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8 yr old Gabbar suspected of Osteogenic Sarcoma. Biopsy pending.
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He’s been telling me in his own ways that if I take his pain away, he’s got some major fight in him. He’s made me stronger. 2 more full days to get through before the surgery.

This is so lovely. Made me well up. And here’s to idli with chicken broth! Whatever it takes, lol. I love the way Gabbar’s directing the cooking. Only two days now. You are doing so well!

Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
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25 October 2016 - 5:59 am
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That tail says it all!  And what a good boy for getting in the wheelchair (brilliant idea by the way).  I can’t wait for Thursday and finally getting him on the road to improvement.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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25 October 2016 - 8:21 pm
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Loved the wheelchair video! The little tail wag is EVERYTHING. What an awesome idea, I may try the same thingclap.

Glad my blog was helpful- that was my intention. Not sure why folks are having trouble finding the comment section. It shows at the bottom of each page when I look. I will have my wordpress experienced daughter who put the blog together for me take a look.

This is a very scary, very stressful experience, but there really IS a light at the end of the tunnel. The light contains a pain free dog who will not spend time worrying about why he only has 3 legs (although I’ve got to think that the moment they first realize it’s gone has got to be a WTF momentway-confused). He will be wondering when he can get back to his usual routine and playing with his sister. 

Sleep when he sleeps if you can because I can tell you are like all of us and will worry every minute, especially at night. At least it doesn’t last as long as sleepless nights with a baby!

Will be thinking of you both this Thursdayheart

Nancy and Fionn

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

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26 hours to go. I’m a nervous wreck. Tried to get in a full day of work yesterday, but just couldn’t keep my mind on things.

Gabbar’s been better though. He’s enjoying the wheelchair strolls. Eager and curious to sniff around when I let him on the ground. Eager to move around. And he’s pretty good about staying in one place and resting once we’re back home. He even snuck under the dining table last night to steal some dropped pasta.

A picture of Gabbar in his cozy corner. His spirits are up, but here he’s just really drowsy just before bed time last night:

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Here’s hoping for an uneventful Wednesday!

Read about Gabbar's journey from diagnosis to amputation at

http://gabbar.t.....eosarcoma/

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Awwwww….melting my heart over here! I’m gonna pack up Merry Myrtle and Frankie and we’re flying over to India to snuggle with Gabbar! Such a sweet boy! I know Gabbar won’t appreciate rhis, vut he looks adorable in his diaper! CUTE!!

Yeah, this is an anxious time. Eat a lot of junk food! It’s great for the nerves!

The bliss of being dog is Gabbar isn’t worried about a thing!

Update us as soon as surgery is over, okay?

Hugs to all!

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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25 October 2016 - 9:09 pm
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Okay, I have to admit I did laugh with delight at the diaper. He’s so adorable!! And you are so brilliant with the diaper and wheelchair solution.

I know surgery day can’t come soon enough. Positive thoughts for an easy surgery and recovery.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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25 October 2016 - 9:13 pm
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What a sweetie! I can tell that his spirits are high because yours are too. Keep pawsitive as you’re doing and you’ll both sail right through recovery!

By the way, here’s a post about adding images to the forums if you’d like to embed his adorable photos right into your posts. We love seeing them so thanks for sharing.

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25 October 2016 - 9:32 pm
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Here is a smile and I hope a little stress relief for you.

The picture of Gabbar in his chariot (wheelchair ) reminded me of a picture I took of Maggie years ago.  Maggie had a chariot (stroller) of her own and when she got tired (or lazy) and wanted a ride she would sit down by one of the wheels.  One of my aunt’s had a stroke and was using a walker.  We went to the park with Maggie for a walk and Maggie kept sitting down by walker.  It took a few times but I finally figured out she wanted a ride! My aunt got a little extra exercise pushing Mag around the park on her walker.

I didn’t have my camera at the park (the old days without a cell phone camera) so I took a picture of her in the driveway.

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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26 October 2016 - 8:51 am
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What a priceless picture of Maggie. She looks so at ease on that.

14 hours to go till surgery. I’m so nervous. Got the Fentanyl patches. Doc has said we need to use them only after the surgery. He also advised that we bring Gabbar’s sister, Suzy along. In the off-chance that there is any blood loss during the surgery, Suzy can be an on-call donor.

Gabbar seems to be okay. Has no idea what’s coming tomorrow. I just hope I’ve made the right call for him.

It’s going to be an incredibly tough weekend post surgery. It’s Diwali time here in India, festival of lights. Biggest festival of the year. I just hope the kids around don’t go too crazy with the fireworks. He’s petrified of them.

Read about Gabbar's journey from diagnosis to amputation at

http://gabbar.t.....eosarcoma/

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Gabbar is just too cute! Maybe the vet can prescribe some anti-anxiety meds? I have no idea how that would work with the pain killers but just a thought. He’ll probably be drugged up enough as it is. Good luck!

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26 October 2016 - 10:18 am
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Ohhh about those Diwali fireworks. Just make sure Gabbar has tons of good pain meds and let your vet know about his anxiety around them. Hopefully he’ll be so zonked out he won’t notice the noise.

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With any luck he’ll be too zonked to worry about the fireworks. Meg is reactive to a number of noises (though not to fireworks, as it happens), and I find a white noise machine helpful in drowning out, or at least minimising intrusive noise. I use either an ocean sound, or heavy rain, with the white noise behind it. You can get similar apps for your laptop or whatever. I’m not sure it would fully block out the fireworks, but might be worth a try.

We will all be thinking of you and Gabbar and all your family tomorrow.

Warmest wishes,

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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My guess is he will be too dopey from the drugs to care about fireworks! Mine hates loud noises too and wears a “thundershirt” during storms and fireworks. Last 4th of July I was watching The Music Man on TV. The thundershirt wasn’t quite doing enough so I turned the TV up. Like WAY up. It helped, but I’m sure my neighbors were wondering why I was such a fan of “76 trombones”, lol.

Virtual kisses, scratches and belly rubs from Fionn and Nancyheart

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

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26 October 2016 - 7:19 pm
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About 3.5 hours to go before surgery. Gabbar is in a good space. We just finished the morning wheelchair stroll. His system seems to be nicely cleansed out. Peed and pooped fine. Now back home and back to sleep. I’ll post an update once he’s taken in.

Read about Gabbar's journey from diagnosis to amputation at

http://gabbar.t.....eosarcoma/



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26 October 2016 - 7:38 pm
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You have a great vet to suggest bringing Suzy along just in case she’s needed as a blood donor. Talk about pre-planning!

I take Mona, my tripawd cat, in when Eli needs a checkup because he’s a whiney baby and Mona lies on top of him and calms him down. The vet does the checkup on Eli under Mona and even had taken blood and a urine sample with her helping. At home she wants nothing to do with him.

Gabbar will do great with such an excellent vet and family.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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