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Rusty the Bunnyman

7 months post surgery… by Rusty

April 26th, 2018 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

So, for the past 7 months, I have been telling my pawrents that I can do A LOT of things!  Don’t worry so much.  I am their strong and healthy boy.   They have been very good about giving me these things that I can climb on so I can sleep in the middle of Mommy’s spot on the bed and look out my favorite window.  Every night I go on Mouse Patrol, staring at the thing they call a dishwasher for hours at a time because I knew I saw a mouse there 2 years ago…and… one day, he would be back!  I know my mommy and daddy smile and think I am silly but I still protect them every night when they are sleeping.

Well, TONIGHT I CAUGHT THE MOUSE!  When I had four legs I couldn’t get him.  Now that I have three, I GOT HIM.  I left him for Mommy and Daddy right in their bedroom so they would know what a good boy and mouser I am.

Four legs… pssssh… who needs them!  We tripawds rock!

Yes I have two carrots. And??? I deserve them! Did YOU catch the mouse?



Six month checkup…All Clear!

March 24th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

As every pawrent on this site knows, each and every checkup brings fears back up to the surface, second guessing if you missed anything that could have meant something changed, and the fragile hope that everything is truly ok.

As Rusty’s hoomins, we went through all of these and more as we approached his 6 month checkup. After getting lectured by Rusty on the finer points of being in his carrier, on a car ride, handed over to strangers, who, after doings x-rays and other tests, had the nerve to trim his nails, we sat down with the vet. Other than getting his weight down a little bit, he is clear and cancer free!  We have graduated to the ‘see you in 6 months’ cautiously hopeful response from Dr. Scott.

Thank you for the continued love and support from everyone here. Here’s to another six! 🍾

Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses,

Gina, Nick and Rusty the Bunnyman


Five Months and Counting…

February 22nd, 2018 · 4 Comments · After Surgery, Uncategorized

It is so hard to believe that our world was turned upside down 5 months ago.  I can still feel ever ounce of horror and dread as I learned my baby boy had HSA in his rear leg and hearing the words if we can amputate we may be able to save his life.  At the same time, I can barely remember Rusty as anything but a Tripawd boy.  He has gotten so strong, uses his stairs to get around without hesitation, and will even ask in his royal catness way for the stairs to be moved to other locations so he can join us (like dining room chairs).  He has become more affectionate and even accepts some belly rubs from Mommy only (YAY FOR ME)… sort of….for short periods of time.

Video Proof: 41 SECOND BELLY RUB!!!

As you can see in this picture, the surgery site looks like he was born this way.

His favorite thing to do is still SLEEP.

We have to schedule his next followup for sometime within the next month.  I believe this one will include the blood work and ultra sounds to make sure he still cancer free.  He seems healthy and happy in everything he does so we are cautiously hopeful.

Our world might have been turned upside down, but through the support of this community and our family, friends, and wonderful doctors, it has been put upright… just slightly shifted onto another path.

Five months down… God willing, many more YEARS to go!

Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses,

Gina, Nick and Rusty the Bunnyman


Merry Christmas and Hoppy New Year

December 24th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

As this holiday season is upon us, we reflect on this past year and know that during one of the hardest points, we have been truly blessed. In our daily life, we have Rusty the Bunnyman’s Auntie Barb, who was by our side at each doctor’s appointment, surgery day, post surgery meltdowns and after surgery life successes. Everyone needs an Auntie Barb in their lives. 💕😊  We have Rusty’s hoomin Grandma who helped us give him a chance at a new life.

We have even more things to be grateful for… You. The Tripawd community.  Your help, guidance and support throughout the whole process and after was more than anyone could ever have dreamed of. It is made what was a truly heartbreaking and horrifying experience manageable,  and sometimes,  dare I say, actually happy. Bell ringing for fellow Tripawds, watching feral boys become tame, hearing about the adventures of hopping cats and dogs, these are things I cherish.

We are blessed. Merry Christmas my Tripawd family.


Two Month Post Surgery

November 28th, 2017 · 3 Comments · After Surgery, Uncategorized

It has been a little over two months since Rusty was diagnosed with HSA cancer causing us to amputate his leg.

In general cancer is an unknown. There are no timelines, no scripts to follow because cancer does not follow any of that.  HSA is more common in dogs and can be very aggressive.  As this is a rarer form of cancer in cats, we were very nervous about our two month follow-up with the vet.  Everything is fine so far!  The oncologist working with Rusty believes it is slower moving in cats, at least in Rusty.  It was contained to his removed leg and he currently has no signs that it spread to the organs as it would in the more aggressive cases.  The rate of metastasizing as shown in his labs on his removed leg was low.  Our next appt will be in 2-4 months!

So how has life been since the amputation?  Simply put, an adventure!  My house could not pass a photo shoot for Better Homes and Garden magazine but Jackson Galaxy would be proud.  Rusty needs help going up to his favorite perches so we have pet stairs going to the couch, his favorite chair, the window, the bed… with one set that is moved around as needed.  For example, he wanted to help wrap Christmas presents this past week and stood looking at the chair that was at the end of the table.  We moved his steps there and he jumped up onto the chair, then the table and laid down right in the middle of the wrapping paper. SO HELPFUL!

Our floors are covered with the foam tiles used for exercising as well as area rugs and runners.  Litter boxes have lower sides which means a lot more cleanup around the box as the litter is kicked out.  We have area rugs under the boxes so we can wash or vacuum as needed.  I also have a hand vac that stays in that room since that is our new reality.

I do need to explore different types of litter.  I haven’t changed his litter because I wanted to keep as much of his world “normal” as possible.  Going into this, I was using the light weight clumping litter.  While great for the daily/multiple times a day scooping that happens, it will have a tendency to stick to him.  He will clean himself but if I can help avoid this, I will try.  Maybe if there is a litter that isn’t a fast acting clumping litter it would be better.  I will experiment.

If anything, Rusty has become even more loving and cuddly since the surgery.  He will often be sleeping in our bed (whether or not he leaves room for others is a different blog entirely!)

I am very grateful for the support that has been given by the Tripawd Community throughout this process.  If anyone reading this wants any information on what I have done in this process, please reach out!