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Surgery is over, and my Polly did great!!!
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5 October 2013 - 11:28 am
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After being so apprehensive about Polly’s amputation surgery this past Thursday, she completely surprised not only me, but the staff at the surgical hospital as well! When we went to pick her up, after going through all the post-op instructions, they went to get her and she literally jumped up, hopped out of her cage and proceeded to pull the tech down the hall. After stopping on the way home to see her regular vet just so he could see her and visit with her for a few minutes (he is also a good friend), we came home and she immediately wanted to potty before going in the house. She lost her balance a little just for a second but regained it quickly. Once in the house, it was time for me to feed my young Lab her lunch, and Polly popped right up from her large comfy bed, and stood at the gated doorway wagging her tail and whining for her lunch as well. She did sleep deeply after this for over 4 hours, which I know she really needed. The rest of the night went well. She ate one more time, and woofed her meds down, and I slept with her overnight to make sure things were ok. Other than her rolling the wrong way and yelping, she did fairly well overnight, a bit restless but overall seemed comfortable. Today she is already her normal self, and I couldn’t be happier or more relieved! She is such a great and incredible girl!! The great part is, she does not have to see her oncologist for 3 months, and that is so much of a relief for now, I almost cried!! Thanks to everyone for the good wishes and prayers, one major obstacle out of the way, and hopefully, not too many more in the near future.

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5 October 2013 - 11:43 am
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WOW!! Way to go Polly. She may take a couple steps back in the next week, but it sounds like she is going tobe one of those that hits the ground running and your biggest problem will be keeping her leashed in while she heals.


This is great news!


Luanne and Spirit Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.


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5 October 2013 - 12:32 pm
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Now this is a WNDERFU update!   Every one in  tripawd land is cheering wildly!  Yelling and screaming with joy!!


Now, as Shooter said, you may, or may not, have some “downs” with this “up” time!   But the “ups” will kick in permanent ly and you will have the most incredibly hapy dog with no pain!  Enjoy livingin the moment!  It is pure bliss!!




Good job everyone and hugs to you and your pack!!


Keep usposted, okay?  We’re here for you!



Sally and Happy Hannah

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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5 October 2013 - 2:53 pm
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Hip Hop HOORAY POLLY!!  Way to go girl!


It’s pretty amazing huh?  You never really believe how well they can do on three legs until you see it with your own eyes.


Here’s wishing Polly a speedy, super duper recovery.  Let us know if you have questions along the way and come find us in the chat room if you get a chance!!



Erica & Jill

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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5 October 2013 - 9:52 pm
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Polly that is FANTASTIC news! Congratulations on your pawesome start to a great recovery, this is so wonderful to know that things are going well. Whenever we read about a post-op experience like this it really gives hope and strength to people who haven’t been there yet but are about to.

Just a head’s up: a lot of dogs who come home very enthusiastic right after surgery might have a “crash” a few days later, it’s kinda like the excitement and physical changes of getting around on 3 legs catch up with them all of a sudden. Don’t be alarmed if this happens, but do call your vet just to let them know what’s going on. I have my paws crossed that youll have a great rest of your recovery though so do keep us posted!

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