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4 February 2021 - 5:27 am
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I haven't posted in a very long time and just wanted to pop in and share that Bruce is now 4.5 years post amputation and doing really well. He is now almost 11 years old and aside from some age related issues, the biggest one being a fair bit of arthritis in his remaining hind leg he is living his best life and enjoying being spoiled rotten and pampered each and every daysmiley9.

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4 February 2021 - 5:56 am
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In a weird way, after having an amputation, how nice it is to be in a position to face the ravages of old age.

He looks just as an old dog should look, inscrutable, here's to many more years!  

  • "what shall be done for these innocents? I have been warned not even to raise the question of animal immortality, lest I find myself “in company with all the old maids”. I have no objection to the company" - C S Lewis (The Problem of Pain)
  • "Mr Toplady was touched by the cruelty of the scene, and exclaimed, ' Who could bear to see that sight, if there were not to be some compensation for these poor suffering animals in a future state' 'I certainly hope,' said my grandfather, ' that all the bulls will go to heaven; but do you think this will be the case with all the animal creation' 'Yes, certainly,' replied Mr Toplady, with great emphasis, ' all, all!" - Josiah Bull (recording a meeting with the great A. M. Toplady, author of "Rock of Ages" in "Memorials of the Rev. William Bull of Newport, Pagnel")
  • "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God" Luke 12:6

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4 February 2021 - 6:10 am
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YAAAAAAAAY FOR BRUCE!!!  WOW!!!  THIS IS SUCH A SPECTACULAR  UPDATE!!!!!👏👏👏   And he looks like a very distinguished wise older gentleman👍  Sooooo handsome!

And yes, we do celebrate when an older tripawd lives life to the fullest....and ,long enough to have regular old dog issues!!!

Bruce is such a Beacon of Hope for anyone starting  this journey.  This is the kind of update we love to celebrate!!

You can do some searching on here for a variety of suggestions  for arthritis.  Our beloved Wyatt Ray delt with it quite succ for years, so check out his blogs..  

This has just made my day!  And his picture melts my heart!


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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Awesome! Thanks for the update, it's always nice to see positive posts.

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Thank you for letting us know life is good for Bruce and you, this just makes our hearts so hoppy! That boy makes my heart skip a beat, he is sooooo handsome!

What would you say is the #1 thing you do to make sure he has a good quality of life? He looks really, really good.

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What would you say is the #1 thing you do to make sure he has a good quality of life? He looks really, really good.


Its very hard to narrow down to one thing, since last March I've been working from home so Bruce and his bulldog brother Butch have been my constant companions, Bruce loves to be outside when the weather is nice so we spent many, many hours outside all spring, summer and fall. Bruce has also been a fussy eater his whole life and so he tends to get little treats in his meals every day (my husband hunts so we have a freezer full of deer and moose, we refer to it as the really expensive dog food - Bruce loves it!!!). In the last 3-4 months he's had a harder time getting around and the vet recommended glucosamine and omega 3, so he gets supplements every day, and since he's fussy he gets them coated in peanut butter and they are served as dessert every evening. I'm currently waiting on the vet to call so that we can discuss whether keeping him on metacam longterm or something else is the way to go in order to keep his pain from the arthritis in check (there have been a few mornings when he's had a really hard time getting up and it just breaks my heart - I refuse to have my boy in pain, he's a trooper but I will not have him suffer).

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So it's all the love and attention! And the great food, lucky dawg! 

You are doing such a great job with him. Try not to panic about his mobility issues, you're doing everything right by working with your vet. Many Tripawds' arthritis needs can be managed with safe medication and physio therapy. 

Our Wyatt had mobility problems as he aged and he scared us a few times. Here's how we coped with it during his last year. He had an excellent quality of life until IVDD got the best of him.

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