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We’re tickled by the dogged dedication of Wired (and Underwire blog) editor Sonia Zjawinski when it comes to her pup, Lulu. A year ago, Lulu got bone cancer in her leg, which resulted in chemo and eventually, amputation. Lulu turned out fine (minus the leg, of course) but the cancer gave Zjawinski a sort of financial amputation–the bill was $10,000.

Rather than cry over lost limbs and maxed credit cards, Zjawinski enlisted her subversive humor and the design of Eric Siry to sell an “I Heart Tripods” shirt featuring Lulu. The shirts elicited an incredible response–she earned $2000 more than she needed, and started giving the money to other pet owners who suffer from vet debt. Now, with the help of artist Amanda Vissel–who experienced a similar episode with her dog, Marco–Zjawinski’s offering a cat version. And she’s already sold 30. There must be a lot more three-legged cats out there than we think.

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