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13 January 2018 - 2:09 pm
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Otis- there is a Couch Day in your future!

Couch Day is one of the older Tripawds holidays celebrated around here (at least by us old timers!).

Read all about Couch Day Here.

Hang in there Otis- you are almost there!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Ha! This gave me the best laugh! Otis is very tall, regular purebred Anatolian Shepherd height, so the couch is just a step up for him. Sometimes he sits on it like a human ... With his feet on the ground. He was very pleased the other night when my mom came over to see him and he realized he still could and was still allowed to sit like this. There is a photo in our Flickr album: 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/146424195@N07/399J47

Couch day will be here soon Otis!

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13 January 2018 - 4:38 pm
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OMD how adorable!!! That's just too cute!

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Jackie and Huck

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13 January 2018 - 5:15 pm
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Hehehehe, Otis is bloomin’ huge! Your Mum looks small compared to him! The video of him shows excellent progress! Great job Otis and Mum!

Petra, Stewie and gang

Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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Ha! This gave me the best laugh! Otis is very tall, regular purebred Anatolian Shepherd height, so the couch is just a step up for him. Sometimes he sits on it like a human ... With his feet on the ground. He was very pleased the other night when my mom came over to see him and he realized he still could and was still allowed to sit like this. There is a photo in our Flickr album: 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/146424195@N07/399J47

Couch day will be here soon Otis!  

Great pictures and love the video. Go Otis!  

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15 January 2018 - 12:15 pm
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Otis is so adorable 🙂 He seems to be doing so good that is awesome!!! Best of luck with Otis I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. How much does Otis weigh? How old he is?

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Otis will be 7 in April and he weighed 118 pounds before surgery. He has always been tall and slender but he does love to eat! Not sure how much he weighs now but we will weigh him a week from today when he gets his stitches out. He got his drains removed this morning and surgeon said his incision looked good. He got lots of treats and attention at the vet so he was a happy boy. Yesterday he slept most of the day and today he is more active and alert.

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15 January 2018 - 3:23 pm
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Congrats on getting the passing grade today! That's a big step in the recovery journey, you and Otis are on your way!

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15 January 2018 - 3:58 pm
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That's great news! No more drain, YAY!!  You're doing a great job!

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Yay Otis! I bet you feel like a million bucks already! Excellent job! Getting that Drain our is worth a huge celebration AND the incision looks good! Well done!clap

Pawty time when the stitches come out buddy! Yup, that means more yummy treats and spoilage!!!

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Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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15 January 2018 - 5:37 pm
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JOINING IN ON THE CELEBRATION!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂     No drains!!!  YAY!!! 🙂

Love looking at picturew of Otis.  Such a handsome boy!

Karen!  Love the COUCH DAY linjk! 🙂 🙂 🙂   I'm always honored that all the dogs who have owned me  allow me to sit on THEIR COUCH with them and live in THEIR house with them! 🙂 🙂

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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Otis is still doing well. The past few days he's been interested in sleeping and eating, not much hopping. I thought having snow outside would perk him up but he really just went to the bathroom as close to the house as he could before turning around to hop in. He slept all day yesterday and the day before aside from getting up for meals and bathroom.

This morning he has been panting a lot and has yelped a few times. He was lying down and it didn't seem particularly painful, just surprising. He just got his gabapentin dose for the morning so I'm hopeful that will help him out. I will review the resources on phantom limb pain, as I think that's what this is. Has anyone had this, where their dog displays issues later in the 2 week recovery? 

-Camille and Otis

PS- Otis made his own new holiday, bed day! Accidentally left the door to our bedroom open and while I was preparing breakfast he escaped his recovery room and got on the bed! I helped him off so he didn't have to jump, but there is a picture in our Flickr album.

