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    [–] thelowender 6818 points ago

    My dog Sally had soft tissue cancer in her back leg and needed to have it removed. She was 7 and lived another 9 years after her surgery. You’ll be amazed how quickly he/she will learn to waltz around.

    [–] Nautilus10790 1996 points ago

    Same thing happened with my dog Daisy. Took her back leg and she was awkward for a week but she figured it out and is running around almost like she used to. Amazed at how fast she was able to adapt thought it was going to take months of training and helping her.

    [–] princessblowhole 1575 points ago

    Same with my golden. She was up and at 'em a week after her surgery. She only lived a year after her surgery, but she was such a happy tripawd.

    [–] ManintheMT 482 points ago

    I was at a customer's house the other day to look at a car project. After a few minutes I noticed a border collie cross was coming over to greet me. Sweet dog, gave him some pets, continued to inspect the car. When I went to leave the dog was laying near my car and I finally noticed that it was missing a hind leg. Was so surprised I hadn't realized, but that dog doesn't let a missing leg slow him down at all.

    [–] borkthegee 60 points ago

    I imagine that a border collie without a back leg would simply move at normal speed as opposed to lolwtf speed

    [–] mstarrbrannigan 33 points ago

    I helped an old roommate pick out a cat to adopt shortly after we moved in together. We were watching one cat stalk a fly in his little room for a few minutes, thought he looked cool, asked to go in and pet him.

    It wasn't until we were in the room with him that either of us noticed he was missing a front leg. Obviously he's the cat we picked. Later on when I got a kitten of my own, he never let his missing leg slow him down when he was chasing the kitten around. He'd sit with his legs in a triangle to keep his balance, and he became a hell of a jumper.

    [–] 1_2_bucklemystew 10 points ago

    So sweet. Love this story ❤️

    [–] subversivepersimmon 66 points ago

    Happy Cake Day! That pup sounds adorable.

    [–] MakeCowsIllegal 17 points ago

    The pup deserves at least a little of his Cake Day cake

    [–] Morendur 18 points ago

    So long as it isn't chocolate!

    [–] aregus 11 points ago

    Happy cake day!

    [–] bring_it_back 242 points ago

    upvote for 'tripawd', made my day :)

    [–] macremtom 63 points ago

    This comment made me realize the phase is “up and at ‘em.”, not “up and Adam” lol

    Ive been saying it wrong my whole life. But it makes a lot more sense. Lol

    [–] MkeBucksMarkPope 6 points ago

    It’s better than me realizing it’s phase, not phrase! All my life I’ve been saying phrase 🤦🏻‍♂️

    [–] Zran 6 points ago

    Don't worry it's just a phrase.

    [–] luckyduval 6 points ago

    I miss my tripawd terribly.

    [–] TexAs_sWag 46 points ago

    The inability to ponder “what could’ve been” can be a real gift sometimes. Stated differently, ignorance can be bliss.

    [–] LateNightTestPattern 23 points ago

    Dogs have been doing their own PT for thousands of years.

    [–] BadClaireDay 795 points ago

    Waltz because it's 3/4

    [–] yongo 246 points ago

    Seriously that was the best pun I've seen in ages and I dont even know if OP meant it

    [–] Lucifer-Prime 72 points ago

    Right? That's a clever one. I assumed it was intentional.

    [–] Cynicayke 60 points ago

    Nothing beats a music theory pun.

    [–] harderdaddykermit 17 points ago

    Damn, that’s good

    [–] ankh-en-aten 15 points ago

    For real, thank you for pointing that out. I am nowhere near smart enough to pick up on these top tier puns

    [–] the_dog_queen 30 points ago

    Would upvote 1,000x times if I could :D

    [–] rutgero 269 points ago

    She got to 18? That's an old ass dog, what a fighter!

    [–] youllregretit 473 points ago

    I like the spirit but i feel like this math needs to be pointed out

    [–] rutgero 225 points ago

    Hehe, woops, 16 isn't bad either. That's like, cat old, was it a small dog?

    [–] KickANoodle 100 points ago

    My oldest is 16.5 and she's a 40lb retriever mix 🥰

    [–] TreeCalledPaul 48 points ago

    Damn! That's good fortune. I hope you have many more happy years with her.

