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Rita Still Groovin’ But Lost Her Sister.

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When I was 13 years old and my sister was 20 years old, my Mom took us to the Humane  Society so each of us could pick out a puppy.  I picked out the black one with grey markings, and my sister picked out the brown one.  They were from the same litter, so the sisters had sisters. Rita and Stella.  They were 3 months old when we got them.  They were the cutest little fuzzy pot bellied babies ever.  They grew up together and loved each other very much.  Rita is not usually very interested in being bothered with playing with other dogs but her and her sister just had so much fun, too much fun sometimes as puppies.

My sister and I got older and I moved half way across the country with Rita and my sister and Stella were still back home.  I took Rita at Christmas time to visit with me and those two were just sooooo happy to see each other again.  It was like they were never apart, cuddling and playing.  It’s like that one best friend you lose touch with and then you go and see them after a few years and it’s like no time had passed. Rita was still new to being minus a leg at the time and she seemed to really gain confidence in herself after her visit with Stella.  It was her first real interaction with another dog since the surgery.

Then suddenly about 5 months ago Stella suddenly lost control of her two back legs.  They found that she had a cancerous growth on her spine.  They told my sister to either put her down, try spinal surgery, or make her comfortable for a while till it was time.  My sister took her home and built her a wheel chair.  Stella lived happily for about 4 months before she was looking very sad and getting worse.  My sister had to make the hard decision of letter her go so she didn’t feel any more pain. That was a hard day for my whole family, we all loved Stella.

Though Rita hadn’t seen Stella since Christmas, she knows she is gone, she had a connection with her sister.


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2 comments September 1, 2010

Rita Does Everything a 4 Legger Does!!

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Rita has basically made her full recovery!!  There isn’t anything she can’t do that she did before her surgery.  She can even hop with her front two legs like she used to (we hop together because she thinks it fun).  Honestly that was the one thing I didn’t think she would ever do again.  I am so proud of her.  She went on the long trip back to our home town for Christmas and my family could not get enough of just watching her every move.  I have taken her to work with me (I work in a vet’s office in the kennels) and people would be so surprised that she was missing a back leg b/c they didn’t notice her mobility being compromised at all, and some even figured she was born that way!!!  It has taken some adjustment with the amount of food she is feed, she had lost weight from having surgery and from running all the time, but she has gained some back and could use 3 more pounds and she will be at a healthy good looking weight.  I love my Rita so much and am so blessed to have her in my life.

7 comments January 29, 2010

Rita Getting Into the Tripawd Groove

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Rita really has adjusted well and fast…. I think it was mostly just adjusting to not having all that weight on her left side.   She is able to do everything she could before, I let her try what she wanted, I trusted she would know when she was ready….though I did the “mom gasping in fear”  thing many times watching her do some things.  She really did know when she was ready and able to do things, it’s impressive to see.  She is coming out of the getting sleepy so often.  She is doing so well and I smile every time I watch her in action.  We go for jogs not walks now and she looks soooo happy running, which she could not do with the fat leg.  My family even has said she looks happier now and has a twinkle in her eye.

I know she is 10 years old and that to some is “extremely senior”, which still offends me and her.  That may be really old for some dogs but 10 seems to be an age that varies greatly from dog to dog.  Rita still has all the life in her that she did when she was younger, just not a puppy stamina, that’s the only difference and an understandable one.  I work caring for dogs at a vet. office/ boarding kennel and I have seen 10 year old dogs that are extremely senior and others that have a lively young spirit in them still.

elevatedfeederThis is one of the two elevated feeder Rita’s daddy and I made for her.  It was easy and affordable.  And it’s personalized which, I enjoyed doing.  Just get 2 buckets, turn upside down cut a big enough hole out of the bottom to fit a bowl with a lip (which is obviously needed), put the bowl in and there it is.

10 comments November 13, 2009

Rita’s Story Of Becoming a Tripawd

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Rita one week post surgery and very happy!

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Her leg a few months before the surgery

At age 6 Rita started to get a fatty lipoma on her back left leg. She went to the vet. many times for it over the course of those years, because it kept getting bigger and bigger.  It would become dormant and then go through a growth spurt. It started small just below the back of her knee and later spread down to the ankle and up into the hip. No vet. ever suggested doing anything about it other than to just, “watch it”.  It got to the point that she could no longer bend the knee and had trouble walking with it. And it had grown to 24 inches around the widest point. I got a referral to a wonderful Vet. and he examined her and told me that it had grown up into her pelvic cavity and was pushing on her colon (which explained her chronic constipation issues that had been going on for a year)  and that the pressure of the lipoma was damaging her sciatic nerve as well (she had just started standing on her paw bent over without knowing it)  It was never going to stop growing and the leg would eventually just drag behind her. I had the decision to do nothing and have to put her down in about a year or have her leg and part of her pelvis amputated and extend her life for a few years…. I know Rita and she loves life and had  never let that fat leg stop her so, I knew she would want to keep living longer with one less leg. And that she would be a happy dog with only three legs. She had her surgery October 15th, 2009.  She can already do everything she did before but it’s  easier without that huge leg to haul around and get in the way.  She is very happy and still loves life, she is truly amazing, I am so proud of her.

9 comments November 7, 2009



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