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Update on Mr. George Bailey
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16 January 2009 - 9:01 am
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A couple of weeks ago, we sent a message asking how long we could expect till George began to be his old self.  First of all, I want to thank all of you who answered the question, because it gave my wife and myself the confidence we needed to get through that very tough time when you first bring them home.  Secondly, you all nailed it on the head.  That first week home was difficult, watching my best friend be so encumbered, in pain, and just not himself, although two days after he was home, he made his first trek up the stairs.  But the second week was amazing.  He wanted to start to play just a little bit.  I would toss the frisbee once or twice and he would retreive it and bring it back, but that was enough.  The third week he began playing just like his old self.  We switched to a ball, however, because I did not want him to come down awkward on his good front leg while jumping up to catch the frisbee.  He had his first chemo on the 7th, and other than the shaving and bruising on his leg, you would not even know he had it done.  He has inspired not only Kathy (my wife) and myself, but just about everyone who has either seen him in pictures we have taken or in person.  For those of you just beginning this journey, hang on tight, things do improve and you should get your friend back.  If you are at the very beginning, having just found out about the diagnosis and are contemplating the surgery, I, for one, give it a wholehearted two thumbs up, without reservation.  We would be wathing George in a downward spiral, in more and more pain, and breaking our hearts, but we have our boy back (well most of him) in nearly the same shape as before.  The decision was tough, and truly, I hope we never need to make it again for any future dogs we adopt, but I would make it again without hesitation. 

By the way, though I am not an Oprah fan, did any of you see the two legged greyhound on her show a couple of Mondays ago?  This dog was 10 months old and was run over by a car and they amputated BOTH RIGHT LEGS, but this dog played, jumped and carried on like he had 6 legs.  What an inspiration.

One more thing, one of the small joys of this process was the fact that George would just snuggle with us.  Though this is passing once again, for that tough time right after the surgery, he would just lay on the couch right next to us, it was a real treat.

Thanks you all,

Dan (IAWL)

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Thank you so much for letting us all know how Geo is doing! Im so happy for both of you! I understand what a hard decision the amp surgery can be (Max is only 19 mo old) and we had a tough time deciding too…..but are SO glad that we went forward with the surgery. Like you said…once you get through the first 2 weeks, things really get back to what you would now call normal! It took Max a little longer, because he had some other issues to deal with on top of this, but we are also pretty much back to normal again too. I can also relate to the snuggle comment! Loved it while it lasted!! Best of luck in the future to Geo and your family!! Hang in there our fellow Tripawd! Cool


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What an inspiring update for those just beginning their journey.  I'm so glad George is doing so well. Here's to many many wonderful updates ahead.

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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Thank you for posting the update I'm so glad things are going well.  It really helped because I posted this morning how to help my husband with his feelings of “I feel like he is mad at me” but I sent him your update and told him to read it that it takes time but we will see a change in our Buddy.  It helps to read such wonderful stories.. Thanks again for posting and good luck to all!

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itsawonderfullife said:

… I did not want him to come down awkward on his good front leg while jumping up to catch the frisbee.

Good thinking, we stopped playing Jerry's favorite Frisbee game after realizing how high he would and could jump for it!

Thanks for  this great update. As you can see, you are helping others by sharing. It is indeed a wonderful life!

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Thanks for the honest update! When I came here, I was looking for a “timeline” or a progress report so I could understand & help Calamity get past this.

I believe the more of us that post (or have posted) daily updates to help people over the first horrible 2 weeks of healing. Personally, I needed to know if things she was doing were normal. I have been through a LOT with dogs over my life but never a leg amputation (the removal of an eye isn't as bad as this!). This was traumatic for me!

Although Calamity did not have bone cancer, I pray daily for all of those here that do. I know I will be here for many years to help anyone on the begining of this journey, cancer or not, and I will honestly remember how it was with my girl & share with others.

I'm happy that George is recovered well from his amputation & wish you the best of luck in his chemo journey.

Janie & Calamity

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17 January 2009 - 11:31 am
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That is great that George is doing so well- it is amazing how quickly they bounce back to their old selves.  Once you get past the 2 weeks, it is hard to believe life was ever any different.

CA Wrigley continues to amaze all that see her (even me).  You would think she was a tripawd her whole life- She breezed through her first round of chemo too- They certainly have  a lot to teach us.  I think there's a lot to be said for that living in the moment and not sweating the small stuff….

Keep us posted.

Seanne and Wrigley

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Yeaaaa!!!  So happy to hear George Bailey is doing so well!!!  It IS truly amazing and inspiring how quickly our furry companions bounce back after amp surgery and learn to adapt on three legs.  I look at my Jake and tell him on a regular basis that he is my hero.  I feel I am certainly a better human because of him and the lessons I have learned from him… before and certainly after his cancer diagnosis.  However, this journey would not be the same of course without the support and encouragement from our tripawd friends on this site!   It IS truly a wonderful life, isn't it?!!  Smile 

Luv Spirit Jake, Smooch, Baby Gus & Mom (Sherri)

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