Meet Dozer

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As was everyone else I was devastated to learn my big beautiful boy had bone cancer. My son brought him to the vet for me, I assumed no big deal, he probably only twisted his leg on his walk the day before. Then my son called to tell me the news I thought no way, not again. You see I just lost my husband only 4 months ago to cancer after only a 10 day diagnosis, I am grieving for him and Dozer is helping me, I need him, here with me, on earth!

My vet recommended two different places, the first one told me that normally large breed dogs do not do well with amputation and gave me recommendations. I went home and decided to do some research. Thankfully I came upon videos of large breed 3 legged dogs from a wonderful website called Tripawds. It brought a smile to my face since learning of Dozer’s diagnosis to watch all those dogs still getting around, their tails were wagging, they were running, playing, living life. I felt so much relief to see that I was not being selfish by wanting Dozer to have a leg amputation, he would still have a good life as a Tripawd.

Well meaning people said, let him go be with my husband, don’t do that to him. Then there are others, the animal lovers, you can certainly tell the difference between the two, they get it, my dog is family, I don’t give up on family.

I then contacted the other place my vet recommended and upon talking to them felt more comfortable and hopeful, we made an appointment last Friday for tests, a checkup and their recommendation that Dozer is in great shape and eligible for surgery. Yesterday my Dozer successfully had his left front leg amputated. They called this morning to tell me Dozer was up walking and looking good, he is expected to come tomorrow.

Stay tuned…..


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Author: dozer2019

Dozer Date of Birth: 8/6/2012 Fawn English Mastiff

7 thoughts on “Meet Dozer”

  1. Welcome and thank you for sharing Dozer’s story. Your future blog posts and pages will publish immediately without requiring moderation.

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  2. Omgoodness, Dozer.. you are a beauty!! How old is he?
    Mama, I would highly recommend you posting in our forums. I am so sorry for your loss. Try the treatment and recovery forum, you will be seen by more people there at first. We can help you through the process of getting him home, and recovery.
    Big hugs,
    Jackie and Huckleberry

  3. This sounds so much like our story–other than your recent devastating loss of your husband, so sorry this is all hitting so close, sending hugs and our condolences.

    I love your attitude–always chase hope when you see it. You are a great Mom to handsome Dozer.

    Looking forward to updates !

  4. Wow, I just had a chance to meet your handsome Dozer and read about your story. It brings tears to my eyes to know the grief you have been hit with so suddenly, you have my deepest condolences for your loss. It is unimaginable what you must be going through, but I am so glad you found us. We are here to support you and Dozer and your son of course, however we can OK? Yes, please do post in the Forums and let us know what questions you have, we are here for you.

    I am SO happy that Dozer is doing well!! We can’t wait for more photos and a pupdate.

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