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#5557147 - 01/21/15 11:15 PM My hunting partner is officially retired
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Registered: 09/05/06
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Loc: Montgomery, TX
Suzie has officially retired from chasing doves, ducks, quail and the occasional coot with me. A tumor showed up on her leg a while back, but did not bother her or grow for months. Since dove season, it has grown to the size of an orange and is causing her to lose mobility. Fearing the worst, I took her to the vet again this week. They suggested amputating her leg instead of what I feared the most. We are taking her in tomorrow for surgery. I have struggled with this a lot. I don't want to be selfish and put her through any undue pain to keep her around. The doc assured me that this was a good option since she is so healthy otherwise. We are praying that he is right and that she recovers quickly.


Wish Suzie luck!

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#5557155 - 01/21/15 11:19 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Dang tough to make a decision like that, I am sure you made the best one. So sorry for you and the dog and prayers that the surgery goes well and she is healthy and happy afterwards
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#5557163 - 01/21/15 11:28 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Man, that's tough. Good luck to the family and dog.
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#5557165 - 01/21/15 11:29 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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I hear ya. I had hoped to get another year or two from mine but she kicked the bucket at 10 1/2. She retrieved a few beavers in her time, so no complaints.

Let yours have a good time from here on out. She's done good and I bet she recovers well. Time to be a pet smile
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#5557198 - 01/21/15 11:56 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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That's rough. frown

We had a dog that got hit on the interstate and had to have a leg amputated. Never slowed him down.
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#5557519 - 01/22/15 08:06 AM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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I'll send good thoughts your way, that the surgery goes well.
I've seen some three legged dogs that get around just fine, so she maybe more mobile than you think.
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#5557995 - 01/22/15 11:12 AM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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My inlaws 9 year old chocolate lab got hit by a car and had to have a leg amputated. Before the surgery he was having a really hard time getting around and had lots of hip problems. Afterwards, he was like a new dog and would retrieve a tennis ball all day long. He's done fine since.
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#5557998 - 01/22/15 11:13 AM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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As the owner of a blind dog let me say, please don't write Suzie off as a working dog. Dogs are very resilient. Let me tell you about another dog I followed online. An incredible dog named Bart. Bart lost his leg to Osteosarcoma, but the cancer then stayed in remission for several years. Only four months after his amputation Bart earned his Pointing Senior Hunter Title and stayed active his entire life.

In the words of Bart's owner Darcy, "There is no need to waste time worrying about what you can’t do when there is so much that you can!"


https://thenewbarker.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/a-case-for-the-power-of-love/

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#5558033 - 01/22/15 11:34 AM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Our family pet lost a front leg when he was 9 years old (broke it while running from a wild hog), he's 14 now and still going strong.
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#5558215 - 01/22/15 01:09 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Registered: 09/05/06
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Loc: Montgomery, TX
Thanks for all of the encouraging words. I am way more optimistic today than I was earlier this week. She is a fighter and I know she will do fine. Now, if that update from the vet would come...

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#5558643 - 01/22/15 04:33 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Good luck...I'm sure she will do better than you. They are a lot stronger than we give them credit for or at least more than I give them credit for.
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#5558763 - 01/22/15 05:39 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Registered: 09/05/06
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Loc: Montgomery, TX
Suzie is home. The surgery went well and she is resting with the help of some strong drugs. The will to survive and the desire to please is incredible in a dog that has been your buddy for 10 plus years. With everything going on, the first thing she did when I picked her up to carry her to the truck was lick my face. She is way more than a dog.

Thanks again for all of the support and kind words. She has a tough road ahead, but I believe Judd is right. She will probably do better than me!

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#5558797 - 01/22/15 05:54 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Judd is right. Half the battle of dealing with an amputation is psychological. Unlike people who sit around wringing their hands and worrying about what people will think and how will I get from Point A to B......dogs just take off.

Your dog probably still has a season or more of moderate retrieving still left in her, and you'll marvel at her ability to cope (as you wipe a tear from your eye). I once knew a Golden that had amputations on both a front and rear leg, thus a two-legged dog. Like you would ride a 2-wheeled bicycle, this dog quickly taught itself to walk and run; and what was amazing was to observe how the Golden used its tail as a counterweight that swung this way and that to maintain balance. Nobody taught her; she just did it.

Just stand aside and watch Suzie cope....and excel!
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#5558867 - 01/22/15 06:23 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Glad it went well. Suzie will cope just fine. She does not know how many legs she is supposed to have just as my dog Blaze does not know she is not supposed to be blind. Dogs can't comprehend self pity. She will amaze you at what she will be capable of. Your a good man to give her that chance to do so.
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#5559048 - 01/22/15 07:40 PM Re: My hunting partner is officially retired [Re: shsuducks]
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Prayers for a speedy recovery and many more retrieves!

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