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On The Road

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7 March 2011 - 5:55 pm
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Tate's blog looks great, thanks for sharing his story! See our recent comment regarding why your updates aren't appearing in the Recent Posts widget throughout the Tripawds community.

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7 March 2011 - 6:30 pm
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Welcome Tate and family!

I'm so sorry to hear about Tate.   I have no experience (mine was deformed leg birth defect) but I wanted to wish you a happy welcome and send good wishes to Tate!

Comet's mom

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

Los Angeles
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7 March 2011 - 10:04 pm
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Hi Tate's Family,

I just had to respond to your post - first, I had a flat coat before my golden retriever Mackenzie and I just love flat coats (we lost her to lymphoma.)  Secondly, my golden retriever Mackenzie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and we were told that the only option we had was amputation.  I was in shock and couldn't believe that we had to do this.  After 2 months of other forms of treatment (like radiation, etc.) we finally decided to do the amputation.  I was completely fearful and anxious about the whole thing but I can tell you that it was the best decision we could have ever made (front leg.)  Although my Mackenzie is a tripawd angel now, she did so well and lived a very healthy, happy life for 16 months following her diagnosis.  I'm so sorry you have to go through this - it's never never easy. Your boy looks so incredibly sweet and you will be giving him the quality of life he so deserves with this surgery.   I am a die hard advocate of amputation now after it took me so long to come around to this. 

So I wish you all the best in your decision and hope that Tate is ok.  You've come to the right place for support and information on a very difficult disease and treatment.

Kami, Angel Mackenzie and Kobe

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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8 March 2011 - 5:08 pm
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You are all so kind, I don't where'd I'd be if I hadn't found this website.

Finally got Tate's pathology report after a whole week of waiting, and the results are inconclusive.  Kind of a punch in the stomach.  Will update Tate's blog in case you are interested in the crummy details.  But first I'm going to go cuddle with my dog, haven't seen him since 6:00 this morning.
August 16, 2006 to November 28, 2011
TATE ~ Forever in our hearts.

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8 March 2011 - 8:39 pm
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Ugh. I'm so sorry. That's gotta be frustrating. Dog hugs and fur will help. We send lots of hugs your way.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

8 March 2011 - 8:52 pm
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Dang it, this can be so hard sometimes.  I read you blog post- hopefully you will get a definitive answer.

Since the doc said the bone was degraded on each side of what ever is going on does that mean that amputation might be necessary anyway?


Karen and the pugapalooza

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6 April 2011 - 10:14 am
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