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5 March 2011 - 2:55 pm
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So sorry to hear about the challenges you are facing!  Zaria - You have dogs all around the world rooting for you!

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Please try not to be so hard on yourself, you were only doing what you thought was best. We hope better days lie ahead too.

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Hi Everyone,

Have not been on for awhile - just so tired of wh ining, comploaining and hearing myself moan and groan about all Zaria is going through.  Thought if I felt that way, then you all were tired of hearing me too....   

Zaria has literally stayed the same... can scoot a couple of steps at a time, but still needs to walk with someone holding the sling.  She spends each day at the vet doing rehab.  I drop her in the morning and pick her up at night.  Between the ramps in and out of the car and the sling to help her walk -  the only positive of this is I'm developing some nice upper arms.  ....... 🙂  (joke)


Anyway, hope everyone is well and eveyone is happy



Zaria and Melanie

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Thanks for the update! Keep up the good work with Zaria, nice chatting with you. Hopefully her progress will continue.

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Hi Melanie,


I'm glad you posted, I've been thinking of Zaria, wondering how she's doing.  I'm sorry to hear that Zaria hasn't made any progress.  Keep believing in her, she'll pull through. 



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Hi Melanie

I am so sorry to hear that Zaria hasn't really responded, yet, to the therapy.  Does she at least like the attention and walks and massages? You'd think that it would have to build muscle with that much action - what does she do if she gets a day off?

Feel free to come and vent anytime you want. I just hope you get some glimmers of improvement to brighten your days.

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I'm so sorry to hear Zaria isn't doing very well.  It just may take time.

Don't you worry about us.  We aren't tired of hearing it! 

Hang in there and come often.  We'll try to make your feel better!

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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29 March 2011 - 7:29 pm
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Hello Melanie,

Please feel free to vent, whine, cry,etc- it helps and we were all wondering what was going on with Zaria. Sorry to hear that she is not making much progress....yet.

Has your vet or therapy office mentioned if a cart would help her (and you)? I only mention it because of my Daisy girl. She never gained the ability to get up and run around like a tripawd usually does. Its been since August 2010, we had her in therapy for a few months until we ran out of money. I ordered a cart from Eddies Wheels because even at 38 lbs it was alot of work to carry her in and out of the house and I was afraid that carrying her (even with the ruffwear harness ) was not good for her spine.

When she first got the cart she would often knuckle over or drag her remaining hind leg and after a few weeks she would make the motion of using it...sometimes pushing off and sometimes just moving the leg back and forth , then she started using her back leg to help move herself along, its helped develop the muscles in her front forward....the cart has been wonderful, it gives her independence and we have seen a slow but forward progression in Daisy trying to move on her own WITHOUT the cart.

Its now been 8 months since her amputation and she tried and suceeded in standing up on her own just a few weeks ago...(yipeelaughing) and has been able to stand on three legs to eat without her chair. Granted it only takes her a few minutes to eat but we are thrilled that she has gained the balance and strength to do it.  So, dont give up, we are all routing for you!

Julie, Bob, Daisy and monkeydog Samson 

Daisy earned her wings on Oct 22, 2011 at 14 years old

She is now the official greeter at the rainbow bridge

Everyone is guaranteed a welcome sniff and Dalmatian smile

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Melanie, I'm so glad you decided to post. Thank you. Like I said, nobody here could get tired of hearing about it. We're all here to lean on. It's good to know she's getting such good rehab. My bet is that she is making progress only it's hard for you to see it because you see her all the time.

Paws crossed for good days ahead. We're here for you always.

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