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13 February 2012 - 7:57 pm
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That's such great news!  I'm glad that Sadie has turned a corner and on the road to recovery.

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13 February 2012 - 8:34 pm
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OH MY GOSH!!!!  This is the best news EVER!!  I admit, I was very worried.  But I'm so glad to hear Sadie is responding to the antibiotics!  We are going to celebrate with something very fattening!

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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13 February 2012 - 9:09 pm
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When I saw the sudden flurry of posts to this topic, I held my breath to see what was going on. I must say I am delighted and relieved that it turned out this well! I understand Sadie has a long row to hoe and it may be some time yet before she feels well and doesn't need a lot of care, but that beats the alternative. After the crummy winter we've had, it's good to get news like this! clap

Now everybody get some sleep and maybe have an adult beverage.

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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13 February 2012 - 10:06 pm
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WHEW! So glad you finally got some good news! Keep getting better Sadie!

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14 February 2012 - 7:49 am
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Happy tears from me too. And a BIG sigh of relief. I have been thinking about you and Sadie constantly and praying for a miracle. Knowing just how it feels to be hanging on the edge of my seat not knowing how things will turn out makes me feel like I am right there with you. It does really feel like it is literally tearing at your heart. But I am proud of you! You have done just what you needed to do to give Sadie the very best care during this perilous time. I know you may not be totally out of the woods but I think you sure can see the the way out  arrow . Stay strong and your little Warrior Sadie will prevail!!! Much love and prayers to you , Sadie and your family!! 

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14 February 2012 - 12:56 pm
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WOooooooo hooooo! Fantastic news, we've been thinking about you. What a relief. OK now b r e a t h e. Whew!

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14 February 2012 - 4:06 pm
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Can I just say how wonderful all of you are?!  Reading all the posts absolutely overwhelmed me with comfort and thankfulness. I do believe yesterday was a miracle. On Friday, the outlook was so grim.  And though, as was said, the work of healing and fighting isn't over, a weight has been lifted from me, to allow me to renew my energy, my optomism, to continue to help Sadie. I have held my breath since Feb 2nd and boy it does feel good to exhale again. I want to acknowledge those of you who are traveling along side your dogs fighting cancer. One post had said that Sadie does not have cancer, so her future is bright. Yes, I hope so and I am greatful. I'm perhaps a minority with her amputation being from an accident and not cancer, but want all of you to know that Tripawds has been a saving grace for me. I am in awe of those of you who are fighting a difficult battle and yet take time to walk with me in my journey as well. You are taking  your "bad news" (meaning a cancer diagnosis) and using it for good..in helping others with whatever it may be that we need. I am blessed.

On a lighter note, yes, we did go out for dinner and I ate like never before!! (I also had an adult beverage)winker We soaked in the good news of that day!

Sadie will continue her daily visits to vet, but doesn't have to stay all day, like before. She continues on the antibiotics and pain meds. Today, she rolled in the snow and wanted her belly scratched. I look forward to her being less lethargic and gimpy as time goes on...but don't want to rush her. A couple of our neighbors were outside when we were and commented that it was good to see Sadie out again. (It was hard not to notice her over the last 5 years, running around the yard like a cheetah).

To answer a couple of questions, I am in Minnesota, central time zone. Sadie is 5 years old.

Thanks to all again! I will post with news. I am probably going to lose my job and my husband because I am spending so much time on Tripawds!!!!laugh

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14 February 2012 - 4:50 pm
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You are so right about everyone on Tripawds being so wonderful! It definitely saved me too! Everyone here helped me through my Valentina's very rocky recovery and through her passing and now just being on Tripawds helps me feel better. Knowing that everyone on here knows the type of emotional pain that takes a toll you is so helpful and comforting. It's terrible that we all have to know this pain but these things happen and it is so wonderful to have a place to go to get help, information, encouragement, understanding and even a laugh. Even though Sadie came to be a Tripawd by an accident it doesn't change the emotional wreckage that you have had to deal with. I know without a doubt that everyone on here just loves Dogs period. No matter what circumstances surround why you became a member everyone here is just full of love, help and support. I keep on thinking that the world would be a better place if everyone treated others the way everyone on Tripawds does. When we are there for each other we are not only helping others we are helping ourselves. It gives us a release and helps us to heal. And in our regular lives I am not sure if there are many people that would be too interested for us to just go on and on and on about our Dogs. But at Tripawds that is exactly what we do! And I just love it! I got chills reading your last post. I am just so happy for you. I am glad that you and your family went and had a nice dinner and you were able to exhale. Still praying for you all! Hope you can get a better nights sleep now too! You sure do deserve it!  smiley

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17 February 2012 - 10:15 am
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Thinking about Sadie alot and wondering how she is doing. Hoping for an update soon! 

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17 February 2012 - 7:12 pm
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I updated a bit on "sadie's story", too. We are continuing to make daily vet visits for wound care and assessments. We have cut back on her pain meds a bit and she seems to be ok with this. Appetite is better today and yesterday. Yay! She lost weight and just wasnt interested at all. We had a hard time with giving her meds, but that has improved as well. Each day is different with what works. They are keeping her incision covered at all times over the last week. She is scratching on the bandage some, so I take that as healing...and a good sign. She still sleeps A LOT but this she needs.  Her spirits are so much better. (or perhaps less meds) 🙂 She is taking interest in sounds and smells when we are outside. She trots and rolls around on the ground with a big smile. It doesn't take much, though and we must go in to rest. She is ok to be left for a short time. She is probably ok to be left like a normal work day, but I just don't have it in me yet! I worry about her getting hurt, or feeling lonely after being with us 24/7 since the start of February. We are getting some steps for her so she can sleep on our bed again. She stands at our closed bedroom door and looks forlorn. 🙂 "I want to sleep in my favorite spot, pleeeeaaasse". I find her doing the things she used to, which may not be so good for her anymore: putting paw upon window sill and standing to look out. She also use to paw at me when she wanted me to get her something. Now she comes over to me and puts her paw on me and stands up. This puts alot of pressure on that lone front leg. I havent been given any reason by vet to think Sadie will not pull through this..infection seems to be responding well to meds. I hope there are no surprises!!!

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17 February 2012 - 8:00 pm
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Wow, this sounds great! Any dog that gets a good back scratch on the ground and wants to paw you for attention AND is hoping to take over the bed again sounds like a happy dog to me! So hoping Sadie turns the corner this coming week and gets some strength and energy back! All that sleeping just might do it. Good girl, Sadie!

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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17 February 2012 - 8:07 pm
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So glad to hear Sadie is acting more like her old self!

Hope some additional rest and TLC get her to her new normal quickly!
Keep up the good work, Sadie.
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17 February 2012 - 8:11 pm
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Wonderful news!  Paws crossed!

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She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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17 February 2012 - 9:12 pm
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Sounds good all around! The pain meds were probably messing with her mood and maybe appetite. Doing more normal stuff is really encouraging.

I hope she keeps getting better!

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18 February 2012 - 5:18 am
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I'm so glad Sadie is doing so much better.  It's always a relief when they start doing their normal stuff.

Marla and Daisy

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