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Bad to the (TriPawd) Boone

Our unexpected journey with our bad dog bundle

Bad to the (TriPawd) Boone

Dryer ball dash…and other signs Boone is on the mend

February 10th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Boone celebrated his 2-week ampiversary on Tuesday this week with a nice little hop, topped off with a “drag mom across the street to visit one of his favorite people.” He was SO happy :-).

Unfortunately, his over exuberance resulted in a sore rear leg (on the amp side) so the rest of his week has been quiet. He seems better today, but I’m not taking any chances. He’ll be resting ’til his staples come out on Wednesday.

He may not be able to hop right now, but that doesn’t stop his tail from wagging.

That tail 💕🐾 he didn't get to hop today. I think he overdid it yesterday and his rear leg is a bit sore so he's getting a few days of rest. But his tail still works (ignore the oven beeping in the background).

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Every day we’re seeing glimpses of the old Boone that we know and love.

Last night I was taking clothes out of the dryer, while Boone rested on his ortho bed in the living room. I wasn’t paying attention and one of the wool dryer balls bounced out and rolled across the floor. Boone was up like a shot and the dryer ball dash ensued. He was in heaven. And I was laughing and scrambling to grab a cookie to exchange for the dryer ball (we never taught Boone how to give up a toy – or what he thinks is a toy – without bribery).

After a rousing game of dryer ball dash, Boone decided belly rubs were in order.  It’s so much easier to reach that belly from this angle without that pesky leg. It won’t be long before he returns to adjusting the recliner with his head.

And this morning, to really let me know he was on the mend, Boone popped up from his resting place when he heard me prepping hubby’s lunch. Apples are a favorite treat for our bad dog bundle, and he’s always sat patiently (well, not really) while I peel and slice. Today was the first day in several weeks that he actually got up from his resting spot to wait for a slice or two.

I haven’t posted about further cancer treatment, although some people have asked privately. We are not pursuing chemotherapy. Boone gets incredibly stressed going to the vet so we’re opting for a holistic route with our wonderful vet that makes house calls. We’ll keep him as happy and as comfortable as we can for whatever time he has left with us.

Thanks for cheering Boone along on his new journey. He send a virtual kiss and propeller tail wag :-).

 

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Tuckered pup

February 5th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Uncategorized

One tuckered pup. Had a visit from one of his favorite people this afternoon, took a little hop, dug in a snowbank for a buried chunk of bread, then came home to nap in front of a warm woodstove.

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Baby hops

February 4th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s been a week of baby hops for Boone as he navigates his way through life as a TriPawd.

We’re taking a daily afternoon hop to the corner closest to our home and back, with frequent stops to check out which dog has visited since our last outing. Today we went just a smidge further. Boone REALLY wanted to keep going but I know how much energy this takes so I bribed him with Yummy Chummies to turn around before he got tired.

Last night Boone really lit up when my hubby started to open a box. Boone’s unofficial title is our document destruction manager, and he feels that also includes packages received in the mail or on our doorstep. Here he is “inspecting” the latest package.

Ah the return of our bad dog bundle 💕🐾 Tripawds

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Thursday, February 2, 2017

We noticed last night that Boone started showing signs of phantom limb pain (excessive licking of the floor where his leg used to be). I was hoping the pain/nerve meds would prevent this. It’s not horrible and I hope we can keep him comfortable with light exercise, brain games and warm compresses ’til it passes.

Otherwise, he’s doing great. I know it won’t be long before he begins demanding his meals as he used to instead of waiting the 10 minutes or so for it to rehydrate (he’s an Honest Kitchen/Columbia River Raw fed boy). He’s no longer waiting to be served his meals in bed, hopping his way out to the food stand and giving me the stink eye ’til his bowl is in place.

Tomorrow he gets a visit from one of his favorite people and I know it’s going to lift his spirits even more.

Boone sends his love for all of your support and encouragement.

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Hoppin’ through day 8

February 1st, 2017 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s sunny and 30 degrees so Boone and I went for a little hop. He still pulls like he has 4 legs!

Boone hoppin' through day 8 of this #TriPawds life 🐾💕

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Coming home was a little slower, but he made it. I did have our makeshift sling in case he needed a little help, but he didn’t.

Hoppin' towards home 💕🐾 he was getting tired.

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Return of the propeller tail :-)

January 30th, 2017 · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

Boone has a way of making me smile 🙂

Today’s smiles actually started last night, when he picked up a Nylabone and figured out how to brace it between his paw and a pillow so he could chew on it for a while.

And he slept through the night! Wahoo! I knew he was in a deep sleep when I heard moose moving through the yard around 1AM but he didn’t. I did hear him making his routine house patrol at 3:30 this morning so I got up and encouraged him back into our room and onto his makeshift bolster bed where he slept ’til breakfast. He still seems to prefer the floor or the thinner bed (which we surrounded on two sides with pillows) over the orthopedic bed.

This morning he cleaned his breakfast bowl, hopped his way outside, then came back in for his morning nap (which technically extends the entire day).

But he put the biggest smile on my face when his propeller tail wag returned! I was just about in happy tears. It’s been MIA for some time.

He also became my unofficial office assistant again today. Here he is making sure there are no documents to be shredded (a job he takes very seriously, but you wouldn’t know it in this pic).

Life in TriPawd Boone’s world is coming together 🙂

 

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