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Happy 2 Year Ampuversary Buddy!

September 21st, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Holy smokes it’s been two year’s! It’s still remain’s the best decision we ever made for our Bud Bud. He’s 15 now and has kind of become the old shoe of the house. The really comfy, good kind. ūüôā

Walks are a usual 15 minutes which mostly consists of sniffing and standing around. He’s a bit more wobbly these day’s due to his age. He lounges alot on his one side making his back leg pretty stiff and arthritis has set in. But, he’s happy.

Our daughter, Lindsey, thought it might be good to take him on adventure yesterday and give him a new view. The following picture’s was his reaction. Oh my goodness…happiest dog ever. I think we may have to do it more often!

So here’s to old age and happy doggie smile’s! Happy Amuversary Buddy! We love you!!


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Be careful of salmon oil and helloooo summer!!

June 21st, 2017 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Is this not the best face ever?! Summertime is the best time!
Just a quick check in to say hello and to give a warning about salmon oil! We started noticing that Buddy’s walk’s were becoming shorter. Old age and arthritis is starting to take it’s toll. He’s already on a supplement that helps it but I also read that salmon oil can also aide with the discomfort of arthritis. I found a great product sold on Amazon and tried it out. He loved it but unfortunately, it did not love him. We’re talking diareah for 4 day’s straight in the house and out of the house. ( I am very thankful for a carpet cleaner we had bought a few months ago. Oh Lord, I don’t know what I would have done with out it!)We called the vet and they recommended a teaspoon of canned pumpkin. Who would have thought that canned pumpkin helps diareah! Go figure?! Unfortunatly the canned pumpkin was not enough to help him. I came home from work one afternoon to find him shaking and the floor covered in slimey blood. It was a horrifying sight. Off to the vet we went where he recieved fluids, a prescription for probiotics and anitbiotics. They recommended keeping up with the canned pumpkin as well. He had emptyied eveything out of his small intestines and was now dumping everything out of his large intestine which included slimey blood. Tyankfully he ¬†was on the mend in 24 hours. Poor guy. I left a polite note on Amazon warning people to be very careful of salmon oil and the adevertiser that sold it to us refunded all our money back and gave us a coupon for $5 towards any of their products. I though that was pretty nice. Salmon oil might be good for some dog’s but it certainly was not ok for our’s. User beware! The funny thing is that ever since this bad episode, his walks have gotten better again! We are chalking it up to the warmer weather and the kids being back from college.
Here’s to warmer weather and sun filled days!

Cheer’s Tripaw family!

 

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Best News!

January 29th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Biopsy results came back Friday night. It’s a soft tissue sarcoma stage 2 out of 3. That means that there is a 20% chance that the cancer could metastasize somewhere else. It’s a slow growing cancer. BUT our vet said he feels he got 99.9% of the cancer out of his chest. He also said,” I think you bought him a significant amount of time.” Are you kidding me?! This was waaaay more than what we hoped for! We are hoping it will never rear its ugly head again. Prayers answered.¬†We are celebrating!¬†

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So Far So Good!

January 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Recovery is going very well! In fact, it’s going a lot better than what we anticipated! The vet¬†called and said he was ready to go Tuesday evening. The vet and the¬†staff had warned us that he would need a lot of assistance for about 10 days. But honestly, we felt that anything would be a cake walk compared to amputation recovery. They warned that his incision is from his neck all the way down his chest with lots and lots of staples and plenty of bruising. So we readied ourselves.

We picked him up that night and loaded him into the car. We were prepared to get him around with his harness but no assistance was needed! He walked into the house. Checked out his 2 favorite lounging area’s. Sauntered over ¬†to his food bowl for some dinner and water then signaled that he wanted to go outside to relieve himself. All with out help.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. So I threw one of his dog beds out front and there he sat for about 2 hours. Then Steve came home and he went for a walk. A walk! We were not expecting him to want a walk for at least a week! He is mighty. Mighty and amazing. ūüôā

We should hear biopsy reports by the end of this week or early next week. Praying for great outcomes! So far so good!

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Sometimes, you hit a lump in the road.

