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Back from Chicago

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Well I’m back from Chicago and it seems Roxy had a lovely time at her Aunt Liz’s. I had a great time, but I missed my baby girl terribly!

Roxy’s doing great. After the vet just before we left, her back leg seemed very weak and I figure she must have slipped on the slippery floor at the vet’s. After a day or so she seemed to be fine (according to updates from Liz) so I was able to breathe easy on our trip.

While I was in Chicago, I found this cool deli-themed t-shirt store appropriately called T-Shirt Deli, so I had a little something made for Miss Roxy. I had asked them to place the paws differently (two in front, one in back, to match her), but they got it wrong. ย But it is still pretty cool.

Custom Tripawd Power t-shirt

It is a little snug on Roxy but she seems to like it:

Roxy modelling her new shirt.


“You woke me up for this?!”

I’m glad I went on the trip, it was good to get away. And Roxy was juuuust fine.

We are scheduled for Chemo #3 on Wednesday this week due to low WBC last week, so cross your fingers that everything will be fine for this week’s treatment!

Erica: I am sorry to say I wasn’t able to find postcards on any of our rest stops! And every time I remembered about postcards there were no stores that carried them. I’m sorry ๐Ÿ™ … I still have New York, Connecticut and Ottawa, Canada coming your way, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chemo delay. Vacation for mom… probably.

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Despite reducing her dosage, Roxy’s WBC was low again today and they were unable to do her scheduled chemo. We are scheduled again for next week.

I guess the good news about that is that I am planning on going to Chicago tomorrow and her sitter won’t have to deal with any possible chemo side effects (not that she’s had any yet).

So, after a few weeks of teetering on the fence about going away for 5 days, I think I’m about 95% yes at this point. ย I’m going to take Roxy over to my friend’s house tonight and show her the new routine. If I’m comfortable with everything at that point, I will leave Roxy with her. If I’m not, I will take her back home with me and stay home from the trip.

Now is probably a good time while Roxy is still pretty strong, and it is only for 5 days. And I kind of need a vacation right now.

Roxy last night, looking disappointed that the lawn hadn’t been mowed.

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Roxy’s 2-month ampuversary!

Today is Roxy’s 2-month ampuversary.

We had planned on having doggie and human friends over for a pawty, but the weather was going to be very wet, so we cancelled.

Instead, Roxy’s day looked kind of like this (which I’m sure she enjoyed just as much):

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Not much to update on but I thought I’d post some photos from the last couple of days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Watching my husband’s ultimate game

on a woodsy walk at the nearby park

I met these coonhounds on the way to the store the other day. I am particularly interested in them because that is what we think Roxy’s shepherd is mixed with. So I asked the owner about their temperament, behaviour, and motivators, ย and Roxy seems to fit the profile in a lot of ways.




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One of those days…

Amid the puppy parties and celebrations, there are a couple of things that have been worrying me. Today is one of those days where these things are taking over my thoughts.

She seems to be getting weaker. She was improving in strength and stamina for a while, and was taking the stairs with only a little encouragement, but I feel like she’s taken a step back. Energy levels have dipped, she seems down in the dumps more often, she tires more easily, and I am back to almost having to carry her up the stairs again. She has energy spurts and seems in good spirits a lot of the time, but those dips in spirit and strength seem to be happening more.

The whatever-it-is in her mouth (pink sensitive area on the roof of her mouth, and a bit on her lip) doesn’t seem to be going away, and her mouth smacking and jaw shaking seems to be happening more frequently. She has been on antibiotics for 2 weeks for it now, and has 2 more weeks to go on them, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

I am planning to go to Chicago next week for 5 days. We moved her chemo up by a day so that I can go. My mother would stay with her, and I’ve left her very specific instructions. My friend Greg would be coming by to take her to the park every day. I’ve been on the fence about going for a couple of reasons: I don’t know if my mom would be able to handle the special food/med instructions, as she gets confused and stressed easily; and 5 days is a LONG time when there is cancer involved. People keep telling me I should go, that I have a life too, and that she’ll be fine. I know she’ll be fine, but I don’t want to look back and feel like I missed 5 days that I could have spent with her.

