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Gundog 8th week post surgery
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19 January 2020 - 12:19 am
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Tule is a 9 to lab with front right leg amputation 8 weeks ago. He was back in full form retrieving ducks this week!

He went out to the duck  blind at 6 weeks, made a couple short retrieves at 7 weeks.

When I was told he needed this surgery I thought his hunting days were over. I make him rest between retrieves but he goes at full speed.

I just want others to know, it is not the end when your fur baby has this surgery.

I want to post a video or pic but cant figure out how.

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19 January 2020 - 10:24 am
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How amazing!  That is really super news for you and for him – I will find you the technical post that talks about photos and videos and share!

We can’t wait to see these!

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

Blog: Pofi, Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

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19 January 2020 - 12:32 pm
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That is amazing! So happy for you guys, these dogs amaze me every day!

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19 January 2020 - 1:37 pm
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That’s awesome!

Good for you for making him rest- I’m sure he doesn’t like that.  Its always wonderful to hear that a dog can get back to doing something you thought might not happen again.

Have you seen Bart’s story? Another inspirational pup who actually earned a hunting title after his amp!

And for videos- I post them from YouTube.  You just click on share, copy the url that is displayed, then paste it into a blank line in your forum post.

Can’t wait to see Tule in action! I love seeing dogs do a job that they love to do.

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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A little late to the celebration of Tule’s huge milestone!!!  Victories like this are exactly why we do what we do!  Thanks for being such a great in and for showing  nothing holds a dog like Tule back!!!😎


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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23 January 2020 - 1:35 pm
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Thanks, I will look for Barts story and have my daughter help with youtube.

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23 January 2020 - 3:34 pm
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It’s so nice to know that Tule is doing so well! Thanks for taking time to share.

I’m sorry I missed this earlier, I can’t wait to see photos and videos of him. Let us know if you’d like help posting them.

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25 January 2020 - 3:45 pm
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Congrats what a great success. I know for a hunting dog there is nothing better than the retrieve so I can only imagine the joy in his heart getting to do what he loves.

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