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This is a wonderful site! I havent got a chance to look through it very much yet but I just had to tell everyone about my wonderful White Boxer Chica. She's such a sweet girl, so many people are amazed on how friendly and gentle she is about everything!

Last wednesday she was playing outside with our male boxer chopper and somehow fell down in such a way that she broke her front left elbow in 4 pieces. I went to vet after vet trying to find someone who would fix her but they all said it was hopeless.. I finally found one surgeon willing to try and mend her, he told me that he may not have good news for me after. We got a call during the surgery saying the leg was so badly damaged, it was much worse than the x-rays. There were hairline fractures all over and nerve damage, the bottom part of the elbow also lost a most crucial piece of bone that the joint needed to function properly. He had to amputate her leg and my heart broke.

I just got her back lastnight and she is so amazing, her tail wagging and ready to go home! The nurses told me they had never seen such a strong pup, she was still trying her hardest to get out of her kennel to say hi to animals coming in and out. As they went to get her for us we saw another boxer come out to they're family waiting and she had a broken leg.. same one as ours. But she would be okay, and I couldnt help but wish that was the same for us. I know I have to be strong for her but seeing her so helpless when she was just fine a few days ago.. Its just sad that we had to be that 'worst case scenario' as our vet said.

She is doing amazing and eating a ton! I know everything will be alright and Im so glad I still have her for many more years. Is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? I'm worried she will fall on it or something, any advice would be very helpful!

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2 June 2009 - 9:38 am
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I'm so sorry to hear about Chica's accident.  But…you kept using the word “amazing”, and that's exactly right.  Dogs are so different from people!  Getting over the surgery takes a couple of hellish weeks and after that, amazed is what you'll be, every day. 

She probably will fall a time or two, but it will most likely hurt you more than it hurts her.  She'll learn how to balance and get around–sounds like she already has, really.  I got a sling to assist but it didn't work for me because of the size and weight of Cemil.  But for smaller dogs (Cemil is 31″ tall and 148#), it's great.  Also, the harness like Jerry wore a lot–it has a handle on top so you can help.  Look for it on this site.

Looking forward to more amazing stories!

Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

Cemil's blog

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¡Hola Chica! Winker

Welcome to the forums and thanks for joining. “Worry” is such a useless human emotion. Try to remain strong for your pup. What she needs most right now is lots of rest and time to regain her strength. A firm bed low to the ground will be most comfortable. This hot/cold compress for dogs has helped some through recovery, but you may be surprised at how strong and resilient she is and how well she adapts to life on three legs, but don't let her overdo it too soon.

Also don't miss our blog posts addressing the top ten questions about amutation for dogs we received in Jerry's thre-leged dog blog. Thanks for the kind comments and best wishes for a complete, speedy recovery.

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