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10 December 2008 - 5:26 pm
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Hi to all my Tripawd friends, old and new!

Just wanted to say hello. We do manage to drop in to see how all are doing a couple of times a week, but haven’t managed to make enough time for posting. We have been trying to share both the happy and sad stories and to keep reasonably up to date on you all.

I’m doing really well. It’s twelve weeks post amputation on Friday for me, no chemo. I’ve had one return to the vet a couple of weeks ago for a check up, where I was declared fit and healthy. I could do with losing a couple of pounds – but I’ve obviously got "heavy bones" (where have I heard that before?). I’m enjoying my walks greatly, though I tire quickly and am sometimes reluctant to jump into the 4×4/SUV. Still working on using the ramp!

My family have been offered a 16 month old chocolate lab called Lola who needs a new home. Similar story to mine, Lola’s family can’t give her enough time, so are looking for someone who can. We are all debating the pros and cons, but aren’t going to make a decision until after the Christams holiday. Tricky! Their main concern is to maximise my quality of life, for as long as I am with them.

Will keep on checking in on you all and make it my new year resolution to be a better poster.

Keep on hopping and hoping!!

Alfie (& Linda) xxx

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10 December 2008 - 5:34 pm
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Thanks for the update Alfie. And congratulations on three happy healthy months! Laughing

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10 December 2008 - 11:51 pm
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Hi ya Alfie…congrats on your 3 month ampuversary!!!

You know…tell your mom to add some veggies to your food (and cut back on the food a bit) which will help you drop a few pounds…the fiber will fill you up and you’ll have less calorie intake. My brother is about 5 pounds over what the doc likes him to be because he has bad hips…so this is what she suggested. Mom cuts up green beans and celery and even a little brocolli for him. I’m not supposed to have anything other than my food because I have crystals (like kidney stones in people) which stinks for me, but mom adds just a touch of veggies (with the doc’s OK) to make me feel like I’m getting some too – though I’m not stupid, I can measure and see how much more Buddy is getting!!!

Anyway…just a thought I would pass on ~

Tell your mom good luck on thinking through the new fur pal that is being ‘presented’ to her…she’ll know what to do…tell her to listen to her heart.

Good to hear from you!

Much love and best wishes

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13 December 2008 - 10:20 pm
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Hi Linda & Alfie,

So good to hear from you again!  It’s good to hear that Alfie is doing really well 3 months post-op and we do hope you will find the time to keep us updated on his progress as time allows.  Life sometimes just speeds along and the next think you know a long time has passed before you are able to update on here, again.  Please let us know what your Mum and Dad decide about adopting a new fur pal; we’re certain they will give it careful consideration before making any life-long decisions about taking on another dog.  Good luck to all of you and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Love, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Mom (Vicki)

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