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Zuzu and The Big Bad C

Zuzus battle with soft tissue sarcoma

Zuzu and The Big Bad C

Post-Op Day 5

June 19th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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Things have been going pretty good, even if they won’t let me in my house. I don’t get it…They always tell me I’m not allowed in any of the other doors, now suddenly we’re staying at someone else’s house. Are we moving? Is this home now? I mean, I guess it’s alright if it is, but our house was perfectly fine. Plus, I don’t have a cave here. I had 3 at home. Also, I have to share attention. Hello, I’m a princess, it’s supposed to be all about me!

I have been getting some yummy treats. Still getting peanut butter twice a day(yes, they’re still “tricking” me with medicine in it) and I’ve totally tricked mom into putting special stuff on my food in the morning. I just let it sit there for a while and pretend I don’t want it, then she gets a can from the fridge and pours brown water on it. It kinda smells like steak, I wonder what it is-whatever it is I like it! I do have to share peanut butter (and today salmon jerky!) with Sally. I know mom gives me more, but still….

Saturday(3 days post op) moms noticed some puffiness around my ankle so they took me back in. I was a little worried about going in there, considering what happened last time, but mom’s said they weren’t gonna do that again so in I went… They poked me a little, and felt around my leg like moms kept doing at home. Then they put something called a laser on it. I guess it’s supposed to help with the bruising and inflammation. I didn’t mind that, it didn’t hurt one bit and I was only away from mommies for a few minutes, then we left and came home.

comin’ home from the vets after laser treatment

My leg is feeling ok. Kinda hurts a little still-feels pretty stiff most the time, even though I can bend it now. It was way too weird/painful to bend at first so I just kept it straight for a few days. Moms keep going all crazy and getting happy every time I go to the bathroom-like I haven’t done this for my whole life or anything. Weirdos. They won’t let me run-or walk fast-or prance-or jump. Oh, and the couch? Well apparently that’s off limits here too…..geez, maybe it’s not alright if this is our new house. I don’t like that I’m not allowed to lay on my right side either. Moms say it’s making things ooze and we have to be careful, but it feels good to lay on it so I don’t get what the problem is. Plus, I heard the vet tech say it was ok when mom asked…

I’m ready to go frolic around the park and then go to my den(kennel) and go to sleep, but moms say it’ll be about 2 weeks before that’s gonna happen. How long is 2 weeks exactly?

my new toy grandma got for me

chillin in my shorts

standing guard

 

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post-op day 2

 

post-op day 4

post-op day 5


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Post-Op Day 1

June 16th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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Last night was a little rough. We did not get much sleep.

Around 1am all the hospital meds started wearing off and I got really, really anxious. The way my leg felt was not normal so I started whining to let moms know how unhappy I was. Mommy Ashley was trying very very hard to keep me comforted-petting me when I wanted it, leaving me alone when I shooed her off, offering food, water and treats. Even gave me a new toy to play with. I even stole mommy’s sleeping spot, thinking maybe it was more comfy than on my pillow. None of it was enough so I started whining louder and louder. Mommy Noelle was sleeping on the couch and that wasn’t acceptable. She should be awake with us!

Finally, she woke up as I got really loud. She started giving me love-awesome, exactly what I was after. I calmed down some as long as mommy Noelle kept petting me. Mommy Ashley decided that she would try and get a little bit of sleep since other mommy was awake now. Haha, I didn’t agree. I would whine and get up just enough to keep her on edge and from falling asleep-goal accomplished! If I wasn’t comfortable and couldn’t sleep, well I didn’t think they should either! It’s only fair since they let this happen, right?

I finally went out to pee around 3:30am(I did pee at the vets after surgery too) I still wasn’t ready to really put weight on my leg, so I just held it up and pretended I was a tripawd. It was a little difficult at first, but then I got the hang of it and was doing pretty well, but I tripped over a weed and came close to falling in the dirt on my incision. I’m glad mommy A was there to catch me before I fell all the way over, I’m pretty sure that would have really hurt!

The next few hours were a bit of a blur to everyone since we all needed sleep. I went and peed again, this time putting a little bit of weight on my leg. Ate my breakfast and got some yummy peanut butter. Oh-lets talk about the peanut butter. I know its not just peanut butter. I saw you put that pill in it, I can smell it through the peanut butter and you’re really not tricking anyone, just to be clear. I just like the peanut butter and the meds don’t make it taste too weird so I gobble it down.

Most of the day was pretty uneventful. Mommy A had some doc appts so it was just me and mommy N for a while. I was being so good at not licking (they took the cone off since they were watching me like a hawk) that mommy thought she could trust me for a minute to run to the bathroom. Ha! Was she wrong! She came back and I got yelled at cuz I was licking my stitches. I don’t know what the big deal is, I was just cleaning it up, but then mommy put the cone back on and told me I had to wear it so I wouldn’t lick. When mommy A got home they decided to switch to the boxer shorts-its a two mommy job to get those on me. I’m so glad no one got a picture of me in those shorts, I know everyone would make fun of me. Dogs don’t wear shorts, humans! I don’t know who came up with this idea of clothes for dogs but really-we have built in clothing, its called fur people!

As the day went on I was putting more and more weight on my leg and doing a lot better, even though mommies wouldn’t let me do much walking around. Every time I went out to pee I would try to go over to the stairs to go home, but they won’t let me do the stairs. They said we have to stay here til my stitches come out in 14 days. Yeah, I guess that’s ok. I like it here with Amy and Sally.

