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31 October 2016 - 8:09 pm
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Hi all. My 7yo golden retriever, Fionn, is now 3.5 weeks out from a front leg amputation for osteosarcoma. Right before and for 2 weeks after surgery, I wrote a daily description of the ins and outs of the decision and the trials and tribulations of the recovery period as a helpful guide to someone else getting ready or already going through this. I decided to be different and set up my blog as "pages" rather than "posts" so you can click on individual days. Unfortunately, this apparently makes it more difficult to find. It was suggested I post the link here and update every time I add a page. I will add pages as we continue on this journey, just not every day. We have bunnies to chase after all! 

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

Nancy and Fionn

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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31 October 2016 - 9:46 pm
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Thanks Nancy! This is a great way to alert us to an update of Fionn's blog AND keep the format yoj set up! 🙂

You've done such a great service by providing this chronicle of Fionn's experience to anyone starting this journey.

Gonna hop...as in BUNNY HOP...over there now!

THANK YOU!!!

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

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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1 November 2016 - 4:02 am
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Great idea!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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1 November 2016 - 8:44 am
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Thank you love Fionns blog!  I'm thrilled she's doing so well!  

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3 November 2016 - 10:25 pm
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It's Fionn's one month AMPUVERSARY todaybig-grin! He's doing great. A little more sore in places like his back and hips so I'm massaging and stretching him. I think all the rolling he does anytime he is on grass must do a good job of that too. He LOVES to roll and he really works those hind legs when he does it! I have had to give him some tramadol and gabapentin here and there. Not much, but there's been a bit more yelping now that he's off all meds. I tapered him off at week 3, but he's been more active too so more reason to have aches and pains I assume.

I updated his blog with a new page and some pictures 🙂

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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4 November 2016 - 6:28 am
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Happy Ampuversary Handsome Fionn! I can't believe it's been a month already! So pleased he's doing well. 

If you have a rehab vet anywhere near you, you could always take him to get some advice on managing the physical adjustment etc. Meg would get tension in her back and we found laser and acupuncture worked really well for her. The rehab vet also gave me core strengthening exercises to do with her at home, which helped massively. Just a thought.

Big hugs to you both, and enjoy your celebrations. A month is a major milestone!

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 8, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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5 November 2016 - 12:24 pm
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I wish I could afford rehab and such for Fionn, but the surgery and chemo have stretched me financially. I am so glad for the video links and the books I got from Tripawds with instructions on exercises and such. I am doing what I can for him at home. Mostly, he and I need to learn his limits and build up his endurance a bit more slowly. It's hard to do because he gets so excited!

We went to a friend's house last night for dinner and their backyard is landscaped with some little hills and rocks and he managed to go in and out and up and down just fine. It was a small yard so not a real workout, but good for him to do something other than walk on flat ground. Then he jumped on their outdoor couch by the fire pit and demanded pets from everyone. He will lick you everywhere if you stop petting him which has been very effective for him 🙂 They have a golden doodle who is a giant lap dog so dogs insisting on attention is nothing new to them.

BTW Meg, I LOVE your blog! You are a wonderful writer and your pups are just adorable! I wish Fionn could come and visit and climb on the stumps with Meg and Elsie.

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

Virginia
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5 November 2016 - 12:52 pm
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Such a delightful update on Fionn!!

And HAPPY ONE MONTH AMPUVERSARY!! 🙂 You are rockin' this tripawd stuff!!

Love hearing what a cuddlevug he is!

A d YES, you can do some Rehab!

Check this out! Maggie Moo Fund

Going to blog nkw for more uodate! Thanks for doing thatheart

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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5 November 2016 - 3:45 pm
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Happy one month ampuversary Fionn!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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9 November 2016 - 8:25 pm
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Second round of chemo today and Fionn has added to his blog. He discovered a new treat today and battled evil beasts! He's been in some pain on and off this past week so he's back on tramadol and gabapentin every day. Other than that, he's happy and loving life as usualbig-grin

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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4 December 2016 - 1:02 pm
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Fionn here with another update to my blog. TWO more pages because I have been too busy to post. Tomorrow is my TWO month ampuversary so there's a lot to celebrate in my houseclap. I'm feeling great and you can check out my blog to see pictures and video and more details on my recovery. Click on the link in my mom's signature!

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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6 December 2016 - 9:42 am
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Enjoying your blog beautiful boy!   Keep it up you are a tough warrior!

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6 December 2016 - 9:44 pm
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HAPPY, HAPPY TWO MONTH AMPUVERSARY HA DSOME FIONN!!!

Hopping over to yojr blog now!!

Any newbies, be sjre a d check out Fion 's blog! It's chock full of information a d a whole @ot of first ha d experience that you done fi d the the et directions!

Ice cream and cake for everybody!!

Hugs!

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

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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20 December 2016 - 5:14 pm
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Fionn had a fabulous trip to the beach  yesterday (the first of many bucket list activities we hope to do together) and posted another blog entry! Link to his blog is in my signature. 

We wish all the tripawds and tripawd families a very joyous holiday season! May 2017 bring health to all and a lot less cancer diagnosisheart

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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20 December 2016 - 10:50 pm
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What a great idea to fill your time with great experiences!  Lots of us don't slow down enough to realize how great an experience is.  But, as I sit here in the frozen tundra, I have to admit to being jealous of your beach time!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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