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Well, I haven't written for a while, so here's an update on Max.  This Sunday will mark 8 weeks since the amputation of his front left leg for osteosarcoma.  About 5 weeks after the surgery, all of a sudden Max turned back into the “old” Max.  He started play-bowing, wrestling and chasing Linda!  (For those of you who don't know who Linda is, she's our other dog, not a person!!)  This was big gigantic milestone for us, because we thought we'd never see this again!  I know everyone here told us that day would come, but it seemed like a long time waiting for it!  It is great to see him playing around again.  Just the fact that he can run almost as fast on 3 legs as before the surgery is amazing.  He's a very strong boy.

This past Monday morning we had the pleasure (and honor) of meeting Jim and Rene.  They were kind enough to join us for a momentous occasion:  Max returning to the beach (his favorite place).  He hasn't been to the beach in over 2 months (since before his biopsy).  He couldn't have been happier, Linda couldn't have been happier, and John & I couldn't have been happier.  Jim & Rene met us at our not-so-secret unofficial dog beach in Newport Beach.  Max impressed everyone when he lifted his leg and peed.  For those of you counting, that means he was balancing on only TWO LEGS!  Since Max's amputation, he has learned new levels of moochery.  We were only at the beach for an hour, but when he got tired he stretched out at Rene's feet, laying his head on the sand right in front of her.  He got some kisses for that one.  Max & Linda were bathed when we got home, then Max slept until dinnertime!  (Jim & Rene, thanks again for taking time out of your schedule for us.  It was great to meet you, and we really enjoyed hearing your stories about Jerry.)

Max will receive his third chemo treatment this Saturday.  This will put us at the halfway point through chemo.  Due to him getting an upset stomach after treatments, we feed him a bland diet of chicken & rice soup and pumpkin.  I know he doesn't know why he gets this special meal a few days out of each month, but he sure loves it!

Okay, that's the update for now.  I could actually keep writing about all the little things he's started doing again, but I don't think there's enough space on this website!  John & I want to thank everyone here for all the helpful advice and information you've provided us, and as always, we wish everyone (and their pups) well through your battle with osteosarcoma.  I'll keep everyone updated on how Max is coming along.

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We were the ones who were honored to be there on Max's first day back at th beach! What a beautiful day it was, we will treasure that memory forever. Thank you!

Max is doing SO great! For anyone who is about to go down the amputation road with their beloved fur kid, all they need to is check out Max's story and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and together you can get through anything!

As soon as my Dad has the photos all ready, we'll post some here and send you copies. Thanks so much for the update! Keep us posted, and remember to celebrate the litle milestones.

Many hugs,

Rene, Jim & Spirit Dog Jerry

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Looks like it was a wonderful day!!!

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Okay, here's one more small update on Max.  He had his third chemo treatment yesterday (out of a scheduled 6); the doctors also did an x-ray and determined mets have not spread to his lungs.  They also said his bloodwork looked “beautiful,” which made us very happy.  Max also finally laid on his left side tonight for about 20 minutes.  It's been 9 weeks since he's done that, and it was his favorite side to lay on, so again, we're really happy and we've had a really really really good weekend!! 

Wishing everyone well,

Diane, John, Max, Linda and assorted cats (we have a full house!!)

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Awwwwww, that is so great to hear! Yipee!

Thank you for showing us all that there is definitely hope after the surgery. Max, you are awesome! Keep it up my friend. Congrats.

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What a beautiful update- we can't wait to take Wrigley back to the beach. Our favorite place is Bodega Bay and look forward to when we can get there again.

The pictures are wonderful. Thanks for posting them.

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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