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Izzy's tale continues (aka Izzy's tale of seven toes)
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25 March 2020 - 5:09 pm
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Wow. A week has passed since Izzy’s surgery (already). 

Emotions are still running high. The “did we do the right thing?” doubt sneaks in every now and then. And it’s not like we could ask Izzy what he wanted – if only we could explain to him why we chose amputation. Yet we can’t help seeing it from his point of view, here he is, sleeping in his bed then he’s whisked off to ‘that’ place, given meds for a sleep then wakes up and his leg is missing! Oh boy. 

Of course, that’s our thoughts. Who knows what goes on in their furry little heads. Izzy is adapting well to life on three legs (or 17 toes). He’s got this cute little hop/run thing going on. He’s eating, drinking, washing & visiting his box regularly so he must be feeling ok. 

We still aren’t letting him jump down from anything. To be honest, we’re concerned about how much weight/stress his remaining front leg will bear. What if he breaks that one? (these are thoughts we’ve had) I haven’t found any posts about this actually happening but you know pet parents, we worry about our furbabies.

On the Izzy/Roo front, there’s still a great divide. Roo continues to hide with fleeting appearances for a nibble or drink. When I can catch her I try to cuddle and assure her that it’s alright but her little world has been shaken up. Balou is gone (not that she & Balou were close but they do miss and grieve the loss of another fur-mate) and Izzy is ‘different’. 

On Friday, Izzy gets his staples out. We will be back for an update after.

Thank you for listening. Stay safe, everyone. Hugs

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28 March 2020 - 2:51 pm
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I hope everyone is staying home & staying safe.

Yesterday was Day 10 after Izzy’s surgery and time for the staples to come out. Since the vet’s office is on restricted operations and lockdown (no clients in the building) we had to pass Izzy to a vet tech in the parking lot then wait for him to be brought out to us. Thank goodness they are still there for emgergency and follow up appointments!

Our vet passed the message on that Izzy’s incision is healing well. Izzy himself is healing well too and adjusting just fine to life on three legs. He’s back to doing his normal ‘Izzy’ things and is his happy little self again. 

I can’t believe it’s only been ten days from surgery to now. Seems like a lot longer what with all the emotions and decisons and worry. Would we do it all again? Yes! Seeing Izzy now, we know we made the right decision. And we’re so happy we were able to.

Roo has finally decided that even though Izzy is different, he is still her Izzy. She curled up in the cat bed with him. All is back to normal there. (yay!)

Will have more pictures soon, Izzy’s incision (with and without staples) and Izzy ‘the tripawd’. Just need to download them from my camera.

Take care all, thanks for listening

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28 March 2020 - 3:26 pm
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Reading this spectacular update has me grinning ear-to-ear non-stop! I am absolutely thrilled to hear how things have turned around in so many ways! In actually, in a very short time, even though it doesn’t feel like it.😁😁

And to know Roo and Izzy are pals again just warms my heart. Your story will be such a good inspiration for those who are going through recovery and having doubts.😎

As scary as it is at first, and as uncertain as we all were at first, Izzy is a purrfect example of whu we do what we do!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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28 March 2020 - 6:05 pm
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Great news!

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28 March 2020 - 8:34 pm
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Your story will be such a good inspiration for those who are going through recovery and having doubts.😎

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28 March 2020 - 8:35 pm
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I hope Izzy’s story will help someone. I really do. That would be pawsome! 

Way back on March 4, when Izzy was first diagnosed and amputation was recommended by our Vet, we were horrified. And numb. And about a hundred other feelings.

Once the numbness wore off, I started reading some of the posts here. They helped me in so many ways. I realized that we weren’t alone. Others have gone through this! Others had felt what we were feeling. Other dogs and cats had the surgery and were doing great. I think what struck me the most though, was the compassion, the warmth and the support of the people here.

I can honestly say that reading the posts here helped change our minds from “there is no way you’re amputating my cat’s leg” to “we should consider this option”

So we considered. Izzy’s age (eleven) was one of our doubts. I guess though, when you get right down to it, if your cat or dog is otherwise healthy then age doesn’t factor in here. 

