The Tripod Legacy Campaign
“You could do twice as much, if you tried half as hard as Tripod, the three-legged dog.”
Texas singer-songwriter Jerry K. Green moved to Nashville, TN in 1966 with a song he had written about an extraordinary dog named Tripod. The dog, who belonged to a friend of Green’s, lost his leg after being hit by a car, but his spirit never weakened. Tripod’s resilience and positive attitude, even through the adjustment of having only 3 legs, inspired Green to write about the brave pup’s journey in an effort to inspire the world to keep going, even when the odds are stacked against them. Tripod, a very vocal canine, approved of the song….and even sang along.
Within 6 months of being in Music City, Green and Tripod found themselves sharing the spotlight, literally. The pair performed together at the Grand Ole Opry, The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, WSM-TV, and The Flatt & Scruggs Show, and were featured in the Tennessean, Houston Post and many other acclaimed publications. The song’s success landed Green 40 performances on the Grand Ole Opry in 1967.
51 years later, Tripod is performing on the main stage at Rainbow Bridge, but Green is still on a mission to honor his legacy by giving today’s rescue dogs the chance to live life to the fullest, as the famous pup did. By partnering with animal rescue organizations, raising awareness and funds to support their mission, he aims to help give other disadvantaged dogs a voice...and forever homes.
Green talks about his journey with Tripod and his latest charitable efforts here: