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Calamity's 1 Month Ampuversary
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Metro Kansas City
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25 November 2008 - 4:08 pm
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Oh, I’m a couple of days behind, but it was still a celebration with a Twinkie!

It’s been 1 month since we amputated Calamity’s million dollar leg and what a roller coaster ride it has been!!!

The first 2 weeks were a living hell, seeing her without her leg, watching her in so much pain, wondering every day if I made the right decision for her, and oh so many tears.

Her incision is healing each & every day & all of the scabs are almost gone. Her fur is beginning to cover the higher area of her body and actually covers the incision at the shoulder.

When she broke her leg, the second time, Dr. Desch & I discussed the options. My best friend Shelley, also a vet, said from the start to amputate it. I thought about it over & over. I wanted Calamity to be the happy, crazy greyhound she once was but yet I wanted to do the absolute right thing for her.

The decision to amputate was the best decision I could have ever made for her! She is running and playing like she was a year ago, before all of this started. Last night, she thought she should race her little "sister" Munchie! Race – can you believe it?!? She chases Morgan (her littermate) constantly, with glee, just like she used to! She makes her poop and then runs across the yard. Running is the thing she lives for, it’s the one thing I wanted for her again, the ability to run & be happy. She now has it back & I see the happiness in her eyes once again. My heart is at ease with my decision.

Calamity always stomped a foot at us when she was not getting her way. She hasn’t stomped in a year. She has leqarned to "stomp" as a tripaw. Now she lays on the sofa and slaps her foot on my thigh when I tell her NO. She’s so funny.

Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Eve, will mark the one year date when all of this first happened. I will never forget that night, I will never forget how velvety her bone felt in the palm of my hand as I held it trying to stop the bleeding, I will never forget her screams, I will never forget praying to God on the way to the doggie ER begging for this not to be osteo as we had lost our Rose 3 weeks prior to a broken leg from metted hemangio, I will never forget the fear. But on Thursday, I will give thanks for my sweet girl, who I love so totally. I thank God she is here with me, I thank God for all of the wonderful staff at VSEC who have grown to love her almost as much as I do. I thank God that she did not have cancer in that million dollar leg. I thank God for all of the blessings he gives to me & my greyhounds.

And I give thanks for my wonderful, caring Tripawd Family. I would have never made it through this sanely without all of you.

Happy 1 month Ampuversary & Happy Thanksgiving!!

Janie & Calamity – Morgan, Trigger, Kade & Munchie too!

Janie & Calamity

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25 November 2008 - 7:14 pm
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Janie, what a beautiful, moving update, thanks so much for sharing your ups and downs, and telling us about the triumphant comeback that Calamity has made.

Sometimes here at Tripawds, things can get really sad when we lose our heroes to cancer or other tragedies. It seems like all at once they go over the Bridge together, you know? But then, we hear wonderful stories like this, and it lightens our hearts and brightens our day once again, and gives courage and hope that future tripawd pawrents desperately need. Thank you so so much for allowing us to be a part of your life, and sharing in Calamity’s joys and successes.

That stomping thing sounds so funny, we would love to see a video of it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, we send lots of love!

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Happy one month ampuversary, Calamity! I am sure you feel the weight lifted off your shoulders now that you know everything is going to be OK. It took Leo about a month to return back to his old self completely after his surgery too. The fact that she does not have cancer is also a blessing. We are happy to see things are going so well.


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Congratulations, Calamity on your 1-month ampuversary! We are just a few weeks behind you, so enjoy reading your updates. Thank you also Janie, for all the advice you’ve given us over the last for weeks. Wow, this Thanksgiving there is just SO much to be thankful for!

Sue and Nova the Great Dane Tripawd

Dane Mom Sue at and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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26 November 2008 - 11:38 pm
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Wow… this month just flew by.

Happy 1st month Ampuversary Calamity and Happy Thanksgiving!
Keep stomping….

Gobble gobble,Smile

Kim & Angel Buster

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27 November 2008 - 1:19 pm
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Happy Ampuversary Calamity!

It was a rotten leg, but it was "clean".   Indeed, there is so much to be thankful for!

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27 November 2008 - 10:22 pm
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Janie and Calamity-

We were so moved by your post that we couldn’t reply right away.  We are so happy that this is, indeed, a celebration for you both!  We all have so much to be thankful for this year, including this tripawd "family."  Thanks for your many contributions, and may life continue to be full of blessings for you!

Blackjack and Nancy 


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