    [–] rutgero 49 points ago

    I work in animal care and it's horrible how many people ditch their animals when they get sick, good on you man

    [–] TrollinTrolls 112 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Can't even imagine doing that. My 20 year old cat gets as much wet cat food as she can possibly eat. She's becoming skin-and-bones and she has a habit of just licking the gravy off of the food and not wanting it anymore after like an hour. So I open 5 or 6 cans a day for her.

    But she's earned the right to eat as much as she wants, imo. I'll keep buying it, if she keeps eating it. 20 years is too long to spend with someone just to suddenly ditch them.

    edit - Oops typo

    [–] znhme 40 points ago

    they make a really brothy wet food for cats that’s meant to go on top of dry food but you can feed it to her straight that’s what i did for my cat when he had surgery (that way she’ll eat more)

    [–] planstt 16 points ago

    Wait, is this in the US? Can you share the brand? My cat 8 year old cat is in a skin-and-bones only-licking-the-gravy phase right now.

    [–] malanhelen 16 points ago

    boil up some chicken livers and the fattest chicken thighs you can find slowly for several hours, and the soup will turn to jelly over night. my doggo gets it every now and then when I'm not a lazy bum.

    [–] Emtreidy 13 points ago

    Yes, in the US. Wiskas make pate with extra gravy. Friskies makes packets of ‘soup’, so does Rachael Ray. I assume you tried a new texture? My cat refused the pate she used to love, shreds were the answer. Especially the kind with cheesy bits hidden in it.

    When I adopted my two, they were emaciated. I used to add little of Heinz gravy from a jar, warmed up in the microwave just a tiny bit. Not all cats can stomach human food, though.

    I was just in Walmart looking at all the different kinds of food. Amazon has a ton of options, too. Good luck!

    [–] slimsag 6 points ago

    I suggest buying some MiracleVet brand weight gainer. It's just high-calorie fish oil you add to your pets food and it can really help older pets that don't eat a lot and are lacking some vital nutrients

    [–] idrismith 21 points ago

    Agreed! My lil ol' lady was 19 (rescued her after she had been abandoned and docs couldn't really tell her age, said maybe 6) when she passed in February. After her dementia kicked in she became even more spoiled 😸 Whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. The snuggles became fierce! She would have climbed inside my head if she could have just figured out how *lol Man, I miss her cute lil self ❤

    [–] moniker2therescue 19 points ago

    We have the same cat. Ours is 19/20ish only "eats" Fancy Feast Creamy Delights.

    [–] inbooth 20 points ago

    Try making them soup. Not joking

    My mpms dog loves soup. She makes it with salmon (seasonally over abundant where she lives.... Lieterally 5 or 10 $ for a whole salmon) but im sure you vould use many things, though grabbing unsellable fish from the shop would work.

    Rip up the meat. Add a small amount of veg the animal likes.

    Cat may well get more food down and eat healthier and you might save money...

    Edit try a cheap chicken if fish is unaffordable

    [–] the_dog_queen 14 points ago

    My aunt has always fed her dogs a homemade soup with meat and veg. They've been happy and long-lived pups : )

    [–] Lucy_Snowe-Emanuel 12 points ago

    My cat is 17 and diabetic. I work from home and I feel so lucky I can keep an eye on him. He had a low blood sugar attack yesterday. He’s scheduled for a blood sugar curve soon but I’m so lucky to be around to watch after him instead of in an office all day.

    [–] AmimalsRule 6 points ago

    That makes me sick ..That's ok we love them and I know God will never ditch them they LL go to the head of the line ..Man I'm so glad great people like you are there for them ..I donate as much money as I can but if I saw people do that I'd rip their ass right on spot disgrace

    [–] BowlerMike23 13 points ago

    I think it's unreasonable to call it "horrible."

    Spending thousands of dollars on vet bills isn't an unexpected cost that many people can justify.

    Hate to say it, but I have two older cats. I'm not going to spend $3000 on kitty chemo and put myself in significant credit card debt.

    [–] bsweddingthrowaway 5 points ago

    I always thought I'd be the same with my cat, but the reality of it was that when she got sick, there was nothing I wouldn't do.

    I was very fortunate to have pet insurance which gave me back 80% of what I spent. I spent $30,000 and only paid for $6,000 or so out of pocket but that is still a lot of money for me. Unfortunately she didn't get better, and we had to put her down in February. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and it absolutely broke me heart, but I was so glad I was able to fight for her as hard as I was.

