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Buddy Has His Angel Wings

April 28th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Uncategorized

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Our sweet boy earned his angel wings yesterday. He was the light of my life. Heartbroken but grateful for every second We had with him. Such a brave/strong soul. Born on the streets of Naples – he was a rags to riches story and he brought so much joy to us. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life.
Run free my sweet sweet Buddy. I love you!

Thank you so much to our Tripawds family for the support over the past 6+ months.  Buddy truly had great quality of life post amputation.  It was our wonderful Tripawds community that helped us through many difficult decisions.

I will forever be a part of this loving family!


Julie and Angel Buddy



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5 Months a TRIPAWD!!

March 30th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

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Wow, we made it to the 5 month mark!  Yep, today is Buddy’s 5 month Ampuversary!!  The road was bumpy and rocky for a while , but here we are.  I was told that Buddy would only live a couple more months when we stopped Chemo but Buddy didn’t seem to hear that same message and THANK GOD!

Buddy is surviving and thriving. Osteosarcoma is no match for him.  We are taking it one day at a time and our quality of life is FANTASTIC.  We spent this past weekend with friends at the Beach for Easter and Buddy had a WONDERFUL time.  He was so happy!! He ran around like a maniac chasing seagulls then sat on the beach and howled – and did a lot of rolling around on the sand.  That is my happy pup!!

I have followed his lead – Buddy has been an excellent teacher!!! Thank you Sally for your wise words, they really changed our lives!

I really cannot thank TRIPAWD Nation enough for the love and support that Buddy and I found in you. You have made a world of difference in our lives! See you next month!

Love Julie and Buddy


Howling @ Rehobeth Beach

Howling @ Rehobeth Beach


We had a scare!

February 17th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Oh my goodness!

Buddy started favoring his hind leg (he’a a rear amp).  It got worse over the next day or so.   Of course my mind went to the worst care scenario.  Fast-forward – vet thinks it’s a muscle strain.  No evidence of tumor on Xray and he did run around like a maniac during our most recent snow storm.

We are Rimadyl and I bought huge area rugs to cover all of my hard wood so he doesn’t slip.  We are gonna take it easy for a week or soon.  Just potty breaks and relaxing.

I guess the worrying never stops!

Here’s my boy enjoying the snow.
The second pic is him saying “Mom, why are you crying?  I’m fine”  Oh this journey is full of ups and downs.  Buddy is so brave.  He loves his oncologist and all the staff.

Anyone else have problems with the remaining hind leg?  I started him on Glucosamine but he wouldn’t take it.  We are going to re-visit that.  Any advice is appreciated.

4Ever grateful for this community

Julie and Buddy




3 Month Ampuversary!!!

January 31st, 2016 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Hello Tripawds Family,

Buddy had his 3 month Ampuversary yesterday and he is doing great!!  Loving life, enjoying walks and hanging out with friends.

We survived the Blizzard aka Snowzilla 2016!  Buddy did great, even on three legs.  Never fell once!!!  And he still LOVES the snow!  3 feet is a bit much though!!!


Julie and Buddy




Waiting for Snowpocalypse 2016!!

January 21st, 2016 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

Hello Tripawds Family!!

Buddy is just 9 days short of his 3 month Ampuversary and doing FANTASTIC!!   Buddy has just gotten better and better and stronger and stronger each day since stopping chemo.   As you may know, we tried carboplatin but on his last CXR he has 2 small lung nodules.  We just pray that they grow VERY slowly.

I elected not to try Palladia or Metronomics.  Buddy has such a sensitive stomach and I just wasn’t willing to accept the possible side effects.  The good news is that Buddy is once again the dog he always was before all of this Osteosarcoma nonsense!!!    I’ll take quality over quantity anytime and I’m 100% sure I made the right decisions along the way: amputation and chemo.

Now, on to the fun stuff.  DC is forecasted for 1-2 feet of snow.  I’m off work until Monday and my house is stocked with food and wine.  My dear friend is coming over to hunker down with us and she’s bringing Buddy’s best friends.  I can’t really think of a better way to spend 3 days.  Friends, dogs, food and wine!!!

Below, Buddy is surveying the light snow we got last night.  He was hilarious this morning.  So excited that there was snow but a little annoyed that I didn’t want to play in it a 6am before work.  LOL.  He got a nice long afternoon walk when I got home.

Thanks again to each of you who have reached out to us throughout this journey.  I cannot express in words how much this community has meant to us.  Love you guys~

Buddy and Julie

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