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Well thanks for reminding us about velveeta! We did mention it in the Tripawds Nutrition blog here:
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But that was in 2013. Time flies! We’ll have to update with Griffin’s experience. If you feel like sharing any Velveeta pill strategies please do! I’m super glad it’s working. Judging by the spring in his step, it’s got magical powers.

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Griffin is loving the mostly cooler fall weather, although in the last few weeks we’ve had coat-less days in the high 60s and other mornings with temperatures below freezing.  We are on day 18 of Griffin’s latest metronomic chemotherapy protocol, and so far, I have not observed any side effects.  Griffin’s appetite is great, his energy level is high, and he remains playful and affectionate.  He was groomed recently, and I noticed some changes in his hair that are likely a result of the chemo.  Specifically, the hair along his back is darker than before and the texture is wavier.  I wonder if those changes will be permanent since they are confined mostly to his back and not all over his body, but regardless, he remains the most handsome boy!  We will return to the Animal Medical Center on November 24, 2020 for a physical exam, bloodwork, and a urinalysis (cyclophosphamide is known to irritate the bladder), but we won’t repeat x-rays until January to give the drugs time to work.

To make up for the rather short update due to life being pretty normal, please enjoy these fall photos and videos of Griffin!

What a difference a few weeks make!  In the first photo, pretty fall foliage on October 30th.  In the second, bare trees on November 20th.

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Pre and post haircut…shaggy versus sleek!

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The temperature hit 68º on November 7th and on November 19th it was 31º!

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Enjoying a little nibble of grass…

…and a good back scratching session…

…and a romp in the leaves (I only caught the tail end of his zoomies that day)…

…and no day is finished without a round or two of fetch!

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21 November 2020 - 8:54 pm
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I’m coming back when I can watch the videos, but had to say that picture of the two of you….the one where he has THE most adorable  expression on his face….that is one of my all time favorites!  

Coming back, but just had to comment on that particular  picture.  ,ade me smile a big grin!!😁

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22 November 2020 - 1:37 pm
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BIG smiles here in the Tripawds HQ! Oh Griffin, watching you eat grass and leaves, rolling in the field, well it’s the absolute definition of JOY! You are exactly what we mean when we say that amputation is not the end of the road. You are truly amazing and beautiful to watch in every season but especially Fall. It’s just gorgeous where you get to play in that big backyard of yours.

Thanks for sharing Stacy, it’s the “no news is good news” that are especially pawesome! Good luck with the vet visit this week, we’ll be thinking of you!

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22 November 2020 - 8:14 pm
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Oh Griffin!  You are THE happiest dog in all the land!  And you have aich a unique  way with every video to lift our spirits and make our hearts smile!!!   REALKY!!  MYou ate msipich a Goodwill Ambassador  for Tripawds on so many levels.  Number one way though, has to be Goodwill Ambassadormof Joy and Happiness!

Your long athletic legs, fast running speed  and strong and fit posture are dreams of any Olympians😎

Stacy, thank you for sharing this special  dog with is.  He became a legend from day one and is continuing  to add to his legendary status as a miracle dog❤

Hugs 

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

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26 November 2020 - 3:48 pm
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Happy Thanksgiving!  This year I am so incredibly thankful for the supportive, knowledgeable, and welcoming Tripawds family.  While I will always remember 2020 as the year of Griffin’s cancer diagnosis, I will also always remember the community that I have found here and I am profoundly grateful for the kindness and generosity of spirit that has supported me through the ups and downs of this year.

Griffin’s appointment at AMC on Tuesday went very well.  He gained back about 1.3lbs and he is still considered to be ideal in terms of body condition.  The results of his bloodwork and urinalysis were normal, and his oncology team is very pleased how well he is doing with the new metronomic chemo protocol.  So, I am extra thankful on this day!

Griffin and I are visiting family, and he loves walking in the woods with my nieces and napping in the sun on the back deck.  I hope all of you are enjoying a peaceful Thanksgiving with your loved ones, whether in person or virtually!

