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Way To Go Wyatt

My New Tripawd Wheelchair Walking Routine

February 5th, 2019 · 4 Comments · My Thoughts

Word’s out. I got me some wheels. My momma told you guys last week in Tripawds News, did you see her Expert Tips for Tripawd Wheelchairs?

How My New Tripawd Wheelchair Happened

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I’m walking and rollin’ in my rear leg wheelchair.

Let’s face it. I’m ten years old. My walks ain’t what they used to be — as long as mom and dad have any say about it. Oh don’t get me wrong, I try to go far, but the humans keep saying something about not letting me overdo it. So walks get shorter and guess what? I get bored. And fat. Not even Tripawd brain games make me as happy as walking. I’m a working dog breed, remember?

Then in December the Oaktown Pack came to visit and brought wheels for me! The wheels belonged to Austin Ray. He couldn’t use the wheels after a while because his “front end doesn’t work so well,” say his people. That’s when mom thought I should give them a try.

A few weeks later they called a dogtor and we met her at a park. I thought that we were gonna go play ball or something, but nope. Dr. Kramer is a canine rehabilitation dogtor, and she was there because you just don’t put a Tripawd in a wheelchair without an expert to make sure it fits right. Check out her Tripawd wheelchair tips.

So here’s what happened:

They fussed with me for a long time, trying to get the cart to fit right. But it only took a few minutes for ME to figure things out. Dr. Kramer kept saying “Wow he’s taking to them faster than I thought he would!”

To her I said, “You had your doubts?” I mean come on, my people are always bugging me to model new gear for Tripawds. Harnesses, boots, you name it, they make me show it off. So why would wheels be any different?

We’ve been practicing our new walking routine. I don’t go for wheelchair walks every day, since the chair puts more weight on my front end. Dr. Kramer says eventually I may need a “carpal brace” for wrist support.

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Wyatt rolls downhill in his new wheels.

About every two days here’s what my new Tripawd wheelchair walking routine looks like:

  1. First I go potty.
  2. Then I do a five or ten minute warm up walk. Dr. K says this is important. Just because I have wheels doesn’t mean I will give up walking, as long as I am mobile.
  3. When my warm up walk is over, Mom and Dad set me up in the chair and away we go!

I kinda like the wheels, actually. And Dad likes them more now that I don’t run over his feet as often. I’ve tipped over once or twice but I think I’m getting those turns down now. The cool part is that everywhere we go, people wave and cheer me on, like I’m in a pawrade or something!

The Tripawd Wheelchair Life is good.

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Wasn’t I a Very Good Dawg? What’s Up Santa?

January 2nd, 2019 · 9 Comments · My Adventures

Santa, I thought I was a very good dawg. After all, you did come to see me, and I got to open cool presents on Christmas Day.

My favorite kind of presents . . . edible ones! Those Wild Earth meatless treats are da-bomb.

Opening presents is hard work but I’ve got it under control.

I was all worn out, and thought I was done with the unwrapping.

When suddenly, this happened.

Wyatt's New Wheels

What the heck Santa?!

I’m gonna let my people tell you all about it in Tripawds News. They’ll get around to it as soon as they recover from our New Year’s pawty. Stay tuned.

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WRD: Wash, Rinse, Dry, it’s Pawliday Time!

November 21st, 2018 · 10 Comments · My Thoughts

I always thought my initials, WRD, were for my name: Wyatt Ray Dawg. That  would make sense, right?

But apparently, during the pawliday season, WRD stands for something else. And I don’t like it one bit. I thought all that swimming I did last summer counted as enough bathing for a lifetime. But mom and dad had other ideas.

Wash

Rinse

Dry

Life is ruff when you’re a dawg during the pawlidays. It’s all about being clean when you go visiting, right? How totally exhausting!

From me, Wyatt Ray Dawg, and my people: Hoppy Thanksgiving to you and your pack! May all the turkeys get pardoned, like my feathered friends in Montana.

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Couch Surfing Sled Dawg Wanna-be

October 27th, 2018 · 10 Comments · My Pals

“Wyatt, you need to see the dogtor in Colorado,” Mom said to me after I went skydiving. So I went along with her idea, because I am a good dawg and know the drill. Like I really have a choice right?

