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Tripawds in my area: Ohio
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warren, oh
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29 September 2010 - 12:44 pm
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hi my names cathy. i have a 9 yr old sheltie(Libby) that has to have her left front leg amputated friday due to a lyposarcoma that was miss diagnosed. im lookin to anyone with advise especially in my area. i live in northeast ohio near youngstown.

thank you,

cathy

knoxville, tn
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29 September 2010 - 1:13 pm
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geesh, we're way down in knoxville tn…but don't dan and spirit gus live in that neck of the woods?????  i'm betting he will chime in soon!  sorry to hear of libby's cancer and surgery.  many of us have been there – pretty scary stuff at the first.  have you read jerry's required reading list noted at the top of the forums??? good starting place.  good luck to you both, and let us know how libby is doing!!!

 

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends

http://etgayle

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29 September 2010 - 1:26 pm
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We're in the Atlanta, GA area. Sorry to hear of the impending surgery. Libby will do just fine. There is a wealth of information on this site, so be prepared to read. Also, get lots of rest so you'll be ready for Libby's home-coming. Please keep us posted! We're sending pawsitive thoughts your way!

 

Cathy/Jane/Spirit Skyler/Chloe

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29 September 2010 - 4:27 pm
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Cathy and Libby,

We chatted earlier today and I have to say the Libby is very beautiful.

Everyone here know just how scary it is to be faced with what you and Libby now face. Trust me that this community will be here soon with the kind of support I have known over my nearly two years here.

Lots of love and Prayers for you both.

Sprit Cherry's Dad

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29 September 2010 - 8:56 pm
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Dear Cathy and Libby,

I don't live geographically close, but that is the bonus of this great website. We all are just as close as our computers, and as 

charon & gayle suggested…read all you can here and ask any questions. Most of us have been where you are now and are willing to share and offer some of our experiences with our pups and fighting this horrible disease. Once you and your sweet Libby get through the next couple of weeks, she will be hopping around and you will be amazed!

Sending warm wishes you are in the right place here.

Spirit JD's mom

JD

One Tough Girl

(1999-2010)

-Diagnosed with osteosarcoma of her left front leg –

-Amputation July 23 2010 –

-The cancer didn't get her, but she is gone-

-She fought the cancer and loved life till bloat brought her down August 29th, 2010-

Now she watches over her mom and two new sisters, the Quad-Paws Serena and Maya

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30 September 2010 - 3:40 am
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Welcome Cathy & Libby!  You will become so at home here you won't even notice we aren't neighbors!  You have opened the door to a world of support and a safe hideaway when you're having a bad day.  My tripawd friends are the best ever!  It is the one place where you can be you, and they 'get it'!

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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30 September 2010 - 5:18 am
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Hi Cathy, I'm so glad you found Tripawds – but so sorry for the reason. Libby is sure a cutie-pie!! Love that sweet brown face!

You'll find lots of amazing support to help you through this scary time. When you have a chance, read Jerry's required reading as etgayle suggested. Also, check out pictures in the gallery of other tripawds before Libby's surgery. It'll help to see them before you see your girl.

Gets lots of rest, stay positive and be ready for some ups and downs the next couple of weeks. You'll be amazed how quickly she's back on her paws!!

Let us know how things go on Friday.

Dx Osteosarcoma  3/31/10.  Amputation 7/21/10. Honey put up a valiant fight and lost her battle 9/22/10. Missing her and treasuring 9 years with our Honeygurl.

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30 September 2010 - 8:42 am
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Honey spent 2 nights at the vet where she was very spoiled and taken care of.

Dx Osteosarcoma  3/31/10.  Amputation 7/21/10. Honey put up a valiant fight and lost her battle 9/22/10. Missing her and treasuring 9 years with our Honeygurl.

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30 September 2010 - 8:56 am
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Chloe also spent 2 nights with round the clock technician care.  They made sure she was comfortable, pain free and recovering so that I could take her home!

-Chloe's mom

P.S. Plus it allowed me to “tripawd” proof the house, adding extra non slip rugs, buying a new dog bed, get some sleep…

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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30 September 2010 - 2:26 pm
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the vet tech told me she can come home tomorrow after her surgery. im so scared that thats too soon

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30 September 2010 - 3:19 pm
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I believe one of the admins left a comment on another forum regarding vets who allow dogs to come home same day post amp.  He said:

Run. Nothing good has ever come of dogs who came home the same day. Can't recall specific topics right now, but members have reported trips to the emergency vet, and worse. The best option is a facility with 24 hour post-op care. If they don't have that, then yes, being home with you may be better. Coming home the next morning is fine for most dogs, but until they fully come out of their post-op stupor, professional monitoring is highly recommended.  

Here is the forum this quote was taken from

You might call your vet and see if they offer 24hr post-op care.  Chloe had technicians around the clock for 48 hours before she came home.

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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30 September 2010 - 4:37 pm
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Cathy, welcome to the family, I live about 50 miles south of Cleveland in Medina county, not sure if that is the close you were looking for, but if you want to contact me, I'd be more than happy to help you out, e-mail me at cousinpepper@hotmail.com, and we'll throw you on our saddle and make the ride as easy possible. You've come to a great place, sucks to be us but we make it worth while. Paws up, Spirit Gus and Dan

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

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1 October 2010 - 7:05 am
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We're thinking of you this morning. She'll be fine. Skyler came home 24 hours after her surgery. I was really nervous about seeing her, and wondering if it was too soon to have her home. Looking at pictures prior to picking her up really helped prepare me for how the incision would look. When I saw Skyler hopping down the hallway at the hospital that next morning, all I saw was that beautiful face of her's. Nothing else mattered at that moment. Bringing her home really brought peace to us. She cried alot her first night, but after that she improved more each day. If they decide to keep Libby 2 days, then take advantage of that time and REST! Sending you pawsitive thoughts and hugs!

Cathy

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1 October 2010 - 10:03 am
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Hey everpawdy, we're locking this topic since it's gone astray from discussing parties in Ohio. Please feel free to continue to support Libby and Cathy's journey here. Thanks.

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