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Okay Jenifer, I think you just got the “Worry Wart Award”! 🙂clap

As Alison, Donna, Christine, myself,and everyone here can attest, our “dial down knob” fell off along time ago after being on this crazy journey!!!

But you Ms Jennifer….filming an 11 week old puppy because you think she was breathing too fast….THAT’S THE BEST HELICOPTER WPRRY WART MOM EVER!!! way-cool And the crazy part? We all get it!!

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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Yep, you win!  With a new puppy, you are supposed to be worrying about pee in the house and chewing things, not respiratory rates.

(But, the cancer dog mom part of my brain immediately wanted to remind you that I had posted a respiratory rate test under “how do I know if my dog is breathing normally.”)

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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I am delighted to announce that Gator has been declared parasite free!  I wish that all of our medical problems could be solved so easily.  And I debated whether this merited a cheeseburger – in the end, it was too dark out and I didn’t feel like driving, so no, this was not a medical emergency requiring a cheeseburger.  (But Otis probably would have gotten one – not fair, but I guess my crazy brain is starting to put things back in proportion.)

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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15 November 2016 - 4:53 am
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Good on you, Gator! And congratulations on being parasite free! Everything about this dog just makes me smile. 

xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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15 November 2016 - 7:12 am
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Yay, Gator! Now to get on with burtowing out thise pesky squirrels.

As far as the “Mom paranoia” goes, Ollie thinks he’s getting a good rubdown every morning when he first gets up. What he’s actually getting is a lump check. Even though we didn’t deal with cancer issues with Murphy (until the last week or so when X-rays showed that his pain was not from a disc problem), Gus was always having some sort of lump or bump. He managed to have just about everything from lipomas to nerve sheath tumors. Ollie reaps what he thinks are the benefits of the rubdowns.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!



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15 November 2016 - 6:25 pm
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Those are excellent news Christine 👍🏼👍🏼

No parasites 🐛🐜🕷 for sweet Gator 🐊

What a relief to be dealing with normal issues, hey, even if your life (and ours) will never be the same after worrying about every single little thing during our crazy journeys 😱😮😳

I could not be more thrilled for you, girl ☺️ you so deserve to be able to enjoy your (big!) cutie pie without any pressure 💘

I would toast but it is far too late here 🍾🍸⏰

I’ll go to sleep now thinking about you and your sweet boy and how happy you are together 🐊😘💘

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Gator,  Dude, Tell Mom it isn’t too late for the cheeseburger!  You’ll take a late celebration!  You have a great Mom!  Deb and Angel Bandit. 

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16 November 2016 - 6:35 pm
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YAY FOR NO SQUIRMY THINGS!!

Okay, if not a cheeseburger, how ’bout a PUPPY LATTE..with pictures!! 🙂

Kathi..love the visual of Ollie in bliss mode as he gets his massage 🙂

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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Been doing some research – at the core are my conflicted feelings, missing Otis and Tess so much that I feel it’s unfair to Gator, and wondering if my bond with him will ever be as deep as it was with them.   So, was reading about dogs who are surrendered by their owners in situations where the dog otherwise had a good home.  One article said that it takes the dog 6 – 12 weeks to adjust.  They are missing things and people from their old life and don’t understand what has happened.  They don’t feel totally secure in their new lives.  When we got Otis, he was only 6 months, and had spent the prior 2 in a shelter.  He bonded instantly and was just delighted to have a home.  Tess was 2, and took a couple of days to realize that no one was going to hit her, at which point she decided she was home.  It makes sense that a dog like Gator would take a bit longer to feel totally home.  But more importantly, if it takes the dog 6 – 12 weeks to adjust, it should not be surprising that it also will take me that long or longer to adjust.  It’s some form of Be More Dog – being patient and trusting that things will happen as and when they are supposed to.

On a lighter note, Gator loves his stuffed alligator.  I am not sure he ever had toys before, but he has started bringing that to bed every night to play.  He hasn’t touched any of the other toys in the house.  My backyard is pretty much critter free.  It is amazing the difference, but the squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks have clearly packed their little suitcases and moved on.  His inside manners are perfect – leash walking still leaves something to be desired.  He is strong!  But he is responding to ‘no’ now, so walks are getting better.  Enzo is back in bed with us, although he tends to sneak in after Gator is asleep.  Gator is a little jealous of Enzo – if I pet Enzo, one hand better be petting Gator.  Gator still follows me around the house like a shadow, and can still be put into a doggy coma if you rub his face and head (I love doing that).  He has lost a couple of pounds, and is now at his ideal weight as per the vet, and looks great.  I can still sense a little uncertainty, and see that look of panic in his eyes if we get in the car.  Can’t wait to see how his personality reveals itself as he feels more at home in the next month or so.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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You had 2 sudden losses very close together, so of course it’s going to take some time, that’s to be expected.  The good thing with dogs is that they’re ok with that big-grin  You can both adjust together.

