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Archive for September, 2009

Playing at Sherman Island

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Lets go

Finding someplace to play isn’t always easy. We wanted water, we didn’t want to have to drive an hour. We needed someplace with easy access to water-we knew Caira would dive in whether it was safe or not. It’s hot. What do we do?

We go off the levee roads along the Delta and look for little corners of the world no one cares about. Or, almost no one. Seems there were plenty of fisherman along the rocks, but not when we got to the beach itself! Yay! Caira was in heaven. Adam finally got to see how good she can swim with her life jacket on.


Here’s some videos:

But boy was it hot. Adam fancies himself a little Bear Grylls. Sooooo, while I was playing with Caira he built us a little shade using the sheet from my car (so much for keeping sand off the seats!).

bearenjoying shadeBut hey! We all enjoyed the shade for a little bit today! Caira Sue for at least 3 minutes! It’s so hard to keep her down now…it’s hard to imagine her before the amputation. She really does seem younger now! Oh, and much more spoiled (sigh). What can you do? We love this girl.

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Well, we met some awesome folks in Mill Valley this weekend. This includes 2-leggeds, 3-leggeds and a few 4-leggeds!

Cemil did a great job of greeting everyone, and drawing in folks to talk to us and learn about canine cancer. He’s such a star-everyone wants to get close to him. I think there were plenty of tripawd parents well-versed in canine cancer who were able to answer questions. I was happy to watch the dogs play!

Caira Sue got to get back together with her BFF, Codie Rae. They had an awesome time running, and chasing and swimming and running and chasing and running…..

I think Caira took one break the whole time we were there. Crazy girl.

It did all our hearts (human and canine) good to get together. Even though we see our own tripawd everyday, it’s still exciting to see others and hear their stories and see how awesome they are doing!

I’m going to try to link to shutterfly. There were just way too many good pix that day to pick one or two! If you were there, feel free to add to the slideshow.


New friends!

A quick note to say that Caira Sue made some new friends in the last month. Wahoo!tripawds poseThis was taken at Mill Valley Dog Park. Cemil is the big boy on the left (148 pounds!!!!) with a left front leg amputation. Caira Sue in the middle with a right front leg amputation and Codie Rae on the right  with a right rear leg amputation. What a motley crew!

Caira Sue thought the mud puddles were fun. After everyone else had their fill of muddy glory, up walked Cemil and PLOP! In he went! Too cute!


A few weeks ago we went to Flagstaff and met up with an old friend, Janis. She had a new friend with her…Icy Toes! Yes, Codie Rae, you heard it…another girl dog with 2 names! Anyway, during an unfortunate day when Janis locked herself out and had turned to talk to the locksmith, Icy ran out in the road. She suffered some radial nerve damage and is waiting her 6-12 months for it to re-awaken. It hasn’t happened. Icy Toes says that seeing Caira Sue at 4 weeks post-amp has given her courage to face the odds that she may also be a tripawd soon. We enjoyed playing with Icy Toes, although Icy is quite protective of her toys! That’s ok, she’s used to having a whole basket of toys all to herself. It may take Caira Sue some time to convince her that communal living and playing is cool!

Icy ToesAnyway, we are looking forward to the Tripawds Party coming up this weekend!

Here’s a snap of Caira Sue and her new best friend of the day, Codie Rae. Caira Sue likes to run for the ball while being chased and Codie Rae likes to chase running dogs-it’s a match made in heaven!

CS and CR

My dog thinks I’m nuts

Every week-twice a week we don masks and sit for an hour with a loud machine. Sounds nuts. Caira Sue is participating in a study for inhalation chemotherapy. So twice a week we put a see-thru plastic hood on her, we wear masks for our own safety-then we hook her up to  a nebulizer to give her Gemzar through the tube in her mask. She’s an active girl, who doesn’t really like funny sounds. She doesn’t really like sitting there near the machine for an hour-but she does it because we are there doing it with her. This last treatment I sat with her and she rolled her eyes up at me and if she could talk she would have said “mom, this is ridiculous. You look ridiculous, I look ridiculous. Why are we doing this again?” Really. I know that’s what she was saying! I patted her and said “we are doing it for the salmon treats.”