Taking a huge leap of faith, they went with the vet’s suggestion, and proceeded with the surgery.
In November, 2006, Jerry was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.
His parents, Jim and Rene, were shocked to learn that immediate amputation of his affected leg was the best way to alleviate the excruciating pain their boy was in.
Sadly, amputation is palliative treatment only; most dogs will succumb to osteosarcoma in less than two years, and many within just months.
But as weeks turned into months, this eight year-old pound puppy outlived his prognosis and surprised everyone by demonstrating his tenacity for life as a “tripawd.” After the Jerry gained his strength back and reverted back to his old adventure-seeking self, Jim and Rene decided to make the most of their remaining time left together.
From the mountains of Colorado to the Carolina beaches, the threesome showed people across the country that “it’s better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.” Throughout their journey, Jerry’s website, Tripawds.com, continued growing and reaching out to other pet parents facing amputation for their best friend.