Still Having Fun on 3 Legs

category: Dogs • 2 min read

3 Legged Border Collie

3 Legged Border Collie

Pip or Peep (I should have asked how Pip/Peep is spelled) is a Border Collie and he only has 3 legs.

He plays, he runs after the ball and sometimes, he even catches the ball. He runs and plays with other dogs.

Pip had cancer on his front left leg. The cancer “didn’t respond to treatment”. The only option left was to amputate the left front leg to prevent the spread. His owners debated it for a few days and decided to go ahead with the amputation. It’s took Pip’s owners longer to recover from the amputation than Pip. Within a couple of days, Pip was running around.

Now, every six month, he goes to the vet for a check-up to see if there is a re-occurrence of the cancer.

Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, but people, that get it, are mostly in their late 40s, 50s and 60s.

Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer among men, but people, that get it, are mostly in their 60s and 70s.

Why do dogs have cancer? They don’t live long. Pip was only 4 years old when he was first diagnosed with cancer. A friend of mine’s Golden Retriever just died also from cancer, Bindi was only 8 years old.

A December 2017 update: Pip has cancer, again. But this time, his owners decided not to have any further treatment.


Camera: Canon 7DMkII ISO 500 and 1/320
Lens: Canon 70-200L/f4 @200mm and f/6.3
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