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Gemma's journey
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28 March 2015 - 6:35 pm
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Update Gemma came home yesterday with my husband and a friend, I was working. She is happy to be home. We are happy to have her here.

She was calm till I got home, then hyper city. Had to give her medication to calm her down.
Today has been good. She wants out of kennel. And wants to run and play.
She got loose from my husband and ran around front yard at full throttle for about two minutes. Then got real tired, came and sat at his feet of his wheelchair , and looked at him as if to say " OK, I'm done, but I needed that". No issues seen from her run.
My husband was thrilled to see that she had no issues being mobile.

She had her first poop (lol) today as well. After two surgerys since Monday I think that's good.

The only thing is that STUPID cone of shame . She is banging it, and it it's caught on the kennel sides and all doorways. Hinders her eating and drinking a bit.
But my concern is my smart Gemma has figured out how to catch it on the first part of her incision closes to her head. Then she bends it and licks her incision. She doesn't do it for long because it is uncomfortable. But the fact she can concernse. Ugh

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28 March 2015 - 7:07 pm
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Ohhh what a great update overall! Gemma is one amazing doggie. YAY!

About that cone. Have you tried a big floppy cone? Our Wyatt has to wear one in addition to the plastic one because he is a maniac around stitches. It looks like this:

http://wyattray.....iConed.jpg

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28 March 2015 - 8:13 pm
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Great update!  So glad Gemma is on the mend, she is due a break.

I'm also glad your Husband got a glimpse of things to come. He must feel much better seeing her so mobile! Now Gemma- relax and heal up!

 

 Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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28 March 2015 - 9:44 pm
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This is such a GRRRRRREAT UPDATE!!!

I know seeing Gemma take her brief little marathon run did EVERYBODY some good!!! And we've got a poop to celebrate on top of that? WOW!!clap

Thanks for taking the time to update us. You have no idea how happyn this makes all of us in your "extended family"!!

Hope you ALL can get some good rest tonight!

Sending love to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

PS. I was fortunate in that my beloved Happy Hannah ever bothered her stitches so she never had to wear the cone. Hopefully you'll be able to take it off for short spurts when you are there to watch Gemma.

Keep these glorious updates coming!!!

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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29 March 2015 - 11:21 pm
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clapclapclap She's on the right path it sounds like! Scout did a little "marathon run" when he came home too lol. Sounds like she was really showing off for you guys!

I am so so so happy she is doing so well after the scares you went through. CONGRATS! I know what a relief it must be for you all.

I just can't wait to hear about her progress to come, and I think we would all love some more pictures of your cutie!

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30 March 2015 - 12:38 pm
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Went for recheck on Gemma's incision. Everything looks good. But she was aggressively growling at tech and vet. I was shocked.
Our vet said that he is sure she knows he is the one who did the surgery. She is usually sweet.
They had to muzzle her to examine her.
They also gave her a longer cone. To try and combat her bending it to lick her incision. So far so good.
She had a fever. But feeling was that she was as over excited, and to keep monitoring.

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30 March 2015 - 1:03 pm
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Glad to hear that Gemma's incision is doing well.  She's finally on her road to recovery.

And it's amazing their memories.  Like Gemma my Leland wanted nothing to do with the clinic after his amputation.  He wasn't actively growling like Gemma but he was a panicky mess and was doing all he could to escape the clinic when we went back for his staple removal.  Leland never carried on like this with our local vet but he was hospitalized for days at the clinic and I believe he feared we were going to leave him there again.  It broke mine and my husband's heart to see him so upset.

Anyway, wishing you and Gemma the best and hoping her recovery will be a little calmer now that she's finally home!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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30 March 2015 - 7:04 pm
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You go ahead and grrrrrowl Gemma! After everything that "happened" to you at the clinic, you deserve to "have a discussion" with those vets!! I think it's a real good sign that she feels feisty!!way-cool

Really glad everything is looking good!! Gemma and you deserve some smooth sailing from here on out!!

Gemma you sure have won our hearts! Thank you for allpwing us to be part of your Fan Club!!

Sending hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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30 March 2015 - 8:57 pm
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another good night, Gemma protested by "sitting in" or down. she did not want to go back in her kennel.  she gave me pitiful looks. it killed me to put her in the kennel, and then close door, so i knew that she would quiet down and sleep

as active as she is, The Vet restated today, how important that she be calm and rest as much as possible. 

we let her be with us, even on the couch for over an hour. then she wanted to play. and would stick her head, cone and all between couch and recliner. seemingly in an effort to take cone off. 

feeling like a bad mom.

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31 March 2015 - 9:22 am
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You are a GREAT mom! You and your busband are her champions!!

It jist tickles me pink to know that she is continuing to get her sparkle back! big-grin Soooooo glad this is turning into just a "normal" recovery!! And yeah, itsw still early, but she's making progress everyday!clap

Do you dare take the cone off while you are right with her on the couch?

We have ro have pictures!!! I know your hands sre full right now, but when you can, okay?

Love to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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2 April 2015 - 9:34 pm
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Gemma has been very hyper today, daddy took her for a long walk and played a good bit. Due to mommy being under the weather.

She is literally chewing pieces off her cone. But it is still doing its job. I brushed her head ad and body today, carefully. I think it helped.

When they get their sutures out do they get the cone off too?? Not sure how much past Monday all of can take.

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2 April 2015 - 10:06 pm
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Gem.a! You better settledown you g lady! No chewing your cone!!

Have you tried taking the cone off st sll while under your supervision jist to give her a little break? I was lucky in thst my beloved zhappy Hannah didn't need a cone.

After the stitches are out she shouldn't be trying to chew at her incision...hopefullu!

Yu may also try putting a tee shirt in her...that may help keep her away from thenstitches.

One thing we all jsd to remind ourselves is that we need to scratch the areas for them they can no longer reach becausenof the missingnleg. I woukd spend a lot of time several times s day jist rubbing a d scratching her all over, including her ears, eyes and muzzle.

Soooo glad Gemma is doing so very well! She is ine strong a d determkned girl!

Be sure and take care of YOURSELF while you are giving so much care to others, okay? Get some rest and take your vitami s!

Hugs to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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3 April 2015 - 10:09 am
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Oh my gosh you are not a bad mom at all, you're a great mom for being good about the cone. I agree, there are times like if you're watching TV or something and you can see her that it might be safe to remove it. But just keep a close eye on her.

Careful with the long walks, she shouldn't be doing anything other than going on leashed potty walks at least until stitches are out (which yes, is when the cone is off for good usually). Hang in there and hope you feel better. That bug is really going around!

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3 April 2015 - 8:21 pm
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Gemma is prancing around the yard, like a horse cantering. I was leash walking her and she starting prancing. it was so cute. I had to smile. she also did a cartwheel, unintentional of course. seemed none the worse for wear. planted her cone down on ground. 

She then decided to via for alpha against mommy today. not sure why. has not done it since she was a young puppy. we were outside. she started trying to knock me down, with her cone, and trying to nip at me and my clothes. I put her down on the ground. on her good side. held her there. told her over that "I am in charge, not you" held her there for about 3 minutes. she was calm the whole time and did not fight me. I let her up and she immediately became the good listening dog, that im used too. 

this has truly been an adventure.

as for the tshirt . do you put one on that is tight over body or loose?

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3 April 2015 - 10:27 pm
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Oh my gosh I think she's trying to say "Mom! Take this thing OFFA ME!"

Kudos to you for being strong. You did it!

The t-shirt. Snug, definitely.

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