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Katy Did It

A vet tech, her dog, & an emo-cational experience.

Katy Did It

Katy’s home!

November 2nd, 2011 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

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Picked her up this afternoon on my lunch break and she was SO happy to see me!  She came hopping down the hall, so precious.  The bruising is pretty extreme, looks like someone spilled grape juice all over her chest, wow.  But I’m told it will go away, we have to ice it down 3 times a day.  Kinda reminds me of having my wisdom teeth pulled; my jaw was pretty purple but with ice and time it faded out.  She’s also on a couple painkillers (Tramadol and Rimadyl) and an antibiotic (Cephalexin), and her fentanyl patch comes off tomorrow evening, I hope that’s enough to ease her through the transition without too much discomfort.  We celebrated her homecoming with chicken mcnuggets and a vanilla shake, which she was kind enough to share with Mama and her sisters.  🙂

I’m just really amazed how well she’s getting around.  In one sense I guess she doesn’t have much choice; if she wants to walk she’s gotta do it with the 3 legs she has.  But on the other hand, she could just be refusing to walk at all just from the “weirdness” of it, the imbalance.  So I’m very proud and happy to see her up and moving, it’s a great sign that her recovery should be smooth and speedy.  🙂  I almost want to cry when I watch her.  Not because I feel sorry for her, no way!  Because I’m just so damn proud.  Is that weird?  I mean, is it odd to be proud of your dog?  She’s not my child or anything (well…), am I allowed to be proud of her?  I hope so, because how else do you feel when your babydog makes it through major surgery with no complications, has a leg removed, and starts walking 10 minutes later?  When she hops up in your car like nothing’s changed?  When she toddles into the kitchen because she heard you open the package of lunchmeat and she knows it’s for her (loves her pills in ham)?  When she’s laying on the floor in your husband’s old t shirt, you’re holding an ice pack on her chest, and she’s kissing you?  If it’s not pride I’m feeling, what is it?  …No, you know what?  I figured it out.  It’s not pride, nope, it’s nothing as simple as pride.  It’s that awesome combination of love and pride and respect and admiration known as Tripride!  And it only comes from being so blessed and honored as to have a Tripawd in your life.

I really thought it was gonna be kinda weird, y’know?  That having a three-legged dog was gonna be strange, a little scary, mostly difficult.  But seeing her at school this afternoon (I had to pick her up and run back to class) and how everyone admired her, even how all the staff at the vet’s office loved her and thought she was such a special trooper…I think kinda weird is gonna be kinda great.  🙂



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7 Comments so far ↓

  • etgayle

    good to hear katy is home – home is for healing!!!

    and ‘tripride’ is just amazing!!! you really, REALLY need to PM the admin guy and jerry about putting that on a tripawd t-shirt!! hope all continues to go well, and yes, the bruising does fade…after you get that ‘banana yellow’ phase out of the way.

    charon & gayle

  • samsamsmom

    Way to go Katy….so glad you are home! Hang in…you’ll do amazing with such a positive mamma!

    PS – I love tripride!

  • katydid

    I am Triproud of my Tripawd! How’s that for a slogan? 🙂

  • Golden Girls

    First Tripride and now Triproud??? Love it! Kiss Katy’s snout for me. Great to see she is doing so well.

  • AbbysMom

    Oh yes, tripride is definitely a very real thing! Our tripups are totally amazing. I definitely am proud of my girl when I take her down to the beach and people stare at her – not because she’s ‘odd’ but because she’s amazing! Running around, loving life, chasing other dogs like it ‘ain’t no big thang.’

    Welcome to the Proud Tripawd Pawrent club!

    Hope Katy continues to recover well!
    Jackie, Abby’s mom

  • admin


    🙂 We’ll definitely consider that for a new Tripawds t-shirt design and are open to suggestions as to how it may be best implemented. Consider starting a forum topic or posting again for feedback from others.

  • chilidawg

    I LOVE TriPride! That’s cool. I think it makes us special because as my son used to say about our Chili Dawg, “Chili Dawg is cool, because all the other dogs have to have 4 legs, but our dog only needs 3”.

    Hope Katy continues to do well 🙂 I enjoy reading your blog.

    Jenna & Spirit Chili Dawg

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