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11 April 2008 - 6:23 pm
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My name is Cedar and I am a 2 year old Lab Retriever mix.

I was found at the side of the road with and infected leg and minor skull fracture a little over a month ago. My left rear leg had to be amputated. My new parents adopted me last week and have enjoyed taking me for walks and cuddling lots! We have started running for part of our walks too.

I really like the ball but my parents are worried I may over do it and hurt my other rear leg. Is it too soon for me to play with a ball? I haven’t learned enough obedience to be off leash yet.

Also, yesterday my hip where my leg is missing was bothering me a lot, so much I stopped walking with a little yelp and looked at my dad for comfort. I have been wiggling it a lot too. Is there anything other dog parents have done to help others get past this pain, phantom or otherwise?

Does anyone have any suggestions on working on building my strength to run more frequently and play with the ball?

Thank you,


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11 April 2008 - 7:02 pm
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The best advice I have is to give it time.

My people took it easy with me and didn’t really let me play too strenuously for at least a couple months. They didn’t baby me, but we went on short walks and I slowly built up my strength to the point where I could run and play for a while without sitting down to rest. Only then did they bring out my Frisbee and favorite ball.

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29 July 2008 - 2:11 pm
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Cedar….how are you doing? I read your post and was curious to hear how your recovery has gone so far?!  My name is Spanky. I am 5 months old and 2 weeks post-amp….and doing great!  I hope you are doing well, playing with your ball and taking walks again!  Please let us know how you are doing! 

Sherri & Spanky  Tongue out 


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