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16 March 2014 - 10:05 am
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awww yay Libby! You go get those deer!

Been thinking about you since we chatted last night and am so glad to hear the day has begun with a lot of hope (and pee!). There is lots and lots of love coming your way, we are all hoping for a really good week ahead.

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Thank you all so much.  I can feel the love and pawsitive energy.  We now have poop!  We have to use 2 slings to help her outside.  Unfortunately I see she is putting her knuckles on the ground when she tries to walk.  After she did her business, Bret got her in a stance and she stood on her own weight.  She's not getting any exercise at the moment so I thought that was better than nothing.

I'm trying a little heat and alternating with ice packs along her spine and hips.  I've also tried some gentle massage along her spine.  She's panting from the meds but otherwise seems comfortable.  I help her switch from side to side when she's lying down.

I don't know where all this will end up but for today, Libby is still with us.

Love,

Amy & Libby....a Winter Warrior that fights on and never, ever gives up.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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16 March 2014 - 10:51 am
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Just catching up on everything. I'm so sorry for this setback! Keeping you, Libby, and your family in our thoughts! 

 

 

Cody and Family 

Cody is our 7 year old Australian Heeler mix boy. Diagnosed on 2/20/14 and became a tripawd 2/21/14! We chose a homeopathic approach and he is being treated by Dr. Loops our of NC.

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16 March 2014 - 10:58 am
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She pooped! She pooped! (I keep telling Admin we need a dancing poop emoticon here ;)

That's awesome, let's celebrate!!!

Sounds like the pain management is kicking in and she's still Libby, that's wonderful. You sound like you're both holding up well too. I know this phase of things is SO hard to go through, but your strength is shining through and it's clear that Libby feels it too.

Here's to your pack, may today be a very good day.

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16 March 2014 - 10:59 am
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This is all great!  Sounds like the gaba is doing a great job for her huh? Ok phew, I woke up and you guys were the first thing on my mind.....I'm sending you tons of love and positive thoughts, please keep us posted!!!!

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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16 March 2014 - 11:08 am
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Yes we DO need a poop icon, with party hats and blow horns, ha.  

Libby is clearly bored so I stuffed a bone with some natural peanut butter and cream cheese.  That kept her busy for all of 60 seconds! :)

She's getting lots of love from us and our sons.  We are in a holding pattern....and still hopeful.

Love,

Amy & Libby

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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16 March 2014 - 11:54 am
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YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So good to hear!! You can stuff the bone and then freeze it. Might last an extra 60 seconds that way 🙂 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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Shelby MUST be part lab.... lol ... she can devour one of those bones in record time too!!!

 

Glad Libby is hanging in there!! Fingers crossed we see more positive updates ALL day. 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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16 March 2014 - 1:24 pm
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We freeze a Kong with peanut butter slathered on the inside. Takes a bit of work to empty one...probably all of five minutes!

Do you have a rehab vet nearby? They might have some insight for you.

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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16 March 2014 - 1:34 pm
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Thanks for the tips ladies!  I should have thought of freezing them since I make her frozen treats.  

Kathi, yes we have a rehab vet facility here.  I've been reading about it.  I also picked up some massage tips from the internet. 

Amy & Libby

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14



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16 March 2014 - 2:15 pm
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Amy,

I didn't even want to sign on today because I didn't know what I would find with Libby.  I know things are not looking good you say.  My thoughts are with you, your husband, Libby and your other furbaby.  Libby is a definite fighter.  Keep showing us Libby.  She will tell  you when its time Amy

 

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I've been gone all weekend and just caught up with this thread. Sending healing thoughts your way. Libby is such a tough girl.

Take care-
Luanne and Spirit Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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LIBBY!! Got a surprise foryou! Happy Hannah rustled up sme deer foryou!! That means your own stashof fresh deer poop!!
Look between the big oak tree on the right and the boxwood on the left....?.in the background is a deer! And what you can't see.....it's a TRIPAWD!!! HONEST!!! This is the seondyear she's been "with us"! I put corn out everyday foe their dessert.....the actualh come when I call them fr dessert!t.

Sendkng you love!

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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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18 March 2014 - 3:53 am
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Good morning Amy

Just hopping on this thread to "check on" Libby and you!

Hope things are improving slowly each day.

Sally and little Miss Happy Hannah - thanks for sharing the tripawd deer with us.

Many hugs

Linda and Tucker

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18 March 2014 - 6:11 am
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Oh Sally, that's amazing!  Thanks for sharing. I love how Happy Hannah pays no mind.

Hi Linda...things have not improved, sadly.  My heart is breaking because my head knows how this is going to end. Thanks for checking in.

Amy & Libby 

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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