While every cancer dog story is different, if anyone ever has any doubts about our amazing ability to recuperate from amputation and adapt to life on three legs, they need to check out Bailey’s story.
In early July, Bailey’s Mom, Debbie, wrote to Tripawds for advice in how to cope with her beautiful, 10 year-old Golden Retriever’s upcoming amputation. Bailey is a great swimmer, and had a previous ACL tear surgery in one of her legs. Her pawrents have recently moved to Richmond, Virginia, and had no one to ask for good veterinary advice or help about coping with cancer.
As always, the Tripawds community came through for Debbie and her family, with support and helpful tips.
This is Bailey, before her July 29th surgery. Doesn’t she look sad?
On August 8, just after amputation, Debbie wrote:
We received the pathology report yesterday. Her soft spoken and mannered Surgeon started with, “I have some semi-good news for you regarding Bailey’s pathology report.” There were no surprises . . . her tumor, a “soft tissue” tumor, was malignant. What makes the news “good” is the type of tumor it was, myxosarcoma. He explained that this type of tumor almost never spreads, and if it does it is very slow to do so. The tumor was incapacitated behind her knee, and because he removed so much he feels that he also removed all of this cancer.
We are just so very thankful that we now do have more time to enjoy with Bailey. However, no person can truly be sure of just how long that will be, but for now who cares, we made it through “yesterday”. We have learned so much from Bailey and her “illness.”
First off don’t tell her there was something not right with her, as it didn’t slow her down at all, and still hasn’t.
Yes there has been good from this “bad”: to help a friend out when there is an itch and she/he can’t reach it; And that there is nothing better to just sit outside and enjoy. And one last lesson we, well more me, has learned; yes, the hair will grow back even from a bad hair cut.
Bailey, 13 days post-op:
Come on Mom, hurry up. It is a nice day and we want to go out to play.
Mom and Buttons are to slow, so I will take my “Big Duck” on a walk by myself.
Buttons can you please move over a little?
We are hoppy to report that Bailey has now reclaimed her place on the bed, the couch, and is well on her way to getting back to swimming laps. Bailey says;
“Everyone was amazed at my progress. This is because I had good care. And I do love my surgeon and all the girls who took good care of me. Doc said all is good. I have to go back to see Doc again in a month. Mom is jealous because I have done very well on my diet and have lost some weight. Over all I am doing extremely well. Everyday I become stronger and stronger.
Thank you again for all your care, and I will meet you at the lake.”