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August 25, 2012

Biff takes over the bed

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 12:03 am

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Biff loves bedtime!   I think he loves bedtime almost as much as the dog park! As the tallest of the three tripawds he has the easiest time getting up and down but he is also the best at taking over the bed altogether. New readers might find Biff’s experience convalescing after his amputation correction informative. We sure learned a lot.

August 17, 2012

Brave Strong Gabby

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 4:52 pm

3+ years after amputation and chemo, Gabby continues to charge ahead on nature hikes in the woods.  She loves to eat tasty cicadas or even just their husks. 

We’re so very grateful to the Tripawds community for encouraging us when we were faced with tough decisions about her treatment.

Here’s Gabby resting proudly after a long romp around Raccoon Lake.

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Thanks, Tripawds!

February 8, 2012

Tick! Aaaauuuugh!

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 11:27 pm

Here’s a valuable and inexpensive lesson. Gabby has aging hips, and she sometimes has stiffness and little troubles here and there occasionally. Thanks to her love of walking she has strong muscles that help a great deal to keep her hips fit. In fact, the vet in this story gave Gabby’s hips an excellent pognosis based upon feeling them and testing her limberness and stuff. The reason for this vet visit was that Gabby had somewhat abruptly seemed weaker, less steady, and less happy. We spent days “barking up the wrong tree” (pun intended!) thinking that it had to do with her existing hip issues and adjusting her medicam and adjusting walk/rest ratio and cooing and fawning over her and so forth. But, the vet visit was s.m.r.t. smart because te vet found the (dog not deer!) TICK! TICK?! But we’re barely past Groundhog Day! In fact, the tick was dead and removed yesterday and left a nasty mark so it probably was on her for a few days, perhaps even back in January. The lovely warm weather has brought beautiful walks throughout the winter, but it has a side-effect. Be warned. Gabby is visibly spunkier and stronger only one day after removing the tick. What a dunce I was! Warm winter means keep the flea/tick defenses up!

September 25, 2011

Looking back at Gabby’s surgery

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 2:28 pm

Having just read about Bandit’s surgery two years ago, I got nostalgic about Gabby’s surgery, just a little more than two years back.  It’s now been so long that I am hard-pressed to remember her with 4 legs.  I love the pre- and post-op pictures of my special brave little girl, so here they are.

"I'm ready for my surgery Daddy!"

"Ahhhhhh no more hurty leg!"

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At first it made me cry to look at that post-op picture, but it’s become a treasured memento after  more happy times like these:

Early spring camping trip dinner stop

Summer chillin at Happy Hollow

Dad's-eye view of a fall walk

July 27, 2011

The results of camping

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 3:20 pm

This is what happens after just one night of fun family camping:

Tired Gabby and Biff

Sleepy Sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody loves a good night of camping. Especially when there are so many exciting raccoons around!

July 18, 2011

Now we have nine paws!

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 11:08 am

It all started when there was a tripawd in the local newspaper and everyone called to tell me about it. At first I was able to ignore them. How could we handle another dog? Could we? Well … why not? You can see how the train of thought went. Needless to say, after meeting her, we knew we should bring her into our home.

Sunshine is a sweet, loving 10-year-old boxer/beagle mix who is missing her right rear leg. She had been hit by a car two years ago, and today is healthy and exuberant. She adores her new canine younger brother and sister, and she gets along well with the cats. Welcome to the family, Sunshine!!

Sunshine and Gabby, happy new sisters

May 24, 2011

Car Rides!

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 11:07 am

Yesterday when I asked Biff if he wanted to go in the car, he seemed somewhat interested.  Not the through-the-roof excitement he had before surgery, but some.  It turned out he was afraid to get into the car.  I think he was afraid jumping up would hurt.  He bravely got into the car, and there was no pain!  He turned and looked at me with a big smile on his face. 🙂  We went to a forest preserve with Gabby, and there Biff seemed to gain even more confidence.  We hopped up and down some stairs, across wooded areas, and next to a stream.  When it came time to leave, he jumped into the car with full confidence!

Biff says there is nothing like a trip to the park to boost one’s spirits.

May 22, 2011

Stitches out

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 9:51 am

Biff’s stitches were removed last Thursday after some nose-wrinkling and tooth-baring at the vet.  He was still yelping and whining when he would lay on the surgery side, so we got some more Tramadol for the pain.  The vet thought perhaps the stitches inside might be causing some discomfort, and they will dissolve on their own.

So after a few more days of Tramadol, Biff is already improving!  We went on a nice morning walk with Gabby and now the dogs are resting on the sun porch.  I will know Biff is feeling even more like himself when he wants to go on car rides again 🙂

Biff resting after a nice walk

Gabby resting on the cool floor

May 17, 2011

A plateau

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 5:29 pm

After several days of continual improvement, Biff hit a plateau.  He wasn’t getting any better, but he wasn’t getting any worse either.  At first this felt like a set-back. I want my baby to get better!  I had to remind myself that he just needed to continue resting.  The stitches looked great, the initial swelling had gone down, he didn’t have a fever, he didn’t have increased pain.  So there was nothing to do but wait and keep resting!

Finally, yesterday Biff started to improve again.  We were able to take a nice walk, and he didn’t whine all day.  There is hope!

May 11, 2011

Recovery, with razor burn

Filed under: Uncategorized — biffngab @ 6:22 pm

Biff is recovering remarkably quickly!  Today we took a nice hop outside, and Biff was very happy and eager.  After Gabby’s amputation, she seemed to take a longer time to recover.  For several days, she relied on a towel sling to walk.  Biff, on the other hand, rejected the towel sling and has walked well on a leash.  Gabby was more painful, while Biff is already going a longer time without the Tramadol.  I guess this goes to show every dog is different.  It is hard to know what to expect for the recovery time, and the best idea is probably just to be ready and be flexible.

Biff has left the stitches alone, and the wound is healing beautifully.  However, several times he scratched an area of shaved skin and now it is red and irritated.  I called the vet, and they said it is most likely razor burn and I could put a small amount of diaper rash cream on it.  This has worked well.  He hasn’t scratched since I applied the cream.  Now the trick will be to keep Biff calm and still for the next few days while he continues to feel better and better.  This is a good challenge to have!

See the red area to the left of the stitches? That is the itchy spot.

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