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1 November 2020 - 4:12 pm
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Oh my gosh!  This update has me grinning  ear to ear!!😁  Love, love, love that Jake reclaimed HIS bed and his stairs😎🙏  Returning to normal routines best news of all!!

As usual,  can only say ditto to Jerry’s thorough reply.👍   I know you’ll find it all so very helpful.

Now that the stitches  are out and the incision is healed up, the risk of opening up with stair climbing  should. Ot be a problem.  Obviously  you want to make the stairs aren’t  slippery and you can use traction treads  to help with that.  Also, as far as the bed, you can maybe get child’s mattress he can jump up from to “shorten the jump” and jump down on to cushion  the jump down.

Jake will figure out the potty pos6 that works best for him.  Many just go with the squatters, but some do master the leg lift, or lean against  a fence or something  to do the leg lift.  He’ll figure out which “style” he prefers.

Thanks so much for sharing all these great milestones!  Keep em coming!

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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 all, it’s been so busy at work lately with covid picking up I haven’t had time to post, but Jakey is still doing new amazing things every day. He has now fully claimed going up my stairs, but I still carry him down. Once his incision site is fully covered in fur Im getting him a more supportive harness so that I can help him go down without carrying him.

Overall he’s been doing great, I’ve probably said this already but y’all were right about the progress that comes after the 2 week mark. During the day he now gets one or two 10-15min walks per day and he doesn’t just walk, he wants to run. It’s hard to keep up with him unless I do a fast walk, lol. Not sure if it’s just more comfortable for him to walk at that pace or he’s just super excited to get out walking about again but he’s so happy either way. He’s also figured out how to lift his leg without stumbling, he’s quite proud of himself and so am I. He’s eating great, getting strong and I’m starting to feel like I did the right thing now. 
 
One concern I have and not sure it’s related but with cancer Im always being vigilant. He’s developed a bit of swelling under his right eye, it’s firm, painless and not affecting his ability to eat or play. He’s never had dental problems, his teeth are very clean, I looked inside his mouth near the gums and molars and all looks well. No abscess or redness, teeth look great. His eye is fine as well, no discharge or anything at out the ordinary, just this firm swelling. I’m trying not to be paranoid but of course my first thought is cancer. This has been going on for about a week, but it also happened once right before his surgery. It’s odd, sometimes it’s more swollen sometimes not. His next appt with his oncologist is Dec. 1st, have ya’ll every seen anything like this?

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15 November 2020 - 11:30 am
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Oh you sweet sweet Jake! sf-kisssp_hearticon2 YAY for turning the corner and getting your mojo back, this is the kind of news that inspires us all. WOOHOO!

Yep it’s true, Tripawds do walk faster than a four-legger. It’s a balance and momentum thing, but it comes naturally to them and just makes us move a bit faster. Enjoy the wild ride 😉

I’m not sure about the eye swelling, I can’t recall anything like that especially since there is no discharge. I’ll be curious to see what your onco vet has to say so let us know. 

As for you, stay safe out there OK? You healthcare heroes are amazing and such a blessing to us all. Thank you for all you do, we appreciate you more than you can ever know!

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15 November 2020 - 6:02 pm
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Knowing how happy Jake is makes us all happy!!  He’s really come sich a long way in a short period of time!

And his pictures are so handsome, even with that bump

The swelling could be so many things related to sinus, eye ducts, teeth, etc.  A cyst of some sort, bio type thing, something  that maybe just lancing  will fix it.  And of course you are paranoid  about any lump, bump beca6 thos joirney makes everyone that way!!   Usually  whatever it is, is i no big thing though!

And YAY for leg lifting!!!.

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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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