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11 February 2013 - 8:25 am
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Let's start with the good- Cora walked up the porch steps (3) with almost no help at all. She was very hungry, had been forced to go on a mini-walk and wanted to get in the house! It was totally unexpected. smiley

 

Now, on to the questions....

 

Cora has a miserable time in the car. Turns or braking can put her off balance. I think I read hear about trying to belt her into the seat. I tried that but it's not working. I either have to make the belt that connects to her harness so short that she can't move at all and is uncomfortable or its' long enough she can wiggle her hind end off the seat.  This is really scary for her as she can't see where the seat ends. Any suggestions?

 

Yesterday, the little twerp figured out how to wiggle out of her harness. What I ended up doing is slipping the leash through the loops on her harness and clicking it into her collar. Any other ideas?

 

Carts... I have been thinking about carts. She's just not progressing on the walking as well as I'd like. So i started thinking about a cart. I'm also finding out about PT for her (thanks rene!) so I don't want to get the cart before the dog. But is there anything I could  be doing with her now as a puppy to get her ready for that, if it's what we need to do later. i would also like to try putting her in a 4 wheeled cart so I can get her in the world more without carrying her. She's about 20 lbs now. She hates to be carried and I put my back out about a week ago. My back isn't getting better with moving her around. Have folks done that? Any suggestions where to get a cheap cart to roll her around in. I'm broke right now and if I'm going to be paying for PT for cora I'm going to stay broke.

The whine... I'm  used to special needs animals but I have to admit dealing with Cora is harder than I thought. Add in reactive, needy Floyd and i'm overwhelmed. Add in the crazy neighbor, work being unmanagable, my back and other life stuff and umm... pretty maxed. So, i'm  not doing a good job of keeping up here and not blogging. I apologize. I wish I had the time and energy to be really reading here and replying to other posts. And if you've replied to me and I seemed to ignore it, that is not intentional.

 

Chris

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11 February 2013 - 8:54 am
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Oh my gosh Chris never apologize, you have your hands full and we totally understand.

About the car . . . we've always had a pickup truck so we've never had to deal with the sedan-type seats but I do know that on those few occasions when we rented or borrowed one, balance was an issue. My gut instinct thinks that in time as her core muscles develop she will learn how to use them for balance in the car, but others here who have dealt with this car issue can provide better insight.

As for the cart idea...this article explains when and why carts are needed:

When and How a Dog Wheelchair can Help a Tripawd

Honestly I wouldn't put any money into a cart right now. Inexpensive carts especially can be problematic as the article says, and I think your funds will be better spent on a consult with a qualified rehab vet first, who can provide guidance so that a cart hopefully isnt' needed.

My question to you is, when and why are you carrying her? If you are carrying her because she can't make it back from walks, then keep your walks short so that she doesn't have to be carried.

Hang in there, you can do this and in no time she will be the strong, independent girl she was meant to be. And we will of course be here for you throughout this time.

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11 February 2013 - 9:24 am
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Chris, I have a cousin who is active in rescue and has a really huge network available to her. I have emailed her to ask about car solutions. If there is something out there, she will likely know. In the meantime, can you crate Cora in the car? I know she's growing so quickly that you might need a new crate all the time, but that is the only thing I can think of right now that would keep her confined and feeling safe and that would prevent her from flying around. And maybe you could get a crate from a donor. There are ways to do that, I think, if we all helped you locate a place.

If my cousin has any ideas, I'll let you know.

Shari

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.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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What about putting her into a large rubermaid tote/bin thing?  You could even cut some holes/slashes in the back and keep it buckled into the seat.  You could line it with blankets and pad the walks with comfy things, so when she teeters, she hits poof rather than plastic.  You could fill it high, so her head sticks out and doesn't feel like she's buried in a box?

I like your idea for attaching the leash to her collar and harness.  Sounds like a great solution!

With your whine, I recommend some wine.  You're facing many uphill battles and I think everyone still has some routines and personalities to learn and iron out.  Don't worry about complaining here - you're entitled!  You're doing a lot and we applaud you.  CHEERS!!!!  Get your emotions out, complain, and breathe.  Then, reassess.  You ARE doing a great job and your WHOLE pack has come a long, long way.

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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11 February 2013 - 8:49 pm
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Rene- Ok, you are probably right about the cart. It was just a thought. I have contact information for rehab vets. Of course now I'm on the verge of freaking out about money. Also about time, but one step at a time. First I get more information, then I can freak out. Heh!

When am I carrying her? I guess mostly to work. She's come with me a few days, when it's possible and the walk to and from the car is just too long. And getting in and out of the car in general. Hmm... I did carry her to and from my friend's house the other day. She couldn't have done all the stairs but she could have done more of the walking but it was in the City and she seemed to get overloaded by the smells and sounds and wouldn't walk and eventually, for the sake of time I just carried her. That's the tricky thing. I'm trying to get her out so she gets socialized, but there are challenges to that.

