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Max on post op day 7
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My beautiful boy is getting better.  He decided that this was the morning he wanted to go back to his routine patrol of the back yard.  While he cannot use the doggy door, he lets me know that he wants out.  

I am beyond grateful.  Difficult as this journey was, it was so much easier than many.  Medically I was better equipped to manage this surgery than most, yet emotionally I was unprepared, shocked and bewildered.

I want to thank you all for your help and support.  Not sure Max and I would have made it without you all. 

I know there is still ways to go, and I still have the diagnosis to deal with.  I spoke with the vet yesterday and the lab did not yet have the results.  We were supposed to go in for a check up yesterday, but I will not take my dog back there.  The vet was very nice.  Renewed my scripts for pain meds per my request.  I had been administering more that prescribed but she agreed with my reasoning and gave me no difficulty increasing the dosage.  She offered me tramadol for him but I declined.  We are doing well with Novox and gabapentin.

In the meantime, here are some pics of Max surveying his domain.

I love you all.  Thank you from the bottom of my tiny black heart.

Max on POD 7

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Omd, I am laughing. We must be related, hahah… not many people share a tiny black heart smiley16  

I love your dedication to Max, how you have handled everything, how your devotion to your pup outweighed your fears and made you plunder through this unknown rollercoaster ride. You are a beautiful soul and Max is a lucky pup to have you.

In the middle of all this craziness you have managed to find a way to reach out to others and touch them too, truly amazing. 

Please give Max a sloppy smooch for me, he is a total heart melter sp_hearticon2


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Look at you lady! Wow I am overjoyed that you have turned a corner and found your strength and optimism. YESSS!!! smiley_clap We KNEW you could do it, you just didn’t know that. And you did, and Max is on the mend. This is spectacular news!

I love the photos, he looks terrific.

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Sooooo glad you hung in there and powered through  the rough parts!!  And Max is glad you hung in there too!!!    Look at him shine!!!  YAAAAY FOR YOU!!!😁


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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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