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  1. I had a Hale dog door installed through the wall 5 1/2 years ago. I love the double flaps. The wind has never blown it open. The interior flap recently started tearing at the top but is still functional. The door gets a lot of use. It comes with a tinted plexiglass insert that locks into place. The down side is the dogs couldn't tell it's in place and would run into it and we didn't always notice either and have locked them in. I put a big X and the word closed in reflective tape on it. The word closed registers in my brain better than the X. I chose the dog door that would fit between the studs and got the tallest size for that width because I didn't want to replace it. It's installed about two inches from the floor on the inside and is about 5 inches from the deck on the outside. We had a small dog at the time. If I had the dogs then that I do now I would have installed it a bit higher.
  2. Rhys’ PetFinder photo Rhys and the mutt/mutt (Jin) he bonded to while at the rescue. Rhys thought people sucked. Fortunately Jin loves people and her interaction with us showed him that not all people suck. Rhys is very affectionate now and loves to be petted and cuddled.
  3. I called my heart dog “handsome boy” so Rhys got stuck with the nickname “sexy beast”.
  4. Dh and I thought about a sling before the amputation and considered buying one from Petsmart but then Dh talked to a vet tech. She told him that they use a towel for a sling. So we planned to use a towel but Rhys never needed any assistance. Rhys’ leg was amputated because he couldn’t bend it so removing the leg actually increased his mobility. He jumped in the car when I picked him up from the vet. Before I picked him up I forgot to close the dogdoor, he was through the house, out the dogdoor and down the 5 porch steps before I could stop him. The first day home he walked around with a puzzled look on his face because he couldn’t figure out why that leg wasn’t getting in the way. Below are more photos of Rhys. Most I have posted before but I don’t know if you saw them. Having 3 legs hasn’t slowed Rhys down. I think you will be surprised at how fast Buzz adjusts to 3 legs. Cathy
  5. The hardest part of Rhys’ amputation for me was that he whined for the first 30 hours after I brought him home. If he was awake, he whined. The anesthesia can make dogs vocal. I couldn’t be convinced that his whining wasn’t due to pain, so in addition to the patch and pain meds he came home with, I gave him (with the vet’s permission) other pain medications I had. Rhys was doped up. I know now he wasn’t whining from pain because he abruptly stopped after 30 hours. Not whined less, completely stopped. Even when the pain meds were reduced he didn’t whine. No matter how much you mentally prepare yourself, it is still a shock to see your dog for the first time after the amputation. Below are photos of Rhys' amputation so you have some idea of what to expect. Initially, Buzz will not be able to get up or stay up without traction. If you have uncarpeted floors, cover them. Some owners have gone on Free Cycle to get area rugs to put down. I have a large kitchen/dining area that is vinyl that I had to cover with throw rugs. Rhys now does fine in this area. Try to treat Buzz as normal as possible. He will pick up on your emotions. Buzz isn’t going to think “Oh no, I’m missing a leg”. He will not think of himself as disfigured. Remember you are removing the source of his pain. Expect to get little sleep for the first 48 hours. The first 2 weeks are the hardest. Most dogs completely recover and adapt to the amputation within 6 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, post them on the amputation forum at HandicappedPets.com. Someone has likely gone through something similar. Even though the reasons for amputation may be different, the amputation is the same. That forum was a great support to me. Wishing all the best to Buzz and your family. Cathy
  6. Is amputation an option? HandicappedPets.com has a forum for amputation. There are several members whose dog’s amputation was due to cancer. Tessa’s, who is a member of that forum, dog Xena had her leg amputated over 18 months ago because of cancer and she is doing great. Rhys’, the dog in my avatar, leg was amputated in April 2007 due to an injury that didn’t heal correctly. That photo was taken 6 weeks after the amputation. He is doing great. Missing a rear leg is less handicapping than a front leg because the majority of the dog’s weight is on the front legs. Sending good vibes your way. Cathy
  7. HandicappedPets.com has a forum for Blind and Deaf Pets.
  8. I wish I knew 20 years ago how much fun Border Collies are. Rhys and his BFF Jin. Gratuitous photo of Jin because it’s her Adoption Day 1st Anniversary too.
  9. Rhys limped when I adopted him. We thought he had an injury that had gone untreated and healed incorrectly. Two days after adopting him I took him to my vet who did x-rays of the leg. I was hoping that the leg could be repaired. Unfortunately Rhys’ leg had been repaired unsuccessfully. The x-rays showed he was in pain (the knee was bone on bone) and that the leg was useless. We thought he had some use/benefit of the leg but what we thought was him using it was actually the inability to keep it out of the way. The rescue I adopted Rhys from rescued him from the pound. I’ve wondered why someone would go to the expense of trying to repair his leg and then not claim him? 6 weeks after the amputation. Rhys loves to run. We adopted Rhys and his best friend Jin. Rhys had been adopted alone and was returned to the rescue because he wouldn’t stop whining for her. My current favorite photo
  10. This was taken 6 weeks after the amputation of the leg that didn't bend. He's so happy that he can run!
  11. I watch Rhys’ weight because he is a tripod. Rhys is very lean but he is a big boy and weighs 50 lbs. With a fourth leg he would probably weigh around 57 lbs.
  12. Adopting a dog from a rescue isn’t anything like fostering a child. A dog rescue’s purpose is to adopt the dog into a good permanent/forever home. The purpose of foster care is to place the child in a safe and nurturing home while the birth parents work on the issues that caused the child to be removed from them. The goal is to reunify the child with the birth parents though there may be concurrent planning for the foster parents to adopt the child if reunification fails.
  13. Charlie is adorable. I love her expression in the first photo.
  14. Rhys' left hind leg was amputated 6 months ago. The leg didn’t bend so it limited his mobility. I thought that once the leg wasn’t in the way he would just follow us down to the basement because he goes down the 4 steps off the porch just fine. I knew he had the ability to go down the basement stairs but he lacked the confidence and I hadn’t been able to lure him beyond the 3rd step. Rhys absolutely hates to be picked up. About a month ago I carried him down to the basement so he would know what he was missing. He loved being down there with us. Tonight I picked him up and brought him down to the basement again. After being in the basement for a couple of hours he followed our other dog up the stairs and then came back down with her! He has now gone up and down the stairs several times!!!!!!
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