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Still Valentine’s Day

February 16th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

When I posted Valentine’s Birthday message on Tuesday I used a photo from last Autumn.  Here is a fresh photo taken this morning after grooming her.  She is modeling her Thera-Paw wrist brace.  10 years and 2 days young, graceful and stoic, a classic collie, 2 years tripawd, just love her so much!


Happy 10th Birthday Valentine!

February 14th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Valentine is 10 years old today.  She is 2 years Tripawd.

We are so grateful she is still with us. 

Happy Birthday Valentine and Happy Valentine’s Day to all.


Valentine–20 Months, Happy Valentine’s Day

October 17th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Valentine is 20 months post-op for Osteosarcoma.  She is doing very well and we are so happy she is with us.  She is on a bunch of holistic stuff, gets chiro adjustments, acupuncture, and low dose of tramadol in case she is in any pain.  Her hopping has become increasingly more loping but overall she has a very nice life. She still chases squirrels around our back yard with classic collie verve and with a little bit of help gets up and down our back stairs out into her yard.  Here is her photo in our backyard.

Everyday is Valentine’s Day here.




Valentine 1-year Ampuversary

February 26th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Valentine is 1-year ampuversary.  Hoorah!  She just turned 9 on Valentine’s Day and has had a great year after the painful, confusing period of osteosarcoma diagnosis, the amputation surgery, a pretty smooth and brief recovery, and then adjustment as a new tripod.

There were a couple of hiccups along the way, but she has had a very, very good year.

A beautiful, proud, tripawd named Valentine.

A beautiful, proud, tripawd named Valentine.




Valentine’s Day is Valentine’s Birthday

February 13th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Tomorrow is Valentine’s birthday, she will be 9 years old.

Last year on February 12 we learned she had osteosarcoma in her right front leg.  After freaking out, we had her leg amputated and she has had a very good year.  She adjusted very well to her life as a tripawd.

Some of you may remember that we could only do one round of carbo chemo because of the outbreak of the Chicago dog flu here.  We were too afraid she would catch the flu at the vet while she was being administered a dose of chemo which would lower her immunity.  Tough decision.

Lately she has had some weird spells where she shivers and pants and paces and will not settle as if she is in pain.  She has also coughed a few times at night over the past month or so. So we are guarded and vigilant and concur that cancer s*&@s.

We have not done a chest x-ray since her amputation almost a year ago.  She receives regular chiropractor and acupuncture treatments, we tried a local rehab center but it didn’t really go very well.  She is on apocaps and K9 and Chinese herbs. We just started her on 25mg of Tramadol twice a day because we fear she might be in pain.

She has had a very good year, still chases the squirrels out of our yard, still wants to play and wrestle with her pack-mate Frances.

Here she is waiting for an acupuncture treatment.  She is gazing up at the table where we have placed her treats. Happy Valentine’s Day!