It’s funny how Enzo & Gator are finding their place. heart Have you gotten the results from the DNA kit back yet?  I’ve thought about doing it, but wasn’t sure which one was good.

Donna

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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Not yet.  I did the Embark test.  It is expensive and takes longer for results, but they screen for genetic disease markers as well as the fun stuff like ancestry.  Maybe it’s overkill, but I just did a genetic screen myself (my Mom died of ovarian cancer in her 50’s, so a relief to know that I do not carry the BRCA gene).   It seemed worth it for Gator too.  Kind of like high tech checking our dogs for lumps?  It’s also fun because when they identify genes for traits like color and coat, they also send photos of other members (the dogs) who share those genetic traits.

And yes, intellectually I know that Gator does not judge the depth of my feelings.  He knows (and all he cares about is) that he is being taken care of, touched, and given attention.  Emotionally though, it’s a bit harder (for me, not for him).

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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19 November 2016 - 7:39 pm
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I can’t help but remember Alison’s first posts after she got Jasper Lily. She was absolutely convinced that she would never become attached to JL. Just look what happened!

For us, we had lost two dogs within four months. Gus was a senior, seemingly healthy, but went suddenly of a heart attack. Scant months later, our Murphy, who had braved so much since his accident, became very painful in his hip. X-rays showed an aggressive bone lesion. We could have opted for a bone biopsy, but he had already had so many painful procedures that we couldn’t put him through anything else. He crossed the Bridge two days later, wrapped in our arms.

We said, “No more…not now.” It took us all of three months before we found Ollie. He was a wild child who had been returned to the shelter by the first family who adopted him…said to be “uncontrollable”. That was so out of character for any of our dogs, particularly after we had 13 years with Gentleman Gus. He was also our first rescue. A friend of our son’s said that her rescues had all taken close to a year before they were fully acclimated. Ollie was settled in long before that, but it really did take a year before we knew that he considered us to be his forever family and was no longer getting all excited when he heard a rumbling motorcycle or a four wheeler, thinking that his people had come for him. We still have no idea of anything in his background, as he came into the shelter as a stray, but those motor sounds were real triggers for him.

As far as we are concerned, he gave us a reason to keep on going after losing our other two. We love him totally, and he is spoiled rotten…even to the point that he gets to be on the furniture in the living room. Gus and Murphy would be incredulous! He is also now the dog that is “so calm” according to everyone in training class.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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I do really relate to Alison’s story.  I understand her feelings so much better now.  

Gator is clearly happy here, there is just something.  I can tell he still fears being abandoned.  Just a look in his eye sometimes.  The same look you see in the photo immediately prior to transport.  I know that I have to take him to daycare soon, just so he can experience my picking him up again.  But I am dreading taking him, just because I know how scared he will be.

I have always had rescues, but they have either been abused or strays not bonded with a prior home.  Those signals are easier for me to read.   And when I see him standing in the kitchen or the hall, I know that he belongs here.  I guess it was almost a relief for me to know that it will take him a longer time to adjust.  It gives me “permission” to also take some time to adjust.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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I know exactly what you mean about the dread of taking him to daycare. Even still, we can’t even consider leaving Ollie in a kennel. I know there will come a time somewhere down the road when it could become necessary, but we don’t want to think about it. We are fortunate that his training facility offers boarding, so he would be familiar with the people there and he does love going there to class, but not yet….

Kathi

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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It will take time for both of you. I know you know that. Go easy on yourself. You’re doing amazingly well.

It will be really hard leaving Gator at daycare, but it will also be fantastic when you go to pick him up. Cheeseburgers all round then, I think. I had to take Meg to be spayed shortly after she came to me, and I still remember the panic in her eyes when I handed her over, as though the earth itself was falling away and there was nothing for her to hold on to.  It was heart-rending, but actually it was also a very important moment in our relationship. It sounds odd, but in some sense I’ve always felt that that was when I first truly saw how vulnerable she was (she was an unholy nightmare, quite unlike Mr Gator) and that that was when we first really started to bond.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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