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Much Gratitude From Super Stu!

A very Hoppy Boy!

Stewie is now 4 months past his amputation and we are finished with any further major treatments.

Stewie’s entire Nakusp Veterinary Clinic Team; Dr. Bill Sones, Dr. Laurie Page, Jackie and Lori have had Stewie’s best interests at heart from the get go! They have ensured that the clinic has always been ready for our boy and have treated him so incredibly well! Even though Stewie may have grumbled a few times, he allowed them to do their job and that is a huge compliment to their skills and caring attitudes!

We couldn’t be more grateful to our veterinarian team! From the very beginning of this journey, they have shown compassion, patience, perseverance and a whole lot of lovin’ for our Stewie boy!

Stewie has been a massive challenge for our small town vet clinic and they have overcome them all! Starting with a large, VERY FLUFFY dog that needed to be shaved, then an irritating Seroma, followed by multiple vein issues when trying to take blood, delays in chemo medicine delivery and through it all they kept pawsitive and moved things forward in way that Paul and I were always comfortable with.

Mum & Super Stu after his chemo session.

We are so very grateful to them for giving us this extra time with our boy! Every day that we get to spend with our super hoppy boy is a true gift, but not just that, he’s a true inspiration! He doesn’t look at life and say “I don’t think I can do that.” He looks and says “okay, let’s do it! I got this!” It’s hard to have a bad day with Stewie in our lives!

So a huge THANK YOU to everyone at The Nakusp Vet Clinic for working so hard getting Stewie to where he is today!!! We couldn’t be Hoppier!

Stewie would also like to thank all of his Tripawd friends for always being there, through our moments of Aaack attacks and our hours of joy!

With much gratitude! ❤❤❤

Stewie, Petra, Paul, Spike, Chester & Miss Lily.

under: Living the life of a Tripawd

Super Stu’s 4 Month Ampuversary!

Hi my Tripawd comrades!

I am here to celebrate my 4 Month Ampuversary! 🎉🎊🎈

I am living the life of a king! I have sooooo much to celebrate… not only have I been hopping on three legs for four months now, I also celebrated my 6th & FINAL CHEMOTHERAPY session on November 8th! I am soooo hoppy that is over and done with! I got lots of chicken treats, pepperoni, a bully stick and a new Hedgie!!!

Enjoying my presents at my Pawty!

Plus I had some of my wonderful Tripawds friends who rang some really cool bells to celebrate my end of treatment Pawty! Thanks Purrkins, Huckleberry, Rusty & Sally’s Alumni! The Bells! 🔔The Bells! 🔔They were enough to make me smile & cry!

Stewie’s End of Teatment Bell!

Plus I am a model in the Tripawds calendar #23! And so many of my Paw friends are in there too! Some of them are spirit friends, but I am so honoured to share the pages with all of them!
I can’t wait to get my copy. What with my fancy new Tripawds Bandanna that is on its way, there will be some great pictures for my 5 Month Ampuversary!!!

A Houndsome Hound!

My Mum & Dad had another concert this month and I got to spend the night at my Aunt Anne’s and I got spoiled rawtten! I get to do whatever I want when I’m there and whenever I grumble nicely she gives me treats!
Her kitty “Boo Boo” scares me though… she just sits right in my space and stares… glares and stares!!! She’s telling me to GET OUT I know it!! But I’m not allowed out by myself at Aunty’s!

For the first time Evah, I was dressed up for Halloween and you’d never guess what Mum dressed me up as… go ahead guess! I was kinda mad that she didn’t dress the cats in dog costumes!

“MEOWLED!”

So Snow has arrived!!! I was so Hoppeeeey! I couldn’t wait to go outside and play. Mum was all worried and scared that I was going to slip, but i did great! My big feet act like snow shoes and I stick close to the house when going off the deck, cause it’s less snow covered. Mum said she’s looking for chicken grit… I thought she said chicken💩!
I was even hoppy enough to go for a walk with Dad! He took me around so that I could sniff and roll and pee and sniff and pee and…

The only sad thing about winters arrival, is that I had to say goodbye to the Toaster for the season. See you in 8 months Toasty McBoaty!

Farewell Toasty McBoaty!

