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Harley is officially a TriPawd!
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29 December 2021 - 8:43 am
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jerry said
AH! Oh yeah the marking thing! We have never had a boy dog who did that so keep us posted on how he adapts.

  

We adopted all of our male dogs later in their lives and they were serial “markers” before we got them icon_lol  Neutering did nothing to dampen the practice.  

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29 December 2021 - 12:17 pm
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Yeah that’s another belief about neutering that’s changed over the years. Studies have shown that the procedure doesn’t help with that, or even aggression, as was once thought.

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So Harley had his surgery re-check yesterday (19 days post-op) and the surgeon was very pleased with the healing and with his movement.  He was soooo hyper waiting for them to come out to the vehicle and get him for his appointment.  Barking at me like he used to do (pre-Prozac),whining, and pulling on the leash.  He held no animosity for them taking his leg the last time he was there icon_lolicon_lolicon_lol  Re-check was done in 10 minutes and he was out the door with instructions on getting him into rehab (already working on that) and his chemo consult is on the 14th of January.  

Looking for recommendations for strollers.  He wasn’t a big fan of the wagon that we used for Bear.  Mostly because he’s not a big fan of being lifted up.  We think he’s about 82 pounds right now and where we will be walking is mostly paved but there may be some hills.  Any recommendations?  Quality and durability are the most important because it will need to last for a bit.  

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30 December 2021 - 10:59 am
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mcmahod5978 said
Looking for recommendations for strollers….   

Here are the best strollers we’ve found for Tripawds big and small.

Wyatt was an 80+ lb GSD, he loved his Houndabout Stroller:

The Ultimate Tripawd Dog Stroller Leaves No Canine Behind
How to Take Your Tripawd on Longer Walks

Dog Strollers Help Tripawds Large and Small Get Out

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30 December 2021 - 6:18 pm
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Thank you!

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30 December 2021 - 6:57 pm
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Hahaha……loved visualizing Harley’s reaction at the Vet.  I know his bark was beaitiful music to your ears 

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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16 January 2022 - 5:20 am
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Harley continues to do well.  He had his first chemo treatment on Friday (14th).  Chest x-rays were clear (whew) and his bloodwork was quite excellent.  His last x-rays were 11/23/21 so I was a bit worried about that.  He has shown no ill effects from the chemo so far but the oncologist did say that any nausea/issues may not show up until day 2 to 4 after the treatment.  We were sent home with anti-nausea meds to give twice a day for 4 to 5 days as a pre-emptive strike.  The protocol is 6 treatments of Carboplatin with chest x-rays for tx 3 & 6 and then after the 6th treatment, a check up and chest x-rays every other month.  

I am cooking for Harley and he is eating like a champ.  So well in fact that after his weigh-in on Friday, his food intake needs to be cut down.  He weighed 88 pound pre-amputation (his normal weight was in the 95 pound range) and on Friday, he weighed just shy of 88 pounds…..   I was figuring he’d be closer to 80 with the weight of that leg gone but nope.  He’s walking anywhere from a mile to 2 miles a day now.  Yesterday he did about 1.5 miles over two walks.  Depends on where we are, how motivated he is and how he feels.  We have physical therapy set up for him later this week (consult) but honestly, I am not sure how much they will be able to help him.  He ambulates quite well but it’s really goofy.  I call him the galloping gourmet.  His rear left leg is really spastic due to the polyneuropathy.  I’ve gotten him booties which he is  to help with the callouses and scuffs on his rear feet but he’s not all that keen to wear them.  When they are on and he’s boogieing down a paved path, he really does sound like a horse.  Clop clop, clop clop, clop clop…..  

He’s gotten more used to the wagon but we did get a stroller.  My husband just set it up yesterday and it is HUGE.  We have to figure out how to collapse it so that we can get both dogs and the stroller into the back of our SUV.  Walking in our neighborhood (either one seeing we are in the middle of a move) is not an option so we always have to drive to a nearby park for walks.  We got the PetSafe Happy Ride (the one recommended by this site) bike stroller which can be converted to a push one with the conversion kit.  

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16 January 2022 - 1:08 pm
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Love the pupdate, thank you for sharing so many helpful details smiley4 Everything you are doing is spot-on to help Harley live a great life. And I’m going to bet you will be surprised by the rehab team at CVSS, they look pretty good! It’s a great learning experience usually so I hope it’s good for you too. They can guide you on the weight loss aspect too, which can be so tricky and yo-yo with a 3-legger. 

YAY for the PetSafe stroller! Yeah it’s big but it collapses down pretty good and oh my gosh it’s a real boost to a Tripawd’s quality of life. I don’t know why we waited so long to get one for Wyatt Ray . He had a blast in it. I hope Harley does too. Post pics when you can!

P.S. Don’t forget the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so be sure to apply.

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16 January 2022 - 2:32 pm
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Harley is getting such exquisite  care on so many levels.

You know we need aome videos of him boogieing down the path …clop, clop, clop,😎  Plus would love to see him in his stroller.

