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Nellie's Story: Pit-Boxer mix w/ Osteosarcoma
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3 August 2008 - 5:17 pm
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Nellie was a rescue- a Boxer-Pit Bull mix that was found tied to a tree in the woods, badly mangled from being fought and heartworm positive. She was taken in by the humane society and made a public interest story to bring attention to animal abuse and dog fighting.This is how she and my husband came to each other- when he went to he shelter and they saw each other he said it was love at first sight. That was 9 years ago and she has been spoiled ever since!!!

This January we noticed that she began limping on her rear right leg occasionally. She then began cradling it when she would lie down, licking her knee and looking up at us with "those eyes". She would still run wide open, chase the cat, and stand on that leg only to pee(not very lady-like but oh well!) so we thought she was just wanting attention! But it just kept getting worse. The vet gave her a steroid injection and two rounds of oral steroids without any change before we finally pressed for an x-ray where we found Osteosarcoma. Luckily the diagnosis only came 6 weeks after the first symptom and the amputation was less than two weeks after that.

She is 11ish years old and has already been through so much! But she has bounced back from this so well. I found this web site the day that we dropped her off for surgery and it has been like a life preserver- every time I felt like I was sinking- I would come here and find a way to keep my head above water!! Thank You!!!!

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Tracy said:

I found this web site the day that we dropped her off for surgery and it has been like a life preserver…


Thank you for the kind comments. My people will appreciate that, it makes all their efforts worthwile. And thank you for registering and sharing Nellie’s inspawrational story!

Now you too are acting as that much needed life preserver for others in their time of need.

My old vet also kept prescribing different meds, insisting my limp was arthritis. Notice I say old vet. It was probably two months before my actual OS diagnosis and surgery.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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As soon as we got the initial x-ray we switched to another vet- one I had MUCH more confidence in but was MUCH farther away- another state to be exact. But it has been worth it. The care has been much better since then!! Luckily no more problems and we have been keeping all fingers and paws crossed. Glad to be here to offer any experience or advice I can!

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Good for you for pressing for the x-ray (and switching to a vet that could help Nellie).

Every dog that "bounces back" and shows us it can be done is an inspiration.  Hugs to you and Nellie.

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We love to hear all those wonderful rescue stories…how in the world anyone could treat an animal with something other than love and kindness is beyond me – thank you for being one of the saviours 🙂

We’re glad to hear that Nellie is doing so well – do you have any pictures?

Love Zeus and Mom

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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Good to read your story

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