Today marks TWO MONTHS since Mister Rusty became a super tripawd and I could not be more proud of this little guy. I can’t believe that two months and one week ago I was standing in a vet’s office looking at an x-ray of Rusty’s knee, hearing the words “cancer” and “amputation” for the first time and standing there desperately trying to process what was happening, trying not to start sobbing and trying to stop my body from shaking uncontrollably. Then two months and 5 days ago I was staying up way too late reading online about cancer and amputations in medical journals when I decided to find out what real people had to say about these subjects and wonder of wonders I found Tripawds.com and everything changed. As I read blog entries and forum posts I became less scared, more confident, more optimistic and most importantly less alone. Every day I am thankful for this community. I had battled hemangiosarcoma with my dog Lucy and the difference that having the support of this community and sharing in other people’s journeys after Rusty’s diagnosis has made all the difference in the world.
We are celebrating today! One thing that cancer has taught us is that milestones big and tiny are important and should be celebrated. Rusty’s Tripawds bandana arrived in time for this ampuversary and he looks pretty smart sporting his new blue kerchief. Rusty Buckets has had a fun day: ride in the car, hop around the block, ice cream cone, lots of treats, PT with more treats, belly rubs, ear scratches, neck scratches, celebration muffin, bird stalking, yard sniffing, sun bathing, lots of napping – you know ALL the good stuff.
Please give your buddies a hug or an Angel kiss for us today in honor of this little hopper!
Lots of Love, Amy & Mister Rusty Bucket
PS. My sister gave me this mug, isn’t it the coolest?