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29 October 2019 - 11:14 am
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Wheeeeee! Doing something that was once so difficult for him, without any bribes, is a huge leap forward. Yeah!

Have you tried "serpentine curb walking" with him? That's where you walk him alongside a curb and guide him up and down the curb repeatedly, kinda like in little "S" shapes, as he walks alongside it. The movement is a little thing that we can do to build strength and flexibility, and was recommended to me last week by an ortho vet. Ask your rehab therapist about it when you go just to make sure it's OK for Riot. I know that for Wyatt it's a good exercise and also adds some interest into an otherwise routine walk.

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29 October 2019 - 11:43 am
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I also got him back on his couch using the Flagline. He's only jumped up once since the surgery, and was very nervous about it. I'm trying to build his confidence about being off the ground.

That's a really cool idea. I hadn't heard about it. I'll ask on Saturday. If she okays it, I'll look around for safe sidewalks. The road I live off of is way too busy for that.

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29 October 2019 - 3:00 pm
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Don't you love having a handle on him? Haha I love the harnesses we carry just for that reason. It makes our Wyatt into a purse dog! 😉

Yeah let me know what the therapist says. You can also do that game with parking space dividers, but have him step over them, back and forth, back and forth.

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29 October 2019 - 8:16 pm
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I do love the handle. I'll let everyone know how PT goes. He has has a vet visit for his post chemo check, and to look at a lump on his foot, and a couple black spots. That's Thursday.

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31 October 2019 - 6:49 am
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Happy Halloween, from me and Riot!

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31 October 2019 - 7:48 am
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This made my day, what an adorable costume! I love the shark lol! 

Happy Halloween to you and Riot!

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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31 October 2019 - 8:17 am
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Thanks, Bev. I'm going to try and get more photos if the sun ever comes back. We're waiting on results on a fluid biopsy we had done on a lump he developed on his remaining back foot. We got it done today, and should hear back by Saturday. The vet wasn't terribly comforting, which I can understand, but it's making me nauseous. Thankfully it does have some squish to it, and he doesn't seem to have any pain in the area. Finger's crossed.

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31 October 2019 - 8:47 am
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Clearly Riot is mouthing his best Arrrr... Arrr...Riot the Pirate!  Perfect!!!  And the shark feature?  Brilliant!!!😎

HAPPY HALLOWEEN RIOT!!!🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

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PS. Squishy lumps are good lumps.

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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31 October 2019 - 9:11 am
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Bhahahaha! Arrrrrgh! Come on Captain Riot, don't let that shark get away with eating your leg!

HOPPY HOWLOWEEN!!!!

Here's to you and the Howloween Spirit!

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31 October 2019 - 11:43 am
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Haha. He took this affront well. I'm still going to try for some better ones this weekend if the sun cooperates.

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2 November 2019 - 12:06 pm
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Riot's lump is a spindle cell tumor of some type. As it's on his remaining back foot, surgery isn't an option. I'll hopefully find out more on Monday when his oncologist gets in.

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2 November 2019 - 1:28 pm
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Well darnit! I'm sorry. Don't panic though (easy for me to say, I know!). You still need to get feedback from your onco vet, and there may be options to treat it. And of course remember, Riot is still the same dog, and he wants to make the most of every minute with you.

While you wait for the consult, you may want to learn more about electrochemotherapy and intralesional chemotherapy, both of which are non-surgical treatments widely used in other countries but not so much in the U.S. These two treatments have helped Tripawds we personally know who had  tumors on remaining limbs. You'll find links to their stories in the blog posts.

Give that handsome boy a giant smooch from us. We are sending lots of love!

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2 November 2019 - 2:26 pm
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Thank you very much. It looks like Tufts does both. I'll keep everyone posted.

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2 November 2019 - 2:52 pm
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Shoot! Im sure the oncologist will be able to elaborate more on monday & hopfully give you some better options. 

Big hugs and lots of love to you both and ill be crossing my fingers for you 🤞❤

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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2 November 2019 - 7:37 pm
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Geez Riot! Did you not think your were getting enough attention so you had to go and get a lump?  I must say, you had us all fooled.  Was not expecting  this.

There ARE things than can certainly  be done IF removing  the bump, or some of it, is not an option.   Of course I can't  recall specifics, but I know radiation, combined with Prednisone and an antihistamine have had a very favorable outcome. 

So discuss everything  with the Onco so you can move forward with a plan.  Even when I take notes, I still end up being confused and end up with more questions!  So maybe video uour consult to review later.

Hang in there!  Riot is one tuff dude!

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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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