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6 August 2008 - 10:28 am
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Hi Jane, Hi Charlie - welcome to our family.

One day at a time is how I manage Zeus' cancer and my own fears. I know that eventually I will have to deal with the painful, heartbreaking loss of my best friend, but he is here now with me and he is happy and healthy and there will be plenty of time to mourn later - it's time to live and enjoy today.

Do you have pictures you can post?

Love Heather and Zeus

 

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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Hello Titan!  Just wondering how your recovery is coming along?!  I am 3 weeks post amp and I am feeling wonderful!  Don't worry, once the meds wear off and you get your appetite back...things will get a little easier.  My pawrents took an entire week off to stay home and pamper me.  They tried to anticipate my every need and made my recovery very pleasant and speedy.  If you haven't already gotten a harness, I hear that they work great for larger dogs that need a little extra support getting around.  A towel under the belly does the same thing, just make sure you walk on the side missing the leg.  Patience and love conquer all.  Well wishes to you and your family!  Have a happy and healthy day!

Oh, and howdy to Jane and Charlie!  It's so nice to have a support group of people who love their tripawds and understand the emotional rollercoaster that comes along with loving a tripawd.  Keep your chin up and remember that every day with Charlie is a blessing! 

Hugs and ear sniffs,

Sherri & Spanky  Tongue out 

 

 

 

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6 August 2008 - 2:16 pm
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Titan said:

I have been trying to get him to drink…


My skin dad has this trick for getting me to drink more when I pant alot, after walking or playing hard. He dips his fingers in the water bowl and wets my mouth. That always makes me lick his fingers, which gets me some water. But it often also gets me interested in drinking some more.

Just sticking the bowl under my mouth doesn't work for me. Maybe this trick will help you.

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6 August 2008 - 7:47 pm
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Titan is doing so much better today. We had a rough night (mom got about an hour sleep total) but we are on track for recovery. He was so determined today to get around I had to keep reminding him to rest. He got outside and went down 3 stairs to pee then came back in. He has also been sitting up and adjusting himself on his bed. He has been wagging his tail and giving us kisses.

A few for suggestions for people preparing to bring their tripawd home

1. For big dogs the crib mattress idea is working great for Titan.

2. The vet wanted Titan to wear an ecollar. Titan has freaked out with this on (we tried when he got neutered) instead I put a tshirt on him. I wore it to bed a couple of times so it would have his scent on it. I caught his back leg trying to scratch his incision today but the tshirt offered protection. So not only does it hide the big incision from you seeing it but I think it will discourage him from trying to get at it.

3. With the water issue a couple of things to try I put some water in my hands for him to drink. If that does work I have been crushing some ice cubes and giving it to him piece by piece. Putting the bowl in front of him or under his mouth definately didn't work. So I think we are on track and I couldn't be happier.

Heidi Titan's mom

p.s. Titan's dad is 6'2" and 250 pounds he cried when he Titan got down the stairs and peed.

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6 August 2008 - 9:42 pm
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Titan said:

Titan is doing so much better today.


Yeah, that is wonderful! Great tips too, for bringing home a tripawd. Thank you.

Here's another water trick; try putting a little beef or chicken broth in it, or even a tiny bit of Gatorade. All are perfectly safe for dogs, and are said to stimulate the urge to drink.

Keep us posted. Remember, paw by paw, day by day, things will improve.

Love,

Jerry 

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Jane_and_Charlie said:

Hi, We’re new to this forum. I’m Jane and my gorgeous dog is called Charlie.


Hi you two, welcome! It's wonderful to hear your story about another senior tripawd, thank you for sharing.

You're right, focus on the here and now. It's all about quality, not quantity. We dogs are always trying to tell you silly humans that!

Hey, it would be great if you could start a separate thread about Charlie, in the "Size and Age Matters" topic. Tell us more about him, share some photos, etc. People are always asking us how senior dogs do after amputation, and Charlie is another great success story that we would love to share!

Best wishes, and thanks again for joining,

Jerry 

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6 August 2008 - 10:03 pm
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Jerry

Do you know of any groups who specifically raise money for research on this disease? I am a local realtor and feel I could be a very loud voice and help. I would also like to help raise money for people who can't afford to do these costly treatments to save their pet.

