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Thanks, Connie!  And I loved your post brimming with positivity today.  Jake is clearly starting to hit his stride and I can’t wait to follow along on his journey! sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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5 May 2020 - 5:32 am
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Hey Stacy and Griffin! 

Your blog and posts on here have been so helpful at putting my mind at rest. Griffin has taken so well to 3 legged life I have every hope Hazel will adapt too sp_hearticon2

Thank you for being so helpful and kind! 

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Hi Nyoom!  I am glad that Griffin makes you feel inspired about what Hazel’s journey could be like.  I’m thrilled that she came through the surgery well and I can’t wait to start following her amazing progress.  Hugs to both of you!  sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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Griffin has been playing fetch for a while now, but with me soft tossing a ball in a field closer to the entrance of Dyckman Fields.  This morning we walked to the soccer pitch, almost to the end of the park, and I used the ball launcher to throw the ball much further.  He doesn’t yet have the stamina to play more than a few rounds (he didn’t make it all the way back to me in the video below), but I think Griffin was happy to stretch his legs a bit more than the 30 feet of fetch that we’ve been playing.

This afternoon we meandered for a bit in Fort Tryon Park.  The last photo and second video show Griffin walking up the side off the path which has a pretty decent slope.  I guess he does have some mountain goat in him – and is showing off practicing a decline exercise out in nature!

The pollen has been killing me these last few days, but the outdoors make Griffin so happy, so I persevere (and wear a face mask!).

Taking a breather while playing fetch (see the barge in the background?).
Admiring the view of the Hudson River on the walk home.
Enjoying the sunshine on the slope while balancing

 

Griffin exploring in Fort Tryon Park.  I guess there were some good smells there!

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Your photos of Griffin are just  beautiful.  Of course, with Griffin as the focus and lovely  scenic backgrpunds, they have to be beautiful!!  Griffin seems to really appreciate  being out in Nature and enjoying all her gifts.

Where on earth Griffin finds all that stamina on three astounds me!  I get exhausted just watching him!!   Such a joy to go on these adventures  with Griffin and his lovely hooman😎

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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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Hi Sally!  Griffin is basically a couch potato at home, so our 2 daily walks (usually totaling about 1.5-2 hours each day) pretty much wear him out in time for the next round of napping.  It is difficult sometimes to get him up for the last quick trip out each night just to pee!  I do worry about letting him push himself too much, but I also don’t want to hold him back if he has the stamina and strength.  During the week, I need to get home by a certain time for work in the mornings, so we don’t go as far in terms of our morning walk as the weekend when we can take as much time as needed to get back home.  I’m glad you like the photos – he’s a pretty photogenic guy!  sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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He is indeed a photogenic guy smiley2

Looks like you two had another wonderful day. It looks like it was much nicer in your area than here (cold and rainy, even few flurries showed up…hard to believe in may and after having temperature in the mi-sixties over the weekend)

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It was cold enough this morning that I wore gloves and by this afternoon, I was wearing short sleeves.  Today was the high point temperature wise for this week – we are heading for a week of highs only in the upper 40s/low 50s.  Ugh!

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Hi Stacy,

That boy’s got some long legs on him! Seeing videos of other tripods further down the road to recovery really gives me hope that Aspen will be able to get around close to how she used to. So I thank you for sharing that with us.

It’s great to see him out there running and playing. Even if he does get tired, he’s still building his strength and stamina and he seems to be loving it! 

Just curious, is he able to walk for the 1.5 – 2 hours you’re out or do you have the wagon just in case?

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Hi Shane!  We haven’t used the wagon recently.  Before surgery, we would walk 2 miles in the morning, pausing to play a little fetch, in under an hour.  This morning, we walked about 1.6 miles and played a little fetch in an hour.  Depending on how he feels this afternoon (around 4:30pm), we will walk for anywhere from 30-60 minutes, generally at a more leisurely pace than the morning when he is eager to get to the park to play fetch and just has more energy in general.  He doesn’t always seem eager for our afternoon walk, but once we are outside, I let him decide where and how far to go.  Since I don’t have to rush back for work at that time, I’m willing to let him go farther if he wants, knowing we can take the time to rest on the way back home.  I always bring a lot of water as he seems much thirstier now – which makes sense since he is working harder to walk/run as a tripawd!  He never seems in pain, but I can definitely tell that by the end of our walks (morning and afternoon) he is the good kind of tired, all the more important since we live in an apartment building and don’t have personal outdoor space for him to access whenever he wants.  We then do a quick trip outside at night just to pee.  I have no idea how this regimen compares to the recovery paths of other pups, but I hope this information is helpful. ~ Stacy

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That’s great Stacy!  Letting them take their time and move at their own pace is probably most important right now. That’s a lot of ground you guys cover! 

Thanks for taking the time to share your observations. I’m sure you’re right about different pups having different results, but it does help. I’ve noticed Aspen’s stamina and energy levels have multiplied significantly since she’s cycled off her meds. I’m assuming its a correlation between feeling better and eating more that’s given her more energy.

Give Griffin some ear scratches for us!

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Today’s theme was fetch, fetch, and more fetch!  We played for a bit this morning and then again this afternoon.  Griffin had some extra energy today –  goofing around pretending not to go after the ball until I acted like I was going to get it and lots of grassy scritches in the middle of our game.  Enjoy the videos (and check out how fast he is running in the third one)!

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Honest to goodness, I wish you could see the smile on my face as I watch these videos of Griffin….and still smiling big Hhappy smiles as I typo this.😁

How anyone could ever doubt how well a dog can do and how happy a dog can be  on three, only need to see the videos of Griffin!!👍 

 That boy sure  can cover some ground when he plays  “fetch”!   It’s more like running the football back for a hundred yard touchdown!!! Amazing, absolutely amazing!

I just love, love, loooove the back scratching  marathons!  Je e,braces each turn, each scratch, each roll with PURE DELIGHT!!   And the little happy sounds he makes are his exclamation point to emphasize how Happy he is!!

I do believe  I caught him glancing at the camera a rime or two to make sure your were videoing  his Happy self😉

Thanks so much for sharing  Griffin’s joy…..and the beautiful  scen and singing birds😊

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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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He is endlessly energetic! I’m enjoying watching his back scratching victory rolls.

He’s exactly what it means when we say that amputation isn’t doing something TO a dog, but FOR a dog. 

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The weather in NYC the last few days has been ridiculous – 67° and sunny on Thursday, rainy and cooler yesterday, and bright but 36° with the wind chill making it feel in the high 20s this morning.  What the heck, Mother Nature?

The past few days we have been lucky to meet up with dog friends on our morning walks.  Griffin loves fetch all the time but loves it even more when he has friends to race for the ball and their humans dole out well-deserved scritches.  Over these last few days, I have noticed Griffin running faster, playing longer, and requiring fewer rest breaks.  Today we hung out with Griffin’s buddy, May, who was rescued from Morocco and lives in our building.  Check out the video below (that’s May in the background) to see how fast and far Griffin is running!

The outside photo below was taken the other day when something caught Griffin’s attention.  Doesn’t he look like a giraffe?  In the second photo, I joined Griffin on his very comfortable bed, which he was only too happy to share!

Long legs and long neck – must be a Griffin Giraffe!
Snuggles make us happy – and look how much Griffin’s hair has regrown!
Griffin sometimes runs so fast his front leg can’t keep up with the back ones!

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