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22 years old but newly tripod: 7 days out
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4 July 2021 - 9:45 am
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Testing! Harriet, yesterday 7/3, about 3 weeks post surgery, sitting on my lap outside and showing off her scar. 

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4 July 2021 - 10:10 am
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Wooo hooo! You did it! smiley10sp_hearticon2

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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4 July 2021 - 3:00 pm
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Hey there! Thanks for starting Harriet’s blog and thank you to Brad, Sally, and Jackie for assisting with tech support! All new blogs need to be approved before the first post publishes (to weed out spammers) and you have now been approved. Yay!

It’s GREAT to see Harriet! I love that you started a blog. Hope you don’t mind but I changed your blog theme to better accommodate Harriet’s photos. They are quite large so you may want to shrink them down a bit before uploading. That way you won’t run out of storage space (free blogs have less storage space than supporter blogs). I’m happy to help you with a tutorial if you’d like, just let me know.

Anyhoo, that’s great she’s doing better and got the UTI treatment. Sooooo sorry to hear about your pup needing the emergency surgery! Yikes! It would never occur to me that a stomach obstruction could happen with kitty litter. Super glad he’s on the mend. Eeek! Never a dull day in your home eh? 

Well, hope you’re having a relaxing fourth now. Enjoy!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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4 July 2021 - 6:46 pm
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Such a pretty girl — so glad she’s doing well! Sorry about the pup, though — never a good time for something like that, but especially when you are already dealing with a pretty major recovery.

Love the title of the blog entry, btw! I need to watch So I Married an Axe Murderer right now! 😆

Melissa - mom to tri-angel Jonesy and (only) four other felines

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4 July 2021 - 7:13 pm
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Hey there! Thanks for starting Harriet’s blog and thank you to Brad, Sally, and Jackie for assisting with tech support! All new blogs need to be approved before the first post publishes (to weed out spammers) and you have now been approved. Yay!

It’s GREAT to see Harriet! I love that you started a blog. Hope you don’t mind but I changed your blog theme to better accommodate Harriet’s photos. They are quite large so you may want to shrink them down a bit before uploading. That way you won’t run out of storage space (free blogs have less storage space than supporter blogs). I’m happy to help you with a tutorial if you’d like, just let me know.

Anyhoo, that’s great she’s doing better and got the UTI treatment. Sooooo sorry to hear about your pup needing the emergency surgery! Yikes! It would never occur to me that a stomach obstruction could happen with kitty litter. Super glad he’s on the mend. Eeek! Never a dull day in your home eh? 

Well, hope you’re having a relaxing fourth now. Enjoy!

  

Thank you! Just want to clarify that thankfully our dog didn’t need surgery! We got her to the vet in time such that they gave her an injection which made her vomit the litter up. But apparently clumping litter is extremely dangerous and can require surgery if it gets into the intestines, and can cause death! So we got off easy. But it was more excitement than we needed. 



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4 July 2021 - 8:07 pm
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Bo likes tootsie rolls too 🤢🤮🤢🤮 Thank goodness he’s a big dog and we scoop frequently. We use corn based litter now,  not sure if it’s better but it’s easy to scoop and easier on the nose 😂 In case you’re wondering,  it’s World’s Best lavender scented.  

There are things you can give them that supposedly make it taste bad.  Tomatoes is supposed to be a natural remedy but Bo doesn’t like veggies,  lol.

Im glad it all worked out. 

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Jackie and Huck ❤

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4 July 2021 - 10:05 pm
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Harriet knows how to pose for the camera, that’s for sure!  She is absolutely  adoravle!

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 July 2021 - 2:29 pm
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Thank you! Just want to clarify that thankfully our dog didn’t need surgery! 

Oh whew! I wasn’t paying attention there but I’m so glad that it wasn’t required. That was a close call!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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9 July 2021 - 9:19 am
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Harriet saw the vet yesterday – for her first Torigen vaccine.  We are hopeful this will prevent recurrence of her squamous tumor elsewhere in her body. She still has a UTI and her antibiotics have given her a touch of the runs, but we are keeping her hydrated with water and subq fluids and hoping the antibiotics kick in soon. 

Here’s a link to the scene this morning – Harriet with her dog sister Abbie (yes, the litter-eater). Snuggling close, and Abbie wearing one of Harriet’s recovery onesies. sp_hearticon2

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9 July 2021 - 10:33 am
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 That is such a sweet picture.  Quite the bond these two jave.  And Abbey looks adorable in Harriet’s  recovery suit😎

Bummer about the UTI and the antibiotics  causing  poop issues.  You are doing  such a good job ov overseeing  all aspects  related to Harriet ‘s health.  Such a loved kitty💕

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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9 July 2021 - 3:42 pm
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I’m so excited she is getting the Torigen vaccine! Paws crossed that it works the way it’s supposed to and that cancer never ever comes back.

Hope she starts feeling better soon. 

