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11 year old Lab mix with nerve sheath tumor
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27 August 2018 - 5:42 pm
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Agree, Buster is a champion! Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing  🙂

As I see it, the ‘new normal’ will be with less walk … to the corner and back and she looks at me tired… I won’t stop, I will keep same short walk until she can do it without getting tired (I hope it will happen) and then try to go for more.

I only hope she is happy and that we didn’t do this for us but for her too.

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27 August 2018 - 8:20 pm
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There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that you did this for her. I don’t think for a moment that you would have done it otherwise. Just for the heck of it, try half the distance once to humor me and yourself and see if it makes a difference. Enjoy the walk, be leisurely. Make it an opportunity for quality time. Quality is the key here, not quantity. They are all different, as are we. Make it a time to just spend together instead of a goal for distance. Please try it once. I will be looking for your post.

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27 August 2018 - 10:11 pm
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Again, well said Jackie.

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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28 August 2018 - 3:08 pm
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Quite right Jackie 👍🏽

Sniffing the air and looking at action (mental exercise) can be as fulfilling as physical exercise.

Eurydice was completely happy and fulfilled at this whenever she wouldn’t feel like walking. 

I learned how important it is to adapt to what they can do and not insist in what they could achieve in the past. 

The most crucial thing is to make sure they are happy, our adored babies. 

Looking forward to hearing how Belle’s “half a walk” goes 😉

Hugs 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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Here is today’s experience: As soon as we were outside she did her business right next to the house and pulled back; but i insisted and insisted … and insisted and insisted.. and I got her look. 🙁  So then i advanced a bit more and started calling her for a hug, so she came wagging her tail so after a hug and a bravo, i stepped backwards again and started calling, and she came… we advanced a house and a half like this and then she realized I was not going to give up, so she lead the way to the corner of the street (our usual walk, we live in the middle of the block and i always take her to the mailboxes area at the corner). I did not insist on continuing since she stopped there. On our way back, there were a couple of workers so she ran to say hi (she is the social one in the family 😉 and then she lead the way back home. (hopping is much faster than walking so I almost had to run to keep her pace) 

Hard beginning and sorry that i pushed, but we did it! And she was happy too. The vet also said to respect her pace/will but we also know she needs to rebuild her muscle and I am not pushing for more than that half block to go and another half block to come back… a couple times a day.

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28 August 2018 - 6:26 pm
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Bravo! That is a great job walking the line between tough love and paying careful attention to her needs. Good job!

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28 August 2018 - 7:15 pm
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Yay!!!💕💕💕

You made it interesting, got her out of her funk, and it ended up being fun (with a lot of work on your part, lol)

Sounds like success to me!! Way To Go!!!🤗🤗🤗💖💖💖

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28 August 2018 - 7:42 pm
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(hopping is much faster than walking so I almost had to run to keep her pace)

Yeah, Tripawds tend to go fast! In my mind its sort of like balancing on a bike… its much easier to stay upright with some speed than if you are going really slow.  My current Tripawd Elly is a little Pug mix rear amp… her most comfortable gait is faster than I can comfortably walk. 

Is there a friend or someone else who can go on walks with you?  I found that my first Tripawd Maggie really perked up and was much more interested in walking with other people (I tried not to take offense big-grin) especially right after her surgery.

Hopefully this is a breakthrough!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo



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29 August 2018 - 3:47 pm
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Oh Belle you did it, girl 👏🏽👏🏽

Aren’t you lucky to have such a great Mom ?

Well done, Mom!

Again, we can see how close the two of you are and how well you know your baby .💕

Wonderful that you took into consideration the time needed to return home and so glad to hear your Belle enjoyed her little walk!

Hugs 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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5 November 2018 - 8:22 pm
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Thought i’d say hi and share something great.

In case someone is experiencing also lack of motivation to go for ‘walks’ (hops!) on 3 legs. What motivates her is when we drive her to different kids parks and walk there, instead of going around the block…

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It says “page not found”  🙁

Donna, Glenn & Murphy  http://murphyh......pawds.com/

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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5 November 2018 - 9:09 pm
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Ops, thanks for the feedback, i will re-try tomorrow on Instagram!

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5 November 2018 - 9:25 pm
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Yeah Facebook makes it impossible to share their videos on other websites. I’m not sure how Instagram is playing with other sites now but give it a whirl. We encourage people to start a YouTube channel since not only can you embed videos elsewhere, but more people will get to see your amazing Tripawd!

Can’t wait to see the clip.

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6 January 2019 - 6:01 pm
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Lets see if this one works from google

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