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Griffin's Journey
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  You two are awesome. You’re helping keep me positive about Ziva. She goes in Tuesday’s for her surgery. I love seeing the progress!

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Absolutely love looking at these pictures and videos! Such an inspiration! You both are doing a great job of showing everyone that recovery can actually not be too rough sometimes.  

Griffin is a perfect example of that! Oh, that picture of Griffin with that little boy in the hospital absolutely melted my heart! I watched it a couple of times and, each time, I think my grin got bigger and bigger, if that was possible! Absolutely love that video! Thank you for sharing 😊

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I’m so glad that Griffin is providing hope and inspiration for others through his progress and recovery – I certainly found both of those in spades when I joined the Tripawds family just a few weeks ago!

On Griffin’s 13th day post-op, we reached a milestone of him walking under his own power to our favorite park.  I’d been hauling him there in the wagon because it is about 0.4 miles from our house, but this morning he decided that was where he wanted to go, and so we went!  And 8 hours later, he decided that he needed to show off that he could make the trek twice in one day!  So that means Griffin logged 1.6 miles today, not including playing around once at the park and hopping around the house.  He is one tired boy right now!

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 Taking a rest at the park after making it back a second time today!

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Wow Griffin, you amaze me! You are truly an exceptional dog and your joy makes my heart hoppy! I love these clips.

As many people know, we take a very careful approach to re-starting activity after amputation surgery. Not all dogs are as fit as Griffin was before surgery (in fact most aren’t), and that fitness level makes all the difference after recovery. Stacy you have done a great job with keeping him in shape, so that now, his transition to the Tripawd life is easier than most. Pawesome! 

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You are absolutely right, Jerry, about the fitness level of each dog needing to influence their activity post-surgery.  Griffin was in great shape prior to his surgery and I’d often get comments about him looking/acting like a dog much younger than 10.  I’d also like to note that I have emailed Griffin’s surgeon every day with updates, videos, and photos, asking permission for Griffin to engage in certain activities to ensure that I am not pushing him or letting him push himself too hard. I am extra appreciative that Griffin is making remarkable progress because I know that his journey is not the norm for most tripawds.

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You are so conscientious! Asking questions is the way to go and will keep Griffin injury free.

I had to point out to others here that Griffin is indeed the exceptional pup, because oftentimes people naturally compare their Tripawd’s recovery with others. Many times they get sad when they don’t see their dog or cat making the same kind of progress as another new Tripawd. So I like to remind folks that no two recoveries are alike.

But if there’s an example of the ideal recovery, Griffin is IT!!

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Today marks Griffin’s 2 week surgerversary!  Tomorrow will be a big day with first appointments for both rehab and oncology.  It is still a bit disconcerting that I need to hand Griffin off at the door of the Animal Medical Center and conference with doctors over the phone instead of meeting them face to face, but I remain grateful that Griffin is progressing in his recovery with the support of such an amazing place!

As I’ve mentioned before, I email Griffin’s surgeon daily with updates and videos.  Last night he pronounced Griffin’s incision healed (his stitches were internal) and laughingly stated that Griffin could return to regular activities, knowing full well that Griffin hadn’t really been waiting for Dr. Spector’s permission!

Today’s videos find Griffin climbing stairs and really stretching his legs for a game of fetch with his best buddy (and mini goldendoodle), Murphy.  The camera work on the fetch video is a bit off because Griffin was moving so fast that I lost track of him for a second!  Enjoy!

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Unbelievable!  Really!!   Everything Griffin does seems so effortlessly.    Proof that the fourth leg is just a “spare”!

It is so uplifting  to see the “exceptional  exception” to the usual somewhat “normal recovery ” that is at a slower pace.

Glad Jerry  pointed out not to compare recoveries and that  each dog recovers at their own  pace.  Obviously  Griffin has his own unique pace!  It’s  a joy to watch.

I know it  goes without saying, but mentioning it in general for others,  still “try” to avoid sudden  stops  during a  fast run.   Of course, no jumping up in the air with hard landings.   These cautions stem from seeing how so very easily a dog can tweak a remaining leg, or pull a neck or back muscle.   

Griffin, for such an athlete, you are as graceful as a Gazelle😊   Absolutely  love seeing these videos.   Of course  any picture of this handsome boy lights up my world!!!

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Wow Griffin is such a good boy going up these stairs gently. It is wonderful to see how well he is recovering. I am looking forward to see Arktik at 2 weeks post op.

Let us know how chemo and rehab go!

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     You guys are amazing. Watching him go is awesome. I hope Ziva recovers half that well but like they say all dogs are different. 

Keep up they great work and keep inspiring us soon to be tripaws!!

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Griffin returned to the Animal Medical Center today for oncology and rehab appointments.  I realized that I haven’t been in the car since I picked him up from his surgery 2 weeks ago – it felt strange to be on the road again during these strange times.  And of course, Griffin demonstrated that he can easily hop into my SUV and climb onto the back seat.  Getting out wasn’t much of a problem for him, but I did use the handle on his Ruffwear Web Master harness to guide him and lighten the impact.  One thing I realized is that the seat belt I use for Griffin is not long enough to comfortably reach the tether on the back of his Web Master harness .  I have always used front clip harnesses for Griffin which were closer to where the seat belt connected to the latch, so I’ll have to look into buying a longer belt!

The physical therapy vet, Dr. Barry Cherno, said that Griffin is in fantastic shape and adapting very well to life as a tripawd.  He recommended at home exercises and said that he didn’t think Griffin needed formal rehab.  I told Dr. Cherno that as long as my insurance was picking up the tab, I was interested in aqua-therapy (Griffin loves swimming!) and acupuncture, so we will likely schedule those sessions weekly for 6-8 weeks and then monthly/as needed after that.  Griffin and I will begin our exercises tomorrow and I’ll be sure to post videos soon.  😊

The oncologist, Dr. Maria Camps, thoroughly explained the purpose of chemotherapy and what the process would look like.  In addition to routine blood work, Dr. Camps wanted an ultrasound of Griffin’s abdomen (results were normal) before administering the chemotherapy drugs.  She chose Carboplatin for his first round of chemo while awaiting further details on an echocardiogram that was conducted in February (for a separate issue) before deciding if she will use Doxorubicin for future rounds.  Griffin also received an injection of Cerenia (anti-nausea medication) today.  We were sent home with tablets of Cerenia and Metronidazole (anti-diarrhea medication) for use as needed.  Griffin will return to AMC for blood work on April 24th and May 1st, and if all goes well, he’ll receive his second round of chemo on May 15th.

Today was a long day for Griffin and he spent 6 hours with his friends at AMC (I snuck in a trip to Trader Joe’s where I waited on a physically distant line outside the store for 50 minutes as they limited the number of shoppers inside).  His surgeon, Dr. Spector, was excited to see Griffin in person and reported that Griffin appeared happy to see him as well.  When we arrived back home, Griffin was in good spirits and content to eat, drink, and sleep.  He has been resting comfortably all evening.  Hopefully he will experience little or no side effects of the chemo, but I know to be on the lookout in the coming days.  As Griffin is mostly poodle, I’m also reconciling myself to the fact that he will likely lose his hair (he doesn’t have fur).  At this point, he looks a bit like a patchwork quilt with a newly shaved patch on his belly from the ultrasound today, stubble growing in around the incision site, and shaved patches on each of his 3 legs from various IVs, so maybe we just need to start over with growing new hair!

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A long day indeed!  For both of yoi!!  A fifty minute wait for Trader Joe’s, WOW!!

Griffin is really getting Star treatment…and deservedly so!  Quite a thorough team that covers all the bases he has lined up for his handsome self!  Such a Goodwill Ambassador for Tripawds everywhere😎  

Thanks for the update on his appointment and all the approaches  they are taking and why.  I KNOW they are all soooo impressed with how far he has come in such a short time!  Such a remarkable boy on so many levels!

I love that picture of him stretched out so comfortably and so peaceful. A well deserved rest. 

And you get some good rest roo.  A long day for both of you

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Wow that really was a busy day! Yeah being out in public now is weird isn’t it? I was also at TJ’s yesterday for the first time since this all started and was so impressed at how well they are handling the situation. Much better than any other grocery store chain.

But getting back to Griffin….so happy that he got an A+ at his visit, and got treatment started. He may not see any coat problems. Maybe a little thinning but I can’t recall the last time someone mentioned it as an issue with Doodle/Poodle breeds.

And I’m so happy you are still taking him to rehab. I wish more vets would understand the value of PRE-hab, that is getting a reality check on what to expect and how to manage a dog’s activity as they age. It’s not just about needing rehab but about educating the pet parent in order to avoid needing it on an acute basis later. So yay you!

We are keeping our paws crossed for no side effects and a relaxing fun weekend for you two! 

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It’s another rainy, raw day in NYC today, but that didn’t stop Griffin from walking a mile this morning!  We did some exercises this afternoon and after a quick pee break outside, he really wanted to play fetch in the hallway.  He has eaten normally today with no signs of chemo side effects, so fingers crossed it remains that way!

Griffin practicing “decline standing” on his K9 FitBone. 

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Griffin continuing his stretching exercises while eating today – he was more interested in eating than repositioning his body to a more comfortable posture.

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This video was taken after walking about 1/2 mile this morning and he still had a lot of pep in his step!

Griffin has mostly mastered how to run on slippery tile floors.  The opera singer you might hear in the background lives one floor up and adores Griffin!

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Griffin!  You are one of a kind on so many levels!!!!!!!   Everyday is another day of miracles with you!  You’re  like a non-stop action figure with Energizer bunny batteries!

You are being such a good boy doing your exercises!  Good job!  Ypu even make eating  a way to do your PT..  

Love following  your progress  sweet boy!  “Progress” is an understatement!

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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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