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Look at that boy! Oh Frankie, you are amazing! Even on Trazadone he looks pretty alert. That is wonderful to know he’s feeling good enough to eat and his eyes are bright too. Wow!

I love the story about Angel Nitro watching over you Sally. What a beautiful image and so comforting when you needed it most. Thank you Nitro!

Well, I hope today went smoothly. Can’t imagine what it was like to transport him. I hope you had some help? Let us know how it went, we are thinking of you two and Myrtle too of course! By the way how is she doing without him at home?

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Sally,

Frankie looks great.  I am so glad you got to see him.   I hope you didn’t have a hard time getting him to your vet.  I am glad he is staying there for a little bit.  I know that is a little relief to you.

That is an awesome story about Nitro.  I am glad he is watching over Frankie and you .

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Thankfully transport went well.  No hooman help, but my other  “helper”was Trazadone.  They really have my boy quite drugged.  This is a dog who excitedly and loudly barks/howls non stop anytime he’s  in the car going somewhere. Not a peep out of him.  I even pulled off the road twice to make sure he was okay!

Somehow I had a miscommunication with Frankie’s Rehab  Vet.  I thought she was donating two visits to Frankie to give him laser while he is staying  at the regular Vet,   Yeah, a BIG miscommunication!   Anyway, I explained my disappointment  and concern to the Surgeon’s  office.  By the time I got there to pick Frankie up, they did  one laser treatment on him and didn’t charge!! One is better than none!   BTW, sweet Elizabeth offered to help with the drive of I needed it.  Very nice.

Too sedated  to “be Frankie” for now.  But I know that hard headed-strong willed, do-it-my-way Frankie will soon be healed enough to help me help him.

It was such a whirlwind day with lots of driving,  and a lot of concern about his trandport (which, thankfully, was ungounded), so I didn’t  get to unveil his special fashionista  surprise!   Now that was a big hint!!

My sweet. Merry Myrtle is definitely  unsettled. 😥 She is constantly  going to the door to be let out….or the wall…or the chair…just depends on where she thinks the door is at any given moment. 🤔 Then she comes back in and repeats a few minutes later.🤔  I also find her standing  with her ears perked up “listening” for Frankie.

Not gonna focus on it now, but I will have to be really, really, really careful when he comes back home.   I  cannot risk Myrtle bumping him, or sitting on his leg, stepping on him,etc.  And this will have to be the case for months and months.  When I’m  not here watching them 24/7, I’m  afraid I’ll have to separate  them.  That will  be rough on both of them, but especially  Merry Myrtle.  I think he’s become quite a security blanket for her.

I’ll figure all that out later.   Keeping it chunked down over here!!  Just need to get the boy up and start using that leg!  Surgeon noted muscle  atrophy in  other rear leg too (first cruciate repair leg).  That means he was relying heavily  on his front leg and what is now his TPLO leg.

Going to see Frankie tomorrow.  I KNOW he’s in good hands. Even if not a 24/7,   they will ice him, do some heat and range of motion in a few more days, give him his meds, etc.  And during the week end one of my favorite people there is the one who comes in and tends to the dogs.  

In spite of some of the “less good” things that have happened to Frankie, all of that is outweighed  by all the miracles that have come his way!  He is certainly  a well loved dog who many hold in high regard, as do I😎😎😎

Thanks so much everyone!!!   THANK YOU!!!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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14 December 2018 - 5:28 am
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Sally sweetheart I am SO sorry I missed this thread up to now …

I am thrilled beyond words all is looking good in Frankie’s world and loved the videos of him eating the chicken and wagging his tail!

Really sorry I’ve not been on the site regularly, there is just a lot going on in my personal life at the moment.

Will give you a call soon!

LOVE AND CUDDLES 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Hang on… lemmee rememver this correctly.. Breathe… chocolate… more breathing…little more chocolate..  tavlet handy.. phone too. Keep ice cream stocked in fridge… are you getting this down right? Make a list… when your heart starts pounding go over your list!

We are all here, and you are not alone! Maybe we are a little further away than we would like, but Sally YOU GOT THIS!

An idea for Myrtle. I don’t know how much of a “music” person you are but I played soft music for Huck when he was quarantined from the world. I also played the tv for him. Myrtle cannot see the TV, but her sense of hearing has gotten more honed in because they are trying to work for her eyes. Your house is probably very quiet so she hears EVEYTHING … including the sounds that she is looking for that are not there right now. Do you have a radio or can you hook one of your tavlets up with music? If you don’t know how to I can walk you through it NO PROBLEM! Even if you don’t have lots of music there are so many apps now to make it easy peasy. I even found a cool relaxation kitty playlist that was soothing for Hucklemonster.

As far as the other is concerned I do have thoughts, but I think we should wait and see what kind of healing Frankie does after solitary confinement. You will probably be amazed.

Try keeping some quiet music on in the background for Myrtle and see if that will relax her a bit. It may take her mind off of what she is missing for now and might even be good after Frankie comes home!

xoxoxoxoxoxo

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I love Jackie’s idea of soothing music – if you’re not already doing something like that. When we’re gone, I always leave the TV or radio on, and lights (I always tell John THEY ARE NOT BATS!), not that the light means anything to Myrtle now.

It’s good that you are taking things in little chunks, otherwise it would be so overwhelming….the hard part is done, the healing has begun.

One of my favorite quotes when we began the journey with Nitro really fits your situation now:

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”

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Very good update Ms. Sally.  I also like the idea of music.  I leave music or Tv on (have to watch what channels or I won’t have a TV left as Snickers likes to bark at dogs on tv and jump at the Tv.)

