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If you are going to get a harness when the stiches come out I recommend the new one webmaster has called the flag line. It works great for front leg amputees. It’s strong but light weight so Brownie could where it all day. I could even fold it up and put it in my purse if needed. You can find it in the gear blog.

Before the stiches come out you can use a towel as a sling, or take a canvass tote bag, cut the sides, and you have a sling with handles.

Sending positive thoughts your way….

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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By the way, any pictures of your Arktik?

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Hi Patricia!  I’m Stacy, mama of Griffin the goldendoodle (Griffin’s Journey).  I feel like Griffin and Arktik might be Tripawd twins – both 10 years old with right front leg osteosarcoma diagnoses.  Griffin’s amputation surgery happened 2 days ago.  He came home yesterday and has been recovering well.  While there are a ton of experts on this site, I just wanted to let you know that I’m going through the exact same emotions and processes as you are right now, so please feel free to reach out whenever you need support.

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There is a wall on the side of the stair case so I believe it will help.

Definitely! Jerry would lean against the wall when he went downstairs. It made us nervous but we would walk alongside him just to spot him. Over time he created the loveliest brown dirt streak on the staircase wall. It always made us smile!

Just realized I forgot to say that yes, all dogs are different in their recovery rates. But as I mentioned, Huskies are pretty rock-solid and usually bounce back pretty quickly. I can put you in touch with Calpurnia’s (the senior Husky) mom if you’d like, I know she’s always happy to chat with others going through this.

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Hi all!

If you are going to get a harness when the stiches come out I recommend the new one webmaster has called the flag line. It works great for front leg amputees. It’s strong but light weight so Brownie could where it all day. I could even fold it up and put it in my purse if needed. You can find it in the gear blog.

Thanks for the advices. I did look into the harness. I really like the Flagline and I was going to order it tomorrow. I was under the impression I can’t order from this site if I’m in Canada right? If I can, I will be happy to do it. Also, from what you were saying the first weeks it is better to use a sling than the harness? 

Hi Stacy! YAY for Tripawd twins 🙂 I am glad you wrote to me. It makes it a little bit easier to see that we are not alone. Griffin looks amazing even with his bandage on. I am so happy for you that the road to recovery seems going well. I will follow you guys and see how you are doing. 

Definitely! Jerry would lean against the wall when he went downstairs. It made us nervous but we would walk alongside him just to spot him. Over time he created the loveliest brown dirt streak on the staircase wall. It always made us smile!

I bet! I think I will be watching Arktik like an hawk for a while. Love the spot on the wall, haha. And yes if you can put me in touch with Calpurnia’s mom, I think it’s a great idea. Thanks for suggesting it 🙂 

Finally, here’s a photo of Arktik my 10 year old puppy!