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September 13, 2017

My last walk with Penny and Hilda

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April 9 2017

September 11, 2017

2016 Mammoth Cave with Penny

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May 2016 trip to Mammoth Cave NP with Penny.

Chilling at the Railroad Exhibit,

Chasing a wild Turkey,

Cave Entrance at night

 

December 1, 2016

Fall day at the park

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Hilda, Penny, and Biff enjoy a lovely fall day at the park.  🙂

Biff’s recent surgery has renewed his stamina and enthusiasm for walks and park visits.  Yay Biff!

June 28, 2015

Hilda and Penny and Respite from the Rain

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Here are Hilda and Penny, tripawd best friends enjoying a sunny day walk at Prophetstown State Park 🙂

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May 19, 2015

Adventures of Penny and Hilda

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Hilda came to live with us last Saturday. She loves her new home and is very cuddly! Penny and Hilda are both missing their left hind leg, and they are about the same size. Nobody knows how Hilda lost her leg, because she was a stray before coming to the shelter. Hilda is having a great time playing with her new sister, Penny, and she is learning to go on family walks. Penny and Hilda play and play, which is great because then Biff gets to sit back and watch them rather than put up with relentless pestering from Penny. Everybody is so happy that Hilda is with us 🙂

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Penny is at the top with the grey harness, and Hilda is below with the black saddle markings. Happy sisters!

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A fun (but brief) game of tug!

May 18, 2015

Biff and Spring Blooms

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May 17, 2015

Hilda and Penny

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May 4, 2015

Penny cuddling her favorite toy

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August 16, 2014

Penny and Biff speak at Chautauqua

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July 3, 2014

The Story of Penny

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Last year after Sunshine passed away, we heard about a young dog who needed an amputation, but first she needed a foster home. She had been found as a stray and had a very badly broken left rear leg. We brought Penny into our home, where she adjusted quickly. Not long after I had dropped her off for the amputation, the vet called to say that, perhaps, she could keep her leg. He had taken another x-ray and found that Penny’s young body had fused the broken bones back together. The left rear leg was shorter than her right rear leg, but it might be OK. So we took her back home and adopted her.

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Over the past year she injured her short leg frequently, but it would recover and she was always happy and friendly. After a recent more persistent injury, we brought her to the vet who took more x-rays. The leg had many problems. Not only was it short, but she had formed a false joint in the wrong location and she had a jagged bone jutting out into her muscle. It was probably bothering her more than we knew. Our vet hated to bring up the idea of amputation, but perhaps it was the best choice. The short leg would be a source of pain for the rest of her life, and much of the time she didn’t use it anyway. Maybe it would be better to hop on 3 legs?

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This past Tuesday, her left rear leg was amputated. She is recovering amazingly fast! Tuesday evening, she was out in the yard peeing. !!! Gabby and Biff both held out for around 24 hours before they would go outside. We are supposed to restrict her activity for 3 days, and today is the 2nd day. She is sleeping a lot, but her energy level is definitely increasing. She has adapted to 3 legs very quickly. Welcome to life as a tripawd, Penny! We are sure you will enjoy it.

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