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WOWWWW! I just had a chance to sit down and check in and this is the BEST NEWS ALL DAY! Super Frankie is in DA HOUSE! It's pawgress, it really is. You make us so proud! And you too Sally, your strength and perseverance even when things get ruff is so incredible. Oh and let's not forget Nurse Myrtle, she's clearly playing a big role in all this too. Look at how far Team Frankie has come, you guys are doing it! 

Glad to hear about the rehab vet, it couldn't be a better arrangement. YAAA!!!! 

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Couple of things the rugs worked fantastic and when on this site are we ever really fully prepared ?!?!?oh-my

Frankie does fantastic on 2 legs that is amazing to see!!clap Let alone both legs on the same one side!😳

Video is great for reference and the Vets the rehab lady all of it! It’s informative, but gut gut wrenching to watch Frankie fall over when he wants to poopicon_png! BUT YES he got right back up and he did not hurt himself !! He is a determined rockstar on 2!! You both are!!💖
And as Karen pointed out he is not yelping another huge sign!

Can I ask was Frankie able to poop? How did he manage doing that on 2 OMC
I did see his little foot touch the ground a couple of times too ! 👏🏻I am really glad to hear you have someone coming to help you and to get some rehab!!🎉 Coming to the house is HUGE!! YAAAAAAAY !! You guys will get there I know you will!!

Stay strong Sally you KNOW we are all stronger then we think we are this journey on 2 or 3 sure proves that to us over and over you’ve got this! It’s been rough but it’s GOING to get BETTER each day will get BETTER!!!

We continue to send pawsitive healing thoughts & love your way!
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20 December 2017 - 8:42 am
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You've been in my thoughts Holly.  I know you have a lot on your plate so thanks for  checking in.heart

Yes he has indeed poopicon_png!   He basically does it in a complete standing up position on two legs still ki da' mocing for balance.  Any interference from me trying to hold him with the harness is just nit allowed!!   So, again, it's either Frankies way or not at allway-coolway-cool

And tha ks Jackie for mocing that SPECTACULAR over nere and the sweet pic of Frankie and Clare 🙂

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Frankie had a WONDERFUL first Rehab appointment!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂   She  got through some good ROM with him!!!  Considering he's a TRIPAWD and just nine days post surgery, she  felt pleased with what was accomplished!!  FFrankie and I had a good connection with her.  He literally wagged his tail the whle time and was getting kisses and treats from the assistant.   Not one single yelp or reactive "discussion"!

 She did pretty much acknowledge what I need to work on with him as far as "walking SLOWLY" with him and trying to hold him while he tries toe touching IS a two person job (or bare minimal  a strong person who can lift his 70 lbs).  At least I felt like less of a failure hearing that!! 

  She took measurements of the angle he could bend and the angle he could straighten and felt like they were pretty good too, considering!   I hadn't made note here yet,but he did try twice to actually put a little weight on that leg and it instantly completely collapsed each time. .

She made a really valid point about that (I think anyway). She said a four legger has the luxury of just touching down and putting minimal weight for a awhile.  She said Frankie was trying to put a lot more weight on it because he needs it to relieve his two legs. 

  I have her scheduled for three more appointments with LASER and ROM starting Saturday, then Wednesday, Friday.   Going to see how it goes and if the laser helps, etc.  Maybe able to do a few more IF it helps.   She did say it's going to be a loooooong process.  She felt like it would be another FOUR weeks before I saw him start using the leg a little without overdoing it....then maybe some more improvement at the TWO MONTH mark, but expect it be ONE YEAR for total healing!!   

And poor jealous Nurse Myrtle.  She kept bringing out stuffy after stuffy ,(even her giant teddy bear that she saves for special occasions) and tried to give it to them and bumping them with it begging for attention!!!way-cool  They stayed focused on Frankie!    I feel like this is the right Rehab person at just the right time!  And Frankie agrees!  heartHe's ready to get on with getting on!!!

  I'm feeling more optimistic now and soooooo relieved to have some help!!!  🙂  AND WITHOUT FRANKIES'S FRIENDS....well.....all I can say is......I didn't know how much he could still enjoy being Frankie if there was no hope of improvement.  And I was starting to lose hope knowing that he needed more than me.  He deserved better!!    

TO BE ABLE TO OFFER HIM REHABILITATION....TO BE AVLE TO GIVE HIM THE TOOLS HE SO DESPERATELY NEEDED AND WANTED.....IT TRULY IS GIVING HIM BACK HIS LIFE!!!heart   I'll do a video of the ROM as soon as I upload it to yiutube (which for some reason takes HOURS tonupload anything from my tavlet)   

One more thing.  I showed them how Frankie DOES IT HIS WAY to go out and do his bidness!   They were ASTOUNDED (and scared) at his two leg travels.  And then when he came back in, he headed straight for the couch and got up there all by himself just using his TWO legs!!  He was showing off!!!  . She said she was amazed at his strong will and determination to adapt!   Clearly she'd  just never had met a COOL DAWG SUPER DAWG FRANKIE before! 🙂    

THANK YOU FOR THE CONTIUED SUPPORT IN SO MANY WAYS! 🙂 🙂  

  WITH LIMITLESS LOVE AND APPRECIATION

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

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21 December 2017 - 11:51 am
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Oh my DOG I just got all choked up reading this Sally, I'm sooooo hoppy for you and Team Frankie! 

How wonderful to have validation that he's on the right track, that you are doing everything you possibly can, and to have assistance with experts who know how to care for a Tripawd in this type of recovery. It sure does sound like they are the right rehab professionals to help and heck if Myrtle approves you know they are. HOOORRAAAAY! clap

Just curious, what kind of home exercises did they prescribe for you to do with Frankie? 

