Nashville Songwriter Travis Meadows and His Three-Legged Dog Named Larry

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After a past plagued with bouts of addiction, a battle with cancer and the grief of losing his brother, Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows has found hope in a three-legged dog named Larry.

A funny sentence, until you hear the rest of the story.



The songwriter behind Jake Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” and Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” has always been open with the public about his struggles– he battled cancer as a teenager and he struggled with drugs and alcohol, but before finding Larry, he had one big secret he still wasn’t fond of sharing. During his battle with cancer, Meadows lost one of his legs and for 35 years, he hid this fact from the public. Larry was Meadows’ inspiration to be brave and share his story.

Fixated on the idea of finding a dog, Meadows searched tirelessly for the perfect companion before the three-legged pooch, Larry, popped up on his screen. Larry had lost his leg after being hit by a car.

“That’s just what I need in my life, a three-legged dog,” Meadows said in an interview with the Tennessean.

And it was. Larry inspired him to reveal that he was an amputee on Facebook. His story has allowed him to connect with and inspire other cancer survivors and amputees.

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“Larry will be running through the house, and sometimes, something will hit him wrong and he’ll fall. And he’ll get up happy,” Meadows said.

Incidents like this are perfect reminders to Meadows to get up and keep going even when times are tough.

“Life is tragic and beautiful and I intend to live it completely and thoroughly as long as I have air in these Lungs and a leg to stand on.”

Meadows is currently traveling the country playing shows. For more information on where to see him visit

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