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Tripod Jerry’s Legacy

Dogster Jerry was recently featured on Nature's Why We Love Cats and Dogs, aired on PBS. His story was a love story showing the amazing...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Feb 20th 2009


Dogster Jerry was recently featured on Nature’s Why We Love Cats and Dogs, aired on PBS. His story was a love story showing the amazing lengths we will go to for our dogs, the strength of the human/ animal bond.

Jerry was a happy, loving German Shepherd who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, he fought a heroic 22-month battle, which ended on Friday, October 3, 2008. After he was diagnosed with cancer his parents had to make a very hard decision, should they amputate a leg to help prolong his life.

Their biggest concern was about his quality of life. After learning more about dogs who have three legs, they decided amputation was the right decision. Then they made another life changing decision, to sell their house and business and take Jerry on a road trip to live out his final days.

It is a heartwarming story that will touch every dog lover. If you missed it, no worries. You can still watch the full episode online! Or, you can just skip to parts 2 & 5 for our segments.

You can read about Jerry’s life living with cancer at Jerry’s Place, also a resource for all dog owners to learn about and cope with amputation, canine osteosarcoma or other dog cancers, and life on three legs. His story is an inspiration to others.

Although Jerry’s life ended short, it was very full, his legacy will last a lifetime.