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Sally – I so much appreciate your constant positivity and supportive posts!  They mean the world to me, so thank you!sp_hearticon2Stacy

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Awww Stacy, my PRIVILEGE, along with everyone here,   to have the opportunity  to support this outstanding  doggy!

I’ll use this as an opportunity  to me tion that you’ve started a vlog.  As apparent  by now, I’m know techie, but I know you actually have to type a “lead in phrase”.  Otherwise, there isn’t  a link to tap so we can see the vlog.

Someone will come along and tell you how to do what I was trying to convey soon.  🙏

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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I’m only using the blog to house the photos I post in the forum.  I figured my posts on Griffin’s Journey is enough of a blog for me!

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Gotcha!!  

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 Stacy.  So great to see your updates and how Griffin is doing!  

I was touched by you sharing all of the “at home exercises” with Kelly for her dog Chief.  I printed them out to have for Jake post surgery which is on 4/21.  You are so on top of it and so so helpful!  Thank you so muchsmiley_clap

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Hi Connie!  I’m glad to share.  I have received so much help from this site, so anything I can do to help others is my privilege!  I’m copying the exercises again here so that folks who are following Griffin’s Journey will see them, too.

I’m also linking an exercise chart that I created to track Griffin’s exercises.  I was told to choose 3 exercises to do twice a day, but I’ve decided to vary them, doing all 9 exercises twice over 3 days (6 exercises per day) followed by a day of rest.  You should be able to download the tracker to personalize it for your pup.  I highlighted in green the exercises that we completed.  Crawling is in yellow because that is not a skill that Griffin has mastered yet, although we are working on it!

All exercises should be performed on a non-slippery surface (carpet, grass, yoga mat, cement, etc). Choose 3 exercises to perform per day. Remember to vary them regularly. There should be one-two days of FULL rest per week with no exercises other than massage, Passive Range of Motion (PROM) and leash walks to do his business.

MASSAGE: Begin by kneading with your fingers to pick up the loose skin around the neck. This is a great way to relax Griffin and signal the start of your therapy. Use firm but gentle pressure to massage along the spine. Use circular motions with your thumbs on either side of the spine or cusp your fingers and run down along the back. Begin at the neck and move down towards the tail. You can also continue your massage through the limbs. Focus especially on the triceps (muscles behind the bone in the front limb) and hip flexors (muscles in front of the bone in the hind limbs). If his muscles are tight, you can begin by applying a warm compress for 5-10 min the the muscles. A warm compress can be a moist towel (place in microwave for 15 sec and test on yourself to make sure it’s not too hot) or a heat pad on low setting.

PASSIVE RANGE OF MOTION (PROM): Griffin should be lying on his side. Take each joint through a full range of motion (wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, knee, hip). Keep the leg parallel to the ground and do not pull on the paw. Place one hand above the joint and one hand below. Gently flex and extend each joint. Pulse intermittently to improve the range of motion and hold each stretch for 10 sec. Do this for 3-5 min. Instructional Video: http://www.yout…..habFitness [Forelimb Range of Motion and Hindlimb PROM]

CRAWLING: Start in a down position. Take a treat to Griffin’s nose and encourage him to stay in a down position while moving the treat away from him. Griffin should crawl towards the treat. Have him crawl for ~3-5 feet. Rest and repeat 3 sets twice daily.  Instructional Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/AMCRehabFitness [Crawling]

GIVE PAW (WAVE): Ask Griffin to wave to prompt him to lift his left forelimb. For extra elbow flexion, gently push the leg towards his chest so the elbow achieves full flexion (elbow should touch the chest). Repeat 5 times twice daily.

DECLINE STANDING: On a non-slippery surface, raise Griffin’s hind feet ~ 6 inches- 1 foot and allow weight bearing on his front leg. Time for ~ 1 min or until he tires. Rest for 30 sec. Do three repetitions twice daily.

ELEVATED STANDING: On a non-slippery surface, raise Griffin’s front foot ~ 1 foot and allow weight bearing on his hindlegs. Time for ~ 1 min or until he tires. Rest for 30 sec. Do three repetitions twice daily. The higher you raise the front foot, the better hip extension and the more challenging the exercise.

DOWN-TO-STAND: Start in a standing position. Take a treat from Griffin‘s nose to the ground and encourage him to bend the elbows. His hind legs can stay elevated as in a Play-bow posture. Then ask him to STAND or COME to make him get up. Repeat 3-5 times consecutively twice daily.  Instructional video:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AMCRehabFitness [Push ups]

SIT-TO-STAND: Have Griffin SIT, then immediately ask him to STAND or COME to make him get up. Repeat 5 times consecutively twice daily. Ensure it is a proper sitting posture with both legs squarely tucked at the sides (the knee should be in line with the toes). This improves hindlimb muscle strength. Instructional video: http://www.youtube.com/user/AMCRehabFitness [Sit-to-Stand]

BALANCE ON PHYSIOEQUIPMENT: Place Griffin’s front foot on the fitbone and his hind limbs on the physiodisc. He should be standing as squarely as possible. Have him balance in a standing position for up to 1 minute. You can add extra challenge by gently pressing on the equipment to move it slightly. Rest for few seconds. Repeat 3 times twice daily.

