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Got our first negative comment re: amputation
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17 January 2013
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21 January 2013 - 11:30 am
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I'm sorry you got a negative comment.  It's incredible what callous things people will say.  I've received many negative & positive comments & my Bandit hasn't even had it amputated yet.  I can only imagine what some will say afterwards.  I've been very uplifted by people on this site, and I know in my heart I'm doing the right thing.  If you didn't think you were doing the right thing for your "baby", then you wouldn't have done it.  I've had unwelcoming comments from people that don't even believe dogs have feelings of any kind, so they don't think it's worth keeping them around when they're "flawed".  Ridiculous!  I find those people sad.   

 I agree with Munko.  If adults viewed things like that more like children, it would be so much easier.  Bandit will probably eat up all the attention he'll get!big-grin 

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21 January 2013 - 12:18 pm
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Laughter is the best therapy when dealing with folks like this. laughing

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21 January 2013 - 12:40 pm
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hahahaha  omygosh.. that is exactly what I said  the other day.. A good dog like this.. you can't eat him all at once!!  I didn't know there was a shirt that said that!!!  hahahahaha


Actually.. I had one person say "awwww" when she saw Franklin.  I looked at her and said.,. "oh no, don't dare feel sorry for him.. feel sorry for ME!!  I have to run to keep up with him!!!"


Christine & Franklin

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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12 May 2019 - 6:20 pm
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The worse remark that I have heard (even from so called friends) is that I am Being selfish and keeping my dog alive for me.

Some of that may be true, but until you walk in my shoes and brownie's paws don't judge. When I take brownie to his general practice vet, some of the clients will look at me, then brownie, and them me again. I just look at them and say "what", or "do you have something you would like to say".  They always say no, or just walk away.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

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12 May 2019 - 6:44 pm
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It's  always fun,  a tripawd dysfunctional,  sort of way, to revisit this thread.  After all, "we tripawd people" out the "fun" in dysfunctional.   Or at least  that's  how those who have never been faced with this decision see us.

Haha. I like your responses  basically  daring someone to say something 😎

It may be in this thread , I didn't  go back and look.  But when one member heard an "Awww, he only has three legs.", he responded  with OMG! HOLY S**T   I HADN'T  EVEN NOTICED! AND WORSE YET,  I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE OTHER LEG IS!!!

And I'll say this about the "selfish" go-to comment so many well intended  people say.  Wanting your dog/cat to be with you as long as possible is plain and simple called LOVE!  ❤❤❤  My goodness, would any kid want their parent to "put them down" if they needed an amputation because  it would be "selfish" ?

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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13 May 2019 - 4:15 am
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I am giggling here icon_lol Try bringing a feral kitty to a vet that expects you are going to put this wild animal to sleep after giving you an outrageous price to amputate the leg of an animal that you cannot even touch, let alone pick up.

It took us an hour to "corral" Huck into the carrier after the gabapentin didn't make him very sleepy, hahahah! I handed her his crate and told her to be very careful if she wanted to keep all of her limbs in one piece when they handled him...  When I told her that we were pressing forward with the surgery I thought she was going to hit the deck icon_lol Even my mom did not know how to handle our decision!

I would not change a thing. And my little "tiger" is now a snugglebunny sp_hearticon2


Jackie, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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