Newsletter Archive – 2018

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Jack has been with Frank and Kathy for a week and things are going well. ... See MoreSee Less

Jack has been with Frank and Kathy for a week and things are going well.

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Look at that face! He's saying, "Oh, I love this so much!!!"

Wonderful

Jack has a smile on his face! Such a dear.

Everyone looks happy.❤️🥰😁

I am so happy for all of you. It is a great family picture. Happy dog.

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05-07-2022 Update Tigger's House Arrest Routine

We celebrated the half way mark of Tigger’s total House Arrest May 4th. Now we are on the count down with 12 more days before we can start introducing short walks (up to 1/8 of a mile) several times a day. The first week was really rough. We were following the Vet’s instructions regarding medication dosage, but Tigger was not sedated sufficiently and we struggled to keep him quiet and calm enough to ensure that he was able to heal. A follow up call with the Vet changed the medication combinations and, once he was on the new protocol, he was much quieter and easier to manage. He is doing very well and we have our daily routine down pat. He walks with me from his bedroom crate to the larger living room crate at 6:30 AM and then gets his sliced ham wrapped medications. At 7:30 he gets his breakfast. He naps until around 9 (long enough for the medications to take effect) and then we do our morning potty stroll around our small back yard. Back to the living room crate for a nice long nap. At around 2PM (before the sedatives have worn off), we do another potty stroll around the back yard. At 3PM he gets his ham wrapped medications and we play a round or two of find-the-treats puzzle games.

Nap time again until around 4. Followed by quality time with rolled up Cow Cheeks. (Recommended by our local dog food store owner as being safer than rawhide.)

This keeps him happily chewing and gnawing until dinner time. Dinnertime at 5:30. And then another Potty stroll around the yard. At 7PM he starts to yodel that he wants to join the rest of the family for TV time. He gets to lie on his bed next to my chair attached to a short leash…just in case. And he promptly dozes off again. Sometime around 9ish, it is time for the last Potty stroll around the yard. And then it is bedtime and he goes to his bedroom crate where he gets the last of the day's ham wrapped medications which insures a night of sweet dreams.

The most wonderful news is that there is no sign of lameness since he had his surgery. He gets right up on all fours and walks out of his crate and around the yard like a normal dog! It gives us a thrill every time he does this! The incision site is healing beautifully and will soon be invisible as his coat is growing out. The other noteworthy change is his appetite. Before the surgery he would only occasionally eat in the morning and then only the home cooked part of his meal and never the kibble part of the meal. Often he would not eat until mid to late afternoon. And the same with his dinner—he wouldn’t eat that until after a long walk just before bed. And he was not motivated by food treats. Now he eats his entire breakfast and dinner with enthusiasm at the appropriate time. And he loves getting treats. I have to wonder how much pain he must have been in to have had no appetite. We are feeling so hopeful that he will make a full recovery and be able to romp and play like a normal Airedale youngster!
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05-07-2022 Update Tiggers House Arrest Routine

We celebrated the half way mark of Tigger’s total House Arrest May 4th.  Now we are on the count down with 12 more days before we can start introducing short walks (up to 1/8 of a mile) several times a day.  The first week was really rough.  We were following the Vet’s instructions regarding medication dosage, but Tigger was not sedated sufficiently and we struggled to keep him quiet and calm enough to ensure that he was able to heal.  A follow up call with the Vet changed the medication combinations and, once he was on the new protocol, he was much quieter and easier to manage.  He is doing very well and we have our daily routine down pat.  He walks with me from his bedroom crate to the larger living room crate at 6:30 AM and then gets his sliced ham wrapped medications.  At 7:30 he gets his breakfast.  He naps until around 9 (long enough for the medications to take effect) and then we do our morning potty stroll around our small back yard.  Back to the living room crate for a nice long nap.  At around 2PM (before the sedatives have worn off), we do another potty stroll around the back yard.  At 3PM he gets his ham wrapped medications and we play a round or two of find-the-treats puzzle games. 

Nap time again until around 4.  Followed by quality time with rolled up Cow Cheeks.  (Recommended by our local dog food store owner as being safer than rawhide.) 

