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Blue's Update: A Video, Four Days After Amputation Surery
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19 January 2009 - 12:25 pm
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Hi all glad to see everyone is doing well.Here is a video of Blue. Had surgery Tuesday and this was taken Friday. 9/13/9…9/16/9


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He's doing great!  I think it is an easier transition for them when it is a hind leg.  With the front, its is like they have to learn again how to work.

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Lorrie, thanks for sharing that video and showing the world how amazing a dog can be, so soon after amputation surgery. Blue is our Tripawd Hero!

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Hi Lorrie & Blue,

This really is a great video!  It's so good to see Blue is doing so well so soon after surgery.  It would be great to see more pictures, or videos of how Blue is doing now.  Please keep us posted.

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21 January 2009 - 10:52 am
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Hi Lorrie and Blue,

How old is Blue? How was the overall process for him? We are struggling with the decision to amputate for our 12 year old chocolate lab, Marley. We are so concerned about putting her through it…  part of the issue is that her knee on her good leg (back right) is not great. though she really is not a very active dog (hasn't jumped in years) It's her back left that has a tumor in her proximal femur (hip). Just looking for success stories in more detail… we are sick over this decision!! We will do anything for her, just want to make sure it's the best for HER, not just for us since we can't bear to lose her. Great to see Blue up and running so quickly!! any further info would be so helpful…


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Hi All

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Haven't been around a computer for a few days. I'll start catching up on the post.Harleyflynn Blue Will be 9    2/4/09, it is a hard decision to have to make, but Blue was in alot of pain, even with the pills. He wasen't eating and loss 10 pounds, which he has now put that back on. He is wagging his tail againLaughHere is a pic of his leg about 2 days before surgery and a video of him this morning in the snow.Everyone have a good day. I'm gonna try to catch up.            Lorrie


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He looks fabulous in his video! Kiss

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