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11 May 2020 - 2:00 pm
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Is Griffin still doing the jump up thing?

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

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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11 May 2020 - 2:03 pm
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Hi Karen – I did not notice him do it at all yesterday or so far today.  Weird!  ~ Stacy

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I was thinking about the jumping up this morning while I was walking the dogs.  I have an almost 14 year old Pug so when we go for a mosey I have lots of time to think smiley4

Anyway, he has had such a spectacular recovery it’s hard to remember he hasn’t been a Tripawd very long.  Since it has stopped maybe he just tweaked something and now it’s better. 

Or maybe he was working out a complicated math problem (you said he was staring into space) and now he is done smiley4smiley4smiley4

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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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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11 May 2020 - 2:17 pm
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Evidently a very complicated math problem that would lead one to jump up at the “aha!” moments while staring into space! smiley2

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Today was a great day to be outside – if you don’t have seasonal allergies!  It was sunny and warm, allowing Griffin and me to spend over 2 hours outdoors between our morning and evening walks.  Griffin continues to make new friends wherever we go and continues to amaze people that he has been a tripawd for only 6 weeks.

I had a phone consultation with Dr. Anna Maria Wolfe, a holistic vet who practices in Washington (thanks to Ziva’s dad, Steve, for the referral!).  She and I discussed general nutrition, including ways to incorporate home-cooked meals with Griffin’s regular dog food.  She also recommended a bunch of supplements that are going to force me to purchase one of those pill organizers in order to keep Griffin’s daily dosages straight!  Those supplements include a general vitamin, fish oil (which Griffin already takes), a mushroom blend, colostrum, and 2 Chinese herbs.  She also recommended CBD oil, but as Griffin is not experiencing any mobility issues, I’m going to hold off on that for now so I can gauge the effect of the other supplements and ensure he tolerates them well.  I created a separate post in the Eating Healthy forum called Cancer Supplement Recommendations if you want to see the specific brands and dosages that were recommended.  Please check with your own vet before adding any supplements to your pup’s diet!

Griffin is wearing a new harness today, although I find anything I use starts to shift/slip if attached to a leash which eventually pulls it to one side.  This new ThinkPet No Pull Sports harness has a handle, padding across the chest and back, and both front and back clips for the leash.  It was also pretty inexpensive.  I originally bought a RuffWear Web Master harness which fits Griffin well, but I find it a bit bulky and it has only a clip on the back for the leash (I’ve used a front clip harness all of Griffin’s life), but I’m sure it will come in handy in some situations.

It was much less windy today than in recent days, so you can really hear the birds in the videos below.  You can also see Griffin snacking on some weeds – weirdo!

Sally – as always, the zen video was recorded with you in mind! sp_hearticon2

Happy boy! Griffin is my sunshine, so this photo is quite

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I tell ya’ what, the camera  loves Griffin and he knows how to “work it”.  Not sure how to “rare” a dog’s “posture”, but Griffin has perfect posture!  He stands straight,  tall and strong. 

Shhh….Griffin…..I won’t  tell that it wasn’t  grass you were eating, but rather a little special  critter “nugget”. 

And yes, add Griffin’s “sunshine” photo as another favorite!  The way he is bathed in the light, along with the little side glance that he gives the camera,  just lovely. 

I’m getting quite spoiled with the lovely  Zen moments. Sooo soothing and relaxing.   Truly.  Thank you for that❤

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS…I did see your other post and made a comme t ocer there.  Thanks for sharing that.

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!  I don’t mind if he eats critters as they are a good source of protein.  However, I draw the line at him eating goose poop, which I am amazed (and probably jinxing myself right now!) that he has managed to avoid rolling in with his multiple daily grassy scritches sessions.  The other day he managed to roll around in a tight circular area that was ringed by 5 goose deposits within inches of where he was moving and he avoided all of them.  Here is a photo from last year when we weren’t so lucky!  And, he has always had great posture – I think it is simply a function of his long legs.  People would always ask me how I got him to sit up so straight as though that is something I can control!  LOL!

