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Libby's 4 week post amp update :)
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28 February 2013 - 7:53 am
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She's doing so well!  I feel she pretty much sailed through her recovery so far.  All systems are functioning at full speed :)

She's been on the metronomic protocol for 10 days with no visible adverse effects.  She still tires easily when out for a walk in the park, but she can climb a big hill with little effort.  I'm positive I'm more nervous about it than she is, especially during the trip back down that hill.  

Pretty much, the only thing she is NOT doing that she did before the amp, is getting up on the couch.  She did it once or twice shortly after surgery, didn't stay long and hasn't tried it again.  

I never thought I'd be so happy to have her barking at my sweeper again.  She insists on throwing her ball down right in front of the sweeper.  She will also do that to hubby when he mows the lawn.

I honestly don't think I could have handled all this without the support and encouragement of the Tripawd family.   Thank you all for that.

 

This picture is her internal clock telling her daddy (the love her life) should be home from work any minute.......... 

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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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28 February 2013 - 8:28 am
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Way to go Libby!!!  We are so happy to be on this journey with as part of the winter warrior group!!!  You are makin' your mama so proud and kickin' cancer's butt!!

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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28 February 2013 - 8:50 am
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4 weeks means almost 1 month so Happy Ampuversary Libby!!

It sounds like she is doing great- keep up the good work watching out for dad.

 

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28 February 2013 - 12:12 pm
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Ms. Libs says "Thank you!"  She's wearing the Winter Warrior badge with pride.  

I'm beginning to wonder if that hair is ever going to grow back.  It's almost all grown back on the leg, but the other area is still pretty bald.  She needs a dog wig, lol.

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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28 February 2013 - 2:48 pm
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So glad she Libby is going well.  She looks very content waiting for dad.

 

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Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

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28 February 2013 - 5:38 pm
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Yessssss! We love hearing post-amputation updates like this, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful news. Give Libby a big, big smooch from all of us and have FUN!

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Way to go Libby!  I love the photo! It is precious. 

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28 February 2013 - 6:55 pm
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Thank you all!  Life is good. :)

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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28 February 2013 - 7:02 pm
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Libby!  You are precious and poised!  I love it!  Great update, too.  Keep it up, Ms Warrior.  You are looking GOOOOOOD!

 

ps: Jackson's fur is taking forever to grow in.  I hear with a double coat, it won't be like until next winter when his top coat is there.  I guess we can add "Patches" to his loooong list of nicknames.

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Thanks, Katy!  Yikes about the fur regrowth!  It's coming in nicely on her leg, though.  "Patches"..ha, exactly!

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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