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Day After Surgery8

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Yesterday Abby had her left hind leg amputation performed.  I was a nervous wreck all day and couldn’t wait to go see her last night.  She was completely out of it but wagged her tail when she saw us which was so nice to see.  Our vet assisted her with a blanket in front of her back leg and she was able to walk around a bit but tired quickly.

Well…you can imagine my surprise when I went to see her this morning and she walked around like she’d never had four legs to begin with!  I couldn’t believe it.  The tech said they heard her whining this morning around 1 am and assumed she needed more pain meds.  When they walked to her crate to administer the meds they found her standing up, wagging her tail…she just needed to go potty.  They took her outside and she used the bathroom with no problem.

It was such a great relief to see her up and walking less than 24 hours after surgery.  I prepared myself for weeks of working with her and helping her ambulate, but apparently she had other plans for herself!

Abby less than 24 hours post op walking around like a master Tripawd

Here’s a picture of my girl walking around the vet’s office.  Definitely not a glamour shot but one of my favorites.

I’ve heard time and again how resiliant dogs are and how they amaze you and I have to say it is 100% true. 
So now we move forward to chemo and continuing the fight. 
When I recieved Abby’s diagnosis I was not only emotionally unprepared but also financially unprepared.  I knew very little, if anything about Osteosarcoma and amputation and without pet insurance and very little savings the financial burden has been a tough one.  I am fortunate to have a very supportive family who loves Abby very much and has helped me immensly, but still the bills pile up.  Because of this and the lack of awareness of canine cancer I have organized a fund raiser.
With the help of my amazing dog sitter, friends and family we have been able to set up a “Canine Cancer Awareness Pawty” in Sarasota, Fl at the 17th st Paw Park on Feb 20th.  We’re having a silent auction of items donated by local stores, a grooming station, personalized t-shirts with your pets picture made on-site, snacks, bandannas, a Vet to answer any questions about canine cancer and much more.  We’re also having Safe Haven Animal Rescue set up a station and they’ll be having an adoption event.  The park is open to the public and admission is free. All of the proceeds will be split between Abby’s medical bills and the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  Hopefully this event will not only help my little girl, but also help raise funds for cancer research and raise awareness of the disease.
If there are any Tripawds in the Sarasota, Fl area we’d love to see you there!
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on “Amazing Abby’s” progress!!

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  1.    maggie at February 2nd, 2010 10:55 am:

    You look great Abby! Hope your recovery goes as well as you look so quickly out of surgery!
    Good luck with your fundraiser!

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  2.    em6619 at February 2nd, 2010 2:52 pm:

    Abby has given so much hope. My Zoe is going in on Thursday and after seeing your girl I don’t feel as devastated. I am very nervous but know it is the right thing for her. She has a tissue form of cancer and this is it, no chemo. So her quality of life will be the most important thing. And we pray that her cancer has not spread. But one day at a time. I am very proud of you Abby, you go girl.
    THoughts and love,
    Ellyn & Zoe

  3.    Shaun & Supai at February 2nd, 2010 3:35 pm:

    Way to go Abby, I am sure that you feel better! Supai got used to her new situation quickly, after the stitches came out she was back to playing fetch.

    You look good!

    Shaun & Supai

  4.    ldillon81 at February 2nd, 2010 3:51 pm:

    Isn’t it just crazy how sometimes the cancer diagnosis can totally change our “life plan”? There’s you with your cancer awareness auction, Dawn with possibly starting a pet grief group, and I have just started school to become a Vet Tech! Not to mention how Jim and Rene started this website because of Jerry. It’s just crazy how sometimes so much good can come out of a horrible situation. Glad to hear that Abby is doing sooooo well! She will be your little miracle dog 🙂

    <3 Laura and Jackers

  5.    admin at February 2nd, 2010 5:46 pm:

    It’s wonderful to hear that Abby is recuperating quickly! Sounds like she is doing well.

    Be sure to announce your fund-raising event in the Tripawds Parties discussion forum.

  6.    jakesmom at February 2nd, 2010 6:03 pm:

    So glad to see that Abby is doing so well just one day after her surgery! Good luck with your fund raiser on the 17th. Be sure to take lots of pictures and let us know how it went!

    Sending lots of hugs and kisses to Abby. May she recover quickly without any problems…

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  7.    anyemery at February 2nd, 2010 7:03 pm:

    How great that Abby’s doing so well so quickly! Keep giving her lots of love, and she’ll continue to amaze you. What a great fundraiser you have planned – best wishes for great success with that.
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  8.    Opie at February 3rd, 2010 12:45 am:

    You sure are cool and strong, Abby! Hang in there, it will be even better after two weeks or so. Opie

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