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Kinzi becoming a tripawd on Wednesday-- Help with grief leading up?
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19 May 2020 - 7:43 pm
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Hi Ashley,

We went through this more than a month ago now due to an osteosarcoma. I totally understand your feeling about this being unfair. This describe well how I felt. Even though there will be some difficult moment, you have focus on the positive side: you are giving your dog a better chance. I think it really help me once the decision to amputate was done to focus on the recovery.

Now (we are about 5 weeks post op), Arktik is running, digging, playing ball and all of this pain free. This group has been a life saver, people are so supportive and knowledgeable it really helps to go through it to have this to rely on. 

We will think about you tomorrow. 

Patricia and Arktik

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19 May 2020 - 7:55 pm
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Hi Ashley! One of the important lessons that I learned on this site and from personal experience is that your pup will pick up on your energy, so try to stay positive with Kinzi tonight and while she is in the capable vet’s hands tomorrow, mourn all you want.  Get it out of your system because when you go to pick up your girl, she is going to need you in positive mindset from that point forward.  Will some days be hard?  Yes.  Might it take some time to get her pain management just right?  Yep.  Will you feel frustrated with the roller coaster of progress forward and then steps back?  Undoubtedly.  But, Kinzi will still be exactly the same pup who looks to you to lead the way and who will not care a whit about being on 3 legs.  She will care about the love of her family, her favorite toys, and fun things she enjoyed doing previously.  It will take her some time to get all the way back there, but she will get back.  And you will smile wryly when you remember how you doubted and mourned your 3-legged wonder.  Griffin and I are sending lots of hugs to you and Kinzi tonight.  We’ll be thinking about her tomorrow!  sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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19 May 2020 - 8:38 pm
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Nothing to add to all the great support other than Kinzi is ADORABLE!!  I love that picture of her😎

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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20 May 2020 - 6:50 am
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Ashley, I hold you and Kinzi in my prayers!  You’ll get through this and realize it’s what you HAD to do to take care of beautiful Kinzi.  She’s counting on you to take the best care of her that you can.  Sometimes the things we have to do are so tough!!  But if we know we’re doing the right thing it makes it a bit easier.  Like I said, the only thing that got me through this was this communities HUGE support network!! 

We are here for you in any way possible and look forward to some updates.  

Jake continues to do better every day.  Now I’m looking into a dog stroller so I can continue with out long walks and he can come but just not walk all the way! smiley9

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21 May 2020 - 12:52 pm
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We’re home! Kinzi did really well. She is shaky, but she already peed in the yard (with us helping her steady with a towel)! She is tired and dopey, but has moments where she sits right up and looks at us to check-in. sp_hearticon2

This is hard but I’m grateful for small wins.

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21 May 2020 - 1:38 pm
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Welcome home Kinzi! 

This is hard but I’m grateful for small wins.

Keep track of each small win over the next couple of weeks.  If you have some rough times during recovery remember that this is a short part of your journey together and things will get better.  You did the right thing for Kinzi!

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.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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21 May 2020 - 3:02 pm
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YAY FOR KINZI!!  She’s home and, as already noted, has had some victories!!

Sloooow and easy.  This is MAJOR surgery and she needs her recovery  time, all while adapting  to three!

Keep is posted and know that we are here by your side to help in anyway we can,okay?

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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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21 May 2020 - 11:54 pm
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Hi Ashley,

I’m a little late to the party, but welcome to Tripawds and welcome home Kinzi! My husky also lost her leg to MCT less than a month ago. To echo what everyone else has already covered, your feelings are normal and you made a very difficult decision for Kinzi’s benefit. 

Aspen and I wish her an easy and speedy recovery!

– Shane

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22 May 2020 - 10:05 am
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Lots of snuggles today. She’s mostly sleeping but she did poop outside today! poopicon

Day 2 on being home, Day 3 on 3 legs. She is hopping just a little but no longer needs the towel support to go outside and take care of bathroom business.

She has a great dog dad though! He’s more than happy to nap together for hours. Yesterday was our 4 year wedding anniversary… not exactly how we thought we’d spend it but we were just happy to have Kinzi home.

She does have a weird red patch on her chest, but I sent over a picture to her vet and she said it looks like clipper burn, should heal on its own.

Still worried about how she’ll adjust and tired (last night she was restless), but today she’s eating, sleeping, and figuring it out.

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22 May 2020 - 1:21 pm
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That is THE sweetest photo!  OMD!  Soooo much love shared between  these two💕

Kinzi is having a normal” recovery this early on.  Exactly  what you would expect….. aybe even a little above the curve.  Sometimes restlessness  can I dictate pain.  Jist make a note if it happens consistently before her next does is due.  Meds may need to be tweaked.   “Tired” is good right now.  Rest is exactly  what she needs for her body to heal…..that and all the sweet love you two are giving  her💝

And HAPPY FOUR YEAR  ANNIVERSARY !!🥂  No better way to celebrate  than having Kinzi home!

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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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22 May 2020 - 1:32 pm
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Hi Ashley!  It sounds like Kinzi is doing amazingly well at this point, so keep your positive mindset about small victories!  Sally is usually the one to celebrate this particular milestone, but I guess it will be up to me this time – YAY for her first poopiconpoopiconpoopicon outside!!!  That is definitely worth celebrating and an indicator that her recovery is on track.  Please keep posting photos of the adorable Miss Kinzi – she is the cutest!  And, happy anniversary to you!  ~ Stacy

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22 May 2020 - 1:40 pm
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Whaaaat?????? I missed a celepoopiconbration  ofpoopicon!   Thanks for covering the poopicon celebration  Stacy!! 😎 We love to celebrate  poopicon arpund here!!😉

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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22 May 2020 - 2:38 pm
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Welcome home Kinzi!!  I am so happy she’s home with you guys for Memorial Day weekend.  Rest and cuddle and just enjoy, go slow and Kinzi will get used to walking.  Ashley, you’ll see how quickly she gets better.  Yay!  For me, once surgery was over it seemed to get much better.  Keep us posted. smiley9

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22 May 2020 - 3:25 pm
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Something miraculous happened after I posted!

We were getting her dinner ready in the kitchen, planned to bring it to her in the living room where she was snoozing. I looked away for a minute… and THERE SHE WAS. She hopped (pretty) quickly toward us. She crossed two whole rooms like it was nothing!

And then she ate her dinner in two minutes and proceeded to sleep for several hours haha.

I was and still am shocked. This is a lady who knows what she wants.smiley2

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22 May 2020 - 4:37 pm
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YAAAAAY KINZI!   KEEP THESE MIRACLES COMING SWEET GIRL!!👏👏👏

Talk about some sparkle coming back, this is like sparkles the size of Sun!!!💥💥   So happy to read this.  Thanks for sharing the joy!

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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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