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The Rainbow Bridge


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9 May 2022 - 11:45 am
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Ugh I'm NOT a fan of fireworks. Poor guy. I hope he's OK and not sore from that spill.

Would LOVE to see him using the ramp, thanks for trying to video him using it.

OK four days away, that's it! Paws and fingers crossed for that to happen on Thursday. Have a good day with your sweet boy!

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9 May 2022 - 3:24 pm
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Greerr... those darn fireworks cause so much fear and panic in almost all animals.  Senseless and inconsiderate and jist plain cruel. 

Okay, off my soapbox. 

YAY FOR PUTTING HIS FOOT DOWN!!!! Progress indeed!!!!

We also are anxiously waiting for Thursday with some good news!!!

Hugs 

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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11 May 2022 - 10:32 am
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LOVE the ramp video! Thanks for sharing it Theresa. Looks like you guys have his mobility routine down pretty well.

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11 May 2022 - 12:45 pm
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Wonderful video!!   Sta sing ovation  to Max's "aivlings" for doing a truly outstanding  job of assisting him with just the right amount of pace, and just the right amount of suppprt.  They really are tuned into his gait and the pace he needs for balance, motion, etc.  EXCE JOB you two.....and Max did an exce job too!!

Everything about this video was so uplifting and so well done.

And that is one huge wrap he has on and I have noooo doubt whatso ever he will show even more improvement  after that is off!  It has to hinder him!  Necessary of course, but still, it's interfering  with his gait, etc..  Even so, he's really doing well.

And that ramp......not only A+ for function, but it is beautiful!!!

Hugs 

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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17 May 2022 - 11:33 am
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Max is doing well!  His bandage has been removed and he is starting to bear more weight on the leg.  He is even trying to get up more on his own!!!  Of course we are still jumping up to assist, but we aren't stopping him from trying anymore.  His leg looks a little swollen around the knee so I have an call in to the surgeon's office.  My hubby thinks its normal but I just want to check.  The fact that we can send photos and video now to doctors is a real bonus.  I don't have to pack him up in the car and drive there!

I will get some new video of Max on the ramp or getting up without  his huge bandage for you guys.  He really is amazing!!! We are so happy we can see a light at the end of the tunnel !!! For a while there it was really rough.

Thank you all for your support, patience and advice!  We would not be able to get through this without you all!!

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17 May 2022 - 2:44 pm
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Happy chills all over!!!  SOOOOO HAPPY FOR THIS UPDATE!!!

Yes, the light at the end of that tunnel is getting closer and you can start to feel the Fresh air rush in!

Getting that bandage off is sich a milestone!  It has really hi served his recovery and now he can finally get on the path of a "nor al" recovery.  Still no picnic yet, but you are already seeing the progress!

Agree with hubby, the knee swelling would be "normal"....at least "normaly" a yway.  But nothing about this journey jas been. normal, so can still check with Vet.  Vet may, or may bot suggest some icing for a minite or so.....but go by their advice.

Thanks so much for the update!  I can "hear" the relief in your voice!!

And yes, get me those pics and video and I'll get them posted for ya'll

Good job everyone!

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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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18 May 2022 - 12:29 pm
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Theresa I'm so happy to see this update! He IS DOING IT! YEAH Max! smiley_clap

Did your vet give you any feedback on the swelling? SUPER sharp of you to call just in case. It doesn't hurt to get that piece of mind. And yeah, being able to send images to the vet is such a life-saver now. And saves our sanity! 

Can't wait to see him getting around even better this week 🙂

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28 May 2022 - 1:31 pm
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HI All,

Max is doing well.  The vet said the swelling was minor and I should send them pictures daily. I did , and they said it looked normal.  Max has been getting more energy and wanting to get up on his own all the time now.  Which is good and bad.  Its good he can do it most of the time but sometimes he can't get the front off the ground.  We have been concerned about that, so after speaking to the PT people, we decide to put him back into LIVS for 6 days of PT to try to strengthen up his single front leg and the back.  Hopefully when he 's out both legs will be stronger.  He is at week 8 post op now, so hopefully he will continue to improve each day.

I will send new video of him coming down the ramp without his bandage when he gets home.  Plus some video of him getting up on his own from his bed.

Thanks you all again!

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28 May 2022 - 8:53 pm
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Sounds like improvement is continuing!  Especially since he's only  had thr wrap off a short time.

