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Go Hazel!

In my opinion there is nothing wrong with her going to the kitchen as long as she has a safe route. Lots of dogs like their routines and are more comfortable with how things have always been.   You could try bowls in both places for a week or two and see which she prefers but if you want to keep feeding/watering her in the kitchen after she heals I would leave them there. 

My Pug Maggie learned early on to stay on the carpet or throw rugs as much as possible and my current Tri Elly also sticks to the rugs and carpet areas, she will actually go the long way around to stay on carpet.  Since Hazel wants to go her ‘regular’ way you may need to move her carpets and mats to keep her safe.

Maggie was very stubborn and set in her ways.  After her amp I tried a raised bowl for her meals and she refused to eat until I put the bowl back on the floor where it had always been smiley4.

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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I’ve set up bowls in both places for her now, she still seems to favour the further away ones but that’s probably due to habit. 

We had a little walk around and then a sunbathe in the garden together, Hazel loved watching the birds and could smell all the BBQs going on (it’s VE day in the UK right now) I managed to get her to eat a little more and take some of her meds but she was a little sick about 20 minutes later smiley6 it got all over her remaining foreleg and her chest. I put her in the bath for a wipe down and she only seemed okay with this because she wanted to drink the bath water icon_lol

She had a little drink from the new bowls near her bed and has been asleep for a little while now. She seems a lot happier and more settled today, and I know I feel the same.

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That is so good to hear, and each day will get a little better!

Hang in there, you are doing great! Just remember the first two weeks seem to be the hardest. 

And Happy VD in the UK!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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I’m sorry her tummy wasn’t happy and hope she’s able to digest her meds tomorrow.

Sounds like you are both feeing pretty good though, overall? 

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Hazel has always had a problem with nausea after anaesthetic, we have some anti nausea medication but we can’t give it to her everyday and yesterday was her off day so it doesnr surprise me that she had some sicky trouble.

We’re both feeling good, Hazel woke me up by walking herself to the balcony door (where we let her out fir nighttime wees) Usually I open the door and then pick her up and put her down outside as there’s a step down and she was struggling to get outside even when she was limping with the leg. This morning however I just managed to get the door open wide enough for her to get out and she LEAPT outside! Thankfully she made it but I don’t want her to attempt that again so soon after surgery… it very easily could have been a face plant situation! She did her business and then came and stood by my legs as if to say ‘okay I’m done, please carry me back to my bed mum I tire of walking’ so of course I obliged. 

I’ve been temporarily sleeping in the living room with her as she seems too tired in the evenings to hop to bed but I don’t mind. Every day she’s getting more confident and it becomes more and more apparent how much less pain she is in.

I’m really glad I opted for surgery, she’s much more herself

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YES!! You rock Hazel!!  These are the kinds of “breakthroughs ” where you can start to feel some relief and a little bit giddy about  victories  like this!😎  Hazel is getting more and more confident.    “Look Mom, I’ve got this!”    Of course, still being carried back in is a luxury  she enjoys too!

Thanks so much for the update.  PICTURES!!!

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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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Hi Nyoom!  That is a fantastic update!  I’m not at all surprised that Hazel is progressing well – she is one special pup!  The relief you are feeling comes through so clearly in your recent posts, and I’m glad that you are doing better, too! And I second Sally’s request for photos, please!  Hugs to you and Hazel! ~ Stacy

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As soon as I figure out how to post photos I will! I set up an instagram account for her which I’ll link for you: https://www.ins…..xeg69xqybu

Hope you enjoy! 

I think I’ve got the hang of it, here’s Hazel dreaming away 

https://www.ins…..wem7r4y5j1

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I’m almost crying tears of pure joy! Hazel saw her toy and got so excited, she really wanted to play! So we did a little tug of war with her laying down so to not push her too hard, she got lots of belly rubs and she was just the most like herself she has been since we got the diagnosis back at the end of March sp_hearticon2

https://www.ins…..yagzitnvr5

Hazel has followed me and my partner (in crime smiley2) around since she came back from the shops. Hazel has always been a bit of a glutton for attention, but we’re more than happy to provide it! sp_hearticon2 

Massive turnaround from even yesterday, Hazel has managed to take and keep down all her morning and midday meds and all of her food!

Nothing but positive vibes in chez nyoom today! sp_hearticon2

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Let me tell you right now….we ALL have tears of joy flowing right now!   That video is sooooo sweet!  Hazel is a TRIPAWD TOY PULLING ROCKSTAR!😎   And hearing how joyful and encouraging  her hoomans are in tje background  makes it all that much sweeter!!   Excellent  job of staying  conf and upbeat and pawsitive for her!!

The picture of her sitting in the middle of the heart is such a treasure.  Speaks volumes about your love for her💖

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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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I just skimmed through your posts and am happy to see Hazel’s wonderful progress.

She has the best little face and ears! I can’t remember if she’s a Staffie, or part Staffie (looks a bit like one based on my very limited experience) – whatever she is, she is PERFECT and is obviously well-loved. 

Good going Team Hazel icon_exclaimicon_exclaimsmiley_clap

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Hey Kazann,

I’m glad our posts have made you happy! Hazel is a staffy cross, shes a rescue so we don’t know what with though… she’s a bit taller and has a bigger torso but that face is pure staffy beauty! sp_hearticon2 

She’s the most loved and pampered baby! I’m sure every pet owner says the same about their pets and I’m also sure they’re all correct! 

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I’m really glad you enjoyed the photos! The one in the heart on the beach was taken by my best friend who is a professional photographer and I’m so grateful to her for taking it, I really need to get it printed and in a frame sp_hearticon2

Honestly as soon as she started showing signs of wanting to play I knew I had to capture it to share here. It just shows how quickly they can adapt and that Hazel clearly doesn’t care about the missing leg, she just wants to play! smiley10

I know her recovery isn’t going to be all like today, so I want to make the most of the happy times. Something to look back on and know I made the right decision for Hazel. 

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nyoom said

I know her recovery isn’t going to be all like today, so I want to make the most of the happy times. Something to look back on and know I made the right decision for Hazel. 

Bingo!  You got one of the grest lessons of this journey👍  Just another way to remind ourselves it is NEVER about days on a calendar with dogs, but it is about moment ts like this as they go from one glorious moment to the next💖

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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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