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Fort Wayne, IN
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1 February 2013 - 6:09 pm
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LOL!  That's good!  I've tried to stay with a color scheme, but yeah...she's right! laughing

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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1 February 2013 - 6:32 pm
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I'm so glad she's home. It will get easier quickly

 

No color scheme to my rugs. he he he..

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1 February 2013 - 9:39 pm
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Yay for being home!  She is SO pretty!

Yep, I pulled all the throw rugs from every bathroom to spread over the tile downstairs and, unfortunately, each bathroom was a different color.  I had maroon rugs, blue rugs, sage green rungs, the existing green & tan runners over the hardwood, and one lime green yoga mat.  :)   Hey, it worked!

Amy, I'm the one who mentioned the mattress - glad it gave you some ideas.  BUT, just warning you - our mattress was still in the floor ten months later.  Never did get over the fear of him jumping off the bed and hurting a remaining leg so we just kept it in a safe spot.  Hope your poor husband isn't still on that air mattress ten months from now!

Good luck with recovery!

Lisa

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...
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2 February 2013 - 6:56 am
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She went pee AND she wanted to eat? Excellent!

Ok can I just say one thing? You gotta love pawrents who roll around on the kitchen floor and let their pups lick the pans. You're my kinda pack!! xoxo

I hope you have a great, relaxing day today. Keep us posted.

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2 February 2013 - 8:13 am
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Good morning and thank you all for your kind words!  Bret and Libby had a pretty good night on the air mattress once she got comfortable.  Fifteen minutes before meds were due this morning she was panting pretty good so I gave them to her and she wanted to get up and go outside!  She's closer to the front door but decided she wanted to do her business as usual in the back!  She pee'd AND poo'd! I was amazed at how well she hopped down the hall.  We are still using the modified canvas shopping bag to spot her but she barely needed it on the trip out.  She stopped once or twice on her way and we have to keep reminding ourselves she needs breaks.  We are used to her tearing out the back door in the mornings.

 

I thought we were going to hit a bump in the road after she came in.  She drank lots of water but didn't want her kibble with chicken, rice and green beans on it.  I warmed it all up but she wasn't interested.  I then sat with her and fed her the chicken out of it and she ate it.  I snuck in some kibble and rice too.  I didn't think she had enough to eat so I cooked her an egg in olive oil.  She ate all of it.  She took her joint supplement and thyroid pill followed with a salmon treat (boy those are soooo stinky!).  So I think we're good for now.

 

"....and one lime green yoga mat." lol..that made me giggle.  I can picture it.  I read your post to Bret about the 10 months on the air mattress.  He's a trooper...he said, "Oh, it wasn't too bad."  Says the guy who's only slept on in 1 night, lol.

 

I figure we are helping each other out when we let them lick the pans!  They get a treat and it's less work for me when I have to wash itlaughing.  

Thanks again for all the well wishes (if there was a heart icon I'd put it here) 

 

 

 

 

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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2 February 2013 - 3:48 pm
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Libby is a rock star! We had to go out and buy more rugs (go figure) and when we returned, she greeted us at the door!  My son, Ben, said when she heard the garage door go up she hopped up and trotted through the kitchen into the hall to meet us at the door!  It was just like old times...both dogs, right there.  

Bret took her in the backyard and she did her business....1 AND 2. Yipee!  She came in and ate all her dinner.  She stood through almost all of her dinner but had to finish sitting down.  She's my hero :)

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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2 February 2013 - 3:52 pm
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GO LIBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't it amazing watching them these first couple of days? you feel like such a proud mama every tiny little thing is such a great accomplishment and makes you have so much pride in your little furbaby!!

 

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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Wonderful that Libby's spirit is just as strong as ever! She is interested in what's going on with her pack, and she is interested in her food. Those are huge deals. clap

If she overdoes it, she might have a day where you think she's backsliding, but don't worry. This is all hard work and she may need a day or two of more intense recovery. By mid-month, you'll be so amazed!

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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I'm beaming for you guys!  Do you remember just how worried you were?  Look how well she's doing!  As Shari pointed out, don't be surprised or worried if she tuckers out from all this energy.  In the meantime, we're celebrating her pees, poos, and interest in meals over here.  Congrats Libby and family!  Horay!

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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2 February 2013 - 4:42 pm
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Thank you all!  She does tucker out easily.  It was a big deal for her to meet us at the door, go out to potty and then eat. She has been laying down ever since.  She's in the middle of our hub of activity (the kitchen) so she's getting lots of attention and visual stimulation.  She's not interested in her toys yet, but I know that will come.  She just amazes me.  You all were sooo right!   The vets office called to check on her too, so that was nice.

 

Thanks again for all the encouragement :)

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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What a pawesome Satuday! I'm so happy this is going well.

Yes, she will be tired and all those things that you took for granted before will suddenly seem like a big, big challenge now. But as she recuperates and begins the path to a "new normal" it's so much fun and beautiful to celebrate every one of those accomplishments. We'll be right along with you pawtying, so keep us posted!

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3 February 2013 - 10:09 am
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Thank you, Jerry!  We've always gushed over her but now it seems extra special with every "new normal" step she makes.  She continues to "do her business" on her regular schedule.  Never thought I'd be so thrilled about these bodily functionslaughing

I think she will be very happy to have all that wrapping taken off tomorrow.  It's wanting to bunch up and slide.  I gingerly try to re-position it to make it more comfortable.  

Thanks again for all the encouragement.  

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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Best of luck to you and your Libby.  Our Libby is about 3 week's ahead of yours, hang in there on the tough days.

 

Bob

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Thank you Bob.  Your Libby is quite a beauty too!  Best of luck to you all as well :)

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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Never thought I'd be so thrilled about these bodily functionslaughing

Oh, I know this feeling all too well!! Us "pawrents" worry ourselves to death about silly things like that, don't we? ;)  Super nice to hear Libby is getting accustomed to her "new normal" so quickly.  Go Libby!!

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