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Fang’s Hop Video – 3 Weeks

November 25th, 2012 · 14 Comments · Fang's Story

I wanted to show Fang’s “hop” at 21 days after amputation surgery. He gets around very well, and as you can see, still stops to scratch/stretch on various wooden objects like he always did. Please excuse my messy porch – been cleaning out the house. πŸ™‚

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  • Lucys Mom

    Nice video! Way to go Fang! It’s been 11 months since our Lucy lost her front right leg. I was thinking about it this weekend when we were out on our walk on the trails. She does a grat job, it’s not usually until some really pays attention, especially with her red harness, that they realize she only has three legs. They are so amazing. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • maximutt

    Looking good Fang!

  • krun15

    Fang looks great! He does have a little hop, but is really pretty smooth.
    And your porch looks better than mine- I’m building a shop in my garage!

    Karen and the pugapalooza

  • Michelle and Freya

    Great video.

    I’m two days away from Freya having her rear left leg amputated (cancer on the hock)and have been taking heart from your great blog.

    Part of me, the part whose eyes well up with tears when I think about her recovery, is scared and sad but another part is the part that takes heart from the stories and the videos of quick recovery times and ease of adjustment …. for the pet (not necessarily the owner!)

    I will be following your blog and I wish you and Fang the very best.


  • cldavis

    Michelle –

    I am so glad that you found Fang’s page and that it made you feel a little better in a time that I know is very difficult. I think I at least mostly captured here how intensely afraid I was for Fang, for the life he’d lead, for the recoup – just everything. And what’s funny is now (only three weeks later) I can’t even conjure up how scared I felt – things just got so much better so quickly. Absolutely the worst, hardest part was making the decision to go through with amputation. Everything else just fell into place.

    I hope that this blog might answer as many of your questions as I can answer with my experience, and if you have any additional questions please feel free to ask!

    Everything will be fine! πŸ™‚

  • cldavis

    They really are amazing! πŸ˜› I wish I was that adaptable!

  • jerry

    HOLY SMOKES! Fang you are SO AMAZING! 21 days? I have to say that you’ve had a far faster recovery than many canines. Go kitty, go!

    I love love love this video! Gonna add it to our Tripawds Playlist on YouTube. We are waiting for part 2!

    Who is the band? I love that song.

  • cldavis

    Awww, Fang says “Thanks Jerry” :). He did recover amazingly quickly – I can’t even begin to express how happy and relieved I am!

    The song is by Langhorne Slim and it’s called In the Midnight.

    I hope Wyatt is doing well! Fang and I are sending him all our hugs and prayers!

  • admin

    Thanks for sharing this! We embedded the video for you.

    FYI: Copy the view page URL or share link from Youtube and paste it in your post on a line by itself, and the video will automatically embed here on your blog.

  • rica55

    Thank you so much for your blog. I just set the surgery date for my baby kitty (she’s not really a baby she’s 8 but will always be my baby) for her right hind leg to be amputated. Your blog has given me a lot of comfort. I’m so nervous I can’t stand it.

  • cldavis

    Rica – I know exactly how you feel!! I’m so glad that you were able to find some comfort from Fang’s story. You will be amazed at how quickly your baby (they’re ALWAYS our babies!) goes right back to normal. πŸ™‚ I know I was!! Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you, or if you have any questions at all!

    Oh, and you might think about starting a blog of your own on the TriPawds community to help others in our situation! I found that it helped me A LOT to write things down as they were happening. It just puts everything into perspective. πŸ™‚

    I wish you both the best! Until we speak again -!


  • Liz

    Thank you so much for this video & your blog generally!

    I’m in Sydney, Australia, & my 9 yr old black cat has today been diagnosed with cancer in bone of front right leg. At this stage we’re thinking maybe amputation, but it’s tough coz he has been vision-impaired from birth, & is a fairly anxious kitty as a result – runs away from anyone approaching until he knows who it is.

    His name is Master Pain (that’s what happens when you let your late-teens son & his friend name a kitten lol) – Painy for short. He manages with his poor sight – can see movement well enough to crash tackle his mother at will, & sadly is great at catching lizards!

    He’s a happy little fella despite his current disability. We’re thinking it’s worth giving him that chance at life. But I hate that we’re adding another disability for an already anxious darling.
    Tough decision as you well know. πŸ™

  • jerry

    Liz I’m sorry to hear about Painy. Please check out our other TriKittys and their stories.

    We have had quite a few blind Tripawds through the years, even great danes, and they adapt remarkably well. Please come visit our forums for help & insight OK?

    Many hugs & well wishes coming your way. Keep us posted.

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