I think Frankie will do awesome.  I am sorry that rehab vet backed out on what she said.

xoxoxo

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Teresa❤❤   You don’t  jave to be on the site for is to feel your presence Eurydice’s presence❤   And I hope you feel ours💖

Jackie, you crack me up🤣😂  It’s  so refreshing to be avle to read a well- typod  post!  Posts without typos are so annoying and so I hard to read!😉

Yeah Paula  and Jackie,  thanks, I😎 do leave the TV on. 

Paula, I like the stair case quote😚   And the bat comparison!  Poor John😐

Going to check on d’s hound shortly before I go to work.

Much love to all💖

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Michelle😙   Just a miscommunication 😉🤣

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Sally, you are such a great advocate for him! Way to go on the laser therapy!

Poor Myrtle, I can only guess how disorienting it feels not to have her guide dog around. When you get them together, what about putting an x-pen in your home? That way they’re “together” but she won’t accidentally step on him. Or Do you think Myrtle might bulldoze over it? 

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Frankie has his howl back!!!!!  He has his strong willed determination bacl!!

I went to see hi, greeted me vocally, wiggled and w agged like crazy (in laying down position …can’t  get up on his own, or can he?).

Had some chicken  for him When he was thrilled.  Wouldn’t  eat the food they had out for him…until I put the slop in my hand and he ate out of my hand.😎

I was laying down with him all snuggling all over him and telling him what a food boy he is.  The kennel door was half opened.

And he didn’t  jave his Tramzedone since last night…kinda seeing how he does,  So he clearly was more alert!

Next thing I know he’s  crawling  over me DETERMINED to get out that door!  I had 70 lbs holding me down.  I’m  holding onto his  collar and he is pulling hard as an Ox and a Tech had to come in and block him and haul him back to the cornering his kennel.  That’s  my boy!!

It was a reminder  that I will probably have to have him somewhat sedated  when I get him home for awhile!

Not any progress leg-wise, but that’s  to be expected coonsidering his.  I can already tell that this surgery seems to be less painful  than the other  cruciate.   Of coirse, he’s  not really doing much, but he seems fairly  comfortable.  

As I left and headed out the reception area, the Hound was fussing loudly!  Got a feeling he jad Trazedone for supper😎

No poop!  

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Ok, I’m gonna lol @ nopoop 🤣, because how many ppl have you coached through a week or more? 🤗

Love ya my friend, he’s still strong as a bull. 

Got the visual of him walking over you 🤯🤯🤯 be careful .. please? 

So glad he sang for you, he’s a tough pup, and between the three of you you’ll figure it out 💖

Good night, I’ll take it 😁😁

Love ya ❤️

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Fantastic to her Frankie is howling again and his determination is back. clap

The drugs have worn off.  Trazodone is going to be your bff as Frankie heals up to keep that boy down and healing. Do you have food puzzles for Frankie mind games a big stuffed Kong might keep him busy for a bit.

So thankful your vet is doing this for you. The Universe aligned in every way possible for you both! Miracles we all need to see in today’s world!

We are waiting on the fashion statement reveal …. brace, wheels, new harness, new super dawg tag….?

Ditto on the poop!;)

Sending lots of love and healing wishes for Frankie Extra smooch to Miss Myrtle too, please.

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Funny, isn’t it, the things they do that drive us crazy normally are things we cherish most when they are down and out….I’m sure his howling was music to your ears! You’re such a tease, making us wait for the big reveal….

Paula

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My visit was kind of a repeat of yesterday.  Except when I was in  the waiting room I could hear him howling.  The receptionist  said he must have known I was coming because  he started howling about a minute or so before I came in.  So proud of da hound😎

Wagged excitedly  to see me….tried to climb over me to get out again,,…yeah, Tech had to come in and pull him off.  His strength  and determination  astound me!

They took him out to pee while I was there.  I wanted  to see if he was using the leg.  Did some toe touching.  Front leg still collapses some.  But when he was trying to crawl over me to get out of the cage, he certainly  appeared to be using the TPLO leg to plow through me😁

One of his buddies  took him out to pee and he had a very, very  hard time bending over, trying to keep up with him hanging onto him.  The guy proably weighs 190 lbs and he was out of breath and sweating when he got in!  

He of course still can’t  stand on his own or walk on his own  (unless he’s  trying to crawl over me😎

No poop.  I know, I know, they will go.  I just  am so certain he will not…or cannot…go in his kennel laying down.  He has to have a certain stance when he poops because of his legs…and he cannot attain that with people trying to hold him up.   Prove me wrong Frankie!!!  

No, no wheels!

Yeah, I’ll check into games for Frankie and use some Traz.

Now the pen/crate for Frankie.  I’ll have to check into those and doguremput a way to fit one in my little “nest” area.  One major problem is Myrtle getting use to something new in her path.  I tried putting  up a baby gate on the porch to block Frankie from going DOWN the ramp.  I tried introduce Myrtle to it…take her up to it…sniff it, etc.  I stepped back to do something  for a second, she bumped into as she started to try and go down the ramp like she always does.   Scared her so badly!!!  Ahe would NOT come up that ramp for one solid hour!!!  Treats, nothing!!  I finally got her up halfway by pulling on her leash/harness and she laid down and would not budge.   Did I mention it was raining.  Long story short….got her in and didn’t  use the babygate.  But it was still days before should would go down that ramp thinking the baby gate was there waiting to attack her.  Merry Myrtle has no,problem peeing or pooping on porch…unlike Frankie.

Monday is the first day for very preliminary ROM on that leg.   It will just be done by a Tech with no training, just by reading the instructions  that came with the discharge papers.    I KNOW he is going to be VERY reactive!

And listen my friends, I’m  “journaling” here, and as much and I loooove your posts…looove them…..I don’t  want you to feel like you have to respond to what will be numerous posts!  You guys have PLENTY  to do with the holodays, your own every day lives, etc!!

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