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11 July 2020 - 4:33 pm
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Awwww what a hoppy boy!  You were just as determined as him to get everything sorted out and move on with the new normal. He looks SO hoppy to be outside. Thank you for sharing and letting us know how things are going. It’s always such a joy to see new Tripawds taking on the world.

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Hi all, I’m looking for some advice,  Cesar was going so well coping so well, we just got back from on holidays to the beach which Cesar loved so much, he even loved sharing his trolley with his older brother Sheldon. 

Since we go back we have noticed that Cesar seem to be slipping a lot more then before. Every time he slip my heart skips a beat. I’m so worried about he hurting his good legicon_cry.

I know he has only been a tripawds for two months and it will take time but i was wondering if the slipping was normal or should i be worried?

We do have non-slip matts around the home but he slip a lot of the glass and sometimes it knocks his confidence. We do give him lot of prise and let him take his time.  Just wondering if there is anything worth trying to help Cesar out.

many thanks 

Claire and Cesar x

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1 September 2020 - 12:30 pm
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Hi Claire! Looks like you all had such a great time at the beach. What fun for the whole pack smiley16

Regarding his slipping: we usually talk about these things in our Hopping Around Discussion Forum, so please feel free to start a new topic there so we can continue following along on this issue of his.

But meanwhile, does he also slip on the areas with the mats? Is it more of a collapse than a slip? Face plants for front-leg Tripawds are part of the process of getting stronger, but they tend to happen more often with dogs who are getting too much activity, too soon. What is his activity level like? How long are his walks? Does he enjoy free play for unlimited amounts of time?

You’re smart to be concerned and observant of his behavior, that will help keep him safe from injury! Has he seen a physio therapist yet? I can’t recall. If not, now is the time to get him to see one so that he can be evaluated. They are so beneficial! A therapist can show you how to keep him strong and injury free so he doesn’t keep slipping. 

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1 September 2020 - 1:34 pm
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He looks so happy on the beach!

How long is the fur between his toes and pads?  Keeping the fur trimmed short can help.

If he’s got good traction then slipping might be a sign of weakness which could mean he is overdoing and so is tired or he just hasn’t built up the strength he needs yet. 

My little Tri is a rear amp, we do some type of core strength, leg strength and/or balance exercises nearly everyday to keep her strong and keep her feet under her.  The importance of leg and core strength was really made apparent to me with my last quad Pug Tani.  She had mobility issues all her life but was able to get around fine until she was around 14.  When her leg strength started to go she slipped on almost any surface including most of the throw rugs I had. 

He really does look great!

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.

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It makes me very sad to write this, Sadly Cesar give up his fight yesterday and we made the heartbreaking decision to put him out of all the pain and let him be free.  We sent Cesar to the farm. 

I would like to say thank you for everyone support and advise, it was a great help to our pack. 

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Claire. 

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Are there. Tears are flowing as I’m being this shocking news.

As hard as it was, you love to see her enough to do what was best for him. He knew you loved him that much. Every single post showed us the bond you had and every single post showed us that he was a very very happy boy enjoying a pain free life on three

. My connection is pretty bad right now so I want to come back. But for now I just wanted to send you my love and the biggest hug through the computer that’s possible. We all fell in love with Caesar instantly and were so mpressed by the dedication and devotion you gave that sweet boy

With love and surrounding uou with  Cessr’s bright smile

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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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Ohhh Claire, my heart goes out to you, I’m so sorry. That decision is the toughest one we will ever make, but you did right by him, by not allowing him to suffer. Your sweet boy is no longer in pain, and all those good times you shared will forever be in your heart. May his spirit stay strong forever.

If you want to share more about him sometime, we would love to honor your sweet fur kid’s life with you. Until then, know that we are keeping a candle lit in our hearts and sending lots of love your way.

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