First, I have to say that you all will never know how much your website helped me
and my husband make the difficult decision to amputate our baby Sugar Rae's leg.
We noticed back in November that she was limping quite a bit on her front right forelimb.
As a puppy she had separated a growth plate and needed a cast on this same limb.
Ever since that time she would limp periodically if she played too rough with our other 2 boxers.
It usually would subside and she would be back running and jumping in no time.
But this time was different. It got to the point where she would no longer put any weight
on it. We took numerous trips to the vet to have the leg put in a sling after sling,
and went through 100's of anti-inflammatory pills, with no success.
We were finally sent to see an othropedic Vet in April when we noticed a lump
at the first joint in her leg. We all thought it was a contracted muscle
from her holding that limb up for so long, but soon found out that it was a Malignant Nerve
Sheath Tumor, and our worst nightmare! The only way to be sure and get all the cancer
is to do a complete amputation of the shoulder blade and complete limb.
So, after spending hours on the web researching, crying, and reading sites such as yours,
we decided to have the amputation done on April 18, 2003, Good Friday!
She is doing fantastic and runs, jumps and plays with our other dogs
as if nothing ever happended.
It was discovered that the tumor was a high grade tumor with more likely of a chance
of metastisis, so she is now undergoing Chemotherapy. Her prognosis is good,
and with her only being 6 years old, we hope to have her with us for many more years to come.
We have never second guessed our decision, and would do it all again!
Our baby Sugar lives life, loves life, and is a happy dog because her mom and dad
love her so! Thanks again, for giving hope and help to those of us faced with this
difficult decision! 3 legged dogs rule!!
P.S. The first photo is of Sugar Rae the day after surgery with Noosa, our
95 pound boxer, being Sugar's nurse maid! The second photo is of Romi, our
45 pound boxer, being Sug's napping buddy!
The other pictures are of her playing ball today, Friday 6/27/03!
She just had her third of five total chemo treatments yesterday!
She is as fast as ever, and happy as a lark!!!
Love and kisses to all the 3 leggers,
Kristen, Clark and Sugar Rae.
Please let us know when we are on the website. We want to tell all our
friends and fabulous Vets!
Hi Cassie!! I wanted to introduce to you our newest addition to the family.
His name is Axel, he is a 5 year old German Shepard.
He is such an incredible dog! We just adopted him from the Gaston County Animal League
a few months ago.
From what we know, he was hit by a car when he was about a year and a half old
and they had to amputate his front leg.
He had a hard time finding a family that would keep him, until we found him!
We love him so much and don't know what we would do without him!!
He is so special and sweet.. We really appreciate your website,
it is so incredible that it seems to be the only one!!