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4 week ampuversary
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Columbia, MO
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7 January 2012 - 7:59 am
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Yesterday was 4 weeks since Daisy's amputation.  The recovery was pretty uneventful other than she wanted to sleep alot which is normal.  Finally getting back to our normal routine.  She's slowly starting to do some of her usual stuff like using the couch for her face towel (or my pant leg) and hanging outside watching the world go by.  Hanging outside was one of her favorite things to do and she hadn't wanted to stay out without me until a few days ago.

Today we go for our second trip to the dog park since her surgery.  We always went every Saturday morning and I know she missed going.  We go with our neighbor -- her favorite buddy Splash.  She's really missed him since they haven't been able to do their normal evening walks since Thanksgiving and they love hanging out together.  They've been buddy's since Daisy was four months old!  She doesn't have much stamina yet so we hop in and just kind of hang out.  Hopefully some day she'll be able to run and play out there again like she used to.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

knoxville, tn
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7 January 2012 - 8:07 am
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happy four week ampuversary miss daisy!!!!  sounds like you have established your new 'normal' and are back to enjoying life!!!  having a best buddy next door is great, enjoy your adventure at the dog park...maybe we can see some pictures?????  we'll celebrate your ampuversary here in ET, by sharing extra cheese with s.b.sam!!


charon & spirit gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

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San Diego, CA
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7 January 2012 - 9:27 am
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Happy ampuversary Daisy!

Enjoy watching the world and getting out with your best buddy. I hope you'll be running and playing again soon!
All the best,
Jackie, 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!

Leicester, NY
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7 January 2012 - 10:29 am
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Hoppy Ampuversary!

Samson007, Lady Monkeybutt and Spirit Daisy

Spirit Samson was Spirit Tripawd Daisys four legged "brother" and ruled as the self proclaimed head of the Monkeybutt Federations East Coast Division. Lady Chunky Monkey stayed from Oct 2011 and left for the bridge in Apr 2012. Miss Perdy is left and has some big pawprints to fill.
Do you have what it takes to be a Monkeybutt? Find out more at the Monkeybutt Federation

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7 January 2012 - 10:52 am
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Wow, a whole month already? Time flies when you're getting well and being all normal and everything! Congratulations to Daisy! So happy to find another human who is also a leg napkin. 


From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

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Plainfield, Illinois
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7 January 2012 - 11:22 am
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Hoppy Ampuversary, Daisy!  Have a great day at the dog park!


Jenna & Spirit Chili Dawg

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

Greater Western Washington area
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7 January 2012 - 12:41 pm
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Happy 1 month , it is a great milestone 🙂


Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

New Jersey
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7 January 2012 - 5:17 pm
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That's great news! 4 weeks! Woo. Hoo. Party Time!

7 January 2012 - 10:01 pm
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Yea for Daisy! Happy one month!
She will keep getting stronger and I bet soon she will be romping at the dog park.

Karen and the pugapalooza

Sebastopol, CA
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8 January 2012 - 10:49 am
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yay Daisy!! So happy you are doing well. Hopping takes more energy so with time you'll get your strength and stamina back.

hugs & wags

Joanne & lylee

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8 January 2012 - 3:03 pm
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Keep getting better each week that passes!


Chicago, IL
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5 March 2011
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8 January 2012 - 6:45 pm
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Good for you Daisy!

How does she like the dog park?  Tate didn't really like playing with other dogs after his amp (except for Little Sister Sam) but still loved just hangin' with his best pack friends.
August 16, 2006 to November 28, 2011
TATE ~ Forever in our hearts.

Columbia, MO
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8 January 2012 - 7:27 pm
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Daisy loves the dog park but never had much to do with any other dogs even before her amp.  She just plays with her friend Splash and sister Matti and ignores the rest of 'em.  The park also has some woods and she likes to roam around in there.

She did growl at Matti a few days ago when Matti was sniffing at her scar.  I guess she's a little touchy about it.  Maybe always will be.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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8 January 2012 - 9:20 pm
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I think dogs sense that others think they are a bit vulnerable with a missing leg, so they let others know that they're not by reacting when another dog gets too close to the surgery area. That's not unusual.

Congrats on the big ampuversary! It is definitely a milestone when you get out of the recovery phase. WOo hoo!

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