two month ampuversary. so much change, so much is the same.

I first want to say another word of thanks to the whole tripawd commuity. You all were able to refocus my sadness from last week with a few heartfelt words. I deserved a much stronger swift kick than I got from you.

That said, Sam did a great job of keeping my focus all weekend. We spent time in the garden, in the pool, in the grass and snuglging on the bed. Looking back two months, the day before his surgery, we spent time in the garden, in the pool, in the grass and snuggling on the bed.

As long as we stay focused on those things and continue to find creative adventures, we will keep giving cancer a strong swift kick, instead of the other way around.

Happy two months of new normal. Here is to as many happy months as we can get. (Flying Dutchman for dinner tomorrow is a great start).

HAHA! Have to add, I just convinced Sam he could push a door open that wasn’t latched. He pushed through it. Then he looked at me like “should I close it now?” Yes, Sam you can “close it”. So, he jumped up and pushed the door closed! He used to do that without my asking… it was just good manners to close a door he opened. But I hadn’t asked for it since surgery. One more thing to celebrate that is the same as always. 😀

Author: samdog

Sam was a 10 yr old Golden. We found a mass on his right arm bone on August 17, 2012. Confirmed Sarcoma on August 22, amputation on August 23, post amp biopsy confirmed osteosarcoma. We found lung mets on November 27 and Spirit Sam earned his wings on December 2, 2012. As a retired SAR dog, we were always up for an adventure... We didn't know where we were headed, and we don't regret a single step along our path. My heart left us too soon, but left a legacy of love that we will always cherish.

7 thoughts on “two month ampuversary. so much change, so much is the same.”

  1. Happy Ampuversary Sam!
    Don’t feel too bad about getting down, I think it is normal. But what we have to learn is how to carry on, and appreciate what is in front of us. Our pups are SO good at it, while we are constantly trying to Be More Dog.
    Yummmm, Flying Dutchman!

    Karen and the pugapalooza

  2. First: HOPPY AMPUVERSARY!!!!

    I agree with Karen, cancer is full of ups and downs that humans are more susceptible to. But that’s OK, as long as you acknowledge it on the spot, then move on to focus on what you have, not what’s missing. You are doing a fantastic job of that.

    In the meantime, wow, Sam is a real gentlepup. What manners! I’m even more impressed.

    Have a great week.

  3. I’m so glad you are feeling better about things. Don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m sure it won’t be the last time that you feel down. It is a very tough journey that you and Sam find yourself on.

    I’m impressed with Sam’s door skills! That’s an excellent one to have taught him!

    Karen and Spirit Magnum

  4. Oh Sam, you are our hero. What a good boy. And how clever you are to keep Mommy so busy, and focused on the here and now. Fenway has a way of doing that with me too. I feel down, and I look at him….He is smiling. How can you not smike back.
    1 week behind you, and you are our inspiration. Keep up the good work, and keep being and living like dog. xoxoxo

    Fenway, Macy and Mama Sue

  5. Great job at rebounding! Yes, this cancer thing sure has its extreme high and lows and it does really suck at times. But we’re all here for you!
    Sam will keep you happy and on track. Enjoy every moment and “be more dog” 🙂

  6. Hi Sam and family

    Been awhile since we got on your website but we’ve been thinking about you every day! Great news that it’s still swimming weather….maybe you’ll have a chance to take Millie swimming when we come down.
    Have you heard anything about the comparison of the two extra’s of the lung?
    Fred’s was exactly the same spot so that’s what we’re counting on for Sam.
    Hang in there sweet friends. Thinking of you, sending lots of really super strong Latir Wilderness energy!
    d f m

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