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2 August 2008 - 12:31 am
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Jerry, Thank you for putting Bailey’s picture in. I am not a computer person and didn’t know how to do this. Will have to have the husband help with this. Bailey’s patch comes off tomorrow, Saturday 8/2. We hope we will see some better "out put" when this comes off. What she takes in is not a problem. She eats and drinks very well. It is just when she is outside she can’t seem to stop long enough or can’t remember what she should be doing while being outside. For anyone who is facing this with their "love", please read one of my posts about staying with him/her right up to surgery. Also on the "problem" side of things. One of the biggest problems we are having is the nightly whimpers. The reason? She is use to sleeping in bed with my husband and I. So she lays in the living room on her post-surgery bed, and looks up towards the bedroom and then she starts whimpering.  I am sleeping on the couch right next to her, she doesn’t seem to care. As she knows it is "bed time" and this is not where "bed time" is. I am beginning to understand what her different sounds mean, such as needing a drink of water, please may I have something to eat and "hay, the bed is up there Mom".  Another suggestion I have is to read what others before have been through. This has been such a great help to me. I was a complete mess when I first learned of the news (which was about 2 weeks before surgery). Jerry and company as well as all who have written with questions and help have been my support. I was not able to talk to people and family, but found the comfort when I turned to this great site for the friends and support. Thankfully we are not alone. O, and I try to do any computer typing while Bailey is sleeping! I have just been given the gift of more time with her and I want to grab it!  Don’t forget to give the rub downs and remember that they are not able to scratch (especially for a hind leg amputation) like they could. So this is why they have humans to give a fellow dog some help with the scratching department. New we are experiencing the long wait until the pathology report comes back.

 

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3 August 2008 - 10:36 pm
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Hi Debbie – Zeus’ mom here…thank you for sharing your story with us…Baily looks wonderful and how beautiful she is! That’s a golden for you 🙂

Zeus went through the same exact thing with sleep…he sleeps with me and had a very hard time staying downstairs, despite the air matress and either myself or my dad sleeping with him…he wanted his bed (that he lets me sleep in – LOL)…it was a tough 10 days after surgery…the waiting is horrible, but try very hard not to worry or think about it. What will be, will be and you have no control over it. We are so blessed that we have options and through this journey I’ve taken with Zeus, I have truly learned to live in the moment…that is all we have – just this moment and he has taught me how to cherish all my loved ones and not take it for granted that everything is fine – it can all change in a heartbeat as we all know.

She will figure out potty, stairs and everything else – she just needs to get her rest for now. Once Zeus got his bandage off, he was much happier – the stitches were out and his skin could breathe – and thank you for noting about the scratching – they can’t scratch as easily anymore and bond at night now with daily brushes and scratching – he loves it.

Keep us posted – we’re think of you.

Lots of love and healing energy to you ~

Heather

 

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4 August 2008 - 3:08 pm
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A big hug to both Zeus and Heather!! I figure when the staples come out (on the 13th) we can cuddle in bed again (will check with Doc first, however).

She has not had a band-aid on at all. It wasn’t until she got up on her own and the towel was not around her when I truly saw how much was removed. No it didn’t "freak" me out. I knew a lot had to be removed if we wanted to stand the chance that all of this cancer was also removed.

Yes, I am anxious about the pathology report, however only if I allow myself to think about it. I have forgotten how long her Doc said it would take for the report to come back.

We now have a ramp going out of our camping trailer (as we just moved and are living in our 5th wheel camping trailer). This has been a HUGE help. Even her older sister, Buttons, loves the ramp. We are both figuring things out everyday.

When Bailey is outside she is just so fast. Almost a run. And I am NOT a runner. I figure this is because she is figuring her balance and all. Today I have seen a bit of a slow down. Much to my relief and my exercise the past few days. Has anyone else experienced this fast almost a run pace? It is truly something!

Her surgery was only 6 days ago. Just as Jerry and Jerry’s Dad and Mom have told me it would it did happen. Bailey (with only now one hind leg) has figured how a girl can still pee. I still have a towel around her when she is outside, but it is only there now to protect her if she does fall. I really hated the thought of her falling as she tried to "relieve" herself. So I have slowly released my hold on the towel and now she is doing this on her own. Again the towel is still there just in case.

As for the resting…..It is just so hot and humid outside, these are the dog days of summer after all. Sleeping in, taking a long nap after going for a potty break, then something to eat, o and a nap after…..well so on and so on. Buttons just joins right in with Bailey and thinks this is not so bad.

I am thankful that I do have the time to spend with Bailey (and Buttons). Just like kids, if Bailey gets a rub down, so does Buttons. As this is the way it was before surgery so why change a good thing. Everyone who has written their story, asked their questions or given an answer has been so much more than help.

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4 August 2008 - 8:16 pm
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I didn’t have a band aid either. Strange how some vets do and some don’t use them. I don’t know why. Does anyone out there?

We know what you mean about the run walk. It’s just easier for us Tripawds to get our momentum and balance that way. Funny, just when my Mom and Dad had taught me how to heel and walk with them really well on a leash, that’s when I got my leg removed. Mom and Dad said "oh well, there goes the training!" and let me run, run, run, while we went on our short walks around the block. 

