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I am writing about my Airedale, Kugel who recently
lost her right, front limb in September to a
hemangio peri soft tissue cancer. It grew so
aggressively and fast that we had no options
other than surgery to prolong her happy life.
A hemangio peri sarcoma is common in many breeds.
The hospital could not be sure how or why this happened.
Kugel has managed to do very well in a short
course of time. It has only been a few months
and she is very confident of herself.
Her left front limb is now more centered
when she needs control. It's like she has become
double jointed or something with her left leg?
I am totally convinced with a little encouragement
and lots of love these dogs can do ANYTHING!
Kugel turned 10 last October and although she was
off to a slow start post op, she is 100% back to
normal and very, agile and active.
Mastering stairs in a downward motion was the most difficult.
Occasionally she would stumble or get ahead of herself,
which broke my heart. Today, however, she is a pro!
There isn't anything she can't do :-)
I am enclosing a couple of jpegs the day after her surgery.
She has slow, but nevertheless, able to become ambulatory
with a little reassurance from me. She was bandaged extensively.
Lucky for us, she *still* looks the same today, but one limb less.
She has made a remarkable recovery and soon,
I hope to have some photo's to share of her back up to full speed.
Debbie & Kugel
Friday January 7th, 2000
The Airedale is where it all began.
Inspired by my own pet, Kugel paved the way,
delighting many collectors of "things Airedale".
One Airedale image lead to another,
soon after, many other breed inquiries followed.
My roots, as well as my artistic passion
grew out of the love of one incredible pet Airedale,
who lives forever in my heart.
On 01 December 2000, Kugel crossed the rainbow bridge,
however, her spirit and legacy is very much alive,
depicted through custom tile art form, ranging from common to exotic
dog breeds. The Airemail images you will see throughout
this site, are warm memories
of Kugel's personality.
we live in Grand Cayman and our names are Gussy
(short for Angus) and Misha. We both have the adequate
properties to join the club. Angus ended up with three legs
due to exceptionally bad treatment by his owners.
He was finally dragged along by a car and the whole of
one side of his body totally scraped up. His leg had to be
amputated. Brenda, our vet, saved his life, and kept him
and nursed him until he was better. It was when our dog
Caesar who was 15 years old, was finally dying that we made
aquaintances with Gussy. Gussy had become attached to him
at Brenda the vets and used to cuddle up next to him.
Caesar had four legs, and we took him from the Bahamas
to England, he went through six months quarrantine, and
then came out to Cayman. Anyway, to cut a long story short
he had a tropical disease and had to be put to sleep.
That was when we decided to adopt Gussy. At first he had a stump,
but Angus nicknamed for being such a fighter (alias Gussy)
being Angus liked to dig in the sand with it to make a hole,
and ended up with a massive blood blister that finally burst,
and resulted in a final amputation. He is very happy on his
three legs, and can now run really fast and enjoys running down
the beach every evening and chasing the birds. Misha on the other
hand we collected from Brenda a couple of months ago.
She was a dog without a home, that wandered on to the road
and had to lose half a leg. She has an amputation to her knee.
Brenda again did this and took her in until she could find someone
to look after her. Our first introduction to Misha was not
an easy one. I imagined a weak little dog that would be a
good partner for Gussy - not at all so!!!!!! I took the
pair of them out of the vets after taking Gussy to meet her.
Whilst going for a walk we bumped into a snake.
Misha bolted and nearly lost another leg but luckily missed
the car. She is wild, but very frightened of roads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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