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Jake's Journey
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Hi Everyone!  I thought I’d start a new post now that Jake is doing so much bettericon_lolThank you all so much for your support during this tough time.   He got his stitches removed today and he hopped into the car to the vet with tail wagging profusely.  Once there he did great, then with tail wagging got into the car to come home.  He is eating great (I make him his special concoction with kibble added), and I’m able to get a few needed meds into him easily.  He sits up with his head straight and very alert.  What a huge improvement in 1 week.  

The second day home I had him in the woods by the house to go to the bathroom.  Earlier in the week I had lost a bird feeder because I had forgotten to bring it in in the eve and a bear snatched it.  I had combed the woods for it but couldn’t find it.  Wouldn’t you know it.  Jake went into the woods and right to the missing feeder!  Dogs are just amazing.

He can go down a tiny flight of stairs and up a case of stairs easily.  He doesn’t yet play with his toys.  I bought a special one for him but am saving it until he seems excited about his toys again.  I have him outside with me and he seems happy but mostly just walks a little then lies down and watches me work on the landscaping.  I figure if I had this surgery I wouldn’t be back to normal yet.  

I’ll start posting some pictures and videos once I clear space on my phone to enable me to take more photos, etc.  

Poor Jake, his recovery was not easy.  But with my veterinarian and all of your support Jake has made it to a better place.  My husband and I are so relieved!  

I now plan to read Loving Life On Three Legs and get Jake to a rehab counselor to help help him with his new body.  I can’t thank you enough Jerry and Jim for providing this support group full of wonderful people and tons of information!

The other day he started to chase a chipmunk…I called him and he stopped but it was fun to watch….

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Oh, Connie!  I wish you could see how big of a smile I am wearing right now!  This is a stupendous update!  I know we talk about our pups getting their sparkle back, but that post shows that you’ve gotten your sparkle back, too!  Finding lost bird feeders?  Walking stairs?  Chasing chipmunks?  Jake is doing an AMAZING job with his recovery and we all know you are right there with him every step of the way.  Well done, Connie and Jake!  Well done, indeed!  sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2 ~ Stacy and Griffin

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ThIs is SPECTACULAR  NEWS!!!!!    Jake is such a role model for what we say around  here so often:  EVERY RECOVERY IS DIFFERENT!  EVERY DOG RECOVERS AT THEIR OWN PACE!!!   And pain MIST be managed in order to facilitate healing.  Good for you, andnuour Vet too, for recognizing  that!

What recovery also teaches us is that, for many dogs, tpnot all, they actually find just as much enjoyment in lounging  around outside with their hoomans in close proximity.   At this early point in recovery,  Jake has decided  he’s not going to waste his energy on walks or runs, UNLESS it’s worth the effort!  Chasing  Chipmunks is worth it to Jake!  And even though YOU think he was going to find the bird feeder, I think he was really ,looking for that Bear!!!

BTW….would love to see video or pics of the Bear at the feeder.😎

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Oh my dog what a terrific pupdate! I’m so so so hoppy to read this and know that Jake is doing great. I was so bummed I missed you in the Tripawds Chat earlier but happy that Admin Jim got to talk to you. 

You DID IT! You and Jake, and your vet, what a team! smiley_clap This is so hopeful, and we really appreciate your taking time to share the amazing progress he’s made. I know it felt like it was taking him forever, now you can breathe a sigh of relief and have fun together!

P.S. I think you should give that treat toy to Jake now 😉 He may just be bored with his old toys and this could be the thing to get him excited about his collection again. Or maybe not, I dunno, just guessing! 

Can’t wait for some photos and video. Let me know if you’d like help.

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Amazing news Connie 🙂  Yay for the stitches removal, another step in the right direction. I feel (but I might be wrong) that playing with their toys is among the last things to come back. Anyway for Arktik it seems to be the case. He has been playing more more lately, but not quite as much as before yet. Part of it I think is that he is not sure exactly how to do it yet with his paw missing (for example to hold his toy when he is chewing, etc) but he is getting there. It is really a matter of letting them figuring out their new normal. 

I’m so glad for you guys! Looking forward to see Jake’s photos and videos too:)

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5 May 2020 - 7:32 pm
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When the recovery starts out so rough seeing the sparkle come back is so much sweeter!

I’m so glad Jake is on his way- get those chipmunks!

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if I did it right here’s a video of Jake playing fetch yesterday 2 weeks post amputation!  Getting his stitches out gave him energy ✨🙂

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Hi Connie!  Jake looks amazing and he is clearly having a good time!  I think he need more balls, though…smiley2  ~ Stacy

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Wow! Look at him go! Jake looks like he’s doing great 🙂

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              Hi!  Just one more video to share.  I fretted that Jake wouldn’t be able to do his favorite thing after his operation: dig a whole.  Here he is yesterday doing just that, 2 weeks after the surgery 🙂

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THIS MADE ME SOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!😁😁    Beautiful  dog  on a beautiful  day making beautiful  progress!!!!👍

“My ball!!! My ball!!!  Keep your social distance my hooman and stay away from me and my ball!!”

Thanks for this great video!  Speaks volumes!!!

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OMD!!!    MORE HAPPY SMILES GOING ON AROUND!!!😁   Jake is having noooo  problem digging with that one paw!  And he is taking care of any branches in his way!!!

BTW, is that “ball” an apple?  Looks like he took a bite out of that “ball”! 

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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Thank you Sally and Stacy so much for all of your such happy posts!  Thank you everyone else too!  Thank you Jerry for your help today!!!

The reason I posted the videos is because I was very scared when I got Jake’s diagnosis.  It truthfully was Tripawds that gave my husband and I the strength and hope we needed to have Jake’s leg amputated.  I read, read, looked at videos, etc…. And so, I feel I need to “pass along” the hope and testimony that a dog truly does have “3 legs and a spare “.  I am amazed that Jake can do all that he is doing.  I will be careful to not let him overdo.  I will get him to a rehab therapist soon.  I have not made the appt though but I must.  I feel dogs aren’t meant to have just 3 legs so there must be undo wear and tear that I should be aware of and try to prevent.

I thank each and every one of you that have helped Jake and me get to this point.  I have much to learn but atleast the tough decisions are made and the surgery is behind us.  You are all amazing!smiley9

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WOW so impressive to see Jake digging like this! This is wonderful. He looks so happy. As you said now surgery is behind you and you can focus on all the great things Jake will still be able to do and enjoy 🙂 

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Hi Connie!  My favorite part of that video is not Jake digging the hole.  It is how smart he is to break off the branches that are in his way and impeding his ability to dig likes he wants to.  What a genius, and a total cutie, too!  sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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