Bailey’s One Year Ampuversary

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Isn’t she sweet?

For those of you who were following Bookworm Blather a year ago, you’ll probably remember the angst I went through when my then five-year-old lab-mix, Bailey, was diagnosed with cancer and underwent the amputation of her right hind leg. If not, you can read about it here. Bailey made an amazing recover. Today marks the one year anniversary of her amputation.

She’s in better shape than she’s ever been in. We still fight the plumpness factor. I swear, she has the metabolism of a garden post. But we monitor her diet carefully, and since the summer heat dissipated, she’s been running with me. Yes, I started running religiously again last Memorial Day. I don’t go far, and I don’t go fast, but I go consistently. And so does Bailey. She can run three miles with no problem. Not bad for a three legged couch potato, is it?

Here’s to another cancer-free year!

16 thoughts on “Bailey’s One Year Ampuversary

  1. That’s great! So good to see a happy story. In July, both of my dogs were diagnosed with different cancers. We lost Shakespeare in September, and Laevatein is on extended chemo after her initial remission appeared to be ending even as she was wrapping up the chemo schedule. No one wants to face amputation for a pet, but it sounds like Bailey has adapted fully and is having a great life. Awesome. 🙂

      1. Yeah, it’s unfortunately common, and probably triggered by a lot of our feeding and environmental choices. There’s a lot of known carcinogens in pet products, so we really have to do our research.

        This was our first personal experience with it (though as a animal behavior person, I’d certainly seen a lot of it), and Laev’s cancer is likely linked to herbicides — which we never use, but which are used on the fields surrounding us. Very frustrating, to say the absolute least.

      2. Ugh! Don’t get me started on our stupid American use of chemicals! I could preach a sermon. I have changed Bailey’s food since learning that link. No more dog food at all. I’ve seen where vets question the nutritional balance of home dog foods, but I think it’s a much healthier option. Dogs ate what people ate for thousands of years before the production of dog food.

      3. Yep! We feed raw, which has done very well for our dogs. Shakespeare made it a good 5 years past his breed’s life expectancy, and people always mistake Laev (8) for 2 or 3.

        I figure if we can be trusted to feed ourselves and other humans, we can probably pull off feeding a dog. 😉

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