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Name: Nick
Bio: This is a blog page dedicated to the story of Diggs, a 78 pound, 11 year old, Shepherd mix who was diagnosed with bone cancer at the beginning of 2018. In March of 2018, I was left with no choice but to take his front left leg to stop the cancer from spreading to the rest of his body. This is the story of Diggs and his transformation into the perfect "Tripawd".

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Day 5: On the bed!
I have to apologize for not posting more often but life beyond our Tripawd has been nothing short of crazy. We are moving 2 houses into 1 in a week. Pure chaos. Diggs still can't take the stairs but this morning he did climb into our bed, camped o (More)
Day 2: Waking up is hard to do
Yesterday (Sunday) was Day 2. I moved his bed in next to ours that night. I woke up pretty regularly to check on him. He had been shifting around on his own without a peep but ultimately stayed in his bed the entire night. Yay drugs! The mornin (More)
Day 1: Sleep, eat, pee, repeat
Well, day 1 went just fine. Diggs spent most of the day laying in his bed enjoying the Nick & Amy food delivery service. His medicine schedule is pretty easy to deal with and I've been rolling the pills in peanut butter which has been even fun (More)
Yesterday was crazy difficult but... At 3:30pm we got the call that Diggs handled the surgery like a champ! The leg was removed without issue, he handled the anesthesia just fine, and they were able to remove the spleen and biopsy the liver wit (More)
Well... Yesterday didn't go quite as we had hoped. As I mentioned in the last post, Diggs was at the vet yesterday having a chest ultrasound, just as a routine measure before today's surgery. The phone call that I got was not so good. The ultrasou (More)

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Glad to hear the surgery went well! We are on Day 6. I don't know that I am yet qualified to give advice. Currently I am making a big deal out of every step he takes. I try to push him a bit further every day. I have a sling that I use to help take some of the pressure off of him. Otherwise, I am trying to be patient and take every day as it comes. (More)
Thanks so much for being so supportive. Diggs and I are sending positive vibes your way. We can't wait to hear all about Cookie! (More)
Debra & Layla, I'm not crying, you're crying! Haha Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I'm so glad to hear that Layla is doing so well. My nerves are shot but we are going to be just fine. He will likely recover faster than I will. You are an angel for caring and we wish you both the best. Diggs & Nick (More)
Hey Jerry! Thanks so much for the warm welcome! Diggs and I are as ready as we will ever be for this part of our journey but knowing that we have support from the Tripawds community definitely helps take the edge off. If there is anything I can do to help promote Tripawds please let me know. Your newest friends, Diggs & Nick (More)

3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. This is incredible news, what a wonderful breakthrough! There are so many of us who have gone through the pain and horror of losing our beloved animal friends to this terrible disease – and now there is some real hope on the horizon. Even though I still mourn for my precious Connor, and upon hearing this could not help but give a bittersweet sigh – oh, too late to save him! – I mostly just want to shout and dance and sing, to think that this may be the start of the end of this nightmare, one that nobody should have to go through along with their precious pup. Furthermore, though this particular video did not mention it, in following the news I have learned that the positive results from this vaccine may in time lead to wonderful new breakthroughs in HUMAN cancers, specifically some cancers in children (evidently the canine and human child immune systems have strong similarities). How wonderful is that?!? Hooray for Dr. Mason, three cheers for Dexter, and may we – and our beloved fur-friends – live to see more and more happy endings in the canine osteosarcoma drama.

    • Thanks for reading Nina, we are also hopeful that this is the start of the end of that awful disease. There’s no doubt that sweet Connor is proud of the good work everyone is doing!

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