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Happy's Surgery Is Today!
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Austin
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20 December 2011 - 9:38 am
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Hey, everyone-just want to say thank you for the support and information you have given! I took Happy to his pre-op “staging” yesterday and all is well for his surgery today. I feel really good about it. We were very calm and strong yesterday, and I have every confidence in the vets at A&M that are doing his surgery. We talked through everything yesterday for like an hour, and I know exactly what they are going to do(with trying to remove all of the tumor, including from his spine).  I finally 'accepted' all of this and feel good about him getting on with life with his three legs and feeling good again after his recovery…I'm sure I will be looking up the questions many have posted here recently as well as have more questions of my own, and am so grateful for this site and the wonderful vets who can do something about this.

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20 December 2011 - 9:43 am
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Here's hoping all goes well with Happy's surgery! Get some rest while he's away from home.

Glad to hear you are feeling calm and good about the whole thing – that's the best way to be, for both you and Happy.

Keep us posted.

Jackie, Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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20 December 2011 - 12:28 pm
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Well even though we’re Longhorns fans in this house, we say GO AGGIES just for Happy! He’s really in great hands there. Good luck and keep us posted!

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20 December 2011 - 3:18 pm
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Hope everything went well with Happy's surgery.  Best of luck with his recovery!  My Daisy is 11 days post-amp and so far so good.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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20 December 2011 - 5:20 pm
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Hope everything went well with Happy’s surgery. We’ll be anxiously awaiting news…

the Woo

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Forever in my heart...

April 2000 – January 20, 2012
Diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer in June 2007. Left rear leg amputated Feb. 8, 2011.
Mets discovered Aug. 31, 2011. Read more of Rio's story here.

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20 December 2011 - 6:40 pm
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I hope the surgery went well- please post an update when you can.

Sounds like you are in a good place with all of this, it really helps I think when you understand everything that is happening.

 

Karen and the pugapalooza

Austin
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22 December 2011 - 12:21 pm
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Aww. I'm glad Daisy is doing well! 

I am picking up Happy tomorrow. He has done well with the recovery in ICU so far. Yesterday he got up on his own and went out to go to the bathroom. His 'student' said he was a little apprehensive on the tile floor on the way out, but was very sure of himself coming back in. Can't wait to bring him home! I had car trouble coming home and the car is in the shop. I rented a car so I would not have to question if I would have trouble! So not-convenient right now but glad I could get a car! I wanted to be in the 'familiar' car, but he will be ok..I can't say I've had good sleep with relatives in for the holidays.

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22 December 2011 - 12:21 pm
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Aww. I'm glad Daisy is doing well! 

I am picking up Happy tomorrow. He has done well with the recovery in ICU so far. Yesterday he got up on his own and went out to go to the bathroom. His 'student' said he was a little apprehensive on the tile floor on the way out, but was very sure of himself coming back in. Can't wait to bring him home! I had car trouble coming home and the car is in the shop. I rented a car so I would not have to question if I would have trouble! So not-convenient right now but glad I could get a car! I wanted to be in the 'familiar' car, but he will be ok..I can't say I've had good sleep with relatives in for the holidays.

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22 December 2011 - 5:44 pm
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Sending Happy lots of positive thoughts and prayers for a super speedy recovery!  Tripawd Happy will continue to amaze you!

In my signature box below this email is a link to a video of Charley playing in the snow at 12 weeks post amputation.  It is amazing to watch and you'll get a sneak peek at what Happy will be doing very soon!

Hugs and chocolate kisses,

Ellen & Charley

Charley's Blog:  CHOCOLATE KISSES


DOB: 3-29-08, male chocolate lab  
Dx: OSA L proximal humerus 10-19-10

Amputation: L front leg & scapula 10-28-10

Chemo: 5 rounds of Carboplatin

Video (12 weeks post amp):Tripaw Charley Playing

♥♥♥ Lots of supplements and love!!! ♥♥♥

Austin
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22 December 2011 - 9:12 pm
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What a wonderful video and a beautiful dog! Charley is amazing and it does make me look forward to Happy getting his spark back. So happy for Charley's recovery, and thanks so much for the encouragement!

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22 December 2011 - 9:29 pm
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Congrats on a excellent surgery!   What a wonderful Christmas present to have him home!

Lots of healing wishes coming your way for Happy!

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.

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23 December 2011 - 8:17 am
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Wonderful news about Happy's surgery!  I am just now seeing a post about him – can't believe that I've missed his story thus far.  He is one incredibly handsome guy!!  I'm so impressed with your positive attitude and the fact that you prepared so well by talking at length with the A&M vets prior to the surgery.  Happy is one lucky dog to have you – a pawrent who will go to the length of renting a car to ensure that he gets home to you in a safe and timely manner!

Hopefully those relatives staying with you will understand the effort – physically and emotionally – that is necessary to get your new tripawd settled back in his home to recover.  Try, try, try to take extra good care of yourself during the double-whammy of Christmas and Happy's homecoming and recovery!

We'll be looking forward to future postings.  smile

– Karen and Spirit Sylvie

Sweet Silly Sylvie, the Old English Sheepdog

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma 11/04/2010 at almost 7 years of age * Left hind leg amputated 11/09/2010 * Chemo on 12/10, 12/17, 01/10, 01/31

Sweet Sylvie's earthly journey ended on Nov. 3, 2011, one day short of a year since her diagnosis and 6 days short of her one-year ampuversary.  Her family celebrates her life as a sheepdog – ever the puppy, ever silly, ever sweet – and are grateful for our 7 years together.

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23 December 2011 - 8:41 am
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Go Happy!!  Here's wishing you a wonderful recovery.  We were so surprised how well Lucy did her first day home.  We're on day 3 and she continues to amaze us.  I know Happy will do the same.  Let us know how it goes.

Regards,

Mary, Lucy's mom

Lucy's front right leg was amputated 12/19/11. Thankfully there was no tumor, but her nerves were found to be degenerative.  Life as a tripawd is Lucy's new adventure!!

Austin
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23 December 2011 - 3:39 pm
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Thanks, y'all! I love all of these pics of your babies. I got about an hour down the road today(it's a 2 hour trip from Austin), and the vet called and said Happy is running a fever and they want to keep him at least another night to find and address whatever the issue is. They are supposed to call me back this afternoon. I was bummed I didn't get to bring him home today, and I've been trying not to worry about what could be wrong. He said it may be that a suture is starting to get infected but they want to be sure and treat it before sending him home for Christmas. 

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23 December 2011 - 4:35 pm
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Well, I know it is hard to be away from Happy, but it's good that Happy was still at the vet when the fever started so that he can get the care that he needs.  Hoping you can bring Happy home tomorrow- that would be a pawesome Christmas present, wouldn't it?

Get some rest!

 

Jenna & Spirit Chili Dawg

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

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