January 24th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

We celebrated Buddy’s 1 year and 4 month ampuversary recently with some unexpected news from the vet. He’s a pretty lumpy, bumpy dog. We’ve been pretty lucky with his lumps with the exception of the one that ultimately led us to amputation with his front leg. He’s had a pretty large fat lump on his chest for at least 2 years. Every time we’ve had it checked it came back as fat. Its been growing larger and heavier in the past few months. We’re talking softball size. The color has changed and its warm to the touch. He never seems bothered by it though. We decided it was best to take him in and see what the vet thought with the hope that perhaps they could remove it. There had been discussion quite some time ago to remove it but the vet feared that it could be near a major artery. We all agreed it was best to leave it alone at that time.

We took the kids, home from college, along with us for his visit. It makes him happy and I think everyone was getting a little concerned over this lump. Our vet was a little unnerved about the size and warmth of it¬†this time. She didn’t like the way it looked and agreed that it should be removed. She extracted a small amount of fluid from it¬†and started preliminary blood work for surgery. She would call us with results. We weren’t to worried and were feeling pretty confident that it would come back as fat again. He’s had it for years. How could it be anything else? He’s happy! He bolts out the door for walks and he eats, pee’s and poop’s all the same.

We had eye exam’s the next day and while we were waiting to check out we got a text from our daughter telling us to call the vet as soon as possible. The test results came back as cancer. My heart dropped. I thought I was going to be sick right there in front of everyone at that eye Dr. office. How can it be cancer? Come on. We beat cancer already. We removed his leg for God sake. We¬†take really good care of him. He gets excellent dog food. I give him chicken as a treat. He goes for walks, with out fail, everyday. CANCER?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE HAS CANCER?! ¬†How can this be happening?

We called the vet and she explained that she saw cancer cells on her slide but wanted to send it off to the lab. She wanted it confirmed with the hopes that she was wrong. She also noted that his calcium came back high which also indicates cancer. High calcium could mean that cancer could possibly be elsewhere in his body. She explained that the calcium level could be wrong because of the way the blood was drawn but lets wait on rechecking that until we get lab results back.

In the meantime the kids headed back to college. Both with heavy hearts. I couldn’t bear to watch them¬†say goodbye to our sweet boy. I thought my heart would rip out of my chest. We promised to update them as soon as we knew anything and we all prepared for the worst. But we also left room for hope.

I’ve had some serious conversation with God. I thanked Him for blessing us with this dog, that kind of got thrown in our laps 14 years ago. I asked if He would please let us have him awhile longer. I know it’s selfish but… you get to have him for eternity. I just want him awhile longer¬†and besides, I don’t think it’s his time to go yet! I know he’s old but I’ve seen dog’s his age act older. I decided to leave it in God’s hands as He knows best. I asked that He be gentle with him and with us. This is hard but I trust Him.

The results came back a week later confirming cancer. (Darn it.) We all agreed he could do the surgery as long as the cancer hadn’t made it to his lungs and as long as that pesky calcium level wasn’t to high. The cancer will come back but we may buy him some time. She¬†was concerned with his age but knows what a strong trooper he is when it comes to surgery. We scheduled chest x-rays and calcium blood work and possible surgery a week later.

He had a great week last week. Sat in the sun a few times. Had a few extra treats. Visited with his royals subjects while cruising down the street in his colorful scarf. The scarf had became a bra for his¬†lump. I bought myself a bracelet from the crystal store thats supposed to soothe worry and fear. I don’t believe for a hot second that a bracelets gonna help me with that but it is soothing to roll around the colorful stones between my fingers. ¬†Life is good.

He had his appointment yesterday. We dropped him off readying ourselves for what ever may come. I was glad to be busy at work. The waiting game¬†of hearing wether he could have surgery or not was awful. I think I almost broke my bracelet twice. Steve texted me a little after 11:00 wondering if I had heard anything. Nope. Nothing. So he decided to call. Steve texted me 15 minutes later. Lungs are clear. He’s having surgery within the hour! She hadn’t checked his calcium level but wasn’t concerned unless it was over the top. Prayers answered. I can breath for a minute. She would call us later to let us know how he’s doing. We got her call a few hours later. More prayers answered! Calcium level was only a smidge on the high side. Which means it’s probably no where else in his body! And it gets better…the vet that performed the surgery was able to remove all the cancer he could see! There was a fear that he wouldn’t be able to get it all. He will likely have cancer cells floating around in there but at least he was able to get out as much as the eye could see and thats good news to us. God is awesome. They are doing a biopsy to see how aggressive this cancer is but for today, all is well.

We are thankful. Yesterday was an abundance of blessings. We are happy for everyday that we get to have with him. 

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