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Newly diagnosed--Heartache and Bravado
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4 December 2008 - 9:21 pm
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Hi all:

 Just before Thanksgiving we brought our 4 1/2 year old Malamute (yes, 4 1/2 yrs, not a typo) to the vet because of a limp. After thinking a ACL tear, the Xrays have shown bad news. Dec. 2, it was confirmed. Definite CHONDROsarcoma with possible osteosarcoma. 

By the way, Malamute Extradonaire's name is Nordiclight's Tikaani Spirit--aka Tika. (Tikaani is Athabascan Alakan for Wolf)

Amputation is necessary, rear hind leg, and will happen next week. Since our girl has already proven herself to be off the charts, we want to share our progresss.

 I give a big salute to Rene & Jim and Spirit Jerry for keeping this site going, I hope I can do my best to you by sharing our experiences.

 Tika's 'sister' is a German Shepherd (Caya) with EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) diagnosed at 1 1/2 yrs and going strong at 4 1/2 years, but that's another story.

 The majority of the heartache and crying is done for now (note, I said, for now!), and we are 'let's get into business mode'. I'm struggling with emotional vs rational right now. Dad's doing better, we both are trying to be strong for Tika girl.

So far, she has made it easy for us, she loves everybody and thinks vet trips are the next great adventure.

I will keep you posted on her progress, next week will be ruff, er rough.

Tika told me to keep my sense of humor.

 My heart goes out to all of our four-legged kids and pawrents who bravely go day to day living the best.

 --Kim (as dictated by Tika-dog)

Kim and Spirit Tika http://www.tika.....ogspot.com

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4 December 2008 - 9:58 pm
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Tikaani said:

Hi all:

I give a big salute to Rene & Jim and Spirit Jerry for keeping this site going..


Thank you. That means a lot to us. We look forward to hearing about Tikaani's progress. Best wishes for a full speedy recovery!

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4 December 2008 - 10:22 pm
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Hello Tika and family, welcome to the best site in town.  You will find all the love, support and great source of information money can buy...or at least a doggie treat. Eventhough I am in doggie heaven hanging out with Jerry and the rest of the gang, my mom and I will be praying for you next week.  Once you have your surgery you will feel so good as you will not have pain any longer and definitely take it easy at the beginning but I can assure you that after a while you will be your old self and a happy go lucky tripawd.....lots of love Kellie and Mom (Isabel)

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Secretary Kim & Tika-dog,

Thank you for joining us on tripawds!  This is the place to be and as Kellie said "Welcome to the best site in town!" 

I just realized that your post was made on December 4th, so I am very curious as to how Tikaani is doing after her surgery.  Recovery can sometimes be a roller-coaster, so please don't give up hope or doubt your decision to go with the amputation.  In time you will see that you absolutely did the right thing and Tikaani will be thanking you for eliminating the hideous pain of bone cancer from her life. 

Your friends, Vicki, Blazer & Kitty Kimber

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