In the last month I have started my acupuncture and Ortho-Bionomy treatments! I feel like a pampered King when I go there! It feels soooooo good! Mum laughs ‘cause my eyes almost roll to the back of my head, it feels that good! It is helping me with my lungs and my liver and spleen. It’s helping to get rid of the flaky skin and I sleep for days! (Okay maybe not days…) but it really feels that good! I’d recommend it to any Hooman!

I have even been laying on my ‘stylin’ side more often lately. It feels so good to have a change of positions after so long and I know how to get myself up now!

Relaxin’ on my ‘stylin’ side!

I Ruv my family so very much and they are all so very Hoppy to have me with them!!! So until next time my friends please join me in more Hoppy Hopping and Hoppy Snow Days!

Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& hugs from Petra, Paul, & his feline Feline, Mr. Spike, Chester McFiend & Miss Lily 🐾🐾🐾❤️

under: Living the life of a Tripawd

Hello to all you beautiful Tripawd & Bipawd Hero’s!!!

Stewie asked me to up date his list of what we’re his Top 10 Reasons For Wanting To Become A Tripawd! It has now grown and Stewie is shooting for the Top 💯 Tripawd List of Luxeries!

we have been getting some excellent additions and so the list Absalutely had to have its own blog! We Absalutely encourage any new suggestions, we will update as necessary…

Stewies List…

🔸 Treats & More Treats!
🔸 Only Three Feet to Trim Nails For & only 1 dewclaw!
🔸Tons & Tons Of Belly Rubs
🔸 Short walks on lazy days (that’s most days…!)
🔸 Priority over my feline brothers & sister! Ha!
🔸 Comfy, Padded Harness
🔸 Special place of honour in the living room
🔸 Air conditioned shave down for hot summer days showing a new       stylin’ hair cut!
🔸 We make people “Super Hoppy” when they see us!
🔸 Most importantly, you become a superstar with your own Tripawds   website and blog!                                                                                                 🔸 Extra special Spa Days for acupuncture! (Thanks Purrkins! 🐈 )

“Huckleberry” 🐈 adds…

🔸 Kitty tv, relaxation music, man cave covers, kitty visits, mama and papa visits.. you get the picture…😎

“Paka Tom’s” 🐈  suggestions…

🔸 New and improved bond” between babies and pawrents!

“Sally’s Allumni…” 🐕 

🔸 Endless amount of Hedgies!

🔸 Hmmmm….how ’bout never hearing the word “no” again! Tipawds can get away with anything!

Here are some from “Rusty The Bunnyman” 🐈

🔸 Breakfast in bed (or wherever you may be lying at the moment)

🔸 Get to sleep wherever you want, even if it means you are in Mommy or Daddy’s spot on the bed.  The couch is comfy for them to sleep on, isn’t it?!

🔸 Scratching pads in every room!

🔸 Stairs to EVERYWHERE-your favorite chair, the window, each couch, Mommy and Daddy ‘s bed…

🔸 All the wet food and treats!

“Mona” 🐈 says…

🔸 that a tripawd should get 25% more attention, brushing, snacks, cuddles than the other pets who have 4 legs.

🔸 Mona also says that tripawds should go for chiropractic treatments at least once a month because they feel so good. She said cost should not factor into it. We have to negotiate this benefit.

🔸 Similar to Rusty’s stairs, Mona loves her banker’s boxes. Eli sleeps on them until he is caught by Mona who gives him a bonk because they are for her.

“Jerry’s Pack” 🐕  says not to forget this major bonus…!

🔸OOooh ooooh, how about… Tripawds don’t need to “heel” on the leash any more because it’s too hard to slow ’em down!

“Rufus” 🐕 additions to top 💯 list

🔸Rufus is loving to eat out of a regular bowl again instead of the slow feeder.

🔸He enjoys his water bowl being packed around the house so he doesn’t have to descend stairs. The day after chemo he gets the water bowl brought right to him.

🔸Rufus gets away with pooping and peeing on the grass. He’s supposed to go to the rocks along the boarder, but that might be too far – besides grass is way more comfy on the feet.

🔸Upgraded bed, food, supplements, and attention.