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23 August 2021 - 11:18 pm
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Harriet update:

She’s a little over 2 months out from surgery, and it seems that her cancer(s) are dictating her exit soon. 

Harriet’s recovery from surgery went better than we expected, in some ways, but she’s had one struggle after another. A severe UTI resulted in her primary movement being the few steps between her bed and her litter box in the big pen that has pride of place in our living room. This also got her on a permanent antibiotic prescription. Her oncologist added palladia to the chlorambisil, and the palladia decreased her appetite and caused diarrhea.  We eliminated the palladia, added the appetite-inducing ear gel, and included a probiotic with her daily miralax (once the runs stopped, the comstipation returned), aluminum hydroxide, CBD oil, and we’ve maintained daily lactaided ringers sub-q fluids. We cheer when she eats a full meal, and continue to offer food to her every half hour or so when she won’t. She is pretty much on a lap, or in her pen, all the time.  We offer her water from a little ramekin all the time; she asks for it by poking her head up like a giraffe or ET.  

She very capably hops like a kangaroo between her bed and her litter box.  She occasionally wants to hop a little farther, and she will walk to the front door to tell us she wants outside time. Outside, she is on a lap, or in a baby carriage we had for her Yorkie brother before he passed.  She listens to the birds and seems to like it when we put her in partial sun. She is a little bit incontinent, so we’ve taken to having puppy pads under her most of the time, on or laps or wherever. She will occasionally give herself a partial bath.  Last week, she actually threw a back leg over her head and did a full back-end bath! Mostly, we use gentle wipes to keep her clean and fresh. She purrs like a train and meows when she sees us in the morning.  When her dog sister Abbie snuggles up to her, Harriet will lean in despite herself.

Deciding to have her leg amputated was such a difficult decision. We agonized over it. I think we made the right decision, as if we hadn’t done it, Harriet would’ve had to leave us back in May (her foot was deteriorating at a rapid rate). We’ve had a difficult but beautiful summer with her, and it’s been precious, precious time…but time for her is now very short.

Despite the Torigen, chlorambisil, and (for a short time) palladia, we’ve subsequently learned she has a tumor taking up much of her bladder. About 3 days ago, my wife and I each separately thought we noticed her abdomen was a little swollen.  The soonest we could get her seen at the vet was this morning.  Apparently, this is ascites, and is indicative of final stage cancer. The vet was able to safely drain the fluid, and it was almost 1lb in weight.  We’ve been advised to escort Harriet to this end of the Rainbow Bridge

We have a home hospice vet who offers at-home euthanasia, and we are working to schedule with her for later this week.  We don’t want the fluid to re-fill, and we want avoid any pain or catastrophe for our sweet girl. We love her so much, and we don’t want to let her go. But at this point it’s likely selfish for us to make her stay much longer. 

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23 August 2021 - 11:35 pm
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This entire post is full of so much selfless love and so much caring and so much courage it leaves me speechless.

While  it is heartbreaking to read that Harriet’s Earth journey is coming to an end, I’m in absolute awe of the way you have processed everything these past couple of months, and especially now.

Yes, you definitely gave Harriet a chance to fill her heart with more if your  love and at the same time, fill your heart with more of her  love. And I can assure you, we all have fallen in love with Harriet

At this moment all I can say is continue to make every single moment count. You have done everything possible to give Harriet the best life any cat could hope for.  And now you are giving her yet another gift that will help her tun free and be a young feisty kitten again . Harriet is still with you right now and is loving being the best  lap kitty in the world.

For now just know that we are all sending you peace, our love, and a knowing that all is unfolding as it should.

(((((((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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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I am so very sorry to hear that poopicon cancer is ravaging Harriet’s body. She is a very lucky kitty to have such amazing and attentive pawrents, you have done so much with and for her.  I agree that having the surgery gave you more quality time together, and like Sally said just make each moment count until it is time. My heart is with you in such a difficult time and I know you do not take this decision lightly. It is incredibly difficult and selfless to make this decision with her comfort and well being in mind, but you are doing it. 

Sending you all hugs and gentle ear scratches to precious Harriet.

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24 August 2021 - 9:28 am
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Wow. I know it took so much courage to write down what’s going on with Harriet, and all of us ache for you and the family. It pains us to know you are going through this with your gentle Harriet, and we are so sorry. Hospice stage is the hardest thing we will ever go through with our fur kids. You are soooo amazing, such great caregivers to her (and clearly to all of your critters too!). What you have done to help her through this final stage of her beautiful life is so remarkable, and loving. I wish every animal could have parents like you.

Know that you have done all you could to ensure her last months are pain-free, filled with love and compassion, sunbeams and snoozes, and all the things Harriet loves most about her life with you. Spoil that queen rotten like you are doing, give her extra scritches from all of us, and know that we are keeping you all close in our hearts, now and always.

If you feel up to an update at some point, you can lean on us. Harriet is a remarkable senior Trikitty who will never, ever be forgotten. We are better because of her journey these last few months. sp_hearticon2

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