HAPPY AMPUVERSARY , THURSTON

September 11 is the 4 months Ampuversary for Thurston!┬áHe is a remarkable Floppy Dog and continues to improve his mobility almost daily… especially if its something he WANTS to do!. Had a little weight gain this month (about 8 pounds) so we have to be careful but his UW Veterinarians said he is still doing well. We are hoping that the extra weight is MUSCLE!!! Thurston is walking pretty well now and can run a short distance (he was never ever ┬ámuch of a runner) but more importantly now he is able to jump onto the bed again and he can get up onto his new Birthday Futon!

We went to The University of Wisconsin for 8/6-7. Thurston is part of a clinical study there which is looking at the effects of giving an attenuated Listeria injection on the immune system of dogs who had osteosarcoma, amputation and chemotherapy. Hopefully this will help stimulate the immune system to attack and destroy any remaining cancer cells. He will receive one more injection for a series of 3 doses 3 weeks apart. Then we will return to UW every 8 weeks for follow up examinations. Thurston is a very altruistic dog and hopes that his participation in this study will help other dogs and even HUMANS!

I haven’t been giving anything to protect his remaining limbs from injury or strain/sprain/arthritis. Wondering if other Tripawd Pawrents give anything. I am sure his remaining joints are getting a workout. He is really floppy and does occasionally fall onto his chin. Its kind of sad when it happens but it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. He just gets up and continues along his way like nothing happened. Thurston has a remarkable spirit. I thank God every day for His blessings! Love and “Woof Woof” to all!

Thurston’s 6th Birthday! Yeah!

Hoppy 6 Birthday to MEEEE! Its PAWTY TIME at my house.
This is the PAWFECT Birthday Cake!
All ready to celebrate… We don’t look too Hoppy!!

Happy 6th Birthday to Thurston. This is a day we were not so sure we would ever see. Really enjoyed his little party at home with his brother Raffie and his Mom. Got a new futon and a pot of chicken soup (with no onion and no seasoning!). Had a great time taking treats for all his friends at Day Care where he got into the big swimming pool! So nice to see him getting his confidence back.

A few of my favorite things to do

GIVING HOOMAMA SLOPPY KISSES

That’s me in the pool at Paws in Time, West Chicago. My favorite place on Earth! They HAVE a pool for big dogs, but I can’t get out of it so I just take over the small dog pool!

At 3 1/2 months after surgery and 2-3 weeks post chemo Thurston enjoys most of the things the he loved to do before April 22, that awful day when our world changed forever. We want everyone to know that Life is Good and we appreciate every moment that God gives us! His Birthday is August 31 and he will be 6 years old! Looking forward to a big piece of cake and some ice cream! Maybe even a party hat!