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Name: Nick
Bio: This is a blog page dedicated to the story of Diggs, a 78 pound, 11 year old, Shepherd mix who was diagnosed with bone cancer at the beginning of 2018. In March of 2018, I was left with no choice but to take his front left leg to stop the cancer from spreading to the rest of his body. This is the story of Diggs and his transformation into the perfect "Tripawd".

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Day 11: Stairway to eleven (Diggs takes the stairs)
Today is Thursday, Day 13. Diggs spends most of his day sleeping in odd positions. He has 4 more days worth of medications left. I'm interested to see how things change once he is off the meds. He is obviously upset about what has happened to him. (More)
Day 5: On the bed!
I have to apologize for not posting more often but life beyond our Tripawd has been nothing short of crazy. We are moving 2 houses into 1 in a week. Pure chaos. Diggs still can't take the stairs but this morning he did climb into our bed, camped o (More)
Day 2: Waking up is hard to do
Yesterday (Sunday) was Day 2. I moved his bed in next to ours that night. I woke up pretty regularly to check on him. He had been shifting around on his own without a peep but ultimately stayed in his bed the entire night. Yay drugs! The mornin (More)
Day 1: Sleep, eat, pee, repeat
Well, day 1 went just fine. Diggs spent most of the day laying in his bed enjoying the Nick & Amy food delivery service. His medicine schedule is pretty easy to deal with and I've been rolling the pills in peanut butter which has been even fun (More)
Yesterday was crazy difficult but... At 3:30pm we got the call that Diggs handled the surgery like a champ! The leg was removed without issue, he handled the anesthesia just fine, and they were able to remove the spleen and biopsy the liver wit (More)

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Glad to hear the surgery went well! We are on Day 6. I don't know that I am yet qualified to give advice. Currently I am making a big deal out of every step he takes. I try to push him a bit further every day. I have a sling that I use to help take some of the pressure off of him. Otherwise, I am trying to be patient and take every day as it comes. (More)
Thanks so much for being so supportive. Diggs and I are sending positive vibes your way. We can't wait to hear all about Cookie! (More)
Debra & Layla, I'm not crying, you're crying! Haha Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I'm so glad to hear that Layla is doing so well. My nerves are shot but we are going to be just fine. He will likely recover faster than I will. You are an angel for caring and we wish you both the best. Diggs & Nick (More)
Hey Jerry! Thanks so much for the warm welcome! Diggs and I are as ready as we will ever be for this part of our journey but knowing that we have support from the Tripawds community definitely helps take the edge off. If there is anything I can do to help promote Tripawds please let me know. Your newest friends, Diggs & Nick (More)

3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. Our poodle Sweetie is a rescue and had her back leg removed due to an injury. Have no idea what happrned just that it was crushed so we knew it had to go when adopting. We’ve only had her a year but have started looking into a cart from Eddie’s Wheels.

    If her remaining back leg goes because of a blown ACL then surgery is $4000. But a cart for her size is $325. Seems like a bargain to me and good preventative maintenance to help that back leg. Talked with Eddie’s Wherls yesterday and they are so nice and helpful. We are very excited to be able to take Sweetie on longer outings with a cart.


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