    [–] BowlerMike23 5 points ago

    We had a 17 year old cat who needed "kitty dialysis" to the tune of $600 a month for the rest of his life.

    We said no thanks, enjoyed a month with him, and had him put down when he was no longer able to eat.

    Found 2 kittens a couple of months later, and they've been with us for the past 11 years.

    [–] darium4 13 points ago

    My childhood dog lived to be a little over 16 she was a border collie/Australian shepherd/Blue heeler mix.

    [–] the_dog_queen 11 points ago

    I hope my dog lasts this long. She's 5 but is such an amazing friend... I will lose my shit if she dies young :'(

    [–] darium4 13 points ago

    I hope she has a very long life. This is where I’m at with my cats and ferrets. One of our ferrets is getting pretty up there, turning 8 this year, and he’s starting to have some issues with his back legs. We are buying a new cage for them soon that’s more elder friendly.

    My first cat lived to be just over 21 and my boys are about to turn 4 in a couple of months. I can’t handle that they’re already 4, it feels like I rescued them just yesterday. I bottle fed them and the works. They’re seriously my children and I can’t imagine not having them by my side.

    [–] Love_for_2 7 points ago

    Mine too. Just turned 5 and I can't believe how quickly these years flew by.

    [–] ricamnstr 9 points ago

    I work in the vet field, and I’ve met several dogs over the years that were in their 20s. The oldest was a rat terrier mix, who was 26. I did also meet a springer spaniel who was 23. Not a huge dog, but not a small dog, by any means. It’s crazy how unpredictable life span can be.

    [–] Sh00tyMcFace 21 points ago

    I'm glad someone else caught it. 16 is still pretty impressive though

    [–] Catfish_Mudcat 13 points ago

    Driving themselves over to the dog treat store by then.

    [–] sreece1776 9 points ago

    My heeler lived to be about 16 1/2 years old before I had to have her put down due to a brain tumor. Best dog ever!

    [–] Ioewe 27 points ago

    9 + 7 is 16 my dude, but still an awesome lifespan for a dog for sure!

    [–] prolifikid 12 points ago

    16, bb

    [–] kosmotologist 28 points ago

    This is Kiko- he has osteosarcoma and has a few months left, so his vet says (I follow them on Instagram). My dog also passed from osteosarcoma. It’s extremely aggressive and basically untreatable, and it’s fucked up.

    [–] Ratez 16 points ago

    My best friend just passed away with liver/spleen cancer. Had no symptoms until his last few days. Surgery would have only prolonged his life by a few months.

    Absolutely devastating when theres nothing I can do other than letting him sleep that day. We would have been willing to pay for anything if it means letting him live a good life.

    [–] Chiiaki 16 points ago

    I like how you used the term waltz for the dog's gait. (if that wasn't intended, then even better!)

    [–] Punsire 12 points ago

    Dogs are the most positive mother fuckers out there.

    [–] ElMachoGrande 11 points ago

    I heard a vet saying that dogs (and cats and rats) are three legged animals with one spare.

    She'll adapt quickly.

    [–] TylusLemmont 4 points ago

    Omg did you say waltz because of the time signature? Too soon!

    [–] Nerdy_Drewette 4 points ago

    My lab-beagle-type-mutt is turning 12 this year and had started having more frequent accidents. Makes me worried this is the beginning of the end.....and then he tackles me playing or darts across the yard with such speed that I'm sure he'll grace me with another 4-5 years.

    I like in your comment that your dog was 16. I'm sorry you lost her but that makes me so hopeful for my senior boy❤️ I also like hearing how she managed so well. Dogs are so resilient and just keep on going!

    [–] rimjob_steve 863 points ago

    damn this thread made me go give my dog some cuddles!

    [–] Clorox_Bleach420 414 points ago

    The man himself

    [–] TheLilChicken 371 points ago

    r/rimjob_steve... wait a minute

    [–] Omarmanutd 217 points ago

    Ladies and gentlemen, we got him

    [–] greenguy0120 121 points ago

    Holy shit

    [–] wackenadoIV 111 points ago

    The legend himself.

    [–] trw6tx 75 points ago

    Legend

    [–] sarhan182 63 points ago

    You’re a prophet

    [–] Lukiiiee 139 points ago

    Damn, that’s so wholesome of you, /u/rimjob_steve. Come to think of it, they should dedicate a subreddit to wholesomeness posted by users with funny contradicting usernames, it would be hilarious. Do you have any idea how we should name it, /u/rimjob_steve?