🔸Consistent treats.

🔸Additional praises for doing everyday things that never got any attention.

🔸Conversation staters to educate people how normal life on 3 really can be.

🔸Saving pawrents on everything since we weigh less, food, medicine, hotel fees, flea medicine, soap….

Thanks everyone for your suggestions… Lets keep it going Tripawd friends, this will make us all Hoppy for sure!!!

Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& hugs from his adoring pack,
Petra, Paul, & his 🐈  siblings, Mr. Spike, Chester Molester & Miss Lily 🐾🐾🐾❤.

“See you around!”❤

under: Living the life of a Tripawd, Top 100 Tripawd List of Luxuries!, Uncategorized

Super Stu’s 3 Month Ampuversary!

Hi folks, Stewie here again!!! I have just celebrated my 3 Month Ampuversary! That’s 3 months and I’m still going strong!💪 I have made my Mum & Dad so very very Hoppy!🎉

“Just hangin’ Mum!”

I know I’m a lot stronger now ‘cause I ran after my Dad on the UTV and i had a blast running like the wind! I haven’t been able to do that in forever!😁 I stay strong by resting really good & I am back eating my 3 meals a day. Dad says that he has noticed me sleeping better lately with less moving around at night. I don’t notice ‘cause I’m sleeping to heavy! 😴 😴
Boy am I ever good at begging for treats now! Mum says that I can’t ALWAYS HAVE TREATS! and I say WHY NOT?! She says that I have to lose wate?! (what is this wate thing?!🤔…) how can I lose something when I don’t know what it is that I’m looking for? 👀😋

It’s been a little quieter and cooler over the past month. But I’ve still had fun! I go to town every week with Mum and Dad and everybody I meet just loves me and I luuuuv the attention I get!🤗
Mum brought home 3 new hedgehogs for me over the last month! I Ruv the sound they make when I tickle them! But they run out of tickle, so Mum has to get me a new one ‘cause I Ruv them that much!😁😁😁

“Do you want to play with one of my Hedgies?!”

It’s a good thing that my coat is growing back in nicely and thank goodness for that! (there is no more scabbing left! No more itchy spots yay!👏) It went from really hot to really cool and we can start to see the snow coming down the mountain tops. It won’t be long before it gets to us! 🍂🍁🏔☃️🎄
Mum says that she’s worried for when winter comes ‘cause she’s worried about me slipping. But I just laugh and say no worries Mum. But truthfully I’m a little nervous, cause it can get pretty icy! I’ll have to hop VERY CAREFULLY!😬

“Look Ma! Only 3 Paws!”

Last week I went for my fourth round of Carboplatin chemotherapy… it went super well! I have had no complications with my blood work either, so we get the full shabang each time. (Let’s hope that keeps up for the next two sessions!) Dr. Laurie is very impressed with how long I can stay still! She must know that I do it for her ‘cause I really like her! She may prod and poke, but she always says she’s sorry and she gives me yummy treats after!🥓 I only have to get two more icky Chemo sessions done! 💉💉🤞

Me and my Mum & Dad and my favourite person Anne went on another boat-ride this week! I had so much fun! We even ate lunch on board! 👅 it was also very cool cause we saw a snow storm blow in. It rained on the lake and snowed on the mountain tops… 🏔 and the sun came out after! It was beautiful! We’re very lucky this year ‘cause the lake is staying up higher than usual for this time of year. Especially considering the very dry summer we had!

My Favorite Person, Me & my Mum!

Me & my Dad!

“Seriously?!”

A micro storm blowing through!

Ha! What storm!

Then today, Mum & Dad took me into town for my blood work and then let me walk downtown with them (my old stomping grounds!) and some of my old friends were there and they were all super hoppy to see me! I’m glad we got a picture to celebrate my 3 Month Ampuversary!

“My old stomping grounds and people that Ruv me!

I really am so very hoppy and all, but I’m sad too ‘cause I’ve heard some crappy news this last week from Mum, about some of my friends from Tripawds that I have come to know. I know I haven’t known many of you for long, but you hold a very special place in my heart! I say 💩 on this nasty stinking cancer!

