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Riley’s Travels

Just finished reading ‘Be More Dog’… truly inspiring and meaningful for us. Jerry’s story will always be remembered by anyone reading about his adventures and spirit. Story has special meaning for us in that we also travel in RV with Riley .. sticker on our rear window says ‘You .. Me .. and the Dog ‘. Knowing surgery was in our future .. we wanted Riley to have as many ‘dog adventures’ as we could .. ie .. swimming in Atlantic Ocean (Surf City NJ) .. Gulf Coast panhandle .. (found a beach called Paw Beach where dogs can run free).. recently returned from a trip to Canon Beach Oregon .. another beach where dogs can run free… We were in no rush to get back home .. knowing we would be scheduling her surgery appt. We made our own adventures along the way.
As mentioned in previous post .. Riley has had surgery .. doing well .. stitches out .. has an appt in a few weeks with Vet CCRT .. A concern we have is that she seems ‘depressed’ .. for a previously very active Cattledog .. she now lies down most of the  day .. only getting excited when we go out (and when UPS driver appears) !  Hopefully she is just going through post op feelings .. surgery was Nov 19th … When she is up .. she walks .. climbs steps .. so we know she is recovering well .. We are still checking Tripawds website/blogs/forums in search of advice and tips from other ‘parents’ … Thanks again to Rene and Jim for setting up website and sharing their story !

Never thought we’d be here ..

BUT we are extremely glad to be here to utilize website/forum and all the other resources. Our 3 1/2 year old Australian Cattledog recently had surgey to remove a rear leg (as a result of truck incident 3 years ago)… stitches (and cone !)  come off this Friday !  We (and doctors) tried to save leg for 3 years .. but .. we were not successful and decided not to prolong what we knew was going to happen … surgery. Unfortunately we did not discover website until a few days  before surgery.. so we did not get alot of time to research what we were getting into .. but .. we learned many things in that short time .. and we are thankful for the support.. One thought stuck in my mind… when we picked up Riley from surgery … I remembered a quote … ‘look at your dog in the eyes and not the incision’ … we did .. and I think it helped ease our concerns and Riley’s ! So .. we will now move on to find a Rehab therapist.. in an attempt to give Riley her best chance of leading a ‘better’ life .. she came through surgery well .. and still is a happy dog !   Thanks !

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