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Suki - New TriPawd
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Livermore, CA




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28 March 2019 - 1:42 pm
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Welcome home!

We have a mix of carpet and tile floors, and will soon be adding some vinyl flooring.  My little rear amp Elly can navigate the tile floors fine as long as she doesn’t go too fast.  We do have some throw rugs down but not as many as I would like- they become a trip hazard for my elderly father.  Elly goes rug to rug on the tile and will only trot, not run on that surface.  She saves her running and playing for the carpeted areas.

I bet Suki will figure the rug situation out- it’s great that she is home and on the road to recovery!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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29 March 2019 - 10:53 pm
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Missed the WELCOME HOME PAWTY!!!   How’s precious doing?  Pain being managed?  Eating and drinking, pooping and peeing okay?   And how are you doing?  Hope you’re  getting some sleep.

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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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29 March 2019 - 11:33 pm
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Hi Karen!

Suki is adjusting to the different surfaces in the house.  She is learning to walk slowly on the linoleum more slowly than she does carpet.  I have noticed her navigating from one piece of area carpet to another. We were planning on replacing the linoleum with tile and carpet with laminate wood flooring.  We’ll likely hold off until we know Suki can manage on these surfaces. 

The surgeon recommended keeping the fur between Suki’s pads trimmed to reduce slipping.  We have a grooming appointment (aka “spa day” in our household) scheduled.  Unfortunately it is that time of the year where they are booked for weeks so her appointment is in another month.  In the interim I’ve been trimming the fur as necessary.  So far so good! 

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30 March 2019 - 3:19 am
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Our sweet girl is doing a wonderful job adapting!  Pain has been minimal.  To stay ahead of pain we’re giving meds at prescribed intervals.  Suki quickly progressed back to her normal meal while she was recovering at the vet’s office.  She is drinking, peeing, and pooping as normal.  

So far there have been no middle of the night wake up calls for us since we brought her home.  My husband and I are feeling quite relieved yet exhausted.  All three of us are typically catnapping in the evening then sleeping soundly through the night. 

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30 March 2019 - 10:29 am
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Sounds like Suki is ahead of the curve in recovery!  Good job everyone!!😁  Ahe is soooo lucky to have such dotting hoomans caring for her so well!

Yes, exhaustion is a word we are all familiar  with, that’s  for sure!  But it sounds like you are finally catching  up on some well deserved rest.

Give that adorable pup a big smooch for me!

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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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30 March 2019 - 7:34 pm
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We suspect everything we’ve been through since Suki’s leg broke has made this time around much easier on all of us.  My hunch is Suki’s breeds and personality have a lot to do with her rebounding so quickly.  Now that she is out of pain she is determined to regain her mobility and enjoy life.

Suki appreciates all of the hugs and smooches! heart

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31 March 2019 - 2:40 pm
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Yay Super Suki!

I totally agree that you went through a much worse experience than the typical amputation recovery. As scary as that can be, I would much rather go through that than what you went through, or other surgeries like TPLO/FHO on a Tripawd. So kudos to you, your pack has a great attitude that makes you rock solid. You can conquer the world now! big-grin

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