So Until next time my friends… Stay strong and keep hopping hoppily along and most importantly, keep making your pawrents smile! 💞😊💖

“Ruv ❤️ You!”

Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅 🐕 🐾
& all the very best from his adoring pack,
Petra, Paul, & his 🐈 siblings, Mr. Spike, Chester Molester & Miss Lily 🐾🐾 🐾 💓
https://stewie2017.tripawds.com/

under: Living the life of a Tripawd, Post-Surgery, Recovery

Hi again folks!
Phew! It’s been a couple of busy weeks for me and my pack… I’ve had a great time!

I have to start off by thanking Sally and her Alumni, Amy & Rusty & Jerry’s Pack for adding to my Top Reasons for wanting to become a Tripawd! The list went from Top 10 all the way up to 17! The challenge is still out there to make it to the Top 20!

“Life is good!”

Last weekend was the best… my Uncle Evan & Aunt Des came to visit and it was all about me! Even though I had seen my Uncle Evan within the last month, I can’t get enough of him… and my Aunt Des hasn’t been here since the spring so I REALLY enjoyed seeing her! They smothered me in kisses, they brushed me and gave me extra, extra treats! (ha! No wonder I gained extra weight at my weigh in last week!)

My Uncle & Aunt Ruv, Ruv, Ruv Me!

We all got to go for a boat ride on The Toaster and they took tons of pictures of me. I think I’m gonna be a movie star! I just Ruv my people so much!

 

A day out on The Toaster with my favourite people!

I even got to go on a road trip this past week. It was a long day, but I did really good surfing in the back of the truck. It’s one of my favourite things to do! My favourite person Anne came with us and we all had a really good day.

Then I got to go on another boat ride, with our friend Rod! I can’t believe I was lucky enough to go out twice in one week! I think people should visit more often! My Mum & Dad have made the docks a lot safer for me and I can walk the double planks with no problem at all! Mum laughs at me every time… I think my bum wiggles!

My Mum & Dad are rock stars (😆), so they get to travel to lots of different places, so that lots of people can come and listen to them sing my Dads songs. (Me & Chester are their biggest fans and would love to part of their stage show!)

Me & my brother, Chester Molester!!

When Mum & Dad go away, I get to go to my favourite persons house and we babysit each other! I stay over night and Anne really does spoil me rotten, I never want to leave! There is a black cat who lives there, her name is Cranky… it’s a very fitting name! I can’t understand why my pawrents love her so much, ’cause all she does is give me dirty looks and constantly taunts me with her walk by’s! I know better and avoid eye contact at all costs!

My favourite babysitter, with Dad

I even got some hugs and treats from Anne’s neighbours. At first they weren’t sure if my missing leg would scare them, but just one look at my hoppy face and they weren’t worried anymore! You see, Tripawds really do make people Hoppy!

So you wouldn’t believe how lucky I was yesterday, not only did I have a great babysitting night with my favourite person, but she also came on a boat ride with us the next day! Three rides in The Toaster in two weeks! How much fun is that?! I’m glad my pawrents realize that I am now feeling all better again!

So in my last blog, (Top 10 Reasons…) I told you about my Raskety Rats that I killed… well this week, as me & my Mum were standing on the deck, we saw a young bear come out of the woods. Right into our front yard! What a nerve! Well, I was going to run that bear right off our property, but Mum spoiled my fun!!! She made me stay and even though I kept winging at her, she wouldn’t let me protect my house from that big black monster! My Mum thinks she did a good job of imitating my loud bark and even though that bear ran off, I nearly laughed at her imitation! That bear must have been really young ’cause a big wise one would’ve laughed at her!

I made my Mum proud at the Dr.’s last week… They had a super hard time trying to find my veins again for blood work and I was very, very, very good… (even if I do say so myself!) They couldn’t draw blood out of my front or back leg and decided it would be best (best for who?!) if they took blood from my jugular vein!!! Aaaaack!
They want to keep my other back leg for the Chemo next week and so a horrid sheath of leather went over my big nose, Dr. Laurie was the traitor who held my head back, while Dr. Bill did the nasty deed. And this was after I took them a nice tasty lunch as a token of appreciation for all their hard work! Sheeeeesh! You can’t trust anyone! I mean, what does it take to bribe someone these days?!😉
Thankfully my numbers came back normal enough and so we will go ahead with the regular amount of Carboplatin, when it arrives after been on back order, sometime next week! One way or another, we’ll kick this Cancers’ butt! In the meantime, my veins get a little rest before the next lot!

