Pet Adoption Story: Bruiser the Tripawd

When we heard about Bruiser’s inspiring journey, we knew we had to share it! Bruiser is a three-legged dog rescued from the streets of Lebanon. He got a second chance at life in the United States after Trista and her partner made the decision to open her heart and home to him. For all the trauma he had been through, he sure is a happy and inspirational dog!

We talked to Trista about Bruiser’s adoption story, and learned a lot about second chances, stereotypes and the power of rescuing an animal. Read on for Trista’s story.

Bruiser’s GOTCHA Story

Bruiser was found on the side of the road in pretty rough shape in Beirut, Lebanon. They rushed him to the animal hospital to get evaluated and they immediately amputated his front right leg and performed surgery on his tail and left front leg. He was put on bed rest for two months and in an out of foster homes in Lebanon. They sent him to the USA for a greater chance at getting adopted. That’s when we found each other! About a month after he arrived to the US, we met him at a local shelter and he stole our hearts immediately. He wiggled and limped his way towards us and greeted us with kisses. We knew he was ours. For all of the trauma he had been through, he was pretty well adjusted when we brought him home. The moment we got into the apartment, he sniffed around and jumped right onto the couch! After some time, we noticed he didn’t get around quite as well as other tripawds do. We took him for a consult and found he had a fracture in his front leg that never healed properly. He was referred for an intensive rehab program. He was going weekly for about 6 weeks, and then tapered to every other week, then once a month, and now he only goes when he needs it. It’s amazing how much it has helped him! He’s so much stronger and spunkier-even the neighbors notice.


Why we Adopted Him

My partner and I had been “window shopping” for dogs for a while, by browsing websites and sending pictures to one another. Well, really it was only me sending the pictures. One day my partner sent a picture. This was unusual, because I had been sending potentials his way for 6 months. That picture was of Bruiser. There was something in his face that just grabbed us. We agreed it would be the first pup we actually go and meet. Bruiser came spiraling around the corner into the large recreation room in the animal hospital and he scooted his was right towards us with a huge smile on his face. He was still getting used to not having a front leg, so he hobbled his way over, knocked his chin to the ground, spun around straight away for a belly rub. Then he quickly got up, left us alone and went off to figure out this room he had never seen before. His huge smile never left, even when he kept falling over.  He is spunky and fun, but independent and curious. He is incredibly laid back. We as a couple embody all of these traits so we knew immediately. Not many people will take a chance on a dog who needs a little more attention. We knew we needed to be those people for him and we knew he’d be the dog to make our house feel full.

Stereotypes We’d Like to Shatter 

Everywhere we go we get mixed reactions to Bruiser. Both because he’s got a pit-like face and a missing leg. We’ve had people turn a corner, back away and put their hands in the air once coming in contact with B. We’ve had people ask if he’s lost the leg in a dog fight. But he also has a huge fan club in the neighborhood! Once people give Bruiser a chance they see he’s the sweetest boy. All he wants is a good butt scratch and a little attention. He’s the goofiest, spunkiest, most lovable dog I’ve ever owned. I wish people wouldn’t assume that pits are evil or that just because he has 3 legs, he was a part of something terrible.

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