This keeps him happily chewing and gnawing until dinner time.  Dinnertime at 5:30.  And then another Potty stroll around the yard.  At 7PM he starts to yodel that he wants to join the rest of the family for TV time.  He gets to lie on his bed next to my chair attached to a short leash…just in case.  And he promptly dozes off again.  Sometime around 9ish, it is time for the last Potty stroll around the yard.  And then it is bedtime and he goes to his bedroom crate where he gets the last of the days ham wrapped medications which insures a night of sweet dreams. 

The most wonderful news is that there is no sign of lameness since he had his surgery.  He gets right up on all fours and walks out of his crate and around the yard like a normal dog!  It gives us a thrill every time he does this!  The incision site is healing beautifully and will soon be invisible as his coat is growing out.  The other noteworthy change is his appetite.  Before the surgery he would only occasionally eat in the morning and then only the home cooked part of his meal and never the kibble part of the meal. Often he would not eat until mid to late afternoon.  And the same with his dinner—he wouldn’t eat that until after a long walk just before bed.  And he was not motivated by food treats.  Now he eats his entire breakfast and dinner with enthusiasm at the appropriate time.  And he loves getting treats.  I have to wonder how much pain he must have been in to have had no appetite.  We are feeling so hopeful that he will make a full recovery and be able to romp and play like a normal Airedale youngster!Image attachmentImage attachment

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With all this love he is surely going to be a normal little man and won't it be marvelous to watch!!!

thank you Mara and Ted for all you are doing for Tigger

I was really looking forward to another update. I’m glad to hear he’s doing so well!

All progress!

Sweet baby! Thanks for the great care! 😍

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Happy Gotcha Day #5, Archie. Living the good life in Flagstaff
Thank you, Chris and Steff
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Happy Gotcha Day #5, Archie. Living the good life in Flagstaff
Thank you, Chris and Steff

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Love you buddy 💋💋

Beautiful

Tigger’s surgery went very well, although they kept him a day longer than we expected. We dropped him off in the morning on Tuesday April 19th, along with his “loosey goosey” for comfort. They did not get to doing the MRI until around 4 that afternoon. The Surgeon called me to say that the MRI showed a bulging disc and also that the vertebrae at the end of his spine was pressing on the nerves going down his legs. He said he was sending the MRI out to a specialist to review and would not be operating until he had the results the following day.

He called me back the following day and reported that there was a possibility that the bulging disc might be caused by either bacterial or fungal infection and, while he was doing the surgery (laminectomy), he would scrape the disc and do a culture to determine if that was the case. We won’t have the results of that culture for 5 to 10 days

Tigger went into surgery early afternoon. They called late afternoon to report that the surgery had gone well and that Tigger was resting quietly. (The staff were great about making sure he had his “loosey goosey” with him when he woke up from surgery)

We picked Tigger up the following morning along with detailed instructions about his aftercare and a list of medications and times to administer them. We went to a pharmacy and filled all the scripts (and it is indeed an impressive list of medications!). And then started the long drive back home.

Tigger was very relieved to be home. He ate a small dinner and enthusiastically took his medications wrapped in sliced ham. And he slept soundly through the night with his “loosey goosey”.

We are off to a good start today. He got up and walked on all fours to his large crate in the living room. He had another round of medications wrapped in sliced ham. And a light breakfast. We are icing his incision 3 times a day (not his favorite activity).

He has had two short potty walks this morning—no signs of limping or holding a leg up on either one!!! )

And we just finished playing one of his “find the treat games”. Now, with the help of a ham wrapped Trazadone, he is napping.

Because of the extra night at the vet's office and the extra expense for the biopsy, the cost is higher than anticipated, but generous Tigger supporters have donated over $3,500 and, thank goodness, the wonderful donors to NAR fundraisers throughout the year have also made Tigger's surgery possible. We are very hopeful that he will now have a long and healthy life. Bless his foster family for their extraordinary efforts on his behalf.
www.swairedalerescue.org/tigger-mri-and-surgery/
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Gorgeous brave boy

Heal my baby 🙏🏻

Thank you for the update, we are sending all our well wishes to Tigger for a fast and successful recovery!! ❤️

Bless this sweetest pup. Thank you rescue team.🥰🥰

Bless him, I hope his recovery goes well

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