 

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7 August 2008 - 11:28 am
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Titan said:

Titan is doing so much better today. We had a rough night (mom got about an hour sleep total) but we are on track for recovery. He was so determined today to get around I had to keep reminding him to rest. He got outside and went down 3 stairs to pee then came back in. He has also been sitting up and adjusting himself on his bed. He has been wagging his tail and giving us kisses.

A few for suggestions for people preparing to bring their tripawd home

1. For big dogs the crib mattress idea is working great for Titan.

2. The vet wanted Titan to wear an ecollar. Titan has freaked out with this on (we tried when he got neutered) instead I put a tshirt on him. I wore it to bed a couple of times so it would have his scent on it. I caught his back leg trying to scratch his incision today but the tshirt offered protection. So not only does it hide the big incision from you seeing it but I think it will discourage him from trying to get at it.

3. With the water issue a couple of things to try I put some water in my hands for him to drink. If that does work I have been crushing some ice cubes and giving it to him piece by piece. Putting the bowl in front of him or under his mouth definately didn’t work. So I think we are on track and I couldn’t be happier.

Heidi Titan’s mom

p.s. Titan’s dad is 6′2" and 250 pounds he cried when he Titan got down the stairs and peed.


Each day gets a little better. Sandy is one week post-op. We have had a few rough nights so I can empathize with you. Sandy has been wearing a tshirt for several weeks, even before the leg amputation since her tumor had burst through the skin. She actually seems to like it. I think she feels more secure, like swaddling a baby. Now that her leg is gone and the shirt is looser she has been getting her leg caught...just something to watch for.

I also noticed a big improvement now that she is through with the pain meds. She actually came looking for food and we haven't been able to get her to eat for a week.

Sandy seems to be recovering a little faster than my husband and I. We all just need to realize our dogs are amazing.

Good luck Titan.

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7 August 2008 - 3:15 pm
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Titan is doing AMAZING! He has been so determined. Today he got up and went to the door himself to go out and pee. I am so proud of my little man. I am just overwhelmed. I believe in him but am jst amazed how he is doing just 2 days of being home. He is eating great, drinking is still a little challenge, he is not panting (once in awhile), wagging his tail and giving kisses. I am such a happy momma. Now mom just needs some sleep.

 

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7 August 2008 - 7:00 pm
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Titan said:

Jerry

Do you know of any groups who specifically raise money for research on this disease? 


Hi Heidi & Titan,
Why yes, there are a few groups that we know of, listed on our Resources page.

I know that any of these people would be grateful for your assistance. Thanks so much for offering to help spread the word.

Love,

Jerry 

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Sandy seems to be recovering a little faster than my husband and I. We all just need to realize our dogs are amazing.


Yeay! You're so right, it usually takes humans longer to realize that we're doing fine. 

The loose t-shirt, yes, watch out for that so she doesn't trip.

When I had my surgery, it was wintertime, so I was able to wear a snug-fitting fleece sweater that was kept closed with velcro. I haven't seen anything like this for a summer wardrobe, so if you or anyone else does, let us know!

Love,

Jerry 

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7 August 2008 - 7:04 pm
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I do have a website through my real estate business. Do you think I could add some of these links and yours to help other pet owners be aware and get support. I have so many clients who are supporting Titan and I. I would love to help as much as I can.

Heidi and Titan

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7 August 2008 - 7:16 pm
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Jerry I am not sure if this would work for you or maybe you can find something else on this website http://lonelypl.....ail/37353/

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7 August 2008 - 7:22 pm
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Titan said:

I do have a website through my real estate business. Do you think I could add some of these links and yours to help other pet owners be aware and get support.


Oh wow, yes, of course! Thank you so much. We are flattered.

Here's more good ones:

National Canine Cancer Foundation
501 (c)(30 non-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem in dogs by funding scientific research grants.

The Magic Bullet Fund
Helps people that cannot otherwise afford cancer treatment for their beloved furry family member.

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7 August 2008 - 7:27 pm
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Titan said:

Jerry I am not sure if this would work for you ...

Titan


Hey Titan, actually we are RuffWear sellers, right here on Tripawds. My red harness is a RuffWear item. The swamp cooler jacket is a great product and a good suggestion, but I think that dogs might be able to get to their stitches with it, because it doesn't cover our bellies. I might be wrong though, I dunno.

The sweater I wore all winter after my surgery made me look like a big burrito; it wrapped completely under my belly, and velcroed on top along my spine.

Now you've got me to thinking though, we are definitely on the lookout for a summer jacket. Any other ideas are most appreciated!

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