Saturday, August 27, 2011

Road to Recovery

Dogs are amazing. Lily had her surgery Monday afternoon.  We brought her home Tuesday afternoon.  I was heartbroken when I saw her......what had we done.  She was still suffering the effects of the anesthesia and it took 4 of us to get her in the back of my Jeep.  We purchased a sling harness for large dogs but I was still worried just the 2 of us wouldn't be able to handle her when we got home.

But we got her out without incident.  That night The Husband and I slept on the floor with her.  She really enjoyed that....everytime I took my hand off her back she scooted back closer to me, her way of saying 'don't stop'.

Every day she showed amazing improvement.  When the UPS man came she ran a few feet to the foyer (stopping where the carpet ends and tile begins....are they smart or what?) and waited to see what he brought. She is standing on her own to do her 'business', with Mom or Dad nearby in case she teeters too far.

We will find out more about our next course of action next week.  But she is definitely on the Road to Recovery!


  1. Oh Chris! I've missed your last couple of posts! Poor Lily girl! Our Allie had 'nail bed carcinoma' and had a toe amputated in 2008. It took her a while, but she made a full (and I mean full) recovery in about 6 weeks. We will keep our paws crossed for a speedy recovery. But you're right - rotties and their cancer... Please give Lily some lovin' from us.

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  2. Hey, Lily! Gizmo, Bart and Ruby sent us over... we have our paws crossed for your speedy recovery!

    Sam and Pippen

  3. Hi Lily (and her pawrents)! We came over after reading about you from Gizmo, Bart and Ruby. I'm glad you are making good recovery. I think having your pawrents sleep on the floor with you helps a lot too! :)

  4. Harroooo mates! Sending pawsitive siber vibes for a speedy recovery!


  5. Gizmo, Bart, and Ruby told us about Lily's surgery. We all have our paws crossed for her recovery to go well.

    Hugs and Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  6. Gizmo, Bart and Ruby mentioned your surgery and I had to stop by. We've known quite a few Greyhounds who became tripods because of cancer, or, well, other things sometimes, and they've all been really brave and amazing. We know you can beat that cancer if you keep at it! Our paws are all crossed for you!


  7. Yay Lily... I am so proud of you and proud of your parents for all they are doing for you. I think you will do just find and we are purring loud and clear to send you lots of strength to face all the challenges ahead.

    pawhugs, Max...

  8. We were also sent over from Gizmo, Bart & Ruby and wanted you to know that we're sending healing thoughts and lots of energy for your precious Lily!

  9. Prayers for your Lily! This cancer took my rottie nine years ago... It breaks my heart to think of them hurting!!! I hope your Lily does well post op!!!

  10. Hello Lily and family, we came over from Gizmo, Bart and Ruby. Sending all our good wishes to Lily. We hope this surgery is successful for lovely Lily. Our great dane Oscar had bone cancer in his front leg too so we know what you are going through. We didn't opt for surgery but he led a happy life with his cancer and was with us for five months from diagnosis. Special thoughts to you all. Love Carol x

  11. Hi Lily! We just came from Gizmo, Bart and Ruby's blog. Our paws are crossed for you and we are sending you tons of AireZen!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  12. Miss Lily,
    What an amazing gal you are to already be bouncing around. I know it is super hard for nice big dogs such as you to lose a front leg, but it sounds like your big, brave heart is handling it well.

    I will keep you in my thoughts that you continue to heal quickly and have a happy, long life.


  13. Miss Lilly is a beauty! We are sniffin on over from Rottrover and wanted to wish pretty Lil a very speedy recover.
    BT sugars,

    PS: My mom is all sorts of jellyish at your mom's seamtressness. Mom wishes so bad she could sew!!

  14. Miss Lily... Ruby,Bart, & Gizmo told us about your troubles. I hope that you are now WELL and that you make a full recovery.
    My paws are crossed fur you.

  15. My friend, Rotrover, sent me over. It sounds like Lily is a fighter. We're pulling for all of you.

  16. Rottrover sent us over to say hello and give you our well wishes! We hope for a great recovery for you and will makes some prays that you are good as new soon.


  17. we came over from our friends the Rottover's to say we have all our paws crossed for Lily and a full and speedy recovery.

    Sending lots of airezen!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  18. Sweet Lily!
    We are sending lots and lots of healing vibes to you!
    Get some rest and heal fast!

    You look just like our old baby girl, Laura who is now in heaven.

  19. Hi, I'm Jim and my dog is Sophie and we send all our best to you and Miss Lily from the east coast of Canada on the eastern shores of Nova Scotia.
    Rottrover sent us and we have learned not to ignore the requests of a Rottie! lol
    All the best,

  20. Miss Lily we read about your recent surgery over at Ruby, Gizmo and Bart's. We dropped by to let you know we are purring for you and your family as you continue your speedy recovery.
    You are a beautiful Rottie girl
    Hugs Madi the Diva Cat

  21. I've come over from Rottrover too. Good luck to Lily for a quick and full recovery. I'm sure she will soon adjust to having 3 legs. It will probably take you longer:) Sending love and healing thoughts.

  22. Sending bit smooches fur Lily fur a speedy recovery. They told me all about Lily's surgery ofur at the Rottrovers.

  23. Over from Rottrover :) Thinking of you all...speedy health energy from us. We've had 2 close family furpals encountering similar situations this past week as well. Adding your recovery to our thoughts and prayers.

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  24. Bless you - you did what was best for her, and she will recover long before you do. Smile, we are sending hugs your way!


  25. Hello dere Lily,

    Gizmo, Bart and Ruby sent me over too! I am gonna send you some boxer puppy prayers to help your healin' go faster!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  26. It sounds like Lily is bouncing back already! I'm sure she'll adjust to the changes in her life with grace -- animals are better at that than we are!

  27. Deew miss Lily
    Ouw fwiends Gizmo Bawt and Wuby sent me ovew to intwodooce myself
    It's such a pleasuwe to meet you

    you awe a bootiful bwave Giwl and i know you will be conquewing this dweaded disease(my Daddi did too)
    You will show tham that you will bounce back and have a happy and healthy long life and that makes me vewy happy
    smoochie healing kisses

  28. Princess Lily, You have great friends!
    Gizmo, Bart and Ruby send us here!
    We wish you all the best! You're a brave girl, and you will get better soon!
    lot's of licks!

    Jack, Kaiser and Farrusquinho

  29. Stopping over from Rottrover to offer you some healing vibes. You are very brave and we wish you a very speedy recovery. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  30. Just came over from Rottrover, paws crossed for you, its early days I'm sure she will fight back, we are all here for you.
    Best wishes
    George and Jan xxx

  31. Sweet little girlie. Lots of cool noses and warm hugs to you all!

  32. I am sending pawerful prayers that the recovery goes well.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  33. We are friends of Rotrover and although we are just meeting Lily for the first time, we add her to those for whom we Walk on September 25th to end cancer.She is a brave and noble warrior and we fight hoping someday that no pup will ever have to face what she is going through again. Sending White Dog Army healing energy and woofs of strength.

  34. I pray for your poor baby. We just lost our Thor on Monday, and I feel your pain so vividly.