 

Shari- Thanks for much for asking around.

As far as the crate goes for the car, she hates that more. She is happiest (although not happy) sitting in the foot well of the passenger seat (air bag turned off). Which may mean I need to get a better pad for the crate, because I think she slides around in there

 

Fetchon (Ack, I've forgotten your name). I love the tote idea and that's sort along the lines of what I was thinking but i hadn't gotten that far. Hmmm... that I might be able to do. 

And thanks for the nice words. But beware, today was a rough day so if you give me permission to whine...

 

UPDATE- So... yesterday she did walk a decent distance for her. Today she is absolutely pissy. This same thing happened last week. What I'm not sure is if it's the walking, or being at work and socialization and that end of things that's making her grumpy and tired. My inclination is it's the walking, not the social experience but now that I have picked up a pattern I'm going to pay more attention.

Also, I tried booties on her and it was a disaster. She hated it. I read here, that booties work better for dogs who are doing better at walking (I'm not phrasing that right) so I' not going to try the booties again for a bit.

On a good size, she did walk up the porch steps today. She needed a bit more help than yesterday but still was doing much of it on her own.

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11 February 2013 - 9:01 pm
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Chris, my cousin had nothing. She only suggested getting a larger crate than you need and putting a lot of padding in it that you can remove as Cora grows. I imagine you can get some help getting a crate for Cora if you need one. You could send me a message about that.

I understand that she may balk at the crate (and that's putting it nicely), but it will be to her advantage if she can be crated. A blind tripawd needing medical care will be kenneled, and that would be an incredibly traumatic experience for her if she weren't used to the confines of a crate.

Start small, go slowly. In the crate for 3 seconds, treat, praise, pets. Do it a dozen times a day. Build up. I had to re-do this with Evelyn recently. She ate an awful lot of treats, but within 3 days she showed she's pretty smart when she began going into the crate on her own and staring at me. "Where's my cookie?" I think I started closing the door briefly on day 2. She did not freak out because she knew dessert was coming.

I know you don't want to upset Cora any more than she's already upset, but think ahead a bit. Not just to being kenneled at the vet, but anytime there may be an emergency and you need to confine her really quickly. The last thing you want is to have a wild Tasmanian devil on your hands, biting and lashing out and destroying things and hurting herself. You want her to be calm and content, thinking "this is ok; I've done this before and I get good stuff later."

Shari

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.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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11 February 2013 - 9:09 pm
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He he he... I'm talking to Shari in chat, but just to clarify, Cora sleeps in a crate every night. She was in a crate in my office today. It's being in a moving car in the crate that she hats.

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12 February 2013 - 7:57 am
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I was going to suggest a crate, but clearly that's not a great solution for you.  I would try it again with the extra padding though, to see if she will tolerate that.

 

This is a longer-term suggestion, but we require Sid to be laying down when we start the car and he has learned that he must lay down for travel. Of course, he's an older, wiser dog at almost nine years old.  I think you have a still-growing pup?

 

How about getting one of the car hammocks?  That way if she does lose her balance, she won't come to too much harm, but she will be able to learn balance by the fact that there is a 'soft' place in it where she can't stand.

 

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12 February 2013 - 9:05 am
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I have nothing to add, because I have no experience with any of your questions ;) I just wanted to say that I love Cora. That is all.

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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14 February 2013 - 8:31 pm
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So, I've slowed things down a bit the last few days which means we haven't had to deal with cars or carrying. Cora and Floyd have been staying at home while I go to work and I haven't taken them any place else. Cora is definitely interested in going down the porch steps so that's been great to see. Floyd hasn't been feeling well and I think I needed a break to consider things and recharge

 

She's been super playful and it's really nice to see the fun side of her. I've gotten bit a few times, because a blind, playful puppy sometimes misses the toy and gets the hand! Especially when very excited. Cora is TEETHING. I think soon most of my house will be sprayed with bitter apple.

 

Next Thursday she has an appointment with Certified Canine rehabilitation practitioner. I'm so excited. I found someone who is well recommended and relatively local, a 20 -25 minute drive instead of a nearly hour drive. 

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This is such a great update.  I just love love love Cora!  haha, teething! I love it.  that's something we don't hear about often around here :D

 

That is so great that you found a rehab practitioner nearby!!! I CANNOT wait to hear how it goes!!!!

 

All our love,

Erica & Jill

 

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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14 February 2013 - 10:18 pm
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Oh you sound so much better! This is really good to hear. It really makes me wonder if it's just a matter of too much stimulation, too soon in her young life that's making her a crankypants? I'm not an expert, I have no idea so that's just a guess.

I can't wait to hear about the rehab person's analysis!

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