“I am so relaxed!”

It has been literally, Smokin’ Hot here in British Columbia, since the beginning of July! We are all very, very tired of the heat and the smoke in the air. Our province has been under a State of emergency, due to the all the wild fires, for a couple of months now and there is no relief in sight. My pawrents are worried cause everything is SO DRY and anything could set off a forest fire. We have to be thinking about all the food and water my brothers and sister would need, if we were to be evacuated… I sure hope they don’t forget the tin of treats! I’ll make sure I remind them!

So until next time, keep grinning your goofy grins and keep those humans hoppy!

Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& all the very best from his adoring pack,
Petra, Paul, Mr. Spike, Chester Molester & Miss Lily 🐾🐾🐾❤️

under: Living the life of a Tripawd, Post-Surgery

In case some of you don’t know me, my name is Stewie. (aka Super Stu, or Stewart! Especially when my Mum is mad!) I am 7 years old and my Mum tells me that I’m a big boy! I have to step onto that big black table on the floor at the doctors office and the numbers tell them that I weigh 49.9kg (110lbs)! Is this why they tell me I’m not very good at being a lap dog?!

“I’m all played out!”

My Mum & Dad tell me my original pack were a mix of Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler and Retriever. Everybody tells me I’m terribly handsome and I have to agree with them!

I can’t remember too much about the whole ordeal, but my Pawrents tell me that I have OSC and that they needed to take my front left leg off, so that I wouldn’t have that horrid pain anymore. I’m glad they did, ’cause it feels much better now. I look even more handsome now, because I’m not frowning in pain anymore!

The big drag about this OSC cancer thing, is that I have to get poked every other week, so that they can take my blood out of me and then put some horrid poison stuff back in! Apparently it is supposed to kill off those nasty cancer cells, so I guess I’ll put up with the poking, if it means that I can spend more quality time with my Mum & Dad! I Ruv, Ruv, Ruv them so much! I’ll just take it out on Hedgehog, I Ruv to hear him Squeak!

I am now six weeks without my front leg and I feel great! (Other than the horrid pokey time, then I feel kinda tired and I don’t eat much for a couple of days.) I know my Pawrents have had a really rough time, even though I have tried to be an excellent patient and listen when my Mum tells me not to lick. I know that I’ve done good, ’cause all that horrible extra fluid is all gone and my new tattoo (that’s what I call my cool looking scar!) is hardly noticeable under my new fur that growing back.

Stewie & his brother, Chester Molester!

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I wanted to do something special for my pawrents and so I came up with the “Top 10 Reasons Why A Dog Should Become A Super Tripawd!” I figured this should make them smile…

🐾Treats& More Treats!
🐾Only Three Feet to Trim Nails For & only 1 dewclaw!
🐾Tons & Tons Of Belly Rubs
🐾Short walks on lazy days (that’s most days…!)
🐾Priority over my feline brothers & sister! Ha!
🐾Comfy, Padded Harness
🐾Special place of honour in the living room
🐾Air conditioned shave down for hot summer days showing a new stylin’ hair cut!
🐾We make people “Super Hoppy” when they see us!
🐾Most importantly, you become a superstar with your own Tripawds website and blog!

Here are another couple of reasons from Sally & her wonderful alumni… Thank you Sally!😘

*Edited*  “I think you can add a #11: A Tripawd never hears the word “NO” anymore! They can get away with anything, anytime! That means you won’t be called STEWART anymore because your human can never get mad!! 🙂

There is also a #12: Super Stu now has his very own massive SUPER STU FAN CLUB!!! Everyone in your Tripawds family is cheering for you and we are all in your Fan Club! 🙂”        👍👏❤

Rusty & Amy have added #13-#16. Excellent Suggestions Rusty, I can’t believe I forgot these… we may have to revise up to the Top 30!!!

