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5 October 2017 - 1:07 pm
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Surgery is done & the painful leg is gone! Your picking the Huckster up! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
One big relief & worry checked off,  all went well and now the recovery begins.

Today might be the hardest , hopefully he will be so drugged he will just sleep for you.
Heal well Huckleberry let’s have a smoothe, uneventful recovery for Mom & Dad’s Anniversary gift! Ok buddy!

Hugs! Holly & Purrkins
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Thank you. I did not get the “warm and fuzzy” feeling from the animal hospital. When I asked her about whether or not they usually came home on the same day she told me that she was worried he might hurt himself and they do not have staff on at nightoh-my That was all I needed to hear to know that regardless of their recommendation he was coming home tonight.  I may not have the things needed for “in case of emergency care” , but I was a veterinary surgical tech for 7 years, I would feel safer having him with me.  I hope they provide me with good pain management for him. If they do not I will take him elsewhere.. I hate it when I get these feelings. I know a couple of 24 hour emergency places in my town so if he doesn’t do well I will bring him to one of those.  I just feel like crying right now..

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Yep you did Great its not going to be easy the first night but Great job no 24-7 staff you become the 24-7 staff! I don’t have that experience and I would of brought him home too with no 24 care. Ok you’ve got this! 

You will know whats needed and if something is needed you will be right there for Huckleberry! Have a number to call a 24-7 just so you feel comfortable knowing , if needed you can call or take him in.

You are Huckleberry’s advocate for pain meds! We have to speak for them! They are taking off a limb ok its going to hurt they need pain management ! Breathe be strong you have this! I know you do!

Please don’t cry you are stronger then you think ok! I promise you this! You are going to do great with him! It all seems so overwhelming right now! Once you see Huckleberry I think all this will subside!

We are here with you!

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I agree with Holly that you’ll go into nursing mode as soon as you see Huckleberry. I don’t think most vets realize what we go through with a pet healing at home after a major surgery. At the clinic they have all of the equipment to monitor the pet. For example they said Mona was doing well after the surgery and then they noticed her heart rate go up so they gave her more pain meds. I wouldn’t be able to do that at home! Because of that the vet took Mona home to his house for overnight and possibly the weekend so he could monitor her. Because she was a perfect angel on her overnighter she came home and the devil cat emerged.

You are well prepared and I’m sure you’ll do well. Invite other cat lovers over so you can get some breaks. 

He looks like just a little guy. Adorable.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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You will be able to handle things- you have lots more experience than most of us when we brought out dog or cat home, and we made it!

Home the same night can be harder, but many here have had to do it.  With no 24 hour staff I don’t think you have a choice. My advice was going to be to have an emergency number available but you have that covered.

Hang in there! You are tired and stressed and might question your choice for surgery.  Most of us went through a ‘what have I done’ phase during recovery, it’s normal.  You have made the best decisions for Huckleberry and you will get through recovery!

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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Thank you everybody! I am finally having dinner. When we went to the hospital they put us in a room and doc came in with our boy. She let me grill her about everything and was better than i expected .. Gave me more gaba to give him after a long conversation.  The Kong collar won out for them,  but out was off by the time we got him in the house..Oh boy…  he did try to clean himself,  but when i really paid attention after panicking,  i think her wad just trying to clean his ” other ” places.  Ok, go ahead and laugh.. My husband (such a sweet man❤) fixed a special made litter box into either a bed or a litter box,  whatever he chooses because the doc wants us to use shredded newspaper at least for a few days ( I’m not sure its going to work.  He wants to lay in it,  lol)

So oo.. here’s your laugh for the evening.  I bought the comfort diffuser.  It came in yesterday.  I swear I thought I unpacked it.  Hunted the house up and down…Oh I dunno maybe six or seven times? Nowhere to be found 👹. I could NOT for the life of me figure out where the$#@!^ I put it.  Went to my Amazon account,  looked up the delivery… It was in the same box as the baby gate I hadn’t opened yet!!!!! Really??? Omg I get DOH of the year award🤣  So anyhow he is resting comfortably,  in his new room,  downloaded relaxing kitty music on to my tablet,  diffuser connected,  music playing,  crate covered,  and he’s resting. Oh…I forgot to mention that I opened the carrier door,  opened the crate door,  and he WALKED into his crate all by himself.   He doesn’t hate us,  he has wanted attention and affection since he came home.  I just adore this little boy! Seeing his stump made me cry, seeing him walk,  lay on his back and purr was Gazoo telling me we did right by him. I have some pics,  will d/l soon and post.

❤❤ Hugs ❤❤ Huckleberry prince,  Jackie,  and David 

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5 October 2017 - 7:39 pm
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So sweet!! Huckleberry prince, I adore you kissheart

I actually think tripawd kitty parents have more fun than the tripawd dogs during recovery. We can get creative with their “nursery”, cats don’t whine – they just terrorize! I’ve read that scientists find it close to impossible to do research on cats because they never do the same thing twice for them. I think cats are very creative.

Hugs to you and your family,

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona and her protector Eli heartheartheart

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Omg so true, thank you! Just checked on him, he is sleeping. I feel like about 20 pounds has been taken off my chest.  I actually rubbed his belly briefly,  and he liked it (drug induced maybe,  lol) but he thoroughly enjoyed it😚

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5 October 2017 - 7:55 pm
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I tried to d/l a video but it would not work. Any suggestions?

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

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5 October 2017 - 8:00 pm
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Awww, he’s sleeping. I love watching them sleep.

I’ve added videos to youtube and just added the link here. I don’t know if there is another way.

That xray shows very shapely thighs big-blink and, what is that bone doing  – broken or dislocated? He’ll be out of pain now!

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It was totally severed. By the time today’s surgery came  the bone had actually smoothed out so the surgery was from below the pelvis. I have never uploaded to youtube, omg another challenge ??? Lol whatever

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

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5 October 2017 - 9:28 pm
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Oh what a HUGE day for you and Huckleberry and you ROCKED IT! Seriously, you have been dealing with so much (that leg break is craaaaaazy) and wow look at all you’ve accomplished the last few days. Be proud of yourself, you are doing lots to help you both get through this, and we’ll do what we can from here to help too.

As for videos. YouTube is so easy, especially if you have a smart phone. Download the app and you can even shoot a video right from your camera and upload it directly to YouTube. Then take that video URL and paste it into your forum post, we’ll be able to see it that way. It’s similar to how you pasted the URL of your photographs. If this is confusing please let me know and I’ll give you a tutorial OK? We would love to see that kitty of yours getting around. 

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5 October 2017 - 10:27 pm
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He is going to feel so much better without that awful broken leg!

Can’t wait to see the video.

Karen

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

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