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How I became Lucky Lotus and Got a Second Chance at Life

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Howl-o! I’m Lotus! My foster mom calls me Lucky Lotus. Here’s why!

Lotus Smiling
If you think I’m happy now, just wait!

On July 9, 2021 my foster mom got a message from the Husky and Malamute Rescue she volunteers for, asking if a 14 year old cat-friendly boy looking for a foster would be her cup of tea. My foster family has 3 similar aged senior dogs already so it seemed like a no-brainer! Foster mom talked to foster dad and about 30 minutes later plans were being made for me to take a car ride from Arkansas to Iowa.

I was found chained to a tree by a rescue partner of Taysia Blue Rescue. They were picking up a litter of small dogs that were being abandoned and asked what was going on with me. The hooman said I was 14 and going to die anyway! So, thank dog, they brought me to rescue too.

Lotus on the couch
I will never leave this couch!

I arrived at my foster home with a limp and very tired. I LOVED furniture and got a huge smile on my face when I first got to lay on the couch. It was HEAVEN! After a few days with me, my foster mom started to notice my teefs looked fairly nice for an oldtimer and said “hmmmm”.

On July 15, I went to my first vet appointment. First there was good news. The vet guesstimated me to be only 5! Practically a baby! I got 10 years of my life expectancy back at that moment!

Lotus xray
My impressive x-ray

Then came the bad news. My leg was x-rayed to see why I was limping. To everyone’s surprise, I had a bad fracture and my elbow was very dislocated. The vet called the x-ray “impressive”, but not in the good way. I had  arthritis setting in so they thought it was broken for a very long time. Everyone was also surprised how sweet and nice I was despite the pain I was in!

Lotus on the deck
My smiles are the biggest!

The rescue talked to an orthopedic specialist surgeon who said he’d never seen such a terrible x-ray. He showed it to his partners and they were shocked. My injury happened so long ago my leg was trying to grow more bone to create a new joint. (Aren’t bones cool?!) They could cut off the radial head and put a plate on the fractured bone, but there was no guarantee it would give me comfort or mobility. I might still be in pain my whole life. So it was determined amputation would be the easiest and most comfortable.

My foster family had another very special husky mix dog before, Takoda, who had a leg amputated back in 2010. Because of Takoda they learned a lot about tripawds. So tripawd dogs and even kitties have stolen a big chonk of their heart. My foster family was sad I had to have amputation surgery, but knew I’d be so much happier finally living a pain-free life! They felt prepared to handle this unexpected twist of fate and foster mom looked up like she did 11 years ago to refresh her three-legger knowledge.

Then my foster mom happened to see a post on Facebook about the Tripawds Foundation, and how the Tripawds Rescue Fund helps public shelters and nonprofit rescue organizations raise funds for animals in need of amputation while waiting for adoption. Foster mom helped Taysia Blue Rescue raise money for my surgery and get a grant from This was extra helpful since my surgery was not expected!

I had to get neutered and build up my overall healthiness before I could do my amputation surgery. I finally had surgery on August 17, 2021. The vet thought I’d go home that day but I stayed for two nights! The vet people were very nice to me, even though they called me a dramatic husky and kind of a goober.

Lotus post-surgery
Me when I just got home from surgery

It’s now 6 days since my surgery and I’m taking it very easy while I heal. Food and beds are two of my favorite things and I’m enjoying both of them.

I will update soon!

— Lucky Lotus, New Member of the Tripawd Gang

P.S. I am adoptable. I’m currently interviewing extra special hoomans who might want to be my new family and show me how great life can be. I am extremely sweet and loyal and love big and little people. Dogs are ok, but hoomans really are my thing. You can read more about me and apply to make you mine here.


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6 thoughts on “How I became Lucky Lotus and Got a Second Chance at Life”

  1. Well helloooo handsome!!! Mr Lucky Lotus you are absolutely atunning!
    And you cert are Lucky to jave such a wonderful foster home. You are clearly adored and surrounded by very caring hoomans.
    Glad your teef made you look young! But making hoomans think you were a senior is what got you into this great home! You are such a smart doggy!😎
    Yes, getting rid of that bum leg was absolutely the best way to ensure a painfree quality life! For now though, lots of rest of very healing… well as yummy foods and tummy rubs👍
    Looking forward to following all of your adventures. And love, love, love the pictures of your handsome Happy self♥️
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    1. Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie,
      Thank you! You are so right about all of that! Who knew acting like an oldie could have such benefits! Well, gotta go … Time for belly rubs and cookies before bed!

      Lucky Lotus

  2. Awwww you sweet goober boy! You look like such a great dog, I know you will make a furmily VERY hoppy when you find the right one. I’m sorry you had to join our club but really hoppy you found a foster mama who knows exactly how to help you recover and be a pawesome Tripawds Ambassador. Get well soon buddy! We’re cheering you on!!!

  3. Thank you Jerry! Foster mom is super grateful for you and your family and community’s knowledge and support. It would be so much harder to do this all on our own! Just got my fluids drained again at the vet and they were impressed how well I was walking!

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