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Polly just had surgery.
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3 August 2020 - 4:59 pm
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Yes indeedy, Polly DEFINITELY  owns HER chair!!!   She is absolutely  adorable!

I know it’s. mighty early in recovery, but to see some of her sparkle come back already is a really good sign.  Loved the visual  of her hearing all the sounds of her food container  opening and going  to her food bow. What a sweetie ❤

Thanks for the pupdate…and more pictures please.


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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Sorry I haven’t been on in a few. Polly has been doing really well, too much so. She does not want any assistance, will fight you if you try to pick her up, and is back on all the furniture. We’ve been putting a t-shirt on her with her cone at bedtime to be safe, but every morning we awake to find the t-shirt off and lying around. We have not figured out how she is getting it off, she even manages to leave the rubberbands in place that we are using so it didn’t drag or hang so far down. She does not seem to care that it is only 1 week and a day since surgery. Tuesday she is supposed to get her sutures out.

Unfortunately, we got the pathology results today, and they do show that it has metastasized. She has an appointment on Aug 20th with the medical oncology team to see where we go from here. The surgical oncology team believes chemo of some sort is the next step. Just have to wait and see what the med team says and realistically whether or not we can afford it. I know that sounds terrible, but I have read it could cost thousands and thousands of dollars. I hope that we can come up with an option that is viable for her and us. We love her so much……Guess we will just have to wait until the 20th and see.

Otherwise, she is doing good on her meds. We have finally figured out her dose on the secondary stress med for her rain trauma. She is eating good, and sleeping fine. Hopefully soon we will sleep too.

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It’s great to hear she is doing so well in her recovery!

It’s funny about her getting the tee-shirt off.  My Pug Maggie was good at that too- I would go to sleep with her in a tee-shirt on my bed and wake up later with her snoozing away on top of the shirt!  She didn’t even wake me up when she was getting it off… but to get a tee-shirt off with a cone on takes some skills!!!

I’m sorry the path report isn’t better- where did they see mets, in the lymph glands?

Just have to wait and see what the med team says and realistically whether or not we can afford it. I know that sounds terrible, but I have read it could cost thousands and thousands of dollars.

NEVER feel bad when factoring costs into your decisions.  It would be great if we all had unlimited funds to throw at this battle but the fact is most of us don’t.  And besides, unlimited funds does not guarantee success.  You do the best you can for Polly, shower her with love, and make every day her very best day.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

1999 to 2010


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Polly got her sutures out this past Tuesday and the docs said her healing looked great and she was doing fantastic. She is still not totally back her pre surgery level, but pretty close. Now that she can go back outside without the leash, she is going further and further everyday. You wouldn’t think she was just over two weeks post surgery. Couple more weeks and she will probably be ready to do the trail thru our property again ( we have over 20 acres). Hardest part currently, is she does not appreciate losing all the extra snacks that went with her

Happy to have her normal pushy self 🙂

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Wow that’s awesome! Go Polly! Now that you’ve graduated from the Diagnosis phase, you can start a new topic elsewhere in the Forums OK?

All those acres sound wonderful! Lucky dawg!

Oh and don’t forget that the Tripawds Foundation can pay for her first rehab visit . Many dogs will bounce back pretty quick after surgery only to have a setback because they did too much activity too soon. A therapist can help you help her with exercises that will strengthen and build endurance, so that she can tackle all those acres without a problem. Please take advantage of the program OK?

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