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Mojo's post forelimb amputation update
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The Rainbow Bridge


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29 November 2022 - 10:40 am
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Hey Mojo that was a slick way to get your parents to cook up real food for ya! icon_lol I'm glad you're eating better now. 

I agree that the cancer mets can do that. They occupy space in the lungs, which makes it harder to get air into them so you can do things. We saw things play out in a similar way with our Jerry. His body also started giving out before his brain, which made things really hard for us. And later, for our Wyatt Ray who didn't have cancer but had IVDD (spinal issues) it was the same story. For both dogs we spent a lot of time managing mobility and any pain needs that cropped up.

Remind me, has Mojo seen any kind of rehab therapist? Forgive me for not recalling this. I'm just thinking that at this point it would be helpful to see one just so they can guide you in ways to keep her strength up so she can get around better on her own. Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit too.

As for wood floors, yeah, they are a Tripawd's #1 enemy, even when the dog is in top shape. Consider Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips so that Mojo can have more confidence on her own instead of needing assistance to get around inside the house. That way when she is off any traction you have already put down, she has an extra tool to help her footing.

I hope the NSAID and Adequan helps (it worked for our Jerry and Wyatt for a while). Paws are crossed!

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19 December 2022 - 4:12 pm
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No, Mojo hasn't seen a rehab therapist at all.

We basically waited a week after getting the Adequan before starting her on it mainly because I was worried that I would do it wrong. During that week she was managing to get up on her own so we felt a lot better and then I was like, okay, I already bit the bullet and bought the stuff so let's use it. The injections have been going well and we are finding that she's making the rounds at night downstairs to sleep in different rooms...she'll be in one room when we go to bed and in the AM she's in another. Sometimes she's in the dining room which does require her to tackle the hardwood and as long as she goes slow she manages it well. We have two long runners going from the living room up to the front door so she can easily make her way to the formal living room for zzzs too.

She's still eating the ground chicken/turkey well and as long as I crush up the Pro-Pectin and mix it in with a tiny bit of canned food she'll eat it. We've got to keep the amount of canned food to a very small amount since it's high in fat and can upset her pancreatitis.

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21 December 2022 - 5:02 pm
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Love to hear how Mojo is running around at night and choosing her own sleeping area depending on her "mood". And good for you for recognizing what a great Improvement this is!  Sounds like the adequan is doing its job. Good for you for staying the course.

Thanks for the update. Overall, things seem to be going in the right direction. Upward and onward!

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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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8 January 2023 - 5:13 pm
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It's with a heavy heart that I write this but, after almost 15 1/2yrs it was Mojo’s turn to cross Rainbow Bridge today.

She had bounced back the past four weeks as she always seemed to do but Monday night she had a wheezing session and then a couple more during the week. Her breathing was pretty labored just trying to go between rooms or from the front room no more then 2ft outside. Her energy level was dropping and we had to help her standup. We knew it was the lung nodules and we knew she wasn't gonna bounce back this time.

The past few meals for Mojo were dino nuggets. An egg and tator tots for breakfast today followed by a quarter pounder and cheese patty with vanilla soft serve for lunch.

I just wanted to thank everyone in this group for their dedication, knowledge and understanding of tripaws...we would have been so lost without you all when Mojo's osteo journey started. I hope that my posts have been educational to others that are just starting out.

I wish you and your furry one the best as you embark on a three-legged adventure!

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8 January 2023 - 6:19 pm
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Our tears fall with yours right now.  So very, very sorry to read this.  Aich a mix of emotions....somewjat expected, yet not expected  because she has defied the odds and overcome hurdles time and time again.

Absolutely,  Mojos' journey has  been and shall continue to be educational and inspirational on so many  levels. Mojo  particularly inspires  as a  stellar role model of how well "mature" dogs can enjoy life on three.

Another thing that has touched us all, is how deep the bond is with you and Mojo.  Clearly you share one heart. You always were focused on what was  best for Mojo..  And the way you gave him the gift of release when he told you he was ready to run free and fast to The Rainbow Bridge .  

I'm pretty much at a loss for words right now.   There really aren't any anuway.  Please  know, from the bottom of my heart, what a privilege  to has been to know this sweet girl and to witness the love she has for you, and you have for her.💖

I have ,no doubt shewillmconnedt without in a very Mojo specific way. It may rake awhile though, as she's currently bisydevouring a feast of ice cream with chocolate syrup and whip cream

Surrounding  you with the happy smile of Mojo and bathing you in her eternal light of love💖

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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9 January 2023 - 8:38 am
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Robyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. Mojo has been an inspawration to us all and our hearts are heavy knowing she got her angel wings. Having a dog so many years, and beating the odds the way she has, doesn't make it any easier at a time like this. Be good to yourself and know that you gave her a dream life that all dogs deserve and hope for. She was so loved!

It has been an honor following her journey on three legs, watching her show the world what senior dogs can do on three legs! Thank you for sharing it with us. 

You did right by her all the way to her last moments on earth. That is so so so hard to do! But you found the strength and there is no greater way to show love than by helping our beloved dog out of their body that no longer serves them. Mojo went to the Bridge knowing she taught her humans strength, courage, and selflessness. She was a great teacher whose lessons will always be in your heart.

We are all sending you tons of hugs and love. Thank you for being here to share Mojo with us. Her legacy lives on.

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