Harley is such a perfect example of a dog getting on with living  lofe to the fullest and not letting ANYTHING hold him back!  And you and your husband shine as role models for ensuring  Harley gets to be Harley morning, noon and night!

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

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16 January 2022 - 3:21 pm
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jerry said
Love the pupdate, thank you for sharing so many helpful details smiley4 Everything you are doing is spot-on to help Harley live a great life. And I’m going to bet you will be surprised by the rehab team at CVSS, they look pretty good! It’s a great learning experience usually so I hope it’s good for you too. They can guide you on the weight loss aspect too, which can be so tricky and yo-yo with a 3-legger. 

YAY for the PetSafe stroller! Yeah it’s big but it collapses down pretty good and oh my gosh it’s a real boost to a Tripawd’s quality of life. I don’t know why we waited so long to get one for Wyatt Ray . He had a blast in it. I hope Harley does too. Post pics when you can!

P.S. Don’t forget the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit so be sure to apply.

  

We aren’t using CVSS for rehab because Harley’s Oncology TX is happening in Pittsburgh.  So we’re going to use a rehab practice in Pittsburgh also.  

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16 January 2022 - 3:24 pm
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I should also add about the Chemo.  Previous protocol with Carboplatin was 4 treatments but the new protocol is 6 treatments as they have found that it increases the potential lifespan of a dog.  Where before it was 8 months to a year after amp. & chemo, with the new protocol it is more like a year to 18 months.  

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13 February 2022 - 4:01 am
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Hi all – just thought I would check in and let you know that Harley is doing great!  He had his second chemo treatment last week with zero complications and is scheduled for #3 with bloodwork and repeat chest x-rays on Feb. 26th.  He gets around the house with very few problems and even though we bought a stroller for him, we don’t take it on walks right now because he’s managing a 3/4 mile to 1 mile walk twice a day and he is off-leash for most of it.  The snow makes it difficult to use the stroller or wagon but he doesn’t seem to even need it right now.  His stamina is getting a lot better and he doesn’t need to stop and rest as much as he did for the first 4 to 6 weeks after amputation.  He is still head-strong and will work you for treats/cookies to get what he wants but he also hates being left behind so if he is refusing to walk (not because he can’t but because he’s playing his head games), we simply just walk away from him and say “okay, bye”.     Then he gets up and comes along…..   reverse psychology works 95% of the time.  The treats have to pick up the slack for the other 5%.  Glad we didn’t buy the expensive large bed for him.  He pretty much refuses to sleep on anything soft and will just lay on the carpet or rugs.  His favorite spot is by the front door where the sun streams in.  He is eating like a champ and now we have to cut back a bit on his calorie intake to keep weight off.   The bloodwork done between chemo treatments was all within normal range.  The lowest his neutrophils got was the day of his 2nd chemo treatment but they were still within normal range.   Hoping we will see the same kind of results between treatment 2 and 3.  We are only doing one CBC between treatments this go around instead of the 2 blood draws between TX 1 and 2.  

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13 February 2022 - 2:09 pm
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Hip! hip! Harley! Glad to know things are good and he’s sailing through chemo. That’s just fantastic news!

Sounds like he’s slowly built up strength and stamina, which is terrific. Manage his walks and activity carefully and he can keep having a long happy life on three 🙂 I’ll be honest though, between the mileage he’s putting on this soon after surgery, and the refusal to walk, that kind of behavior is often mistaken for stubbornness, even for people who have historically stubborn dogs. Rehab therapists tell us it can be one way our dogs tell us they’ve had enough and need to cut back. To be certain it’s truly his personality and not something more, take us up on our rehab therapy reimbursement so an expert can check him out. 🙂

Overall he’s really doing great! smiley_clapThanks for the pupdate.

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20 February 2022 - 12:37 pm
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jerry said
Hip! hip! Harley! Glad to know things are good and he’s sailing through chemo. That’s just fantastic news!

Sounds like he’s slowly built up strength and stamina, which is terrific. Manage his walks and activity carefully and he can keep having a long happy life on three 🙂 I’ll be honest though, between the mileage he’s putting on this soon after surgery, and the refusal to walk, that kind of behavior is often mistaken for stubbornness, even for people who have historically stubborn dogs. Rehab therapists tell us it can be one way our dogs tell us they’ve had enough and need to cut back. To be certain it’s truly his personality and not something more, take us up on our rehab therapy reimbursement so an expert can check him out. 🙂

Overall he’s really doing great! smiley_clapThanks for the pupdate.

  

We are still right in the middle of selling our house (it’s under contract now) and getting our stuff moved to the new house so time is really short.  Hopefully once the sale has closed and we are fully into our new place we will have more time to get Harley in for physical therapy.  My husband is holding down the fort with the dogs at the new place and I’m handling things at the one we are selling.  Asking him to do more would not go over well…..   

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Ohhhh yeah I hear you! Sorry I forgot about all that upheaval going on. You guys are handling this like champs! Congrats on the contract, paws crossed everything works out!

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