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Buddy 5 weeks later after amputation
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30 November 2008 - 5:38 pm
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Thought we would share an update on Buddy’s progress, a 9 year old golden who is now 5 weeks post amp.  Things are better, and his spirit is returning.  He has actually even run a time or two.  As soon as his incisions are completely gone, we’re going to use his new harness to help him build more strength in his other leg.  His "sister", Sophia, (a 2 year old golden) doesn’t recognize any difference and encourages him to play just like he always did before the cancer appeared.  It is such a blessing for us to see him respond to her fully — finally. 

We opted out of chemo and rather are concentrating on shifting his diet to include supplements and cut way back on grains.  High protien and flax seed oil.  Buddy says that is just fine for him, and he is encouraging us to do the same for Sophia.

A thank you for the support through the panic and concern we experienced immediately following surgery.  We have learned a ton from this site and have gained insight about each of our roles as well.  Your time and caring is valued and very appreciated.

Hope at some point we can give back to others in the way we have received.


Maria and Buddy

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30 November 2008 - 9:18 pm
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Hi Buddy glad to hear that you are doing so well after your surgery.  Just need to make sure to take it easy as sometimes we think we are doing great and might overdo it.  Make sure to get your rest and just need to pretend like you let Sophia win once in a while in those tug of war or that running around, you know us females like to think we are the winners all the time Wink.  Enjoy every day and cherish each moment and memory, you will see that being a tripawd is not as bad as it sounds.  I loved being a tripawd because that meant that I got lots and lots more pampering and spoiling than what I used to when I was a four legged girl and that means that I could pretty much get away with murder, well maybe not to that extreme.  You have come to the best site ever and will meet a lot of tripawds and their pawrents that are always willing to lend a helping hand and definitely lots of support.  You will find great links in the resources and health tips….keep up trucking and let us know how you are doing.  Lots of lickies your way…..Kellie


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Maria and Buddy, we are so thankful and hoppy to hear about your progress, thank you so much for the update. What a long way you’ve come in just five short weeks.

Hope you don’t mind but we put a link in your post (above) to your original Forum post, back in October, when you were worried about recovering from surgery. We wanted to show people what great strides you’ve made! And, you are already giving back to others, by keeping us updated on your achievements, so thanks.

Glad to hear you’re gonna get spoiled with a new diet! That will definitely help keep you on the wellness track. Also, just wanted to mention that at five weeks out, it’s probably OK to start using the harness, as long as your incision is looking good. If you’re worried about irritating the area by putting the harness over it, you can try wearing a t-shirt underneath the harness. 

Let us know how your strength training is coming along! We can’t wait to read about your latest adventures. Keep it up!


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Thank you for all the kindness.  Link away.  I am happy to share in ways that are helpful to others.

Healing thoughts,
Maria and Buddy

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3 December 2008 - 4:40 pm
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Good job Buddy on the recovery.  As a fellow owner of a golden I know how special they are.  Keep us posted and here is to many many more days of happiness. 


Amy and Tanner

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Hi, Buddy and Maria-

We can sure relate to what you have gone through.  My mom was worried sick about me, especially right after surgery, but now I’m doing great!  I am also on a new diet and I feel really good.  Sometimes I feel so good that I pull my mom across the field when I run in the morning.  She says I am still as strong as I ever was.  We hope you continue to feel well!

 Blackjack and Nancy

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