One, Two, THREE Legs for THOR

so, i just posted this picture on instagram

so i guess i had better explain myself:

back in March i posted about how we were trying to figure out what was wrong with THOR’s back, left leg. He had an accident and then wasn’t walking on it. the new vet thought “CANCER” and wanted to amputate immediately.

we biopsied, and after three different clinical reviews came back as “Inconclusive”, and meanwhile THOR was back to walking on four legs, thanks to some pain meds, we decided to just let it ride, and let him be a dog. we didn’t know how much time he would have, but let’s just make him happy and comfortable, instead of going crazy….

this system worked for, i guess, five months.

but then recently, that leg started popping up again, and he wouldn’t weight bear.

then the knee joint started to grow, and extra meds weren’t kicking it like it did before.

he would forget that he was on three legs, and chase after something, and one day fell on the outside steps.

at that point, it’s possible that he fractured something for real.

then, he started really slowing down and missing his “THOR-ness”.

we took him on a family trip to Estes Park, where he was super happy, but very tired and worn out. here, again, he fell climbing up the steps, and i have never heard a dog scream until that point.


so i made the call this week, and the whole fam (well, minus Lucy), took him back to the vet. on first glance she said, i really think he’s a candidate for amputation.

we did a chest x-ray and there didn’t seem to be evidence of tumors or anything that would cause alarm…. so we ultimately agreed on the surgery, and she was kind enough to rearrange her schedule and got him in for the next day (yesterday).

after a two-hour surgery, they called and said, “He sure is a trooper! he’s already alert and laying with his head up”…

we went to visit him last night, and i’ll admit, it takes your breath away to see the work they did. we will get used to it. he already is.

he’s home now. he’s resting. he’s so sweet. what a trooper.


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