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Puppy parties and dog parks

We had a pretty fun weekend. Roxy had some of her friends over to play. Here are some photos:

Friends! Tripawd Memphis Minnie, Tripawd Lt. Dan, Tripawd Roxy, Blue, Annabelle and Franklin. Three tripawds in one place!

Blue, a really cool looking Boston Terrier.

Memphis Minnie (formerly “Lizzy”), Roxy’s new tripawd pug friend.

Flying Memphis Minnie!


Roxy! Who’s there, Roxy?!

After her party, we visited with my mom, who has this beautiful husky mix named Yuki:

Yuki, Roxy’s sister-slash-aunt.

Today, we took Roxy to a local fenced in dog park where she used to go. It was her first time at an off-leash park since her operation. She did great, didn’t push her limits, and the other dogs seemed to respect them too.

Roxy at the dog park


Here’s a video of Roxy “playing” at the dog park. She wasn’t much into fetching, and seemed more into trying to get us to fetch.




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Moar tripawd friends!

You may have heard me mention our friends Ray and Michelle with two pugs, one of which is a tripawd named Lt. Dan.

Well, a few weeks ago, I saw a posting in the forums here for a little tripawd pug in Memphis named Lizzy. I jokingly posted it on Michelle’s facebook wall with a caption “Looking for another tripawd pug?”

I should have known that they would call Midsouth Pug Rescue that night, inquiring about the little girl. Turns out, they routinely fly dogs to their furever homes.

Well, yesterday was the day! Ray drove down to Syracuse (about a 3 hour drive from here) and picked her up. Roxy and I went over there last night to meet her and OH BOY is she ever cute. She is so tiny, and so friendly, and loves everyone and everything right away. I was amazed how well the three pugs got along right away. It was obvious that knew she was home and was happy to be there.

3 pugs, 10 legs. Lizzy (who has been renamed ‘Memphis Minnie’) is in the back left.

Roxy and I are delighted to have another tripawd friend in the area!

And because I know Sally will be looking for a photo of Roxy in this post, here is one I took a few minutes ago in the backyard. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Badminton dog

We went to a barbecue at a friend’s out in the country today. Roxy made some new friends:

Beth trying to get Roxy to play.

Nash, who can’t sit still for a photo.

Roxy even joined in on some badminton action.

For some reason the last video won’t show up as embedded so here it is as a link:

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Cottage times

Last night, we went up to my friend Marissa’s cottage to celebrate her birthday. Roxy has been up there a few times but this was her first time as a tripawd. It is a cute, rustic cottage up on a cliff overlooking the Mississippi river near Almonte, Ontario.

I kept a close eye on her because it is on very rocky, uneven terrain, and there are some very treacherous steps leading down to the water, which drops off directly off of rocks. I wasn’t ready to re-introduce her to swimming under those conditions (well, that, and the water is freeezing this time of year).

Here are a few pictures from this morning.

on the deck overlooking the river

dreaming of swimming

There are cows that come down to the water across the river. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any this time.




On our way home. She likes resting her chin on the arm rest.


We were arriving home just in time to catch the fundraising dog bath at the pet food store near us, so we stopped in. I should have gotten a picture of poor Roxy while she was getting bathed, but instead, here’s a picture of her drying off on our deck afterwards.

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We heard back from the vet today.

The mouth ulceration they found last week turned out to be benign, and same with her lymph nodes, which seemed to be fighting off the infection in her mouth.

The not-so-great news is that they don’t really know what it is, and to treat it, we’d have to get dentistry involved, which is another unforeseen vet bill I’d have to deal with.

I’m hoping that the antibiotics may have helped clear it up. They’re going to have a look at it tomorrow when she’s in for her chemo treatment. And if it hasn’t improved, we’ll have to figure out if we’re going to go the palliative route for this particular problem or do the whole dentistry ordeal.

Either way, it’s a relief that it’s not cancerous and that she can continue with her chemo treatments as planned.

relaxing under her new blankie.

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