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Gussie's amputation was 3 days ago, advice please
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17 May 2014 - 3:48 am
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This is a short Gussie update. She had her stitches out yesterday and everything's fine physically, but she's a bit down in the dumps. The vet suggested that we start to show her that life can be fun again and said take her for 2, 15 minute off lead walks a day to her favourite places. So we took her to the nearby wood yesterday evening and she certainly seemed to enjoy it. Onwards and upwards big-grin

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17 May 2014 - 8:53 am
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She sure doesn't look like a dog who is down in the dumps! Gussie loving life once again. You are still early, but it looks like she is getting her sparkle back.

Kathi and Murphy

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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17 May 2014 - 10:43 am
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She looks fantastic! I think that's just what she needed, great advice.

When you say 'down in the dumps' what do you mean exactly? A lot of times what humans perceive as being down is just a new Tripawd who's pooped from learning how to get around. But do tell, maybe we can help.

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17 May 2014 - 1:23 pm
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Something that always perked Maggie up was a visit from or a visit to people she knew.

She looks like she is moving really well too. She will get more energy as she gets stronger, and the old Gussie will come back. Mag took her time, she wouldn't play with me for about 6 weeks, but she finally did and she was her old self again. Most don't have to wait 6 weeks, but all pups deal with their new normal in their own time.

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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17 May 2014 - 1:28 pm
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She looks fantastic! I think that's just what she needed, great advice.

When you say 'down in the dumps' what do you mean exactly? A lot of times what humans perceive as being down is just a new Tripawd who's pooped from learning how to get around. But do tell, maybe we can help.

I mean she would just lay on the couch, not want to move, not wagging her tail. When she showed signs of wanting to go out (we would get her lead out and show it to her, if she got up, we'd take her out, if she didn't, we didn't) we took her across the road where there is a small green but she would just stand there looking at ...whatever was around, cars going by or trees but just stand there - almost transfixed. (She'd finished the tramadol by then). When I came in from work, she stopped getting up to greet me, I could understand that was a bit of an effort, but she stopped wagging her tail as well and when I sat down next to her she just wanted to put her head in my lap and be stroked etc. Also, it didn't help that she had to keep the comfy collar on, as she still licks at the wound, when she can reach it. Anyway, now she's been out to the woods, twice, and to the field this morning and we've taken the comfy collar off and have one of my young nephew's t shirts on her (adjusted to fit) she seems a bit more cheerful. She enjoys her 15 minutes off lead, then she'll rest but she's happy to lay down anywhere now, whereas before she stuck to the couch like glue. It's good to see her resting because she's tired if you see what I mean, rather than because of being uncomfortable or sad. I'm so proud of her, she's doing SO well. When I think of how much she's improved in this last week, it's incredible! 

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Oh the cone..yeah, no matter how they design 'em they're still a very unusual, annoying thing to have on so I can see why she was bummed out. Her behavior isn't that unusual but I'm sure glad she's getting her sparkle back! We always say to folks "in a week you'll wonder why you were ever so worried about that!" so thanks for proving that to be true once again :)

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