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.Okay, okay, we won't call you a Saint then....we'll just call you an EARTH ANGEL!! (Saint Earth A gel)way-cool

BTW, when you were trying to post awhile back and they disappeared it was due to some sort of really bad issue that took a whole lot of time and effort from the Admin team to get it figured out. As you can see, it's fixed! If anything like that happens again, check out "Technical Support" and usually you can find out what's going on if there are any issues.

A d WOW! I'm not a facebooger member, but I was able to see Patxhy's facebook lage anyway!! Not sure how, but I love it!! He is so xute! Love the bone structure of his face.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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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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That explains why I was having so much trouble posting.  I'd write this long update, try to post and it and it would disappear!  I'd try again and it would disappear.  Glad it was resolved!  Thanks to admin for working hard to fix it!

Glad you got to see his page.  🙂  He is a handsome boy.  I love that video.  My daughter loves making them.  I'm sure I'll have more to post once she realizes he has a FB page.  lol

Good news is that Patchy is feeling so much better.  Bad news is that Patchy is feeling so much better!  He's getting tired of being confined and got really excited today when I took him out to go potty.  Talked to the vet and they had me up his sedation/anxiety meds.  This big goofball is his own worst enemy!  🙂

I had the chance to ready Daisy's story and am realizing this is a reasonably unusual situation.  I'm wondering if it would be helpful to have a post somewhere with Patchy's experience going through these surgeries as a tripawd.  If this would be helpful, where would be the best place to post it?

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I would think a blog would be an excellent place to document his journey.  We do get people here who have a Tripawd who injures another limb and having Patchy's story to reference would be awesome!

It's easy to add pictures and videos to a blog as well, and you can always start a thread in the forums to let people know when you update the blog.


Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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I haven't been around for a bit. I am so glad that Patchy was able to get his surgery. I totally understand what you mean about him doing good, being both good news and bad news. Heh. It can be hard. 

Be observant on the anxiety meds and trust your gut. They can help but they can sometimes not work. I have a dog who gets more anxious with the anxiety med. It slows him down a bit, but he's miserable and freaked out.

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Great observation about the anxiety meds. Our Wyatt is the same way on things like Xanax or Ace.

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I appreciate the heads up on the anxiety medication.  Patchy's anti anxiety meds are definitely helping him.  They really mellow him out and allow him to relax.   He's doing great on them.   I can tell when they are starting to wear off because he gets anxious when I'm not in sight.  He is such a high energy pup that I can't imagine how he could recoup without them.  Prior to his surgery, he was going crazy from the confinement.  His world has gotten so small since he's been injured.  Poor boy.

He had a setback this week.  He started really favoring the leg he had surgery on and his incision didn't look as good as I thought it should.  Seemed a little red and upset.  By the time I took him to the vet, he was really doing everything he could not to put weight on it.  Dr. was concerned he may have broken something so did x-rays.  Thankfully the x-rays didn't show any breaks but did show some fluid around the lower screw on the plate they'd put in.   Vet believes he has a low grade infection so he is back on antibiotics.  He was supposed to start getting short walks at the end of the week, but we're going to have to stick with strict rest and only going out for potty breaks.  Poor kiddo.  He just can't catch a break.  

We're seeing the vet again on the 26th for a recheck and I'm hoping he'll be good to go to schedule surgery on his other leg.  It pains me to think of him having to start this recovery process all over again, but I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is needed.  

Never done a blog in my life.  I'm going to have to check on getting one started.  Anything that can help someone else going through this journey is definitely worth doing.  

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Oh, poor baby! He has had so many setbacks. I wish this healing process had been smoother, but my goodness is he lucky to have you. Really. I'll be thinking of you, Patchy and your family and crossing my fingers that the antibiotic takes care of this infection. 

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