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Tazzie's results: haircut by haircut
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Cordoba, Argentina
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24 September 2009 - 5:02 pm
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Susan, you are brave!!

Glad Tazzie is coming home and in your place I would move my bed down... nude dogs are so so so so warm to keep in bed in cold northern nights!!!!Winker

Tramadol is all you said in your mail... but better to see pink elephants than to feel pain, maybe he just needs it for a few days (keep an eye on him that he doesn't find it great, this new world with elephants Way Cool)

Many hugs,

Cecilia & Spirit Hori

Spirit Horacia, Castaño, Olympia + human family Cecilia, Georg and Julia - - - Hori first diagnosed 8/6/09, ampu 8/12/09, run over the bridge 9/10/09 – We miss you every day dear girl!

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24 September 2009 - 5:06 pm
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You are such a great mum Susan!!  I really admire your good attitude.  Tazzie is a very lucky dog.  Thank you very much for this update.  You both are still in my thoughts tonight. 

Suzanne & Oslo

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24 September 2009 - 6:38 pm
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Hori and Oslo - some of my best buds! Thanks for greeting us on our arrival home. Sadly, Tazzie is downstairs as I type (and order Thai food), with the stairs blocked off by chairs or else he'd be here. I'm not sure where I will sleep. The couch is way too small and Tazzie does not like to be crowded. Maybe in the dining room, on the table.

Overall, things look okay. He could not sit on the car seat and had legs and one arm splayed in all directions (it looked horribly painful but thank goodnesss he did not screech), so I ran back into the vet to ask for help to hoist him into the car with the seats flat. Then again, his surgery was only this afternoon. He just looks so WIDE AWAKE AND READY TO GO when he is inside at the vet clinic that I did not expect him to be clumsy in the car.

The incision is longer than I expected, about 5" (10 cm), okay that is a lot smaller than the amputation but I expected about 2 cm! But the vet was very nice and made the smallest possible haircut possible. It is not ugly. It is surprising to see Tazzie's skin - almost everyone comments on his "Dalmation" skin. The big black spots of fur have black skin. But the white fur has dappled dalmation type skin, so even his skin seems to meet with good reviews (not quite the same enthusiasm as his fur, but it is better than all pink skin, hmm, like most of us). My neighbour asked what colour the skin is under the brown head, and started to pull back that fur. I said I do not know and I hope we never find out!!!!!

He is definitely sore to walk, and walks like he did when re-learning post-amp. I certainly hope he will be back running in another week or two, so I can get it on video for you (okay, and for HIS sake!). He was always a fast 4-legged and he was pretty damn fast the other night at the park playing with a young boxer pup. He'd be there tonight if it was not for this surgery. Currently I am happy that we took the darn lump off, even if it does not make a difference in his overall survival. But, this is going to be the last surgery he ever faces (I am almost certain that it true). I can't really see making decisions about his treatment when there is reasonable doubt.

When I was at the vet just now, sadly a dog was there with torsion. It was in the back being x-rayed, but a woman was standing around waiting, just as I did on June 1, 5 weeks prior to bone cancer and then amputation. Gosh, deja vu all over again. I had to bite my tongue because I didn't think she would appreciate me saying how she would probably get through the torsion just fine, and then see my 3-legged and dopey dog hop out of the clinic.

Officially, he is not allowed any "rowdy play-time" for two weeks. We'll see how it goes. Cross your 15 toes.

Did everyone see Bull's story? They definitely need some moral support and advice! Well, I better get back downstairs. Night everyone!

Susan

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24 September 2009 - 7:21 pm
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Susan and Tazzie,

I'm glad the surgery is behind you and now you can concentrate on recovery.  I was sorry to hear the tumor was into the muscle so recovery will take longer but am glad that you got it removed.  Tazzie sounds like such a wonderful dog.  I wish I could meet him and you as well, Susan.  It is funny to feel so close to so many dogs I don't even know in person.  Still praying.

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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25 September 2009 - 8:07 am
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There seem to be lots of posts without very good news this morning. So I thought I'd write to say that Tazzie seems to be doing well, considering the small surgery he had yesterday. He is not running or jumping, but he did walk slowly outside this morning and I eventually coaxed him with food to get far enough from the stairs to pee. I'm sure it hurts and he is slow to adjust position, but I bet the pain will pass within a few days.