Tripawd arthritis surgery healing

“Mom, you’re smothering me again.”

What she didn’t tell me was the dogtors were going to stick a big fat needle in my leg to help with my arthritis problem.

Tripawd arthritis surgery healing

“Hey that needle hurt!”

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, that I would need to do more couch surfing for like three weeks!

Tripawd arthritis surgery healing

More couch surfing, more Tripawd arthritis surgery healing. Fun.

Worst of all, I had to sit out this year’s Colorado musher dawg camp out! Yeah that’s right, my Odoroloc pals and me got to hang out in the mountains again. But when they got to run run run for training time, I had to crack the whip from the side lines.

There was no racing for me this year. Not cool, mom. I want to mush too!

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“Aww come on I want to go!”

What was cool was when TC did her annual blessing of the team to kick off the season. I got a bit of Odoroloc magic from Team Angels sprinkled on me, along with some of Spirit Jerry too. Now I’ve got more guardian angels than ever!

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Look out, I’ll be faster than ever next year!

I hope the team has a blast in Alaska this winter. I’ll be back running with them next fall, just wait.

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Meet My Canadian Cancer Hero Terry Fox

September 15th, 2018 · 4 Comments · My Adventures

I am a Tripawd but I did not lose my leg to cancer the way lots of yous did. I know, too many, right friends? Amputation is ruff enough but cancer? Well, it bites. I know, because my predecessor Jerry G. Dawg had it. Osteosarcoma, to be exact. He’s been gone almost 10 years now, but my parents still get tears in their eyes just thinking about that damn disease. So when we were flying south from Alaska and leaving Canada, they made sure to stop at a very important place along the way, kinda like to honor Jerry. We stopped at The Mount Terry Fox Provincial Park.

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What? You mean there’s more to the Terry Fox story?

Meet My Canadian Cancer Hero Terry Fox

You know how lots of people see a Tripawd and they go “Hey that dog only has one leg!” Of course we  have three, but all they see is that one missing leg. We’re lucky that way. We have spare legs. People who lose a leg to a cancer like osteosarcoma are not as lucky. They must make do with one leg, and face life head on in a way most of us can’t even imagine. The Canadian hero Terry Fox was one of them.

You kids may not remember who he was, but you need to know and I’m just the dawg to tell you. Heck, my mom and dad were just little punks when the world met this one-legged hero. But they do remember hearing the story of this Canuk’s courage and bravery. In 1980, Terry was only 18 years old when doctors told him he had osteosarcoma. They took his leg. But they didn’t take his life.

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Even the smoke couldn’t hide Mount Terry Fox.

The kid didn’t let cancer get him down! Just like us Tripawd dawgs! He knew he had to do something so more people like him didn’t suffer from the disease. But what could one person, with just one leg do? Well, he showed the world exactly what!

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“I’m ready, let’s go hike it!”

On April 12, 1980, Terry started an epic run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. On. ONE. Leg! Dude, not even a Tripawd could do that!

Nobody knew who this hero-in-the-making was (hey this was before Facebook, remember!). But by the time he ran 143 days and 3,339 miles across the country on his “Marathon of Hope,” the world knew they were looking at greatness. Later, Hollywood even made this movie about him.

Sadly, Terry didn’t get to finish the run. Cancer. Lung mets. I don’t have to tell you the rest of that sad story.

But it wasn’t the end of Terry’s legacy when he died at age 22. Nope. The Terry Fox Foundation got started. Look what he did! One man! He raised money to get the ball rolling and today that non-profit is one of the best, most successful cancer research foundations. Whether for pets or people, the foundation is doing all they can to help scientists all over the world find a cure to stop cancers like osteosarcoma.

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“Don’t give up on a cure, remember Terry Fox!’

As Sheriff Wyatt Ray, I’m ordering ya to learn more about the Terry Fox Foundation and support their efforts, got it? Because I want a cure. WE want a cure! And WE don’t want one more Tripawds member to suffer because of that disease, right? Not. One. More!

And now back to my regularly unscheduled misadventures . . .

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