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14 August 2013 - 2:57 pm
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Hi Darren,

I'm so glad Purdey did well, I'm sorry she lost her leg though. Was it her entire leg or just her paw? 

As for getting another puppy, I don't think it's the best idea now. Purdey will need time to adjust and it will be a challenge for her to keep up with younger dog, at least until she gets strong again. One of the hardest things pawrents of multiple dogs have when one loses a leg is to balance the activity needs of all dogs when one of them can't keep up with the rest. I would wait a while until you know that Purdey is strong and healthy and ready to be a great mentor to a young pup.

Here's to hoping that the biopsy results come back with a non-agressive type of cancer. Keep us posted and tell us if you need any help OK?

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14 August 2013 - 5:11 pm
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Hi Darren and a late welcome.  I'm sorry Purdey had to lose the leg (or just paw?).  Hopefully it is a not too invasive cancer.

I agree with Jerry on waiting on the puppy.  I had two pugs when Maggie had her amp.  Little sis Tani was quite energetic and I had trouble getting her enough exercise and attention for a couple months after Mag's surgery.  I eventually got a stroller for Mag so I was able to walk Tani and push Maggie when she got tired. 

Let us know when Purdey gets home and how she (and you) are doing.

 

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hi all it was the whole of the front leg ok i will rethink getting another dog at moment i was not looking at getting one straight away but say in 6 wweeks or so i will keep you all update thank u for all your help darren and purdey should get results nthis time next week x may i please ask are most of you great kind people on here live in the usa.

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Awww poor Purdey, but only for about a week or so.....then.....Purdey is gong to feel so much better with that painful paw gome!!

Pudey's goi g to have to take it real slow for several weeks and learn to adjust. I agree with the others and wait a bit to add an additio al family member...in fairness to all!

When going to pick up Purdey, don't even look at his amputation site---just loo, into his eyes and tell him what a good voynheis and how proud of him yo are!

Rest while yo can now! Yo may have a few sleepless nights ahead of yoj when Purdey comes home! After recovery, yo will be so glad you did his FOR Urdey.---not TO Purdey!!

Look forward to your post Saturday, if not before!

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It will be wonderful to bring her home, because there really is no place like home is there. You'll have a good couple weeks recoup with Lot of adjustments that she will have to make. I agree with the others in getting a new dog now would be difficult, for her as well as you. After our boy Snoop recouped from surgery and began to feel like himself again, we relished our time as we always did but now it even became more poignant for all of us. Sending good thoughts for her recoup rest and take one day at a time. Remember to take care of yourself also.

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ok thanks will keep u updated from satuday 

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16 August 2013 - 8:42 am
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Yes, please keep us updated on Purdey. You will be so happy how well Purdey gets around once recovery is over.

Jerry can tell you more about all the different countries we have members. Yes, most of from the USA. I think all of the members have created a brand new country-----the Country of Kindness, Love and Compassion!!

Best wishes to you and Purdey,

Sally and Happy Hannah

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benny55 said
Jerry can tell you more about all the different countries we have members. Yes, most of from the USA. I think all of the members have created a brand new country-----the Country of Kindness, Love and Compassion!!

Boy I sure like the sound of that country!

We have members allllll over the world, from Japan to Spain to Australia to Malaysia to the USA. But most are from the US and the UK.

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hi a few conntries then lol well home she is so glad to c her still got a big bandage on at moment will come off on wensday she moving around ok think she just needs a good sleep vet gave us a harness to help her around so far so good she seems to have trouble getting her self comftable but i am just letting her find her own way with that wiil  keep you all updated take care alll darren and purdey 

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Moving around is great! She will probably be restless for a few days but things do get better. What kind of pain medication did the vet prescribe?

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Oh that's cool, it should really help.

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oh great hi how are you.so first night home went well i think she slept well work up at 3.30am to go loo in garden then went back to sleep till 8.00am she did not want to eat this morning guess thats to be expected. she now resting again which is good newsalso she dont seem to want to drink much either and when she lying down she dont seem to want to get up off her bed not sure if i need to be helping her off her bed still a bit scared at the moment hope you all ok take care darren & purdey 

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ok so 8 days in seem to be doing ok at momement last couple of days she has been very quite just lying in my sons room also she is not going to the loo the only time she seems to go is when she is bursting then dashes to the door to let her out hope you all ok darren and purdey

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Hi Darren,

It's great to hear from you and I'm glad she's doing well overall.

So are you saying that she's not eliminating at all or just urinating? I would ask your vet about a stool softener if she is still having problems at this point.

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