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Eliie, and her Hooman Tony
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29 December 2019 - 1:04 pm
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YIPPEE SKIPPEE!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THAT ELLIE IS OWNING THE COUCH  AND THE BED AGAIN!!!   That is such a good indication of Ellie  being Ellie  again!!😀😀😀

You and Ellie clearly bring joy to your neighbor…even if it is at your expense!!  I’m  sure your neighbor  will be posting this on America’s Funniest Videos 😂🤣

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……..She has even jumped onto the couch and our bed.  Of course she did this as we both yelled no, but go her.  ……….She really does seem like she could care less.  ……….she is running around like she was born this way…          

  

Ellie is proof of what we say all along……three and a spare!

Thanks for the great update…..and take care of that toe!!!   Ouch!!!

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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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29 December 2019 - 1:08 pm
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PS.  Check out member  lawcat.  Clyde is almost four years ampuversary and didn’t do chemo

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29 December 2019 - 1:26 pm
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Check out member  lawcat… 

FYI: Use the Members button atop any Forums page to search for members and find all topics they have posted in or started, or view their profile, like lawcat.

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29 December 2019 - 1:57 pm
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Great update- yay for Ellie!

I heard the neighbor yell, “You two make quite a pair!” as I went by, her laughing, and me hobbling and telling the dog to slow down and hold on. Dog 1, human 0. I still can’t put weight on it all the way, and she is running around like she was born this way…

I’ve been there…

A couple years after Maggie lost her back leg to cancer I had a surprisingly invasive knee surgery, I was expecting an easy cartilage clean out and woke up to find they needed to do a micro-fracture surgery and I spent 5 weeks on crutches.  My rehab goal was to be able to walk as far as a 10 year old, three legged Pug smiley4.

I hope your foot heals up soon!

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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So I never actually got a direct answer as to the type of cancer.  The first vet said bone cancer repeatedly, but she also told me it was arthritis before.  Afterward,  I was instructed by my vet to meet with an oncologist and he would go over everything.  I did specifically ask if it was osteo-sarcoma and my vet did say no.  But now I wonder if he knew what I was trying to ask.  Guess I will ask the oncologist when we see them this week.  Ellie has done amazing over the last week or so.  Back to mostly her old self.  I have taken to grabbing the old stethoscope and having a listen to her breathing and listening for fluid in her lungs.  Also my foot feels a lot better.  Maybe not my ego 🙂   I do enjoy reading through some of the stories of how powerful the will of “life” is.  Seeing dogs live years after what I just went through is heartwarming to say the least.  I do get teary eyed at times looking at her, but she is here and happy.  As always thank you for all the things you folks do here.  Tony   

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30 January 2020 - 8:12 pm
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Sorry for the absence, my life has been all over the place.  Yes it was OsteoSarcoma that Ellie was diagnosed with.  Quick rundown.  Ellie has been to the vet several times, as one can imagine.  She has been to a therapist to relearn to walk.  That was going well.  More below on that.  Also started on a few of the herbs my doctor suggested.  Echinacea, Garlic, Black Walnut, Gluco and Condro, and a green tea leaf extract.  Mostly to keep her immune system humming on all cylinders.  My vet believes that any cancer has a harder time to return if the immune system is “awake” already.  Also purchased the Doggie Herb line for bone health, and another joint and tendon health one.  I already hear less popping/ticking when she is moving around. 

Overall, her health is terrific.  So terrific in fact that her scans last Wednesday show nothing out of order.  Like a healthy happy dog should be.  Even the vet was fairly impressed with her recovery.  She will even jump into my truck when I let her.  Or to the vets surprise the exam table. 

Now the more on that below.      