Next question-why is everyone staring at me when I pee and poo? Never have I seen my mommies be so excited for me to poop. Squatting is still really hard, cuz bending my knee hurts still. Usually I like the get really close to the ground so nothing splashes me. Not the case right now-I don’t like it, so I’m not going very often, but if I really have to go, I will.

Everything is going pretty smoothly. I’m eating, drinking, peeing, pooping and even doing a little bit of playing.

I stole mommy’s spot!

laying on mommy’s arm

ahhh, good scratches!

sleepy time cuddles

look how they shaved my leg!

Suture Pics below

 

 

 

 

 

 

got some good bruising going on

no new seepage or bleeding, even after my impromptu cleaning session

 

Ashley here:

There’s a very tiny bit of swelling, but it hasn’t increased at all since being picked up and we’re keeping a close eye on it and taking pictures daily for comparison. The incision looks and feels pretty good. There’s only one spot that she has a reaction to when checking-it’s an area that’s really bruised but isn’t swollen or warm to the touch. There are two spots(where the swelling is) that are very slightly warmer than the rest of the area. Its almost indecipherable upon touch and has been that way since we brought her home. (I felt the incision as soon as we got her inside so I would have a point of reference-not feeling directly on top of the incision, but rather use the back of my finger to gently feel next to the incision for warmth and swelling).

She’s really doing great. She is resting a little more than usual and still hesitant to put full weight on the leg(this gets better throughout the day-thinking she’s getting sore and stiff from so little activity), but even this has improved dramatically since coming home.

 

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Operation Day!

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I had my operation 2 days ago, but my lazy moms are just now getting around to helping me update everyone.

So, as you probably know, the plan was to go in, cut away that nasty lump and then take a flap of skin from my belly to cover the wound. Well guess what, I don’t like plans so we changed it up.

Dr. Bausch started the operation and noticed that the lump was a little further down my leg than everyone thought. It wasn’t over my knee joint, it was just below it. Great news!! She was able to get that lump out of there and had enough skin left to get a great closure without the skin flap! I did great with anesthesia and didn’t have any issues so I decided to mess with everyone as I was coming to.

I waited until no one was paying attention and then “hoooooooooowl”! I scared the doc and almost made her fall out of her chair. BOL! Sorry Dr. Bausch. Everyone came over to look at me and I just pretended I had no idea what was going on. I would wait a few minutes, or sometimes even wait until someone new came in and then, “hooooooooooooooowl”! They would come look at me and again I just looked at them like I had no clue. Haha, you humans are so gullible!

Moms came to pick me up and I hobbled out of the kennel to the door. As soon as I saw my mommies I decided I didn’t want to walk anymore, and I slipped and fell on the tile floor. Seriously, why do you guys make things so slippery right after you cut into my leg? How does that make any sense? Anyway, my spill caused my incision to start to bleed a little. Doc came out to look at it and said it was all good, but between the spill and wanting to make my mommies feel bad for me I still wouldn’t walk. I did what they call my “sack of potatoes” routine. A couple of techs came out and helped me to the car. I don’t appreciate their mocking me about being mobile though. They blew my cover! I wanted moms to think I couldn’t walk on my own so I would get extra treats.

We made the short trip home and I still refused to walk. Haha, mom’s had to carry me through the parking lot and down the stairs. Which, because we didn’t have to do the skin flap was sooooo much easier as we were able to use our awesome Get A Grip harness, but I still looked really pitiful.

I was super hungry so ate a little bit of my yummy fishy kibble, wish they would have given me more, I would have gobbled that up!

I mostly slept the rest of the day. Did a little bit of requisite whining-they needed to know how upset I was about them cutting my leg up. Im all shaved and look a little goofy now. Thanks moms…

still feeling those meds

chewing my new toy. Gotta get the squeaker!

Om nom nom

My temporary roommate, Sally. Thanks for sharing your space with me gurly!

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Day of surgery

As you can see we still had a bit of oozing and bleeding at this point

close up-day of surgery

 

 

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Groomer Day!

June 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

We went to Wag N Wash for a spiffy, extra-short haircut before surgery. This way she should be much more manageable than with her usual long coat. With the shorter hair you can also see her tumor really well:

super short haircut – happy dog

hamster butt! and our tumor

short hair is extra great in the summer heat

She is so adorable!!! She looks like a plush dog toy with how fuzzy and rounded she is!.

pre-groomer, cute but dirty dog

I love car-rides!!!

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Bear Creek Dog Park

June 5th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Yesterday we got to go to my favorite place ever, Bear Creek Dog Park. It’s so awesome there! 25 acres of fenced in area to romp and play! Oh, I didn’t even mention the best part, a creek! I LOVE the creek! They also have an agility course that I like to play on sometimes, but didn’t get to this time cuz I was too busy smelling everything!

I wasn’t too interested in playing with the other pups, I just wanted to sniff and lay around, but guess what? I met a tripawd! He came up, sniffed my butt and then was off like lightening! Y’all weren’t kidding when you said you could get around great on 3 legs!

Mommies said I have to go to the groomer before my surgery to get extra clean and get a haircut. I guess that’s why I got to go play in the mud and water. Whatever the reason I’m sure glad we went! I had so much fun and was so tired after. Rock climbing, puddle jumping, creek laying, lots of walking and sniffing like crazy-now that’s a great weekend!

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