*Edited* Rusty has a few items for the Top 20 list –
#13 Bathtime is shorter! Less shampoo + less scrubbing + less rinsing + less drying time = faster turnaround to treats!

#14 Physical Therapy and daily hops! PT is really just code for more treats and daily hops around the neighborhood are so much fun!

#15 Sneak attacks – Tripawds may look like they are harmless but they are not. (Isn’t that right Stewie’s hedgehog?)

#16 Ampuversaries! Celebrating special days with cake and ice cream and party hats – what’s better than that?

Mister Rusty is still over there yammering on about why Tripawds are the best but I told him we need to let someone else get a turn at the list!” 👍👏❤

*Edited* Jerry’s Pack made an excellent addition…

#17 “Oh and one more to add: One less muddy paw to clean during mud season!”

*Edited* Sally & Alumni have added another genius reason… Thanks Sally! 😆👏

#18 “Its All About Super Stu!!!”

#19 “New and Imoroved Bond Between Fur Babies and Pawrents!” (Thanks Paka Tom!)

#20 “An Endless Amount of Hedgies!” (Thankth Thally!)

Yay we made it to the Top 20… let’s keep it going!

We’re now shooting for the Top 💯 list!

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Here are some pictures of me and my awesome people that I spent time with this week… I even got to go on another boat ride on The Toaster! I’m such a lucky fella!

“Me & My People on The Toaster!”

A beautiful day out on The Toaster!

I’m glad my Mum let me write this weeks blog, I was going to nibble ather ankles if she forgot again! Thanks for letting me entertain you, I really enjoy this blog thing… A huge thank you as well to all of the tripawds community, you make my Mum feel really good and she gives me lots of smooches and kisses and soft murmured words after she has finished tapping her little Pad thing with you all…

oh…! I almost forgot to tell you… I caught two Raskety Rats this week! Those Raskety Rodents are always trying to move in at this time of year! My Mum calls them Pack Rats and she says they are kinda cute in a Mickey Mouse sort of way! But I say get rid of them… they smell awful and they’re hoarders! It’s a good thing Hedgegog lets me practice my skills on him, phew! It was exciting, but exhausting work! Who said 3 legs was a disability?!

So until next time, Paws up and keep wagging!
Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& all the very best from his adoring pack! 🐾🐾🐾❤

Stewie & his feline family

under: Living the life of a Tripawd, Post-Surgery

Feeling like his old self again!

So here we are into Stewie’s fifth week and what a great week it’s been!

The fact that it has been a pretty uneventful week is fantastic!

Last Tuesday, Stewie went in for his blood work, to check on the level of his white blood cells. (the information is a little bit over my head…) Essentially, if there was a major change, we would have to knock back the amount of Carboplatin he will get tomorrow. (Tuesday) His numbers came back the same, so we are going ahead with the full dose tomorrow, being his 2nd round. I’m hoping for minimal side effects, if any, like the last dose.

Most importantly, Stewie was more back to himself this week… He played with his Hedgehog, scrunched his squeaky toys and even had a short game of Tug of War with Dad! Here’s the video below.

It has been a good week in regards to Stewie’s eating habits too. He doesn’t tend to want breakfast anymore, but he hops happily over to eat his lunch & supper. He is quite happy really, because he gets an additional scoop of canned dog food on top of his boring old (good for you) kibble now!

Stewie’s surgical site is healing really well. 1/2 of the scrabbing has come off and the area where he was licking is much improved, especially as his fur gets longer.

I think the best part of the week for me though, was when I arrived home from a day long road trip to the big city. Stewie came running excitedly up the driveway to greet me! That is something we haven’t seen in at least 2 months! How bloody lovely it was to see my boy acting  like his old self assured, handsome buggar that he is!

“I can hear those Squirrels!”

So until next week, keep happily hopping around and all the best to everyone.

Sloppy kisses from Super Stu🐾, Mum, Dad & his feline pack,

Sr. Spike🐾 Chester Molester🐾 & Miss Lily🐾

p.s. Stewie was sulking when he found out that I wrote his blog this week! 😏 I forgot that I had promised him that it would be his turn again! He won’t let me get away with that one again!

under: Living the life of a Tripawd, Post-Surgery

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