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12 Jul 2017, 5:00pm
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Just Keep Hopping, Hopping, Hopping…

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Hi friends!

Skyla gives a big WOOF as well! This girl is in fine spirits these days. I’ve seen a little bit of play, some belly exposure for pets, tail wags, and working her tricks for treats once again (she loves “sit pretty” now since she’s so light up front! Ha!).

We went down to the Deschutes River and dipped our feet a few evenings ago. Boy, did she like that! She met a nice family who used to have a Tripawd as well, and they absolutely fell in love with her. After all that excitement, she was pretty wore out. ZZZZZs….

The summer heat has been pushing on, so I filled up the kiddy pool for the pups, which is the equivalent of a torture chamber in their minds. Silly dogs. I bribed them both in with treats somehow!

Our goal for this week is to go for a little (and I mean, LITTLE) walk of some sort every day. She doesn’t seem very motivated to leave our house on “paw,” so I may try driving her to a new spot as the smells and scenery change really do the trick. If nothing else, some treats intermittently are not a bad way of encouraging her along either 😉

I’m still a bit worried about her back left knee or leg. It seems she doesn’t put much weight on it; I can’t tell if I’m imagining things or if she over strained it at some point. I have some extra anti-inflammatory pills left, so I may try a little trial and see if that makes a difference. She moves so goofy now it is REALLY hard to tell!

We hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying their summer days too!

XOXO,

Rae & Skyla


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9 Jul 2017, 11:10pm
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Almost 3 Weeks Post-Op – Life Is Good!

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Howdy friends!

The weekend is here! Tomorrow will mark 3 weeks since surgery for Skyla girl. She is continuing to do great! Sure, the progress has slowed down compared to the first two weeks. but we still see our little victories every day.

Her mood has really picked up lately! She doesn’t seem “depressed” or as quiet as she was last week. I’m still trying to get her to play toys again, but I know it’ll come back eventually. She seems very comfortable, has her full appetite back, gets up and moves around freely, etc. My only concern as of late is it looks like one of her rear legs may be bothering her slightly since yesterday. I’m just keeping an eye on it at this point. It’s very subtle, or possibly just my imagination. We had an unexpected neighbor visitor yesterday, and both Skyla and her bro Clyde raceddown the driveway to check out the other dog. She may have pushed herself a little too hard then. 

I’m not sure if I mentioned it previously, but aside from owning an on and off-leash dog hiking business, I also work part time at a local natural pet food store. We just got in a new toy from West Paw Design called the Qwizl. I was really excited because I knew right away it would help her chew on bully sticks, etc. with only one front paw. Sure enough, works like a charm! If you’re interested, they are a fantastic US company who makes their toys right in Montana. They also have a one-time chew replacement guarantee! www.westpaw.com.

The week my goal is to get her out for a “walk” every morning and evening, encouraging her to go a little further each time. We are also going to go for a dip in a lake or river! With those staples out now, we are definitely ready to cool down in some water!

Have a wonderful rest of July!

Rae & Skyla

3 Jul 2017, 3:34pm
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2 Weeks Post-Op – What A Difference!

Hello friends!

We had a great weekend! Today marks 2 weeks since surgery, hooray! It feels so recent and yet so long ago. Skyla has made huge strides. Every day I feel like she “comes back” a little more. She’s getting smoother and more comfortable hopping around. That tail has been wagging more and more! She is completely off her pain meds now, and showing absolutely no signs of any pain. Wednesday she’ll get her staples removed. We can’t wait to show everyone how well she is doing!

We went camping a few nights ago, something I was a little nervous about taking her along for. However, this girl loves to just relax outside, and that’s all any of us were really hoping for. She did fantastic! She trekked all over to explore and really wore herself out. She sleeps so sound anyways, but she was REALLY relaxed after all that hard work! I think it is so good for her mentality to feel like she is not hindered.

We’ll be sure to share some updated incision pics once those pesky staples are old news.

Until then, XOXO!

Rae & Skyla

30 Jun 2017, 5:11am
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Day 10 – Bandage-Free

Hello again!

We had the best vet appointment in awhile on Tuesday – Skyla’s bandage got snipped! The doctor and I were both pleasantly surprised and even shocked at how well her incision looked just one week post-op. He asked to see her walk outside, and she was hopping along so fast I could hardly keep up. She showed him how she tackles steps, uneven terrain, and even took a potty squat to show off. She got an A++ report and the go-ahead to start tapering off pain meds. We also talked about when to take a peek at chest radiographs again. We are shooting for 6 months out, unless any concerning signs pop up sooner. Of course it worries me just thinking about that cancer spreading, but I’m trying to stay optimistic and focus on what’s just ahead of us: getting our Skyla feeling good and happy again.

