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Marie's Long Journey
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13 April 2019 - 8:37 am
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Hooorrraaay! That's a terrific pupdate, glad to hear she's got the all-clear from the vet. Her spunky nature is working in her favor.

Good job keeping her hydrated. I've never heard of excessive urinating as a side effect of the meds, so it's probably just that she's just been drinking more water than usual. If she becomes incontinent then that's something different but so far things sound great. 

Having a food motivated doggie makes life so much easier sometimes!

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14 April 2019 - 11:59 am
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Day 8 post-op!

Thank you for the encouragement!  It feels so good to celebrate the tiniest victories with her!  She is still resting a lot, however when she does walk she is much quicker.  Sometimes she even runs!  She's also exploring more on her own.

She developed something weird on the left side of her snout where her whiskers grow.  It's a black looking patch, however it does not appear to be bothering her.  (I can't tell if it's something that has developed for some reason, or if she is licking/rubbing the hair off in that spot.)  I called the vet and they said to keep an eye on it over the weekend, and someone from her care team will call me tomorrow to follow-up.  It's just strange.  She is going back on Tuesday to have the sutures removed so at least they will get to see it then.  

My anxieties are just terrible.  Any little thing and I'm instantly worried.  When I'm not at home (which I have been A LOT lately) I just think about her and I don't have fun.  I'm trying to take care of myself and I hope that my emotions normalize a bit soon!


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tinyandstrong said
...when she does walk she is much quicker.  Sometimes she even runs!  

🙂 it is much easier for Tripawds to hop along at a faster pace, to compensate for the missing limb. This is why we say it's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four! But this does not rule out the importance for proper rehab...since walks and running do not build strength.

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14 April 2019 - 4:23 pm
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Of course you are anxious and fearful.  Getting  to rhis point is exhausting on every level.  You'll get  ore and more relaxed  as you realize MARIE IS A ROCKSTAR and handling three legs like an  OLYMPIC  CHAMPION!!   Follow her lead.  She's  settling  into her new normal just fine......and it's  still sooooo early in recovery!!!

As you already know, having  a strong and confident  energy around her helps to remind her she's  got this!!!


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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