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Rosie in Rehab

Filed under: Uncategorized — rosiesmom at 1:23 am on Friday, May 14, 2010

Hi everyone.  I haven’t forgotten my tripawd friends.  Rosie is still plugging along. Check out her first swim video!! We were all so excited.   She is recovering pretty good, she is having an increasingly hard time walking and tires easily.  We had a busy month it was April,  and I do accounting.  So my busiest month of the year.  But it’s over and I can breath.  Had no time to do what I wanted like talk about Rosie.

Above is my first video took me forever to figure out You Tube.  This took me awhile to figure out but I did it!   This was Rosie’s first swim a couple weeks ago with her Rehab Friends.   She is swimming in a dog pool in Orlando.  There is a pool there run by a non profit organization called : HIP DOG.  They are very nice people and are committed to helping animals recover and get stronger from age, or from amputation like Rosie.   She swims and gets a special trigger point massage  inbetween. She has been 4 times already.    She had never been in a body of water before.  This was her absolute first time.  She actually paddled her legs!  It was so exciting!   They told me that swimming was the best excercise for Tripawds as it is not a weight bearing excercise.  So we are trying to fit it in at least once a week.   We hope to have our little pool cleaned out soon so we can excercise right at home.  She already has her own life vest similar to the one in the video and picture below.  So we are excited about the swimming.  She is tired a lot and that worries us  But we have to keep remembering she is 12 years old and not like these other younger dogs I read about.

She is 2 months post amputation.  Her scar has healed up real good.  She even has some good hair growing in.  We are in the midst of redoing her supplements/medical treatments.  We are not doing the Metronomic Therapy as we have heard many concerns about using Rimadyl, one of the Metronomic drugs, on a dog that has Liver issues.  Well Rosie had most of her liver cut out last fall right after her Bone SRS Surgery to save her leg.  Then they cut out that Liver Tumor along with most of her liver.  So we have been nervous about how her body can handle pills, especially more chemo pills like Cytoxan the other Metronomic drug.   The side effects to all this is a little worrysome to us since Rosie’s Liver is compromised.  If she had all of her Liver, then I may not mind so much.  But I just don’t want to risk it.  For now her Liver #’s are good and I want to keep it that way.  So we started with Chinese Herbs this week.  Diagnosed by the Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Herbologist at the University of Florida.  I have run into 2 other dogs both on these Chinese herbs that have said they lived 2 and 3 years so far since cancer.!!!  So it sounds good.  I hope it works.  We had her on K-9 Immunity and thought we’d switch to the Chinese Herbs since they are all natural and should have no side effects at all.   I’ll tell you more next time about the Herbs.  It’s late and I’m tired of playing with this You Tube stuff.  So we’re back.  Talk to you soon.!

Here are a few pictures  of her lately.

Rosie Swimming

Rosie in her new Help-Em-Up Harness

Rosie doing Sit Pretty Exercise!




May 14, 2010 @ 8:03 am   

That’s soooo sweet, brings tears to my eyes…the little things that are so incredible with our Tripawds!!

Do let us know how the Chinese herbs go! I’d like to know! Very interesting!

Tracy, Maggie’s Mom



May 14, 2010 @ 9:18 am   

thanks for a great video…glad rosie is doing so well – do keep us in the loop on those chinese herbs!! keep swimming and keep smiling!!



   Carmen (Catie's Mom)

May 14, 2010 @ 10:17 am   

Oh! More dogs swimming – Catie is beside herself with envy. Adorable video. Overall it sounds like Rosie is doing really good. Thank you for the lovely update!



May 14, 2010 @ 10:50 am   

You go Rosie! Lookin’ good… and so happy! :-)

Long term use of Rimadyl definitely has it’s drawbacks. Ask your vet about using Metacam instead, that was the NSAID part of Jerry’s metronomic protocol.

We can’t wait to hear about Rosies new supplement regimen. Be sure to check our online links for saving at various natural / herbal superstores, Kalyx carries a wide selection of Chinese herbs.


   jack crowder

May 14, 2010 @ 11:00 am   

Rosie, you look great!!!

Good for you going swimming, I am so jealous, I’ve been trying to sit up like you do, but I haven’t quite got it yet.

You go girlfriend, you are truly amazing!

Shelby, the P.P.



May 14, 2010 @ 3:33 pm   

Wowsa Rosie! That was too pawsome! You got a great mom, too! She spent so much time trying to show us your super duper video! Give her a pooch smooch ’cause it was worth it!

I love your “Circus Girl” photo! It makes me wanna try it but I’m afraid I’ll fall over backwards!

Chinese herbs…as long as it goes with peanut butter I’m all for trying anything! Mmmmm…Peanut Butter and Chinese Herb sandwich!



   Mackenzie's Mom

May 14, 2010 @ 8:40 pm   

Rosie, you look like such a natural Golden in the water! Tell your mom great job on the video too. Happy 2 Month Ampuversary – that’s pawesome! Can’t wait to hear more about those chinese herbs…. Mackenzie’s on power mushrooms which seem to be helping her a lot.
Here’s to many, many more ampuversaries and lots more swimming!



May 14, 2010 @ 9:07 pm   

love the sit pretty picture! She’s so talented :)

<3 Laura and Jack



May 14, 2010 @ 9:44 pm   

Love the video of Rosie swimming. Reminds me so much of my Jake!! :-)

He also would get tired quickly, and could only do a few laps in the pool before he’d get out and just lie on the patio watching his brother Wolfie swim. That was fine with me… as long as he had fun and got to enjoy the fresh air and watch Wolfie and all the birds and squirrels in our backyard. I miss him so much… :-(

Angel Jake’s Mom



May 16, 2010 @ 7:34 pm   

Michael Phelps doesn’t have anyting on you. You are a pretty, pretty girls. I love the sittin’ pretty picture. I didn’t like to do that even when I had four legs. Please keep us all updated on how the Chinese herbs are working. I think we are all very curious about those things.



May 18, 2010 @ 1:13 am   

Rosie – you look pawsome swimming !! Nobody would ever know you were a newbie swimmer. Obviously you have hidden talent. And you know what they say about swimming – it’s exercise you can do your whole life. So – carry on girl ! Looking good !

Sophie has been “swimming” in the river – although from what her dog-walker tells me – it’s more like she gets pushed down to the riverbank in her Chariot – she hops out – wades out into the water and lays down – gets back out and hops back into the Chariot to be pushed back up the river bank ! OK – so not much swimming involved – but she does come home wet. Does that count??

All these beautiful swimming dogs … yeah for summer !


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