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26 January 2009 - 7:01 pm
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I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that you have this decision behind you.  Your next big decision is to chemo or not.   You'll make it through this one too.  Continued support from our house through the recovery period.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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26 January 2009 - 7:42 pm
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You made the right decision because you listened to your heart…and you listened to Tucker. We will say extra, extra prayers tonight and tomorrow – please let us know how things go.

When you pick him up, it will be difficult to see the loss of the leg and he will most likely be groggy – but look into his eyes and watch that tail wagging and I promise the tears will be tears of joy.

Lots of love and prayers – we will stayed tuned and help you through the next few weeks. The hard part of making the decision is over.

Try and get some rest over the next couple days…you’ll need your strength to get through the first couple weeks of recovery.

Heather and Zeus

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26 January 2009 - 7:42 pm
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Best wishes for a full speedy recovery! And thank you for sharing your decisions and experiences here. That is what makes this site what is is for everyone else going through the same thing.

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26 January 2009 - 8:11 pm
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I'm gonna ditto everyone and tell you the hardest part is over, and you are doing what you feel is right and that is wonderful. Our Wrigley also has Osteosarcoma- she had a very large tumor on her scapula removed.  We just got back from a walk ( shall I say hopping run- I have a hard time keeping up with her) . We celebrated our 1 month post amp on Jan. 22 and she is doing so good.

It is very weird to see them the first time without the leg, but you get used to it real quick. But like Zeus' mom said, that wagging tail and happy eyes will tell you how happy you made Tucker by taking away his pain.

I forget where you are- if you are in a cold climate you may need some sort of sweater for Tucker as they will probably shave a good part of his furcoat-

If you don't already have, you may want to get some raised feeders- it makes it easier for them to eat.

They will be groggy for the 2 week recovery period- rely on  all of us for any questions or support- we are all here for each other. I could not have gotten through that time without the wonderful  folks and pooches here.

You will be in our thoughts and prayers- hang in there. One step closer. Take it one day at a time ( or as we say here even one hour at a time if needed)

and do get some rest for yourself- you'll need it to stay strong for Tucker. You are the pack leader and they rely on us to direct them- we're strong, their strong.

Seanne and CA Wrigley.

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28 January 2009 - 8:56 am
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Tucker had his surgery yesterday. He did well from what the doctors say. It took them longer than expected during the surgery but they knew that they wanted to take their time to ensure that they did a thorough job. They told us that the bone looked surprisingly normal that it appeared to be contained to the inside of the bone and had not yet spread to the outside of the bone. I don't know what this means other than he mentioned catching it early. I didn't know if any of you knew exactly what he meant by that?

Also, he mentioned he may be able to go home tonight. He said normally he would keep them several days but since I used to work there he knew that I would take as good care of him at home as they did their. After all, after 6 they aren't there. I hope he can come home tonight! I didn't get much sleep last night worried about him! I doubt I will get much when hes home but at least I will be able to check on him and know how he is doing.

Wish me luck!

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Wrigley had her surgery on Monday and came home on Tues. We went back for a check on Wed. She had a drain in the incision spot that was removed on Wed- should probably have stayed in longer, but it was Christmas and they were closed…. so we probably rushed that part. But it all worked out (one trip to the emergency room) You sound like you have plenty of experience so I think being home will be the best place. There is no place like home. The biggest thing is keeping them quiet and resting those 2 weeks.  They feel so good they want to do more than rest sometimes- then the pain pills keep them pretty groggy too and somedays they won't lift their heads. Its a roller coaster ride thats for sure.

Rely on us for support and questions. We've all been there- and made it !!!!!!

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28 January 2009 - 12:01 pm
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We're here for you and wishing you well – lots of prayers and crossing of paws and fingers that the first few nights home are uneventful and that the next two weeks go by fast and without incident. I know it is soooo hard, but try and get some rest – sleep when they sleep. I'm glad the surgery was a success. That's a HUGE hurdle over with.

Ditto to what wrigley said – we have all been there and made it through – it's an emotional and difficult 2 weeks, but we are here to help you through it any way that we can.

Big hug through cyberspace.

Love Mom and Zeus

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28 January 2009 - 12:29 pm
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…it appeared to be contained to the inside of the bone and had not yet spread to the outside of the bone.


Sounds like the tumor was growing inside the bone, keeping it from spreading too much too quickly. Good news. Jerry's was also “well defined and growing inward” according to his doctors.

Best of luck to you and Tucker. Thanks for the great update!

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