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St. Bernard with Spindle Cell Sarcoma
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1 August 2010 - 11:16 am
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Hi there....Magic was 114 pounds when he did his amp and astonished me by his ability to maneuver....as you have now discovered.

I put ramps where our back steps are and found him in the house when I turned my back...after I had had to practically lift and move him down the ramp...he had maneuvered around the ramp that he HATED (no matter where in his lifetime I tried to use it) to use the steps...sometimes he would clear the bottom step altogether and just jump from kitchen to patio....the front steps were more gradual I think and he did those fine.  I attempted to get steps for him to use to get in the truck and got the   ones advertised here....they are great steps I THOUGHT...Magic, not so much.  He never would use them right so those heavy suckers are in the garage where my heirs will probably wonder what the hell they are down the road!!

Good luck with the journey you have started...and keep us up to date with pictures of progress!!

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1 August 2010 - 2:00 pm
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Welcome home Duncan!

Of course, Duncan right now is still adjusting to his new tripawd status but he also might always be a little cautious going down stairs; Catie still is and it's been seven months. She wouldn't even attempt the stairs to our third-level family room level until fairly recently. She'd pace and hover around at the top of the stair case, look down at us and wander off with a sigh to her pillow on the main level until one day she simply decided she'd had enough and braved the stairs (albeit very tentatively). She got a serious round of applause once she reached the bottom. smiley

Sounds like everything is going well so far. Duncan might have some better days than others over the next couple of weeks but guaranteed he'll keep amazing you. Sending many many healing wishes for a steady recovery and looking forward to more updates.

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

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1 August 2010 - 6:39 pm
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Hi Kathy and Duncan,

Welcome to our Tripawds family... There are quite a few tripawds here who are way over 100 pounds and have done very well post-amp. My Jake was only 85 pounds... so he's a teeny dog compared to Duncan. big-blink But he also did well after his surgery. First week was the worse for him, I think... He was dopy from his pain meds, tired very easily while getting used to hopping around on 3 legs. But he still had a great appetite, loved to snuggle and play... even swim in the pool with his brother Wolfie! way-cool

Wishing Duncan a speedy recovery! You'd better post some pictures of him and your other 2 Saints real soon! We all wanna see!!winker

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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