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Nicholas, 8 year old Newfoundland goes in for surgery tonight (Newf, Newfie)
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3 October 2023 - 6:01 pm
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Overboard is in the eye of the pet parent. We all make decisions based on our relationship with our animals, and every one is different. You know her best.

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For any Newf parent who comes across this, yes they can still wrestle! This is Nicky, eight, and his best friend Chief, who is about three years old. I love to watch them together, big, social, gentle dogs, who really want to keep the game going more than they want to win. Chief is a dog park friend but we invited him and his mom to a cider pressing on our farm. What a treat for Nicholas!  The play went off and on all day and when Nicky got tired, Chief stopped and waited.

I think this video is on some kind of continuous loop, so stop it any time...

Nicky had his CT scan on October 24. It has been five months since his tumor was detected and four and a half months since his amputation. He had the Yale vaccine early on and then has had 3 weeks of metronomic oral chemo spread over the last 6 weeks. I was expecting some spread, not serious mets because he is so alert and active, but to my surprise the oncologist confirmed that he has no visible lung mets at all! Such happy news.

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30 October 2023 - 4:45 pm
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ADORABLE! I could watch it over and over! It's so entertaining. Not only do we see Nicky wrestling away (who's the other cutie?), but that apple peeling doohickey is really fun to see also!

YAY for the celebratory news, that is really fantastic to know he got clear scans.

Nicky, keep on rockin & kicking butt! You're showing the world what giant 3-leggers are made of. sp_hearticon2smiley_clap

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30 October 2023 - 8:13 pm
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CONGRATULATIONS NICHOLAS👏👏👏   We looooove good news around here!👍

To help us celebrate we got to see this  joyous video of Nick playing with Chief  Nicky knew how to handle this youngster with some slick moves twists and bop and weave.

Keep-on keeping on Nicky!    You are such an inspiration

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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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1 November 2023 - 11:26 am
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Amazing!  You can see how happy that he is in that video.  

and what great news about the clean CT!  

congrats to Nicky!

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16 November 2023 - 4:44 pm
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Great news on the clear scan!  He looks like such a good natured guy.  Loved the video.  

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18 November 2023 - 12:24 pm
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Thanks, Michael and so good to hear from you Eustacia. I think about Honor every day and know he is sending kind wishes to all the lives he has touched!

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23 November 2023 - 1:07 am
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Here I am with my Nephew Ollie. We are watching Sam make Lego stuff. It puts us to sleep.  Love Nicky

 

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23 November 2023 - 9:56 am
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Awww what good doggies! Hoppy Thanksgiving to you too Nicky and Ollie, and the whole furmily!

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23 November 2023 - 10:52 am
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Priceless  video!  Nicky  and Ollie are such good pals to Sam.  They didn't  even try and interfere  with Sam''s "construction".  

Really is a sweet video.  Thanks for sharing 

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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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A wonderful day for Nicholas!  Everyone staying in the house went to the ocean together, including Nicky and Ollie. The sun was shining, the tide was ebbing with an occasional big wave. It was like a huge party, We rarely take him out in crowds, so I think this is how he must have thought of it and he ran back and forth greeting everyone as we walked along and got lots and lots of hugs from new people gathered around him. Our son is 6'5" , Nick is 30" at the withers, I think Nick enjoys being a medium sized dog when they are together!

He was such a good Newf, he was always careful to know where I was (behind usually),  kept a watchful eye on a lone kayaker way out in the surf (He did not approve} and told a little boy climbing up a cliff to listen to his frantic mother and come down immediately (the little boy did) And then there was a restaurant. Nicky has never been in a restaurant for space reasons but this was outside next to the beach. They bring you food!!!! Lots of it!!

So I think this was the happiest day of Nicky's life, he was pretty tired out by the end of the day when we made this video, but he didn't want it to end. And for all those wondering about amputation, he would have missed this day had we not gone ahead, almost five months now, I've stopped keeping track.  Not that everyone's circumstances are the same, but it's worth thinking about.

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1 December 2023 - 1:29 pm
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That is wonderful to read!  And yes, before you even said it, as i was reading, i thought to myself that Nicholas would have missed this day had you chosen not to do amputation and treatment.  I think that to myself about Ophelia a lot too.  This post put a smile on my face.  🙂

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2 December 2023 - 5:42 pm
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The pawsitivity and joy on days like that are infectious! Nicky is spreading joy wherever his paws happen to be. You are doing an incredible job with his care and brightening the day of everyone he meets. Bravo to you both!

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2 December 2023 - 7:19 pm
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Love how you described Nicky’s day as one of the happiest of his life.  Nicky gets to be Nicky.  Like you said, had it not been for the amputation he would never have experienced the joy of that day….and all the days he has been pain free.  Such an inspiration on somay levels😎

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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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3 December 2023 - 11:51 am
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I know the day will come when I'll be looking back on this post and remembering the joyous days Nick had and the love he brought to all he met. Thank you for providing this wonderful forum and encouraging messages that have allowed me to save this memory.

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