EPISODE 74 | RELEASED August 21, 2020

Tripawds: Life With A Three-Legged Dog | Rene Agredano and Jim Nelson Deep Dive

As it turns out, three-legged dogs don’t just thrive—they can teach us a lot about this adventure called life. Rene and Jim tell us about Tripawds.


When the vet recommended amputation for their dog, Rene and Jim were terrified. Little did they know that this diagnosis would help them do a 180 and start living life to the fullest again.

As it turns out, three legged dogs don’t just thrive—they can teach us a lot about this adventure called life. Rene and Jim tell us about their RV lifestyle, writing two books, meeting MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell, and forming Tripawds, an international community for three-legged dog parents. Friendships, foundations, support groups, and even international parties have grown from what seemed like an unmitigated tragedy. And it’s all thanks to Jerry, a three-legged dog who taught his parents how to live in the moment.

This episode is a gold mine for any dog parent living with or facing amputation, as Jim and Renee have created an amazing community and resources. But the life lessons and joy are worth hearing for anybody and everybody.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

This is the loving HOME for any current or potential tripawd parent. The Tripawds page contains an wealth of resources including forums, a live chat, blogs, reading lists, featured products, and more. https://tripawds.com/

The Tripawds foundation with links to donate, apply for financial assistance and free Tripawds gear, call the hotline, read free veterinary outreach materials, and more: https://tripawds.org/

Rene and Jim’s first book, “Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now” https://www.amazon.com/Be-More-Dog-Learning-Live-ebook/dp/B07XR6QQN4/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=be+more+dog&qid=1597873191&sr=8-2

The “Guardian” article covering the first Tripawds gathering: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/01/totally-pawesome-at-the-three-legged-dog-convention

The PBS documentary that connected them to Patrick McDonnel: https://tripawds.com/tag/pbs/

The “Mutts” comic: https://mutts.com/about-patrick/

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