A happy dog,

Otis used to do this all of the time, and it was a sure sign for me that he was happy.  I loved seeing him upside down as a fairly new tripawd.  So seeing Gator start to do it more and more is really great!

Gator – not the most flattering shot, but he is not yet comfortable enough to stay upside down if he senses that I am trying to take a picture.


Otis, week three or so post-amp. See the family resemblence?

Author: otisandtess

Otis, an 8 year old 106 lb. lab/Dane mix, became a Tripawd on February 9, 2016 after his right front leg broke due to osteosarcoma. We did 4 rounds of carboplatin, but lung mets were discovered on Agust 25, and he passed on September 4. Otis was half of a bonded pair, and his adopted sister Tess, passed suddenly of hemangiosarcoma on October 9. The day before Tess passed, a local lab rescue group had identfied Gator, a 120 pound 6 year old yellow in need of a home, as a potential companion for her. His picture was on my phone, and my house needed a dog. . .

10 thoughts on “A happy dog,”

  1. I, too, love it when nitro lays like that, with his one front leg up in the air. With his deep chest, I wonder how he’s able to balance, but he lays like that a lot.

    Paula and Nitro

  2. Looks like somebody really arrived! See, whatever is his past is fading into the background and he’s starting to feel right at home!
    There’s nothing better than rescuing such a soul.
    Good Job!

  3. Loooook at that tummy!!!!! Look at BOTH those tummies!! 🙂 🙂 Yes, the resemblance is priceless!! 🙂 I know it made you happy to see Otis take the “happy and content tummy in the air” position so soon after amputation.

    And now to see Gator show the same sign of happiness and contentment AND confidence and security………so sweet! 🙂

    Kiss the tummy for me!!


    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS There are NO unflattering pictures of Gator 🙂

  4. Some of my favorite pictures of Murphy are when he’s smiling at me upside down 🙂


  5. Great job, Gator! We love to see how comfortable you are getting.

    Murphy used to balance on his back, too. And Ollie will beg for belly rubs from just about everybody now.

  6. The first time Venus did that after her amputation, I was filled with so much joy. Was afraid that losing one limb would make her lose her balance upside down. But usually she compensated by stretching one arm out in a different way 🙂 Loved it. Gator looks so carefree – clearly doing great!! Just caught up with his story on the forums… glad to see that everything is going well with him so far.

  7. He must truly be happy and content with you Christine because that’s a dogs most vulnerable position. So if that’s what you’re seeing he’s truly “home” for sure. I must keep that in mind next time my collie Riley lays like that instead of looking to see if I’ve missed any matts in his grooming lol.

  8. I love it. He is home. He is relaxed and he knows it. I am loving both of these pictures. Snickes loves to lay like this.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

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