post, but for now here is ‘moi’ basking in the warm sun this summer during our beach vacation!

Sigh… That was the life!

Me running on the beach… Who says tripawds can’t run? Look at those ears flopping in the wind in my wake!

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Now that being said… The beauty of living in the cold? Fires in the fireplace! Our peeps start one often in the winter and our bed is right near the hearth… Maybe…

Here is ‘the look’ Colby and I have developped to plea them into something, maybe it will work for a nice warm fire…

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I agree with Roxie’s Mom!

December 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Good morning from sunny (if not warm) Montreal!

Thank you so much Roxie’s Mom, in your comment on my previous blog post, for complimenting my bunny cap look as well as the obvious fact that that cat takes up way too much room on my bed… Yes my bed… He has his own you know… Ok, so he’s a Maine Coone cat and weighs 16 pounds and is all fluffy and cute… No reason to mulch my cushion…

I mean look at this, between the Golden and my cat I’m all huddled in a compact ball!

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It’s just wrong I say… And here I am sporting yet another hat, a jaunty Irish cap… I’m telling you, my life is hard really… At least I have my Golden’s tail to hug…. I love my Golden…

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Have a great Sunday all!

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Even bunnies deserve treats (aka thoughts on supplements for us tripawfect pets)

December 6th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Hello all,

Still cold here… Mum is so embarassing sometimes, she put a knitted bunny cap on me… A bunny cap!!! Does she not know that I’m a hound… Of well, if it makes her smile…

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I thought I’d show off my internet sleuth skills (who says tripawd hounds can’t use Google) and share our favourite snacks, i.e. joint supplements (yum!). That funny four-legged Golden gets jealous of our treats – especially the 4Cyte as it smells like fish in my dog bowl! It’s one of the happy moments of being a tripawd – we get yummy treats to protect our joints and cartilage and help keep them as strong as possible. Our vet, who is a super specialist on post-surgery and us ‘special’ pups and cats recommended these as our best combo so thought I’d share, always good to have as much info as posible on alternatives and possbilities!

And I’m super special, a bit over a month after my peeps adopted me our vet thought that I walked a bit strangely, something about my rear left leg (it’s my front right leg that was amputated), x-rays revealed that… I have another bullet in that leg. They say they don’t want to remove it as any damage could compromise my mobility and it does not seem to bother me at all…

I just think it makes me BionicHound with a leg of steel :)! You can see my secret weapon below, that perfect little round circle under the ‘L’, did I not tell you I’m special?

My peeps never tell my ‘story’ by the way to people we meet… People used to say ‘poor dog’ and shower me with pitty and sadness. I’d look up at them with huge hound eyes and not get it! Hey, I’m the world’s happiest dog, and I’m super special! Now they just say that they adopted me like this and people shower me with love! I know that they’re just trying to protect that strange Golden with 4 legs and not make her feel bad about being different from Cinta and I :)! Tripawds rule in our house!

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So here are mine that my peeps give me each day (I’ll sound all savant but the technical terms come from the product web sites). Does not mean they’re better than others but since they were recommended to us frozen-weather tripets I wanted to share them with my fellow perfect pets, can never have too much info on keepingus fit!

4Cyte:
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4Cyte contains Epiitalis® which is a plant oil extract patented for its ability to proliferate chondrocyte cells for cartilage regeneration. It’s good to use after joint damage or surgery, or even better, you can use it proactively as a prophylactic in high-risk large breeds, working or athletic dogs (Epiitalis is linked to an apparent increase in chondrocyte viability, in the presence of Interleukin-1, which potentially reduces the rate of degradation of the cartilage and it may also increase the number of chondrocytes (chondroproliferation), which potentially increases the health and longevity of the cartilage), it also contains Abalone, New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel, Marine CartilagE.

TriCOX:

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TriCOX is a new, comprehensive joint support supplement for dogs. The unique blend of ingredients include: UC-II, bosewellia extract, astrxanthin, glucosamine, MSM and creatine. Recent studies have linked osteoarthritis occurrence and progression with an abnormal response of the immune system to exposed cartilage proteins. TriCOX desensitizes the immune system and prevents pro-inflammatory immune attacks on joints through UC-II, a patented form of undentured collagen.

My cat Cinta (he’d beg to say that I’m his dog and not the other way around) loves these each morning – he comes running to the kitchen the second our peeps open the pouch:

Flexadin Plus:

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Flexadin chewable tablets help to support joints and cartilage in both cats and dogs to help aid movement and mobility. The tablets contain unique active ingredients that help to support normal joint function including Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin sulphate, Manganese and Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s claw).

Well, off for our morning walk folks! Happy Saturday and a living proof pic of how us tripawd dogs and cats don’t get along well at all…

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