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25 June 2010 - 8:05 pm
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Yesterday Fortis was really struggling with using the bathroom. It's not uncommon for him to only go once in the evening but he hadn't gone since early Wednesday. That is unusual. So it's about 10pm last night and he still had not gone. He was acting like he really wanted go. I was wearing my petzl, keeping an eye out for anything that might drop while making sure I was supporting his back end as well. Nothing was happening. He really seemed frustrated. I mean he was big time straining!!! I felt so sorry for him. It's hard enough on him as it is with his remaining leg being so weak and all. I finally got him to stay in one place long enough for me to pull his stub of a tail up and get a better look at what was going on. The harness I'm using has a pelvic pad that attaches via Velcro to two parallel straps and rest between his testicles and anal opening. OMG, this pad had slid up to where it was completely covering his anus and restricting his ability to go to the bathroom. (edited 10/21, I want to point out that the pad sliding up was not the fault of the harness. The pad is actually designed to be placed below the testicles but in Fortis' case there is no room. I place it here because it seems to help support the pelvis when I do. So one might say Fortis' constipation was caused by me or user error! 🙂 ) No sooner did I rip the pad off and out came well let's just say he's a big boy!!!! I felt awful. I can't express how happy he was. As soon as he was done he took off across the yard and back and of course brought me the rear of the wheel barrel with him. Man can he move for a 2.5 legged dog. What's funny is I think he really thought that I had helped him. He seemed sothankful like I had done him a favor or something…I'm not going to tell him the truth that's for sure. Another dumb story by Fortis'Dad who you can tell doesn't get to leave the house all that often. big-blink

 

FYI–I found this link to “The Rainbow Bridge ” I thought it was nice.

http://precious…..e_Page.php

Fortis & Fortis'Dad

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25 June 2010 - 8:11 pm
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OOOOHHH… Constipation is a real drag!oh-my I’m glad that whatever you did seemed to help Fortis finally go! Is he still on any pain meds? They can definitely cause constipation. Fortis needs to be very hydrated… Lots of water to drink… Maybe even add it to his dry food at dinner time… Are you giving any supplements? Any fish oil? Any kind of oil will also help the poop come out…

Angel Jake’s Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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25 June 2010 - 8:35 pm
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Jake's Mom, That was so kind of you but I was really only making a funny. It was the harness pad blocking his anal opening that was causing the problem. He's not really constipated. He's doing well. I truly appreciate your advice and kindness. There will unfortunately be days ahead I feel sure where I probably won't feel like joking much. I'm sorry it's just my way of coping with all the uncertainty and sadness I suppose. Did you take a look at the link?

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25 June 2010 - 8:51 pm
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HAHAHAHA!  Poor Fortis!  See that’s why you never had kids!  You wouldn’t know to take their undies off during potty training! 

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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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25 June 2010 - 8:57 pm
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Ouch, kids need potty training?way-confused News to me. I thought they came that way.

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25 June 2010 - 9:14 pm
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ok – First – I’m laughing so hard I started crying – poor Fortis !! and poor Fortis’ dad !! You’re lucky you didn’t get a face-full when you unplugged the shoot !! HAHHAAA …  laughing  Hmmm… what’s the problem up here??? AAAHAHHH !!!!    HAAAHAHAAAA ….. (snort)  … 

then you had to go and make me cry for real with that link to the Bridge. Geez …. and I thought hormones caused a roller coaster of emotions ! little-devil  

 

Sophie (1998 – 2010)

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"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."

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25 June 2010 - 9:15 pm
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your mother left you at a young age … didn’t she …. big-blink

Sophie (1998 – 2010)

"Going Dog" def: living every day in the moment

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."

–Unknown

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25 June 2010 - 9:27 pm
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I don’t know she was a stork I was told. I’m looking at her right now and laughing out loud. She has no clue! wink

Oh how I know about the emotional roller coaster. That’s coming from a guy who’s known for not having any or at least that he shows. That’s what I love about this site and all my tripawd and tripawrent friends.  I’m thinking of buying an urn from the site I posted when the time is upon us.   http://precious…..e_Page.php

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25 June 2010 - 9:56 pm
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Oh Fortis, what a good boy you are that you just didn’t explode all over that thing! Some doggies wouldn’t have been as polite.

Interesting website….they don’t say where they are though. Are they near you?

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25 June 2010 - 10:07 pm
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Fortis said:

FYI–I found this link to “The Rainbow Bridge ” I thought it was nice.

Thanks for sharing. Jerry posted some history about the Rainbow Bridge poem back in January of 2009.

Interesting how you linked to a pet memorial site when we just published a collection of quality pet cremation urns and receptacles on the new Tripawds Gifts blog Remembrance page last night.

For the record, we have removed the Help ‘Em Up harness from the Tripawds Gear Shop.

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25 June 2010 - 10:15 pm
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LOL! Your very descriptive description of Fortis in his contraption is quite funny… what is a petzl? I think I might need one of those as I’m always inspecting drops if you will.  Maybe that will help my vision?  I’m sure Fortis knows the truth and is really embarrased for you dad….laughing

Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom)

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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25 June 2010 - 10:36 pm
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Look on the bright side- at least you are a hero in Fortis’ eyes!!!

 

I think only parents of really small children and parents of cancer dogs spend so much time on poop stories!!!  I am imaging a pile as big as a pug oh-my.

 

Karen and the pug girls

 

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25 June 2010 - 11:40 pm
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HAAAHHAAA – Karen – I was thinking the same thing … really … guilty as charged ! Only a new parent – or a parent or a cancer dog – would care what kind, what color, how much, how little, firm or soft, etc.. I will always remember Opie’s blog about it ! 

And yes, I bet Fortis’ dad didn’t really NEED the petlz to see THAT pile !!  

…. ok, I’m cry-laughing again…. honestly … laugh 

 

Sophie (1998 – 2010)

"Going Dog" def: living every day in the moment

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."

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26 June 2010 - 1:52 pm
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Awwww, the infamous Opie Golden Poop Post!  Who could ever forgot that one! 

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

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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