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Hahaha I love this. So representative of the adventures we have with our fur babies!

And as Sally said he is so good with the camera, a real pro icon_lol Always good looking

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   Haha…Griffin is such a cute poopiconhead pupper!!

And  to manage a little circular roll to avoid all the strategically place Goose poop is priceless. 😎

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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Ah, a fellow poop roller & eater. Copper’s a pretty big fan of deer and bunny poop herself. His Tripaw fetch game is always so impressive. Roll on Griffin!

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Griffin is just so cute!  I’m so glad he and you, Stacy, are doing so wonderful.  Good luck with the diet/supplements!

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Griffin had his second round of chemo yesterday and breezed through!  Dr. Camps (his oncologist) said that based on his lab work and her exam, Griffin continues to do quite well.  She remarked that his weight has stayed exactly the same in his 3 visits to AMC since surgery (60.4 lbs) and that he is by far her most active tripawd patient.  We discussed gradually adding the supplements that Dr. Wolf recommended in a week to make sure that he does not exhibit any side effects from the chemo and then monitoring his reaction to each supplement.  We also briefly discussed the possibility of using Auranofin, which some clinical studies have shown might reduce lung metastasis, a huge concern with osteosarcoma, and continued that discussion via email today.  I am so grateful to the entire staff at AMC for being so responsive and caring for Griffin so well!

Summer visited NYC yesterday, bringing temperatures in the mid 80s.  Today is a gorgeous spring day with bright sunshine and a breezy 75°.  Both days were perfect for spending time outdoors, which Griffin and I did.  As the temperature rises, I have been mindful of offering Griffin longer and more frequent breaks, hence the video of him resting under a tree today after walking about a mile (with shorter breaks along the way).  Please take note of the pretty yellow flower adorning his harness (2nd photo)!  The first video was taken 2 days ago and makes me laugh because the setting is so serene but then the sound makes you remember that we are still in NYC!  And the last video shows the Hudson River today with “waves” crashing that actually were very serene to watch and hear!

Stretching out in the sunshine!
Standing strong and sporting a pretty yellow blossom!

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Yeah, all the beautiful Nature videos you share with us and then that horn does, indeed, remind is where you live!!🤪

Tje crashing of the waves and the singing  birds bring us back to our Zen thoug.  And seeing  Griffin smiling….seeing the joy in his eyes….extra bonus!!

Good weight…… “active tripawd”…..doing “quite well”  YAY!!!

And yes Griffin, you look very handsome in your boutonniere😎

Hugs 

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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Today was a lazy Sunday for Griffin, taking a 1.5 hour stroll in the morning and sleeping most of the day.  He loves the recipe I made for him yesterday (ground turkey, kale, bell peppers, apples, cottage cheese, sardines, and dried blueberries – yum!) and licked his bowl clean this afternoon.  Griffin wasn’t super excited about going for a walk this evening, so I pulled out the wagon, loaded him up, and off we went.  He walked around for a bit once we arrived at the park and when he was ready for a ride, he stood next to the wagon so I could lift him back inside.  Smart boy!

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This is our bench where we rest for a while before heading into the homestretch on our morning walks.

Enjoying a rest in the grass!

Getting a lift on our evening stroll!

My boy, the clown – a little fetch, a little snacking on weeds, a little roll in the grass, and then back with the ball!

This is point where we stop to rest before starting the last leg back home.

Lots of good smells in the park today!

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First of all, that picture of Griffin looking so content  in his stroller  with the sun in the background reflecting on The Hudson is just lovely.  Could not be a more perfect background for our perfect boy!!👍

It tickled me to know that, not only does he seem to love his stroller, he knows exactly  what it is for!  I’m  sooo glad he let’s you know of he’s tired.  You two are so tuned into each other.

Have to come back for the video…connection  is getting whacky!

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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