Whistler makes it back to the beach!

Whistler insists on not only going to the rambla (shoreline road), but using “3-paw drive” pulls Mark down to the dune walk onto the beach.  One week ago – Feb 3, 2015. It’s been busy so we’re just now posting it. Still pix from it are already on Facebook and G+.

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He had a great time heading back to his favorite places.

More of Whistler on the beach

And on YouTube:

It’s possible we overdid it. A few days later, he’s been limping with inflamed rear paws. His doc checked him today and doesn’t think it’s due to the cancer, but just a joint pull and anxiety. So mostly bed-rest for a few days until his first chemotherapy treatment late this week, at the Universidad de la República veterinary school in Montevideo.

Thank you to all who’ve sent good wishes and who’ve helped us afford his treatment. Bless you!

We’re going to the seaside, Dad!

Seashore. Now. Whether you think I’m ready or not! – that was Whistler’s attitude a couple of hours ago. If you’ve been following along this blog, or our social media shares at Mark or Lisa’s Facebook or Google+ sites, you’ll know that Whistler has started walking (hopping) all over the immediate neighborhood again. But still, only within about a 1-to-2 block radius. Which also is within Mark’s “I can pretty much carry this 30kg/75 pound dog back home… I think” just in case.

A couple of days ago, he wanted to go all the way to the corner of the big street, down the long block to the main road. We shared those pictures on Facebook, and wow was he grinning! Here’s one of them:

3-legged greyhound dog looking at camera, with trees and grass and a dirt road behind him
Whistler at the wooded area near the bus stop – his first long walk post-surgery

Last night, he did a full round-the-block fast hop.

But today? Went up the street, then left towards the main road, then absolutely insisted on crossing it to the triangular undeveloped lot that has been one of his favorite “business places” but has been out of reach for a few weeks before the surgery, and of course, since. Then, instead of going back – pulled Mark over to the park across the street and further down. Think we were done? No! At the end of the park, already 2 blocks from the house the shortest way back (4 blocks walked already), he insisted on going right, the block and half further to the rambla, the seaside road!

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Why did the greyhound cross the road? To see the sea! Continue reading We’re going to the seaside, Dad!

Whistler off on another walk – Day 8 post-op

And he’s off! Whistler wanted, and got, a second walk on his first day without bandages.

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Taking it easy on Day 2 at home

We learned from yesterday. Sort of. It was such a gorgeous, sunny, cool summer day, that when Mark came back from errands, and Whistler hopped up to greet him, we tried going out in the front. Whissie got “stuck” again, even though he’s hopping around the house and our enclosed back yard more-or-less fine. This time, though, Mark was supporting him with a big half-folded towel under his chest to hold him up. And we didn’t leave the tiny front yard to go down the street, once it was clear that he was too spooked to go walking in the “real outdoors” rather than in a safe backyard.

So he decided this was a better idea for enjoying the great outdoors instead:

Greyhound with amputated right front leg, in blue compression bandage, napping on his left side on the grass in a small enclosed yard.
Taking a nap outdoors

That’s our tiny backyard. Continue reading Taking it easy on Day 2 at home

First Day Home

Whistler is back home!

Dra. Mariana Amoedo, his friend for a long time from boarding, who is the team lead who put together the surgical team and is in charge of his recovery, brought him home this morning about 11am. He hopped right out of her little VW, and insisted on taking a little walk with Mariana and Mark up the street to do some business and “leave his messages” before coming into the house, so happy to see Lisa. Got right onto his dog bed and stayed down while all hanging out together, then wanted some food.

Here he is in his jumbo crate, enjoying a yummy chewy treat.

Enjoying a chewy treat in his crate.
Enjoying a chewy treat in his crate.

It’s the kind with some nutrition in it. (Some.) Mark picked it up at the local veterinarian mutualista Veterinaria SAV, his regular vet clinic, when he got Whistler’s Tramadol painkillers.

He’s back. He can get around. But it’s not at all easy, and we have to be careful that he doesn’t try to overdo it. More importantly, we have to be careful we don’t think he’s better than he already is. We had a scare on that already.  Continue reading First Day Home

Whistler recovering – going outdoors already at the vet

He’s coming home tomorrow, Monday January 16, 2015. But he’s already up and around, walking (hopping) with his Uruguayan celeste colored compression bandage. Enjoying the great outdoors in the back yard of Dra. Amoedo’s clinic and pet hotel. along with the resident ducks.

red brindle greyhound dog with amputated right front leg, in a blue compression bandage, outside on clear day, on grass near trees, with 2 ducks nearby.
Whistler recovering outside at the veterinarian’s clinic and pet hotel.

Mariana says he can come home tomorrow. Just one more night of monitoring him with care nearby, one more day of intravenous antibiotics. Then tomorrow a week of oral antibiotics and pain medication, here at home. He’s proven that he can get around ok.

In two weeks the stitches come out, then after a week or two more of healing, the chemotherapy has to start. Continue reading Whistler recovering – going outdoors already at the vet

Sat Jan 17 AM update – Whistler up and around on 3 legs

Whistler is still with our lead vet, Dra. Mariana Amoedo, and is doing well. She just called us to say he’s already walking around on 3 legs, and even was able to eat his food from a bowl on the floor – having the right balance to do that.

Of course, it’s not all perfect. When she checked on him middle of the night, “It was like watching a horror movie.” Continue reading Sat Jan 17 AM update – Whistler up and around on 3 legs