She woke me up Sunday, unable to walk on her front right leg.  Sent me into a panic attack.  Refused to walk, for any reason.  Yelped when I tried to check her.  Given the “unnecessary” (it’s what we say in our house, she didn’t really need that leg anyway is what we tell her) leg that she had removed the two legged thing wasn’t feasible.  So I loaded her up and rushed her to the vet.  More x-rays, blood work, me assuming the worst, and she walked out to meet me when the vet brought her around.  Soft tissue issue.  Probably caught it in the covers or something.  You could almost see the “my bad” look on her face.  So $300 lighter and on the way home, she used my truck as a restroom, both kinds… I guess the medicine from the vet did that to her.  I know she didn’t want to, and felt bad, but man what a mess. 

So all in all, Ellie is doing amazing.  I sure do appreciate all you folks do, and I certainly spread the word about this amazing collection of people with my vet or anyone that cares to listen!  I am confident she wouldn’t be where she is without this site, the caring members, or the wealth of personal stories to sift through to find out the little things.  Again, Thank You and I will be on more now.  Take Care, Tony     

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31 January 2020 - 10:39 am
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Tony we are so happy to hear from you! Don’t feel bad about not being on here, life happens and that’s totally cool. I’m just thrilled Ellie is doing so well and that the recent scare was “just” a soft tissue thing. Hope she’s all better now.

Your vet sounds amazing! May I ask who she is? I love her approach to helping you help Ellie battle cancer. She’s rockin’ it! Even osteosarcoma doesn’t have to feel hopeless when you have a terrific vet on your team. 

Feel free to tell Ellie’s vet and rehab team about our Tripawds Foundation Outreach Brochures. We would be happy to send some at no charge, so fill out the contact form and we’ll get them sent over.

Give your girl a paws-up from us, congrats on having a happy healthy doggie! 

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31 January 2020 - 11:34 am
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YAY ELLIE!!!!   Absolutely  delighted to hear how well she is doing and how she overcames any hurdles thrown her way!  Javing a devo7 Holman helps!  As well as a truck than xan ve hosed out 😎

I like the idea of boosting  her immune e systems with those herbs.  As far as Echinacea, I use it myself at the very first hint of a cold, or even if I’ve  been arou d a .ot pf peiple woth a cold or a bug.  And honest to goodness, I feel like it prevents  me from getting sick or, at the very least minimizes any effects of being “sick”.

Give that sweet girl a big smooch for us.  And thanks for the update.  Makes us all smile😊

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Hello folks!  So Ellie is still a little slow on the leg today, but it seems to be nothing out of the normal for her at this point.  My vet is a duo actually and the primary is Dr. Michael Tarrant, and his partner in the clinic, Dr. Pamela Smith.  Dr. Tarrant is wonderful.  He is who operated on several of my animals over the years.  Most recently of course was Ellie’s leg.  I had another dog that honestly if it wasn’t for Dr. Tarrant wouldn’t have had another several years of happiness.  CHF is what Louie had.    He lived almost 3 years after his initial diagnosis at Blue Pearl.  They advised to make him comfortable and let nature happen.  I took him to Dr. Tarrant the next morning, he came up with the right mix of medicine, supplements/herbs, and adjustments to them.  Like I said, wonderful.  I did truly lose a best friend with the Louis.  But I gained an ally that has helped me immensely.  Also FYI Vetmedin is expensive… especially after two or three years…  

I will of course take some brochures.  I’m sure my vet will put a few out.  I can also leave them at my work more than likely.  I manage the maintenance on several large apartment complexes.  All accept dogs.  So win/win. 

My wife is almost addicted to the herbs/supplements stuff.  I never get sick, because I religiously used my immune system when I was younger.  But I know from all the cancer research I have done, there seems to be a very strong link between ramping up your immune system once remission or removal is done and increased survival rates.  I think it has more to do with your body realizing something is missing that was making it sick, and now it can better identify.  Like I said, I have a tremendous history of cancer battles with those close to me.  The ones that have immediately flipped on the switch have done a lot better.  In humans and it seems in animals also.  Anyway, I ramble.  I will post again soon.  You guys rock! Tony    

   

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My vet is a duo actually and the primary is Dr. Michael Tarrant, and his partner in the clinic, Dr. Pamela Smith. 

Oh OK! I’m nosy and Googled them. Arbor Creek sounds like a terrific practice! I love their backgrounds. It’s nice to know they are out there helping animals and people fight cancer on many different levels.