Here's to YOU Sally, for being so strong and not giving up, for all you do to help your doggies be the bestest, happiest dogs in the world. You are such an angel, I'm thrilled that the Universe working its magic to be there for you and to help Frankie get to a 100 pawcent recovery. Love you!

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Yaaaaaay Frankie!! And yaaaay Sally!! I am SO glad the rehab vet (and assistant) were so awesome. And to get some validation and insight into Frankie's progress, that must really be a load off. Hang in there you guys, even though it may take longer than you thought, there is light at the end of the tunnel!! clapclapclap

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Yay, what a great update.  I am so glad you got some help.  It sounds like Frankie is on his way.  Yes, I know it seems like a year is a long time for complete recovery but you have to remember 3 legs 🙂 

I am glad they told you the same thing I did about putting weight on it because of being 3 legs.  Now you can breathe a little bit better. 

Keep going team Frankie, Sally and Nurse Myrtle. 

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Thank you RENE, MARTHA and MICHELLE!!!! 🙂   Your kind words and pawsitive support warm my heartheart

The suggestions so far have basically been the ROM three rimes a day, the Smokey (assi) Loop three for four times a day, try my hardest to WALK him down the ramp and WALK him over to his pee place, slightly holding him up and TRY and get a couple pf toe tpuches. Then if I have to let go and he takes off on two,  at least I've done that much.    I reminded them that, "Even though it jist now took TWO of you to do what you asked me to do, you think I can do it on my own??! "   They laughed......me, not so much:-) 🙂

She suggested the "peanut" for him to lay his front half on.  She did acknowledge that he has OUTSTANDING CORE STRENGTH!!

The suggestion that seemed the most valuq and doable to me (other than ROM) was to go ahead and ket him put his front half on the couch, but no further.  Then gently try and "stretch" the surgery leg down to touch the floor.   She was trying to do that, but he kept pulling himself up on the sofa!   I got some treats and set them on the cushion so, while he stayed focused on those, she tried it a little more successfully!

She said there are more advanced techniques we'll use later, vut for now just these basics ones.

How does this sound to you?

Does the laser sound beneficial in this scenario?

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21 December 2017 - 1:27 pm
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That sounds like a sound plan of action.    The laser they can add.  Was that something they brought up.  Laser treatments help with pain and inflammation.  

had to chuckle when they said try to walk him to his pee spot.  I know you try but please let go if he goes too fast we do not need you getting hurt. 

I think the couch thing will work great for you.  🙂

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I am SO pleased to read this update, Sally. I can feel your relief and reassurance at having such a great rehab specialist join Team Frankie. And your pride in bipawd Frankie. As it should be. We are all enormously proud of Frankie. All those crazy cool dawg shenanigans have clearly given him fantastic core strength.

The toe touching business... I'll tell you what it reminds me of. I hadn't thought of it before. Meg's had so many surgeries, I tend to forget the very first one when she fractured her elbow years ago, but... after that for a time ( a few weeks, I think)  she "forgot" how to turn her foot when she walked. She would simply drag it, rather than turning it to put the weight on the pads. The only thing I could think to do was to turn it myself by hand with every step, so she'd walk along, and I'd walk along beside her, bent double, turning her foot each time she brought it forward. And I remember feeling really quite hopeless for a time, that the nerves were so damaged she would NEVER relearn, but she did, and as is the way of these things, she relearnt to walk so effectively, that I forgot she'd ever had a problem until I read your comment about stretching the surgery leg down to touch the floor. Soon you'll be looking back and you'll find it hard to fully remember this stage, except that in your case you are creating a written record, which will be a great resource for others who face such surgeries in the future.

Re laser, both Meg and Elsie have it for muscle tension and arthritis and we find it helpful. According to what setting they use on the machine, it can also help wound healing. All sounds very positive and helpful for Mr Frankie.

Big hug, Sally, and lots of love. You are doing a FABULOUS job, and we are every bit as proud of you as you are of Frankie. Imagine that!

Big hug for Nurse Myrtle too. I prescribe big bowls of ice cream all round.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

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It sounds like Frankie has a great team! And better core strength than I do (ok, that's probably easy to do)! Best wishes to Frankie on his rehab and to you and Myrtle as you assist him in navigating the recovery process! 



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YAY !!!!!!!!! Success!!! I am so so so glad and relieved, whew! His awesome "core strength" is because of his awesome mama by the way way-cool 

I thought of you several times today and wondered what time the appointment was. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you. I think we need a Pawty now! This is a celebration event if ever I saw one. Dancin' babies, fireworks, bells ringing, the whole deal... of course chocolate and ice cream are a given. Gettin ready to head out of here but I couldnt do it until I posted something, lol. 

Lots of love and hugs heartheart

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Sounds great Sally!  I'm so happy that you and Frankie have some help!

I know it seems like a long time for healing to take place, but you have to keep reminding yourself that he is a Tripawd!  He is a very strong, well balanced and determined Tripawd, but still he is missing his spare! 

To compare: Obie was on 'crate rest' for 6 or 8 weeks after each of his surgeries, and then it was a couple more months before he was allowed to jump or do explosive movements. Part of that length is because of the work done to re-seat his knee cap on each leg.  It's hard to tell how much weight he was actually putting on his repaired leg since he didn't limp and of course the leg didn't collapse because he is not a Tripawd! 

I think the couch idea is brilliant!  I don't suppose you have an ottoman or stool that you could use?

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So happy you have this rehab team, and coming to your house is great! I like the idea of the laser, I really believe that will help. And what Michelle said, don't YOU get hurt trying to keep up. You've got This! Hugs and kisses from us.

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