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Dec 09 2009

Mackenzie – 4 1/2 Week Ampuversary

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I still smile when I received the previous messages wishing us a “hoppy ampuversary”.  It’s just so cute – this tripawd lingo. Well, this is our 4 1/2 week “ampuversary” and  I’m very happy to report that Mackenzie is doing extremely well – she’s become the puppy dog that we had a year ago. I took her on her first walk a few days ago – she loves going for walks – up the street a little ways with her brother Kobe.  She wanted to keep going but I didn’t want to push her too much.  When we got home, she was ready to go again. Before she got her diagnosis, it was standard practice for her to put her little brother in his place when he misbehaved.  Getting on him for not listening to me with her bark and dominating presence.  Of course, Kobe didn’t pay much attention but it gave Mackenzie a sense of power over him.  Before her amputation, Mackenzie didn’t have the energy to do this anymore.  But recently, she has really been giving him the business when he’s not listening to me (like when I call him and he finally comes, she’ll get right on him for not coming sooner.) So I know she’s feeling really good these days.  They’ve also started wrestling again – she’s trying to swat him with her phantom leg and he’s trying to grab her wherever he can.  I’m just loving it all!  Mackenzie goes in for her 2nd chemo treatment next week – I worry that it will slow her down again. But hopefully like this last time, she’ll pull through and have even more energy than before.  I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.   For now, we’re soaking in this new found energy and  enjoying every minute!

Mackenzie on her 1st walk in her new red coat.

Mackenzie on her 1st walk in her new red coat and pink leash.


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Dec 09 2009

More Pics….

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Happy to be hoppin' along!

Happy to be hoppin' along!

Taking in the backyard

Taking in the backyard

She hopped up this wall  to go up the very steep hill. Caught her just in time!

She hopped up this wall to go up the very steep hill. Caught her just in time!

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Dec 09 2009

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Kobe & Mackenzie resting under my chair while I'm sitting in it.

Kobe & Mackenzie resting under my chair while I'm sitting in it.

Kobe on the other side.

Kobe on the other side.

Going for our walk

Going for our walk

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Dec 03 2009

Mackenzie – Dec 3

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Yesterday and today have been excellent days so far for Mackenzie.  She is finally back to being her normal, puppy dog self and is eating well too (finally!)  The best part is she’s begging for food.  Never thought I’d be happy about saying that but I’ll definitely take it – a great sign for recovery! She’s been so energetic, hopping everywhere and even playing our little chase game we played before she was diagnosed.  She’s even barking at me to help her find her ball hidden under the coffee table.  She always knows where her balls are hiding and then stands there and talks to me until I fetch them for her.  And when her little brother Kobe has a ball, she of course wants that ball and not the one that I just gave her.   Kobe and Mackenzie both were groomed yesterday and now they look like complete Golden fluff balls and so cute with their cowboy bandanas around their necks.  It’s been a great couple of days for sure!
Mackenzie so tripawd balanced

Mackenzie so tripawd balanced

Mackenzie after a long day of hopping and playing

Mackenzie after a long day of hopping and playing.

 

Kobe after a long day of running & playing

Kobe after a long day of running & playing

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Dec 03 2009

A continuation from earlier today – Dec 3

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  Here are more pictures of the Golden puppies playing with their favorite toy – the ball!

Kobe playing with the ball that Mackenzie wants.

Kobe playing with the ball that Mackenzie wants.

Mackenzie looking at Kobe with the yellow ball in his mouth.

Mackenzie looking at Kobe with the yellow ball in his mouth.

Mackenzie finally gets the ball from Kobe

Mackenzie finally gets the ball from Kobe

And now she has two!

And now she has two!

Mackenzie looking on while Kobe finishes the last bite of scrambled egg

Mackenzie looking on while Kobe finishes the last bite of scrambled egg

Kobe with her ball again.

Kobe with her ball again.

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Dec 01 2009

Mackenzie of Malibu Dec 1st

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First of all, thanks for all of your comments and support.  It’s great!  It’s been 3 1/2 weeks since Mackenzie’s amputation surgery and 1 week since her 1st chemo treatment  She seems to be doing well although I’m still concerned about her loss of appetite since the chemo (maybe a tripawd has gone through a similar experience?)  She still has a good energy level and can get around quite well on her 3 little legs.  Our pet sitter came to visit recently and Mackenzie was in the front yard.  When she saw our pet sitter pull up in her car, she hopped so fast across the yard – like a bolt of lightning –  I couldn’t believe my eyes! And then she proceeded to jump up and down so happy to see her.   That was such a treat to watch! It’s those little things that really capture your heart.   Even when she goes to the bathroom now, she’ll try to kick up her back legs like she used to do when she’s done.  I can tell she struggles a little bit but  she manages to do it 🙂   Now we’ve gotten into the daily routine of going in the car – her favorite activity of all (next to swimming of course).  As soon as I jiggle the keys, she’s out the door like a bolt of lightning.  Hops right in without any assistance.  So we’ll drive around for a little bit so she can take in the car ride to its fullest.   I see her smiling more and more every day and it makes us a very happy family
Kobe lovingly licking Mackenzie's head for about 5 minutes! He loves his big sister!

Kobe lovingly licking Mackenzie's head for about 5 minutes after she came home from her surgery. He loves his big sister!

Mackenzie - so sweet!
Mackenzie – so sweet!

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Dec 01 2009

More Pictures of the Golden Kids

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Mackenzie in one of her favorite spots (besides the car)

Mackenzie in one of her favorite spots (besides the car)

With her favorite blue ball.

With her favorite blue ball.

Enjoying the outdoors.

Enjoying the outdoors.

Kobe her little brother with the black spot on his tongue
Kobe – her little brother with the black spot on his tongue
Mackenzie in the pool pre-surgery and soon to be again!

Mackenzie in the pool pre-surgery and soon to be again!

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Nov 27 2009

Mackenzie

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Mackenzie in her favorite spot - the car!

Mackenzie in her favorite spot - the car!

Today is Mackenzie’s 3rd week anniversary as a tripod.  She is doing so well.  Yesterday, she chased (or rather hopped) after her ball, which ended up falling into the pool.  I thought she would jump into the water but luckily she didn’t.  She started her first treatment of chemo on Tuesday and seems to be doing fine, except that she hasn’t had  much of an appetite.  So I’ve been trying to give her all of her favorite foods (chicken, hamburger, scrambled egg, etc.)  She’s so amazing and we are so thankful that she is with us.  Being a tripod certainly adds a reality check – definitely makes you appreciate what you have and what you really don’t need.  I can tell you that I look at her every day- incision and all – and think she is still the most beautiful dog in the world. 

Mackenzie and her brother Kobe going for a ride.

Mackenzie and her brother Kobe going for a ride.

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Nov 23 2009

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