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18 January 2018 - 8:12 am
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I just checked out your album. Otis is so handsome! He is sleek and shiny, just gorgeous! LOVE seeing him up on the bed, that "am I gonna get in trouble" look is adorable. I'm glad he is resting, he really needs that rest. The body, be it human or canine, does most of it's serious healing during sleep. You might want to check with the vet regarding his meds. They do show those phantom limb signs early, and your very may recommend either a different dose, or giving it at different intervals. Sorry, I don't remember how often you're giving it. Otis looks fantastic!!! 

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Hi Camille and Otis 

Great to hear that Otis is doing so well.

cvb5 said

This morning he has been panting a lot and has yelped a few times. He was lying down and it didn't seem particularly painful, just surprising. He just got his gabapentin dose for the morning so I'm hopeful that will help him out. I will review the resources on phantom limb pain, as I think that's what this is. Has anyone had this, where their dog displays issues later in the 2 week recovery? 

-Camille and Otis

If Otis continues to pant while resting, check for signs of pain. If you have any concerns about it, call your vet. Stewie has definitely had symptoms of sudden yelps, like with Otis and although it wouldn’t happen often, it was alarming to us all.

we take Stewie in for Acupuncture and Ortho-Bionomy every couple of weeks and since we started doing these sessions, he hasn’t suffered from any more alarming attacks. He has also stopped licking at his incision site, which was a pretty regular thing for him.

i have a friend who is an amputee and I thought it would be interesting to start a forum, based on what her experiences are with Phantom Limb Pain from a Hoomans Point of view. Here is the link. 

http://tripawds.....w/#p201528

PS- Otis made his own new holiday, bed day! Accidentally left the door to our bedroom open and while I was preparing breakfast he escaped his recovery room and got on the bed! I helped him off so he didn't have to jump, but there is a picture in our Flickr album.  

Yay Otis Hoppy Bed Day!!!

All the best

Petra, Stewie and gang

Sloppy kisses from Stewie & cuddles from Petra, Paul & his Prideful Pack Spike, Chester, Miss Lily & Mr. Ted. Super Stu was diagnosed with OSA July 5th. He became a Super Tripawd July 10th 2017. He did brilliantly through 6 rounds of Carboplatin & continues to bring Joy & Hoppiness to his family and friends. But most of all he teaches us all to continually “live in the moment!“  Check out Stewies journey at  http://stewie20.....pawds.com/ 

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If Otis continues to pant while resting, check for signs of pain. If you have any concerns about it, call your vet. Stewie has definitely had symptoms of sudden yelps, like with Otis and although it wouldn’t happen often, it was alarming to us all.

we take Stewie in for Acupuncture and Ortho-Bionomy every couple of weeks and since we started doing these sessions, he hasn’t suffered from any more alarming attacks. He has also stopped licking at his incision site, which was a pretty regular thing for him.

i have a friend who is an amputee and I thought it would be interesting to start a forum, based on what her experiences are with Phantom Limb Pain from a Hoomans Point of view. Here is the link. 

http://tripawds.....w/#p201528

thank you Petra-- yes Otis has been licking his bed a lot, as I previously mentioned, so I think this is all connected. We are definitely going to make a Rehab appointment once his staples are out, so it's good to know that you have found Acupuncture/ Ortho-Bionomy helpful. 

Your friend's comments on her phantom pain were very helpful! I used a heat pack on Otis to relax him earlier this morning, and I realize now that more than the heat, the weight of the heat pack was probably helpful. There is a picture in our flickr album of him with it on, but my friend sewed this for me long before we knew Otis would need it. It's filled with beans/ grains and you microwave it for two minutes. It's definitely heavy and long and it gives out a very gentle heat. You can also put it in the freezer to use as a cold pack. I can link to her instructions if anyone is interested, but Otis seems to love it!

We are going to talk to the vet today about pain management and also some sniffles Otis is having-- sounds a bit congested, which of course would make any of us here nervous! His xrays have been clear, but you just get so worried knowing all of the ways in which the cancer can manifest itself.  I think it's just because he hasn't been moving around enough,Otis with his heat pack

but I could be wrong. 

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