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Frankie's cruciate repair!!
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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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And heresw Frankie working hard at his Rehab.  He has TWO massaging his happy self 🙂

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Frankie!!! You are doing sooooo well!!! I am applauding your huge success!clapclap

Youre absolutely right Sally, Frankie is showing more and more improvement each time! Well done rehab!!! Well done Sally!!! Well done Frankie!!!

that final video of Frankie sprawled out while he’s got all hand surgery on... Brilliant!!! He’s like “yeah! You ladies keep that up and I’ll be better in no time at all!!! laughing

Great videos Sally!

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10 January 2018 - 10:17 pm
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OMD Sally!  He looks a lot better!

And I think he is putting more weight on his leg than you think.  Look how much his tail flails around in the first video that you posted on Dec 19th.  I think that indicates how much effort he was putting into balancing on 2 legs.

Then in the video you just posted of him going up the ramp again.  Look how relatively calm his tail is. I think that indicates that he is using the third leg more and he is not working as hard to stay upright.

And Frankie has his own groupies!!!!


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10 January 2018 - 10:26 pm
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There is HUGE improvement! I can believe it's been 29 days already - although it probably seems like 129 days to you!  I bet it won't be long and he will be the same old Frankie, but new and improved. Soon this will all be a distant memory. What a great birthday present to see him getting better. Hugs and ice cream!


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Oh Sally he looks WONDERFUL! He is doing so well, I know now that he is using that leg more you must be so relieved! No doubt that is taking some of the pressure off his good legs, even his balance looks better. I could surely use some of that rehab too.. on the lower back, lol. He looks like his happy self, never heard even the idea of a howl or a cry, lots of progress heart

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Oh wow! I didn't think he was doing THAT much better! That's great, Sally!!

Definitely putting weight on that leg and it seems that it'll only take a few more good experiences for him to be using it fully. 

Fantastic news!! I'm sure that's a huge relief even if it was gradual progress. I'm so happy for you!!



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Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
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Wow Sally, that is a huge improvement over the earlier video.  Frankie is definitely making strides forward fast!  I bet his do it Frankie's way has a big part in it.  Because it and is obvious to everyone that he has the zest and drive to get past this.  Of course it could just be the treats and ice cream.  He is getting lots of that, yes?

You mentioned laser treatments.  Tuxedo had several of those and I really think they sped up his healing.  One thing I know is Tuxedo always seemed to be relaxed after them, which given his wild child nature was huge.  Hopefully they are both speeding up the healing and easing some of the pain for Frankie!   I am sure that with a bit more time, Frankie will be back to his old self.  He is already looking very good.  And ditto for the massages, I think we all need some of that!


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I agree with Karen.  I think he is putting more weight on that leg than what you think.  He is looking great.  🙂   I am so glad this rehab is helping him and you.  🙂   Keep going Frankie.


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This is huge improvement Sally!! So happy for you both I see a lot of weight bearing there.
I cant believe its been 29 days either 👀We have been in a time warp here 🚀UGH!

You made our day seeing Frankie be Frankie on 3 yes I see on 3, the last video is precious. Frankie loves his rehab massages! I think your well on your way !! Laser has always done wonder for our guys. Your are so fortunate they come to the house !!

What do you think of the loop? For the wound healing and has it helped with pain at all that you can tell? I have & continue to read great things about the loop for kitties.

Planning for more in home rehab & underwater treadmill?

More Ice-cream you guys deserve LOTS of Ice-cream 🍦🍨and Nurse Myrtle a new Stuffy!!


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WOO-HOO! You go Frankie! sure looks to me like he's putting some weight on that leg, at least intermittently. Looks like he's definitely doing great - hooray for rehab (and laser and massage and loops and ice cream!) 

Hang in there Sally, progress is being made. 


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11 January 2018 - 11:57 am
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And Super Cool Frankie Dawg once again proves doin' it his way is the best way!  That leg is definitely beginning to weight bear!  These videos just make my day and Sally have to bring you so much joy to see such improvement.  You, Nurse Myrtle and the rehab team along with the team that did the surgery are all ROCKSTARS!  🌟🌟. But mostly Frankie is the coolest ROCKSTAR of ALL!  clapclap


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22 January 2018 - 4:46 pm
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Okay Frankie's cheering squad, here we are 39 days after surgery and ten Rehab  visits later!!

I'm gonna post the Youtube videos in a other post below, but just wanted to put his PROGRESS in writing first.

The laaer therapy, the Rehab exercise  that Dr Weedle does, her sharp eye observation of what he needs and when he needs it,  are all INVALUABLE therapies that are truly a MiRACLE for Frankie!!  I do have to chuckle though, because  she did have to reluctw accept thst there were just some things Frankie is going to do his way...period...end of story!! 🙂

I kmow I've said it before, but we had the right person at the right time with the right knowledge show up when, I hate to admit, I was feeling kinda' hopeless.   Progress could NEVER, EVER have happened without this incredible gift of having this at home therapy.heart

Frankie greets her  now, hed immediately goes to his bed and lays down because he knows she starts off with massage and laser.  He looooves them both!!!way-cool

Frankie's happy joyous attitude and strong will are front and center again! 🙂   Dr Weedle observed that he's feeling good enough now to do "something stupid",'so I still need to monitor him carefully.   And he does still tire very easily, especially after his sessions, so that makes him "behave" in a little more controlled way.  Of course, he's baxk to counter surfing!  🙂  Good boy!! mean...BAD BOY!

Dr Weedle understands these sessions were an unbelievable gift to Frankie due to THE MOST COMPASSIONATE AND CARING PEOPLE on this Planet and can not go on forever!   At her suggestion, and knowing it's kind of an either/or situation pretty soon now, she's thinks he's ready to try some underwater treadmill work.  She thinks he can really benefit at this point.

So she's coming out Thursday, as she wanted to see a little more peogress first and then I'm going to do one treadmill wwter therapy to see how he reacts.  If he responds well, I should be able to do a couple more.  Ohhhhmyyyyy!  It's going to be such a great video!! 🙂

The treadmill is done at the place Frankie spent his first night after surgery.  It's also the place Frankie spend four days recovering from his rimadyl binge.   They now have a Rehb person who will be doing this.  Not all the certifications at all that I would like to see, but I'll give it a try.

I guess the best way I can describe his progress is, he's at least (and definitely) better than where  he was before the surgery and before he had the complete tear (as opposed to it being in the process)!!   DEFINITELY putting more and more pressure on it.  Still holds his leg out to the side and that's where she thinks the treadmill will help.  And while this is a joint issue, he was definitely having a lot of miscle wasting on that leg.  It got really, really, really bony.  I can see muscle rone improving fairly rapidly now.

Thank you ALL again so much!  I k ow each of you have your own challenges on so many different levels.  Yet, here you are, continuing to send your love and contagious positive attitude to us!  Youll never know how much that has helped us! 🙂

With gratitude for giving Frankie a chance to be Frankie again!

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

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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22 January 2018 - 5:11 pm
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Don't blink or you'll miss it.  As Karen pointed out in an earlier post, Frankie,'s tail is used for wagging now as opposed to making crvles for balance

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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22 January 2018 - 5:14 pm
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There are just some things the rehab vet need not see


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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