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Seems like yesterday… but it’s been TWO years?!

Hi everyone! I’ve been meaning to update you all on my first few months and first year as a Tripawd, but it seems I’ve been too busy enjoying life!

Why, it feels like just yesterday that I ditched my bad leg, but Mommy and Daddy say that I’ve been cancer free for TWO whole years! Can you believe it?!

In all this time, my snoot has turned grey and my hops have slowed, but I am still loving life on three!

Since my last update, I’ve stolen this endurance tunnel from my stinky little brother Phineas.

I’ve gone on too many rides and road trips to count!

I’ve hiked and adventured in all my favorite places.

And best of all, I’ve napped as much as I please!

Being a Tripawd isn’t always easy, but I’d say that life is pretty sweet. With the help of some Gabapentin, carpet runners, and my cozy Big Barker bed, I am feeling great. After all this time, it’s still better to hop on three than limp on four!

Published by wanderlustloki

Hi! I'm Loki! My mom adopted me in January 2012, and we've been best friends ever since (Dad doesn't mind). She tells me that I was really sick with Lyme disease when we first met, and I guess that's why I always feel a little sore. In 2016, though, my right paw started to hurt really bad, and even though I thought licking it might help, I just felt worse and worse. Mom and Dad brought me to the vet four times, and finally in January 2017, one of the vet techs pushed right on the spot I'd been trying to lick... owww! Soon enough, Mom brought me back to the vet for a long nap, and when I woke up, my paw felt tingly but not as painful. The vet said I had a big tumor that was wrapped around a nerve, and that even though I'd probably feel a little weird, cancers like mine (grade 2 hemangiopericytoma) are often cured with resection. We all hoped I'd feel better soon, and despite negative met-checks, I kept licking and limping. On July 1, 2017, my paw was feeling worse than ever. When Mom sat down next to me that night, I reached out to her and held my paw up so she would understand... and she did! She started telling Dad that she noticed a lump under my carpal pad. She sounded really scared, and Dad got upset, too. On Monday, July 3rd, we all went back to the vet to see what was happening. The vet confirmed that my cancer had returned. Mom and Dad talked with him and an oncologist for awhile, and then they asked me if I wanted to get rid of the stupid foot... of course I agreed! Mom and Dad said my foot would finally stop hurting on July 10th! We all agreed that it was getting in the way, plus the oncologist said becoming a tripawd would be a 95% cure for my cancer. He even said I wouldn't need radiation or chemotherapy! Mom and Dad were really worried, but they were glad I found this community so that we wouldn't be alone. Now that I've been living the tripawd life, I can say that all the promises were true! I still get sore every so often, but I get massages and sometimes a peanut butter-covered treat that makes it all better, and really the soreness is nothin' like that stupid paw! All in all, I've been living the good life. Hopping on three, demanding wrestling and play time with Daddy, and even going out hiking. What's better than that?!

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  1. What a fabulous pupdate! Oh, and those pictures… so precious! I am thrilled that you are doing well rocking life on three. Looks like you and your pack are having the time of your life… that is the way it should be ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hugs to all of you,
    Jackie and Huckleberry

    1. Thanks Jackie and Huckleberry! I hope you are all doing well! I just saw your beautiful post about Rosie, and Mom thinks she bore a striking resemblance to yours truly! I’m her heart dog, too. ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Awwwwwwww thank you sososo much for updating the blog! In this crazy world I know how time is scarce for us all but by coming here to let folks know Loki is ROCKIN LIFE, well it speaks volumes about what a pawesome pawrent you are! Thank you!!

    I loved getting to see all those extra snapshots into his life. What a lucky dawg! With that power paw of his, anything is pawsible.

    Much love & 3-paw salutes to all of you! Thanks for everything you do to help others in their own journey! Smooches to Loki and Phineas!

  3. Over the moon happy to read this glorious update! ๐Ÿ˜€And the pictures of happy Loki, sweet, happy Loki, are priceless!!๐Ÿ˜Š
    Celebrating victories like Loki’s TWO YEAR AMPUVERSARY is what gives all the newbies hope and inspiration!! Loki is clearly living life to the fullest and is soaking up all the spoiling and loving she can handle…..with naps inbetween!
    CAKE AND ICE CREAM TO CELEBRATE!!!!๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿจ
    Give that slightly frosty mug a big smooch for me๐Ÿ˜˜
    Hugs!
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    1. Sally and family, thanks for all the love and smooches! I’m sending lots of senior puppy kisses back to you! We have been celebrating over here for sure! ๐Ÿ˜

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