Yeah, if there’s any “good” thing about being touched by cancer, is that it really does teach us so much about all kinds of things. I’m glad it’s lessons are helping you and your wife, and Doris, live healthier!

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Sorry for the delayed update.  A lot has happened over the last few weeks.  So, here goes…  

I had Ellie at the vet several times over the last few weeks.  She wouldn’t use her front right leg or would limp if she tried.  I took her to my usual vet and he said soft tissue issue in the shoulder.  Pains meds (puppy-profen) and wait for improvement.  It didn’t improved after a few days.  So I took her back.  More x-rays, and they diagnosed arthritis, yes, the same line that I got before, that was followed by a correct diagnosis of cancer and led to her original amputation.  I was told that absolutely nothing other than a spot of arthritis was found.  So I brought her home and treated what we believed to be arthritis, for a week/10 days, with no improvement.  I finally broke down and took her to Blue Pearl in Overland Park, KS.  I already had a feeling it wasn’t good.  The whining and whimpering, refusal to use.  Then not eating and such.  My gut feeling was correct.  Cancer was back.  It was on her humerus, and several other spots.  It breaks my heart to say that my beloved Ellie, is now with her brother Louie waiting on the other side of the bridge, under the shade of the trees for me to get there.  I have had several dogs, but Ellie was special.  I want to thank all of you for your support, ideas, and everything you do.  It truly was a blessing finding this site and all of you.  I don’t comment much, but I read it all, and pray for every dog mentioned here.  I will continue to come here,  read, and will chime in when I feel okay to.  Thank you all so much.   Tony….

  

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It just breaks my heart to read this.  Stunned and shocked and just gutted.  Medically,  the cards were just stacked against  her.   The crossover to another leg just doesn’t  happen that often. Such a brutal and cunning disease.   I’m  just so sorry.

I have no words right now and need to come back when I’m crying a little less.  I’m  just so very sorry.  No dog could have been more adored.  She knew she was the center of your Universe and loved every second  of basking in your love.

With love to you both

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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Oh my gosh I’m really, really sorry. It breaks my heart to know that you had to go through the agony of a cancer diagnosis all over again with your girl. It is so rare and unexpected, and completely shattering. I cannot imagine how hard that experience was! And then the courage it took for you to come here to tell us….oh my gosh. My heart, and all my condolences go out to you and your family. I wish there was something I could say or do to make it easier.

When you feel stronger, please come back and tell us more about Ellie and her brother Louie too. We would love to learn about the life you shared, and all the memories you created. You weren’t with us as long as anybody wanted, but Ellie’s memory and life story lives on here. Thank you for allowing us to be part of it. 

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Still now words.  J8st letting ypu k ow we are all here for you and we all know you did everything  thing possivle, every single thing possible, for Ellie.

As short, as waaaay too short your extended  was, you and Ellie did get to make some more treasured  memories. And Ellie got to be spoiled more and loved more and own the couch more, own “her” truck more, getting. Ore of everything uour lpve xould offer.  And you got to be loved by her a bit longer too.  And in Ellie’s world, that’s  all that maqtters.

I KNOW it was soooo hard to come back and let us know what was going on.  I know your tears were flowing as uoh wrote, as ours were flowing as we read.  You gave us an opportunity  though to celebrate  this wonderful Soul with you.  To celebrate  a dog who took the cutest poctures evvver……..hint…..we would love more whenever  you may be up for it.

PLEASE know, we are all touched by Ellie and please know her life mattered!!!  She touched us all!  We shall hold Ellie and her hoomans in a special  place in our heart.  Her light, her bright beautiful  light, shall shine forever.💖

Surrounding  yoi woth Ellie’s eternal ligjt snd joyful heart

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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Wanted to let you folks know that my wife says that she truly appreciates all your kind and heartfelt words.  She knows all of you have been there and that you all have felt this pain.  I will upload our last pic and some others later.  Thanks for just being who you all are.  Tony…    

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