I might resort to the dreaded cone for about 5 hours today. I have never used it for Tazzie (he freaks when you put it on and I don't want to give him a heart attack), but I just want to make certain that he does not touch those stitches. He had shown no interest in them, and I usually only use a t-shirt, but I want to be sure.

Susan & Tazzie 2

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25 September 2009 - 8:45 am
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Thanks for this bit of good news! Glad Tazzie is recovering well.

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25 September 2009 - 4:18 pm
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Hi Susan,

Hope you and Tazzie had a good day.  Tazzie seems to recover well so far. Always looking for some news from you Aw Shucks

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25 September 2009 - 10:58 pm
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You are truely an inspiration. The wonderful positive spirit you possess is truely refreshing and I know will keep me in check through our walk as well. I just wanted to say that I was glad to hear that Tazzie got through and is home. Our prayers are with both of you.

Alisa & Shilo

Shilo diagnosed with osteosarcoma 9/4/2009, amputation 9/9/2009. ShiloAnne lost her battle 11/23/2009 where she regained her fourth leg and is patiently waiting for her parents to join her. We will always love you baby girl.

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26 September 2009 - 9:03 am
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Hi Everyone

I'm not sure how Tazzie and I can inspire anyone, but that is nice of you to say. I tend to be an excessive worrier as most of the tripawd veterans know.

But Tazzie seems to have recovered quickly from this minor surgery, far more than quickly than I feared when I heard the vet say "tramadol". I even let him climb up the stairs last night (don't tell the vet). Plus the dog park is coming to us today (three people and one dog arriving within the hour just to see Tazzie) since we can't go to the dog park. This particular doggy visitor is friendly but does not rough house, which is good - I will be careful to make sure Tazzie does not bust his stitches.

He did take me by surprise when he chased a squirrel in the yard yesterday - that is when I realized he was feeling fine. Our good thoughts and Tazzie's excess energy goes out to everyone in need this week: Yoda, Tika, and lots of newbies!

Susan & Tazzie 2

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26 September 2009 - 5:48 pm
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Tazzie... you too are an inspawration! How nice to have the doggie pawty at home, this makes recovery much more fun and I would guess that it surely speeds things up. Great idea, Susan!

Happy to read that it's going fine.

Thanks for the energy... it's needed down here What Ever

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Cecilia

Spirit Horacia, Castaño, Olympia + human family Cecilia, Georg and Julia - - - Hori first diagnosed 8/6/09, ampu 8/12/09, run over the bridge 9/10/09 – We miss you every day dear girl!

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26 September 2009 - 6:03 pm
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Glad to hear Tazzie is feeling better after surgery.  She (and you) are inspirational.  We are all inspiration for each other.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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26 September 2009 - 7:37 pm
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I am so happy to hear that Tazzie is recovering well from his ordeal.  Back to chasing squirrels even!  Good for him. Laugh  And yes he is very much an inspiration. 

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26 September 2009 - 10:56 pm
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Way to go, Tazzie!  Now that you've shown your mom how well you're going to bounce back from the surgery – take it easy and finish recovering Big Grin

I definitely saw that excess energy you sent out to Yoda when I got home from my short shift tonight.  After his walk he was like, "Okay, now what?"  So he got some more food with little bits of steak mixed in, and after that was like, "Okay, now what?"  I got out his tennis ball bone and let him play with that until he started pulling the fuzz off, and he was like, "Okay, but now what?"  Finally, a fish-skin stick satisfied him and he has gone to bed for the night.  Spoiled much?  I better get to bed now too so that I'm up for his next dose of liverwurst – I mean painkillers. 

Yoda&Mom united: 9/5/06 …….… Yoda&Leg separated: 6/5/09……… Yoda&Leg reunited: 10/14/09 ……… ……………….………….………….……. Yoda&Mom NEVER separated! …………………….….……....….…… Though Spirit Yoda currently free-lances as a rabbit hunting instructor for tripawds nationwide

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27 September 2009 - 5:28 am
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Good boy Tazzie!! Good boy!  You are amazing! Always bouncing back! 

I am so glad to read Tazzie his recovering quickly from his last surgery!! 

And so glad so hear Yoda is doing better too!!   

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27 September 2009 - 11:46 am
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Yay Tazzie! So happy to hear that you're recovering so quickly!!! Keep posting the updates! Sending good thoughts your way!!!

Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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