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Another Ampuversary! (8 months and going strong)

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8 months ago at about this time Mary and I were preparing to bring the new Tripawd Nikki home from her surgery. I’ll never forget that day, sitting in the waiting room and hearing her yelp as they prepared to bring her in to see us. Then of course seeing her for the first time as a Tripawd, all I could think about was “My god, what have I done?”


8 months later I think we have the answer; (Actually we’ve known it for awhile, but it’s never been more clear than these days) We saved her, and gave her a whole new lease on life!

Nikki had her checkup last week, and everything is still A-OK and normal, with no signs of cancer or other indications of issues. This is really great news for Nikki because she’s already far-outlived the expectations of all the specialists. (We were given anywhere from 4-6 months as a best case scenario). For every day that goes by, Nikki acts more and more like the puppy that she is (She is almost 9 years old, but she still thinks she’s a puppy) and has even started figuring out how to get into my lap when I sit down in the office (This used to be a ritual for us, I’d come home from work, sit down at the desk, and she’d crawl up in my lap to lick my face and basically let me know that she missed me). It’s very good to have the old Nikki back!

Here’s some pictures taken since the last update:


Upside-down Tripawd.


Out for a ride


After-effects of said ride (Yes, that is Tripawd Slobber)


More upside-down Nikki


Dogs are plotting!

The point is, as you can see Nikki is very happy, and is really enjoying her life, and we’re just simply enjoying that fact.

If you’re just now starting the cancer journey, all I can say is take heart in that there are definitely success stories out there, and I’m just happy that my BabyDog is one of them!

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8 Responses to “Another Ampuversary! (8 months and going strong)”

  1.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Lovely, happy pictures; pawesome, happy update.

    Congratulations on Nikki’s 8-month ampuversary. Nikki, you rock!

  2.   maggie Says:

    Hoppy 8 month ampuversary Nikki!!! Wonderful to hear you are doing soooo well! Love the photo’s! 🙂

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  3.   anyemery Says:

    Happy Ampuversary, Nikki! We hope you have many, many more happy ampuversaries! What wonderful pictures – especially the upside down ones!
    Holly, Zuzu and Susan

  4.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    Nikki looks so happy! What great pictures. Happy 8 Month Ampuversary Nikki! Wishing you many many more ampuversaries and celebrations. You are awesome!

  5.   etgayle Says:

    wonderful pictures!! happy eight month ampuversary nikki…you look maahhvveeellooouuussss!!!! ice cream and cheese for everyone!!

    gayle & charon

  6.   krun15 Says:

    Happy Ampuversary Nikki!!

    And Ted- I have a pic of Maggie in that upside down tripawd position- AWESOME!

    Karen and the pugapalooza

  7.   admin Says:

    Eight months!? my how time flies. Nikki must be having fun. 🙂

  8.   jerry Says:

    Wow Nikki, congratulations! You are showing the world what is truly pawsible, and we are so thankful you’re here to tell the Tripawds community that there is indeed life after amputation!

    Today we just heard from our friend Darcy Deerhound, who is now 35 months past OS diagnoses. You read that right; 35 months! See, anything’s pawsible with dog gone determination! Adorableness helps too!

    Love you sweet girl! Keep it up!

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