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26 November 2020 - 6:17 pm
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And we are thankful for Griffin  and Stacy!!  And we are thankful for such a good check up for Griffin👍And we are ALWAYDS grateful  when you share these photos of handsome  Griffin being Griffin…hapoy… joyful…lpving… content❤❤

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26 November 2020 - 8:23 pm
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Aww Stacy, thank you so much for your beautiful note. We are so glad you celebrated another milestone and a stellar visit at the vet! YAY GRIFFIN! Keep on rockin’ it mister, you are such a miracle on 3 paws!

This year has been one we would rather forget. But each time you post, you and Griffin have managed to keep us focused on what really matters in this world. Your friendship, wisdom, knowledge and humor makes us stronger and better as a community. And every picture of Griffin just makes us smile from ear to ear. Thank you for being part of our life!

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2 December 2020 - 2:19 pm
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Today is Griffin’s 8 month ampuversary!

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He continues to live his life to the fullest and regularly amazes people we meet who cannot believe he has been a tripawd only since April and will turn 11 years old next month!  He looks forward to our daily walks, rain or shine, and has really enjoyed playing in the leaves this autumn.

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My dad and I traveled to northern Virginia to visit my sister’s family for the holiday.  My nieces, Valerie (11) and Victoria (5), both adore Griffin, but that wasn’t always the case.  Valerie is only 5 months older than Griffin and as a toddler, would literally climb her father’s body while screaming to get away from Griffin.  Over the years, Griffin worked his magic on Valerie, and she was such a tremendous help this trip, coming with us on every walk, holding Griffin’s leash, pushing his wagon, and getting him water on our hikes.  Victoria has always loved Griffin, giving lots of hugs (a bit too tight sometimes!), tucking him in under a blanket at night, and having him sleep next to her.  I think it is pretty funny that Griffin’s smile matches each of the girls’ smiles in the photos below!

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One excursion we took without Griffin was to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (Vienna, VA) to experience their Winter Walk of Lights, which was fantastic!  I look forward to finding other outdoor holiday events this season!

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What a handsome dog!  He’s smiling in every picture!  That little wagon is adorable.   

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HAPPY EIGHT MONTH  AMPUVERSARY  HANDSOME GRIFFIN♥️♥️. You are a gift to ALL of us on so many levels!

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Seeing all these lovely  pictures of you and all your fans always makes me smil. I love the one of you chilling  in your Royal Chariot with your rain gear on.  You ARE Royalty here in Tripawd Land!!

Thank you so mich for letting is join in on this magnificent  journey of this very special Soul….you are both very special Souls 

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

PS….your videos need to be turned into a movie!  And love the Christmas  video😎

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3 December 2020 - 7:57 am
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Can that really be (nearly) eleven year old Griffin? Because in the video, I’m only seeing a crazy happy puppy! smiley_clap Wow congratulations on ampuversary #8, Team Griffin continues to inspire and thrive!

These updates are just so terrific, and with each one I’m so very happy for you two. You’ve managed the ups and downs of this journey so well, without spiraling out of control when things don’t go as planned, while keeping a level head about managing his condition. And you always remember to celebrate the wins like this. Team Griffin is the ultimate example of coping with cancer while being more dog. 

WOOHOO! Best news ever!!!!

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4 December 2020 - 6:25 pm
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I just discovered that Griffin was included on a blog written in September by a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center.  I’m sharing here in case others would like access to the blog or other resources AMC provides.

https://www.amc…..decisions/

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Woaaaaah! Wowwweee Stacy this is fantastic! Dr. Hohenhaus is one of our all-time favorite onco vets and what a treat that you and us were both in the article! Thank you so much for sharing, this made our day.

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We do indeed have a famous Tripaw RockStar in our midst!  Stay humble Griffin!  Hollywood  will be calling soon!  Such an impressive   bot♥️♥️♥️

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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