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14 February 2012 - 7:38 pm
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GiGi is doing GREAT. She is almost normal - minus a front leg. She had some drainage on Sunday from a small hole on her incision. The vet looked at it Monday decided it was not a problem. Just normal fluid build up. He prescribed some antibiotic since the incision had opened, even so slight. She has healed now and no more drainage.
He suggested that we begin to reduce her Tramadol next week.

She is scheduled for her first round of chemo on Tuesday. We hope it goes as well as her amp.

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14 February 2012 - 7:43 pm
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Hooray for Gigi! I hope she continues to do well.

After Abby's chemo treatments, we usually had to play "Guess what the dog will eat." She always did eat something, but it was always something different - and not the usual tastebud-tempters you would think. After her first treatment, the only thing she wanted was plain pasta noodles.

Good luck w/ the treatments!
Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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14 February 2012 - 8:20 pm
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We are so happy to hear that GiGi's recovery is going so well.  Hope her chemo goes well next week.  We look forward to hearing updates!

Marla and Daisy

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14 February 2012 - 8:32 pm
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Sounds like she is doing great!  Back to normal at 7 days post op is wonderful.

And now that that part is behind you perhaps you would have time to post a picture or two?  We would love to see GiGi!

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I hope the chemo goes as smoothly as the recovery has!


Karen and the pugapalooza

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14 February 2012 - 10:46 pm
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Great news!  Sounds like a smooth recovery!  Glad to hear!

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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Welcome to the "new normal" GiGi!

You have one more week to totally milk the recovery time, so make the most of it 😉

Hope your chemo goes well, do keep us posted OK?

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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16 February 2012 - 11:12 am
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GiGi that's pawesome news! Make sure you score some extra treats for recovering so quickly! Good luck with the chemo and make sure your Mum keeps us posted on how well you're doing.
Laura and Angel Tai

Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

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16 February 2012 - 8:14 pm
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I'm glad to hear that recovery is going well.  It really is inspirational how fast they bounce back from this!!

Jac and Angel Spencer.  Spencer was 5.25 years old. He fought a grade 3 fibrosarcoma, started on his shoulder.  Left front leg amputated in August 2011.  15 weeks of chemo finished 12/22/11 (mytox and adria).  Lung mets found on x-rays 12/28/11.  Started carboplatin 1/6/12. Went to Heaven on 2/27/12. I miss him like crazy every day.  See his blog here:

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16 February 2012 - 8:38 pm
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Congrats to Gigi for a great recovery! The hard part is over with! All the best for a suuccessful chemo treatment and for her full recovery. 

Robin & Happy

16 February 2012 - 8:47 pm
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Today is day 10 post op. GiGi is just amazing. If she wasn't missing a leg you wouldn't know anything was wrong with her.
She does everything like normal. She is used to going with me almost all day in the back seat of my truck while I visit job sites.
She is ready to go in the morning just like pre-amp.

I hope the chemo goes as well as things so far.

Good girl -----

17 February 2012 - 10:24 am
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Hooray for Gigi!!! That is such wonderful news!!! I know how happy the two of you must be!! Good luck with the chemo!

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