Glad to hear the towel trick is working for you. It’s a good way to help us get around the first few days, isn’t it?

You’ll have to send us some photos soon OK? Have a great week, and enjoy the lazy days of summer out there.

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Yep…it’s much easier for me to run too…I sometimes trip over mysefl when I’m just walking – for some reason the momentum makes it easier. Mom loves to watch me run  – I’m a front leg amputation and when I run, my tail looks like a helicopter – she thinks it’s cute for some reason and always cries those silly happy tears…

It took about 7 days for me to get the pathology results back. Even if the news isn’t good (mine wasn’t – it was OC), there are no guarantees of anything. Just like jerry has mentioned he was given a few months and here he is 20 months later (yeah!)…one day at a time…treasure each moment as you are.

We’re so glad to hear Baily is doing well – she will continue to amaze you.

Lots of love,

Zeus and Mom (Heather)

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5 August 2008 - 2:03 pm
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Zeus, You and your mom are amazing. Their tails are almost like an extra leg from what I have noticed already. We are at a week today.SmileLike you have said, everyday is a gift and truly amazing. This morning Bailey was able to get up, then go get a toy and carried it outside. Bailey (like many Goldens/Retrievers) loves to carry things around. The ramp her Dad built has been a major help. Yesterday late afternoon the weather was great. I put down a large towel, turned on a fan (just to help with cooling a bit) and after a "rest stop" she enjoyed laying outside for a while. Gosh her nose was in over drive. It was a relaxing time for all three of us (Buttons was right there as well). What is truly interesting to me is how they do figure things out on their own. Just like you all have been trying to tell me all along.  If the speed is something they need, then I will have to remember to stretch before I take Bailey out. I say this with a smile. I also see that our very recent move was right, to deal with this here. As the Surgeon here was very positive and didn’t hold her age against her. He always felt she would do very well. Another example of age only being a number. And yes, an old dog can teach US new tricks!  And here is to you, handsome Zeus!

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5 August 2008 - 5:41 pm
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Awww schucks bailey…I think you’re pretty beautiful too 🙂

What a joy to see her pick her toy up and carry it eh? I can literally picture it and have tears in my eyes as I’m imagining her and you…I remember the first time Zeus grabbed his chew toy…chased his tail (yes, after amputation) and scratched himself by rubbing up against the bed (a usual favorite of his) and I think it was one of the happiest moments in my life.

Only a dog lover can understand – which is one of the many, MANY reasons that I love this site…we all understand.

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One week already? Wow! And look at her progress.

Amazing isn’t it? How nature and instinct can just take over like that, in dogs anyhow. Humans are a whole other story. 

She’ll be swimming laps in no time! 

Yes, it’s all of the little things that we are so grateful for now. Every step (or hop), every meal that gets eaten, every play session with our toys.

Amputation, as hard as it was to experience for our humans, is indeed an incredible gift that can only really be experienced once we are on the road to recovery.

We understand completely. Keep us posted.

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Jerry & Co. 

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Jerry, your site is amazing! You and your mom and dad have helped so many. This all goes with out saying.

Now, have you ever thought of writing a book? Besides your wisdom, your inspiration and how you have been able to reach out to others who have also added…….well, Boy, how about putting all of this into pawprint.

With much love and gratitude from another one of your (girl) friends,

Bailey.

PS, I have no problem now meeting people at the door with big duck (my favorite toy) in my mouth. Mom says I can get up faster than her. Funny also, as I know my surgery has helped my mom in so many other ways. And after all isn’t that what we are here for, to help our humans! They do need so much help.

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Zeus, I do get it!  And can truly understand how beautiful it was when you gave yourself a good old rub against the bed. I am now back to my chin and side scratching on the carpet. Maybe tomorrow I will rub my back. But Mom and Dad have been helping me with the scratching. They scratch me with one of their hands and scratch my sister with their other hand. I spend some time outside when it is not that hot. Mom has me on a huge towel with a fan going. But I get to do some sniffing. My hair is starting to grow back in as well. Wonder if it will be the same color? Do you like to swim too? I can’t wait until I can swim again.

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6 August 2008 - 9:56 pm
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Debbie said:

Jerry, your site is amazing! You and your mom and dad have helped so many. This all goes with out saying.

Now, have you ever thought of writing a book?


Aw shucks, ain’t nothing! This site wouldn’t be anything if it wasn’t for the good people like you out there, supporting one another and sharing your stories. Thank YOU!

As far as the book goes, for about the last 7 months or so, we’ve been collecting stories for our "Tripawds Heroes and Tributes" book. We’re collecting a bunch so that we can eventually have enough material to present to a real publisher and see if we can get our book out there on a larger scale (right now they are custom-printed one at a time).

Thank you for the kind words. 

And we are so hoppy to hear that you’re getting up and greeting people like you used to! Yeay! Keep on teaching your pawrents all those important lessons we dogs are so good at sharing.

Love,

Jerry 

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