Three-Legged Therapy Dog Called A Hero

TrippTripp may have only three legs, but that doesn’t stop him from doing anything he sets his heart on.

This Golden retriever was once considered un-adoptable and was about to be put down. But a person stepped in and rescued from his horrible fate and sent Tripp to the Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue foundation. He was then placed with a foster family.

His now owner, Ellen Franklin, said that when she first met Tripp, he had an amputation of his back left leg. When she saw this three-legged dog, it was love at first sight.

Tripp was able to adapt quickly to only having three legs. Franklin said, “No one has told him that he’s a dog with three legs. He chases squirrels and does anything the rest of them can do.”

This Golden retriever is also a hero because he saved the lives of the Franklin family when their house was on fire. He woke up Franklin to alert her of the fire, and the family was able to get out in time.

For his brave act, he was awarded with the G.R.A.C.E. award for his heroism.

Tripp is also a therapy dog and visits patients at hospitals in the area.

Not only is this dog a hero, but he’s now a model. Tripp is “Mr. April” for a calendar for the Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue.

Source: WBIR

Photo: Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

6 Responses to “Three-Legged Therapy Dog Called A Hero”

  1. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful dog. I don’t know why people won’t adopt animals with amputations etc, they are just like a normal pet!!!

    Love all animals no matter their situation :)

  2. kaefamily says:

    We human beings might be the species with intelligence but we definitely are in dire need to learn from our animals the trust, loyalty, compassion and gratitude.

  3. Lynn says:

    How wonderful for Tripp that he was rescued by Ellen Franklin.

    Here’s another rescue story of a disabled dog. Gizmo the Great:

    Give it a second to load and then read……

  4. Nora and Rufus says:

    SO LIKE too many shelters, killing a dog because of no room or 3 legs. This is a perfect example of why the people who SAY euthanization has to be done because of “overpopulation” are the nay sayers who work together with people who are too lazy to NETWORK and FOSTER and look for fosters and then forever homes. IT CAN BE DONE AND IT HAS BEEN PROVEN. And then the naysayers fall back on their murderous and lazy techniques of extermination saying it must be done. EXCUSES!

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  6. Anonymous says:

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