Another doubt “How could we put our beloved furbaby through this?” Watching Izzy do his hop/skip run down the hall, jumping up to have his water from the sink, sleeping in his bed, watching his bird videos, just being Izzy – that’s how you can do it to your beloved furbaby. Izzy is no longer in pain and we still have him with us.

Words cannot express how helpful it is to me to be able to jot down my thoughts and feelings here. Every post I make takes a weight off my mind. It’s great therapy through such a stressful and emotional time.

It’s so pawsome reading your replies and stories too. They’re inspirational.

I hope everyone is staying safe, thanks for listening sp_hearticon2 

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29 March 2020 - 2:42 pm
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Oh my gosh we are jumping for joy over here at Tripawds HQ! First, for Izzy’s wonderful milestone. YAY for stitches out! That is such a big deal, and he handled it like a champ. To be handed off at the vet clinic without his people had to have been so scary for both of you. So you BOTH handled it like champs really! 

It’s always such a happy day when we see that a new Tripawd parent and their pet have turned that big corner into the new normal. To see how far you’ve come just fills our hearts with joy. Thank you for being here to share another terrific recovery story, and for your kind words about how the community helped. This is why we do what we do here: you, Izzy and all the other thousands of pet parents who have seen that there IS hope after amputation. You rock!

Let me know if I can help with more photos. I’d love to feature Izzy as a Tripawd Tuesday spotlight!

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29 March 2020 - 5:56 pm
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LOL, as you can guess by the post above, I wasn’t overly successful in uploading a picture. 

We’re jumping for joy here too. So happy to see our Izzy being…well, Izzy! 

Jerry, thanks for offering to upload more pics – I’ll send them to you. Izzy would be honoured to be a Tuesday’s Tripawd feature! 

I hope everyone is staying safe! 

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29 March 2020 - 8:19 pm
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YAAAAAAY FOR IZZY!!!!   😁😁

You articulated  everything so well how you basically went from “No, we can’t  do this”, to “Maybe we can”…..and then upj saw the sparkle come back and you KNEW it was the best decision  for Izzy!!  And it’s  still early and it still gets better!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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30 March 2020 - 11:30 am
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And here’s more pics of Izzy’s “donated” mega paw, incision photos during recovery, Izzy on the mend and of course, Izzy and sweet Roo!

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30 March 2020 - 12:14 pm
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Awww..looking good Izzy! You are a very pretty kitty😊.

And Roo, you are good looking too!   So glad Roo and Izzy are buds again!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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Hello! I hope everyone is weathering the Covid storm and keeping well and safe. We’re doing a lot of staying home here.

The biopsy results arrived. Although they aren’t the results we were hoping for I guess they could be worse.

Seems it wasn’t Osteosarcoma after all, but another type of sarcoma. I have a mind like a sieve these days, what with all that’s been happening. I think our vet said it was chondrosarcoma. I know he said the tumour was graded a Stage 3. 

What does this mean for Izzy? Well, if the cancer has not spread then all is well. From looking at Izzy’s X-rays, there’s no detectable signs of cancer anywhere else. It’s whether or not there’s any undetectable spread that is a concern.

For now though, Izzy is doing well. We took his t-shirt off today, he seems to be quite glad to be rid of it. His fur is growing back and he’s getting around on three paws almost as well as he did on four. And he’s still with us. That’s what really matters. We’ll deal with whatever happens next when (and if) it happens.

Enjoy today! Who knows what tomorrow may bring.

Take care everybody. Stay safe. Thanks for listening (hugs)

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Oh wow that’s some news. That was my first guess, chondrosarcoma, when you started telling the story. We see it get confused with osteosarcoma occasionally, I guess their cells are quite similar? 

But yeah, what this means for Izzy is that right now life is good! He’s loving getting back to his new normal and being himself again. And having humans around who aren’t worried sick about him makes him extra hoppy I’ll bet!

We would love to see photos and video if you get a chance. Izzy is our hero!

You take care too and snuggle up together. It IS a crazy world out there right now. Stay healthy! sp_hearticon2

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Izzy (with his cat Roo) and their humans too just want to say Happy Easter to everyone. We hope you’re well and safe. Hugs.

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Awww hoppy Easter to you too! Be sure to share your Easter photos, we would love to see them!

We hope you are all good too!

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