CROSSED LEG STANDING: In a square standing posture, lift left hind leg off the ground. In order to prevent weight bearing through your hand, the raised hind leg should extend backwards towards the tail (hip extension). Hold posture for 15-30 sec or as long as tolerated. Rest for 15 sec. Repeat 3 times twice daily. This exercise helps to build core strength as well as strength in the weight bearing legs. Instructional video:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AMCRehabFitness [3 Leg Stand]

BEG: In sitting position (in a corner is easier), Griffin should elevate his body by raising his front leg to chest level into BEG position. His hind limbs should remain in the seated position. Hold for 15 seconds or as long as tolerated. Rest 30 seconds and repeat 3 times. This is a core strengthening exercise.

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Yesterday was gorgeous in NYC!  Griffin played fetch for about 40 minutes with his buddy, Murphy (also a goldendoodle) and still managed the mile round trip to/from the park with no problems.  I couldn’t decide which video of him playing fetch was the best, so I’m posting 3.  The last video is of him walking home after playing fetch.  Nothing truly remarkable except the pace at which he is walking after being outside for about an hour at that point and on his feet for all but of few minutes of that time.  I spent a lot of time the night before doing passive range of motion (PROM) exercises with Griffin’s legs, paying special attention to stretching out his hips which seemed tight.  I wonder if that contributed to his extra stamina. icon_lol

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I don’t mind sharing my bed with this guy – he never steals the covers!

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 Just two goldendoodles enjoying the sunshine!

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Awww look at those happy doggies in the sunshine! It’s just pure love! sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2 Thanks for making us smile.

Hi Connie!  I’m glad to share.  I have received so much help from this site, so anything I can do to help others is my privilege!  I’m copying the exercises again here so that folks who are following Griffin’s Journey will see them, too.

Stacy that is so nice of you to share and it’s a great way to show others how Griffin is staying strong. Thank you for taking time to do it. It would be an ideal post for our Hopping Around Topic at some point. And I would love to feature a story in the Tripawds Gear blog too.

I do need to chime in with a Public Service Announcement …

Remember that that these exercises are for Griffin specifically. Do not try them with your dog until you review them with your rehab / physio therapist. 

I have to emphasize this because the wrong types of exercises can do more harm than good if we are doing them without guidance. Even I”ve made this mistake. For example..

I was having Wyatt Ray doing the Crawling exercise that was prescribed to Griffin. I saw our member Sparky the Dog was doing it after he went to rehab, and figured that since they had similar issues, it would be a nice switch in Wyatt’s workout routine. Well, that was a BIG mistake. When I checked in with Wyatt’s rehab therapist last week, I learned that movements like the crawl are exacerbating his degenerative joint disease and possible lumbosacral / neurology issue. I felt terrible! She prescribed four new exercises that are much gentler on his aging body, and at some point I’ll share a video of them.

And if paying for a rehab therapy evaluation is difficult, remember, the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your dog or cat’s first rehab visit (anyone can qualify!) so please take advantage of the program if you haven’t already.

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Another beautiful afternoon in NYC and Griffin enjoyed a few grass scritches!

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 Griffin enjoying a brief rest!

https://youtu.b…..l3YV5h6Yl0

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OOOOMMMMDDDD!!  Griffin is DEFINITELY  in a back scratch state of bliss!!  Smilingnand making Happy noises at the same time!  I just love seeing dogs enjoy back scratches, and Griffin sure is!!

Seeing Griffin playing fetch so effortlessly is why we do what we do.  You are giving him the best poss life a doggy good have!  And he TRULY is LOVING  LIFE ON THREE!!😎

He and his buddy Murphy are soooo cute together! 

Griffin, I know you are going to do things your way, but I do wish you would take more rest breaks. I know……dream on silly hooman!! I guess your Mom would Jace to duct tape you down!

Keep on keeping on sweet boy!  Loving life is what it’s all about!!

Stacy, are you able to do any visits anywhere yet some Griffin can give people “smile and happy therapy moments”?   I guess being  in NYC, that’s  out of the question for now.  That was such a cute video of Griffin with that little boy in the hospital. Clearly his visit bought him so much joy. And it was nice to see the dad smile too.

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

PS!  JERRY….thanks for sharing a first hand account of Wyatt’s exp with the crawl.  

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Hi Sally!  Trust me – I do try to get him to rest when we are outside and he just laughs at me.  I promise, however, that he sleeps and rests almost the entire time we are home, so he isn’t Mr. Energizer Bunny 24/7.  Given the current COVID-19 situation, we aren’t able to do any therapy visits at this time and we won’t be able to go back to the hospital until after Griffin completes chemotherapy and is cleared by the oncologist.  Also, Pet Partners has asked us to be re-evaluated once Griffin is cleared since they want to make sure that he is still able to handle the requirements of being a therapy dog.  I guess I should share some of these videos with them so they can see how well he is doing! sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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They want to see of Griffinmis fit to go back to work!!  Yeah, that’s laughable !  Not many four-leggers are that fit!!

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Also, Pet Partners has asked us to be re-evaluated once Griffin is cleared since they want to make sure that he is still able to handle the requirements of being a therapy dog.

That’s a riot! They are going to be SO IMPRESSED when they see Griffin!

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sp_hearticon2Griffin!! WOW you are such a good boy. I am so impressed. It is so cool to see how you progress everyday. Stacy you are doing a wonderful work with him:) 

Looking forward to get there with Arktik. 

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Patricia – please post an update of Arktik soon!  I’ve been thinking about both of you and wondering how he is doing!

Here’s the video of Griffin enjoying back scritches again…the link was broken in my last post.

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