Bummer he has to go away from home after all the time he has spent at the Vet.  I'm sure you've asked, but couldn't they do a consult with you and have you repeat whatever "exercises" they are having him do at home?  Or could you just take him daily for an hour or so and bring him home each day?  Guessing they wouldn't  do much more than an hour or so of  therapy everyday anyway not to tire him out or overdo.  .  Then again, what do I know!😜 Of course have no idea what their plan is and certainly not a professional!  Just trying to figure out of he could staynyome. Will be interesting to see how five days straight of consistent therapy away from home with no break improves things (hopefully).

Always like to learn new ways things are being done, the whys, the what's, etc.  So thanks for putting up with my questions. 

And would loooove to see more video and pics of sweet Max♥️  Glad to post them👍

Hugs

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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29 May 2022 - 12:15 pm
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Good to hear from you Theresa, thank you for the news on Max. I know it must be so hard to have him away from home again, but it does sound like that the PT folks can get him strong enough to keep up with that young-at-heart brain of his! I love that he has more energy and trying to do things on his own. Max has such spirit! 

Keep us posted on his recovery, we are cheering for him smiley_clap 

Virginia




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13 June 2022 - 2:39 pm
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And for your viewing  pleasure......Max on the move!!!!   Theresa  will be giving a more detailed update, but this video speaks volumes!  Determination.  Max is so lucky to have hoomans committed  to his well being, who never gave up  and who were willing to go the extra mile to help Max be Max!  And needless to say. Max is a strong willed and deter fella'' who never gave up either!!

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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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13 June 2022 - 7:28 pm
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WOW! He looks fantastic, what a strong, determined and amazing boy! This is a huge relief for all of us to know that he's doing so well. 

Thanks for sharing, Techie Sally! Can't wait for the pupdate from his equally pawesome parents.

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24 June 2022 - 8:08 pm
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Hello All,

Sorry its been a while, Max has been doing better each day.  He just had his 10 week x-rays to see how he is healing. The Surgeon said he is doing well but not completely healed.  She wants him to do short walks around the yard at least 3 times a day.  I took a video of me bribing him with cookies to walk around the yard! He loves just laying on his bed outside and watching the neighborhood.  I will send the new video to Sally for posting.  Thank God she is helping me with the technical things!

We still need to be there to help him up at times and are still supporting  him on the ramps.  He tends to gain momentum when going down, I'm afraid he will hurt himself if he tries it alone so that will not happen for a very long time, if ever.

We are still having trouble with his front leg collapsing/buckling.  Not sure if its the arthritis in his elbow or his shoulder giving way because he is off balance and only has one shoulder.  Our Surgeon suggested trying a new radioactive injection called Synovetin for elbows.  It is supposed to keep the joint pain free for up to a year, and reduce the inflammation. Right now we are not ready to do anything else to him.  Also if I do the elbow it will not relieve any of his arthritis pain in his spine, so he will still be on anti inflammatory drugs and pain meds.  We are still working on healing from TPLO! One step at a time literally!!!

Thank you to Sally and Jerry for all their support , encouragement and advice!  Max and his hoomans wouldn't be where we are today without them and the tripawds family!

Theresa & Maxsp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2

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25 June 2022 - 11:36 am
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Max  truly is a strong and determined  Warrior!  And so are hos hoomans!  The care you all are giving him jist warms my heart.  And he clearly  is responding!

Yes, it is so hard to get a front legger to go at a slower pace.  It's so lpving that you are still assisting  him going down the ramp jist to be on the safe side.

Yes indeedy, one step at a time.  Get the surgery  healing done and take a breather!!!

I'll look for another video.  We love seeing Max!

And BTW....I'm going to get our Admin Guy a tee shirt with this on it. 🤣😂 He will be shocked!!!!

I will send the new video to Sally for posting.  Thank God she is helping me with the technical things!

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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25 June 2022 - 2:45 pm
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Awww Theresa, what a pretty darn good report! No apologies necessary for being away, I'm just super happy that Max is getting around and enjoying his life. All thanks to YOU and Team Max! What you've been through is exceptionally difficult but look at the reward: a happy Max, ruling his kingdom. I LOVE IT! sp_hearticon2

It's good to be vigilant about the ramp. I would too. Both our Jerry and Wyatt never did stairs alone for their entire life, I just couldn't bear the thought of them taking a spill. It was worth the effort.

I've heard of Synovetin. I can't blame you for wanting to hold off for now, and take things one step at a time. Did your vet mention if giving it involves sedation? 

For many Tripawds, daily pain management is necessary for a good quality of life. Wyatt was on a cocktail of them for about the last 2 years of his life. As long as you can see that Max is happy and his personality is shining through, you're doing a great job managing his aches!

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