We’ve seem some little glimmers of her spunk come back the last few days. She seems less hot and more comfortable resting now that the bandage is gone. She’s still resting lots and is not interested in getting up and doing much without a little encouragement. Her appetite is pretty much back to normal, always a good sign! Every day she treks a little further outside, this morning being the furthest yet. I’m such a proud mom :)) We got a lovely care package mailed from a friend, complete with an adorable super hero hedgehog. She hasn’t touched toys since before her surgery, so I had some work to do to gain her interest. She did catch it mid-air and hold it a few times, a serious victory!

The weekend ahead will bring one or two nights of camping, a big step for her. I think she’ll really love all the outside time and undivided attention. We’ll take it easy and let her enjoy all the sights and sounds of the woods.

We’ll report back soon! Fingers crossed we see some more spark out of her over the next few days.

XOXO,

Rae & Skyla

27 Jun 2017, 6:33am
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Day 7 Post-Op – First Day Out & About

We made it one week – woot woot!

Skyla had a quick appointment with our regular (holistic) vet today. She was so excited to go for a car ride and have a change of scenery. I couldn’t believe how smoothly she jumped into my car! To celebrate, we went to the Starbucks drive-thru for a little Puppachino treat. Breaking the rules, for sure!

It has been a heat wave here in Central Oregon, and between a lack of AC and that thick cotton bandage, she’s been a hot tamale. We can’t wait to cut that thing off! Tomorrow we head in for a recheck with the surgeon and it should be time to take it off. I’m nervous but looking forward to finally seeing the incision. I got a little peak underneath the bandage and it’s looking really good, from what I can tell.

Skye’s Fentanyl patch came off Friday, but her pain seems to be well-controlled. She’s been eating well, taking her meds better than last week, and she has stopped whining/crying. She does seem uncomfortable at times, and will continue to readjust her positioning until she finds the best way to sleep. I’ve noticed her laying on her “amp side” more and more, so I’m taking that as a sign that it’s not as painful as before.

Her endurance is getting better and better too! She takes less breaks, and ventures further from the house every day. I can’t wait until we get the point where we can take short walks and maybe even easy hikes in the future. Trail Boss deserves to get back to the dirt!

The past few days, she has seemed a bit more depressed/quiet. I can’t tell if she is just really wore out, or if she’s bored/discontent. She doesn’t seem to want to do much except for sleep. Her vet visit today seemed to wear her out SO much. I guess it’ll just take time for these seemingly minor events to not take a toll. I’m comforted knowing this seems to be pretty normal post-op. Any feedback on how long it might take to see her want to play, walk around on her own, etc. is much appreciated!

Jerry had expressed curiosity re: her Vitamin A&D injection today. That reminded me that I never gave the run down on the food/supplement regimen we have her on! We have opted not to do chemo for a number of reasons, mainly because I believe in empowering her body as much as possible and aiming for optimum wellness more than ever before. Here’s what we are currently doing:

  • Raw food – poultry/fish formulas from Northwest Naturals Raw
  • Nordic Naturals Omega Pet fish oil – high amount of omegas
  • Hoxsey formula – herbal cancer-fighting blend, highly recommended in holistic world
  • Golden paste – turmeric/coconut oil/black pepper – she’s currently disgusted by it, so we ordered a silicone coffee bean mold to try to freeze little “beans” of it, maybe she’ll tolerate it better!
  • Bixbi Immunity – mushroom blend
  • Herbsmith Sound Dog Viscosity powder – joint supplement (she’s been on it for several years)
  • Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil – amazing for it’s anti-cancer properties, pain relief
  • Answers Pet Food Fermented Fish Stock – smells as nasty as it sounds, but she loves it; we give her the Hoxsey formula in this to mask the taste. So good for them!
  • Snacks include raw goat’s milk from Answers, raw meaty bones, frozen bones stuffed with canned food, freeze-dried meat treats
  • Vitamin A&D injection every 4 weeks – helps promote healthy cells = less neoplastic cell growth

I clearly love this dog, haha! It costs a small fortune, but I’m fortunate enough to work at a natural pet foods store part-time where I receive a discount. We may not be doing chemo, but she’s on a natural “chemo” regimen! If anyone has any questions about any of these items, or has any suggestions, we are all ears.

Thanks for reading; we’ll update tomorrow about how our recheck appointment went. In the meantime, have a wonderful week, friends and Tripawds!

XOXO,

Rae & Skyla


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