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Arty 4 weeks post anputation
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5 July 2019 - 3:19 pm
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Today it will be 4 weeks since Arty had his amputation.

what a journey! At times a nightmare. I am pleased to say that Arty is now getting back to his normal self. Woofing, wanting to go for walks, eating better thank God!

first chemo last Friday. Seems to be doing well on that, although bloods on Monday will tell a more accurate picture.

its been a hell of a journey, but so thankful for this group. Not wanting to gush, but really don’t think I would have stayed sane without the very kind and knowledgeable input from here.

anyone going through this, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am sleeping better, and Arty is slowly coming back to me.

there are huge challenges ahead, but tonight I know I will sleep better than 4 weeks ago. Even 2 weeks ago!

thank you everyone, and lots of hugs, thoughts and prayers for anyone new to this or living under the gloom of cancer in their best friend.

know you did the best you could and made the best decision you could under the circumstances. 

I will let you know how it all goes in the future, whatever that brings.

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5 July 2019 - 5:51 pm
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Well now, we are going to gush about  you!!  YOU STAYED THE COURSE!!!   YOU DIDN’T  GIVE UP!!

We know how hard it is and how scary and how frustrating it is when your dog doesn’t  appear to be “recovering” as fast as “others”. Of course, we see it here a lot so we can be a vit mpre confident  that recovery WILL happen!   However, we can try and reassure  untill we’re  purple in rhe face that some dogs take longer to recover than others.  When it’s  your dog you  are seeing 24/7  a couple of weeks after amputation not eating well. or not walking well, or showing  signs of pain,  or whatever, it’s  really, really hard to hang in there and trust.  YOU STAYED STRONG!!!   YOU TRUSTED DURING A VERY SCARY TIME!!

So thank YOU, and ARTY too, for being such an inspiration and showing  others that the hurdles of recovery  don’t  last furever!!!! STANDING  OVATION!!!

Hugs, hugs, hugs

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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6 July 2019 - 8:15 am
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I am so happy to hear about Arty. They do come back.  Thank you for posting and letting us know.  

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6 July 2019 - 2:26 pm
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I also read your post and was so happy to hear your boy is doing so well.

arty is still getting either spasms or something as he yelps periodically even though he is on Gabapentin. Going to talk to his physio about it on Monday 

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Awwww! Here’s to woofing and walking and eating like a chow hound! Such a wonderful update, and we are just thrilled that he’s knocking out those chemo sessions too. What a strong boy. And you are a strong mum, you handled this so well, truly! Give yourself more credit, you are stronger than you think and you just proved it.

You and Arty are quite a team! So happy to be part of your journey. Let us know how Monday’s visit goes. 

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Physio went well today. He loved it. He was quite chilled after. Waiting on blood results for RBC count. So proud of my boy.

And hrs put on 1kg in 10 days, so very happy about that❤️

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Wooohooo! Super happy to hear things are going well with him! What kind of physio did they do for him?

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Just massage and stretching exercises really – can’t do any laser because of the cancer. Hoping to start acupuncture soon.

I also thank he ran for the first time yesterday. I was attached to him on lead – but he looked like he was changing his gait and I had to sort of run a bit to keep up smiley4

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10 July 2019 - 9:37 am
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great update! kudos to you for hanging in there, and believing better days were ahead – not an easy thing to do when things look bleak.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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10 July 2019 - 10:00 am
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That’s good! Sounds like Passive Range of Motion exercises? They look so simple but they are powerful and so helpful for a Tripawd at any stage in life. And it clearly must be if he is keeping you on your toes during those speed walks.

Keep up the great work!

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