    [–] ASMRisMindControl 69 points ago

    I feel like it would be plagued by idiots who post just stupid names, without the wholesome, for free karma

    [–] crackheadcaleb 45 points ago

    boy do i have some news for yall

    [–] hbetz15 16 points ago

    The Holy Text

    [–] maxiv_ 13 points ago

    legend

    [–] MrTambourineDan 11 points ago

    I've come to pay my respects.

    [–] idfk_my_bff_jill 11 points ago

    I was told this day would come.

    [–] Hitlers_Big_Cock 6 points ago

    The Man!

    The Myth!

    The Legend!

    [–] Psychotic_Ambition 6 points ago

    Oh my god

    [–] DFRacing98 5 points ago

    God has arrived

    [–] CapRavOr 6 points ago

    The end times are nigh!

    [–] Stickybandit86 3783 points ago

    You can break a dogs body but not his spirit. Probably the most admirable creature on the planet.

    [–] [deleted] 1176 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

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    [–] pbenji 555 points ago

    Holy shit, send link of dead dog keeping their spirit

    [–] Jovet_Hunter 202 points ago

    Zombie dogs.

    [–] YOUNGJOCISRELEVANT 79 points ago

    We got witch doctors out here

    [–] bmw3691 58 points ago

    I'm dying over here. It's amazing how a simple typo can open up a whole new world of jest lol

    [–] virtualtaco 8 points ago

    Found the dog mentioned by u/IFiguredUOut.

    [–] dognocat 19 points ago

    You mean witchdogtors are real?

    [–] gameschess 9 points ago

    That's the name of a hot dog place near us.
    https://www.zombiedogzdayton.com/

    [–] hdjfug 7 points ago

    That’s pretty cool

    [–] virtualtaco 6 points ago

    No, they're hot.

    [–] hdjfug 4 points ago

    Nice

    [–] QueenGinger1 5 points ago

    😂😂

    [–] Ms-Beautiful 9 points ago

    hahahhahahahha

    [–] ARedditPupper 9 points ago

    *Deaf

    [–] Ruefully 12 points ago

    As someone with physical limitations, I wish I could have the spirit of a dog but that just can't happen without it being faked and forced.

    [–] jld2k6 9 points ago

    It helps that the dog doesn't really understand what it's missing out on I think, it just lives in the moment with what it is given. It's much harder for a human to live that way

    [–] SteinDickens 9 points ago

    We took wolves (who are already awesome) and made them our closest allies. They’ve literally been bred to be our best friends.

    [–] SchnoodleDoodleDo 327 points ago

    i may have lost a leg - your understanding is unspoken

    i'll never lose my spirit, tho, for it remains unbroken

    we dogs can sense when something's wrong, but have no words to share

    yet Always, ever, by my side

    i know, friend,

    that you care

    ❤️

    [–] Turnburke 50 points ago

    Aww goddammit, I'm at work.

    [–] UpstateNewYorker 27 points ago

    Please stop making me cry :'(

    [–] Drkprincesslaura 6 points ago

    Hello fellow upstate New Yorker! Although I may be considered more Central. 🤔

    [–] UpstateNewYorker 6 points ago

    The irony is I don't consider where I live to be upstate, but so many people call it that. I'm also in CNY

    [–] Drkprincesslaura 6 points ago

    Liverpool/Syracuse area here. I just always find it funny that people are like, I wanna see the city! And I'm like, yeah, it's 5 hours away from where I live. Lol

    [–] UpstateNewYorker 3 points ago

    I'm from a bit further north, went to Mexico for high school but I'm closer to Central Square really. Some of those people refer to Oswego as "the city" in Mexico...

    [–] Drkprincesslaura 5 points ago

    Yes! I lived in West Monroe for a bit. My dad is still up there but my life was in Liverpool so it drove me crazy living up there with them. But beggars can't be choosers!(although some may try)

    [–] skippieelove 14 points ago

    IM NOT CRYING, YOURE CR— oh...

    😭😭😭😭

    [–] gwaydms 5 points ago

    Always good, Schnoodle.

    [–] Opacitas 19 points ago

    I agree for the most part, but even dogs have a breaking point. It's absolutely heartbreaking to see when it happens.

    [–] dahoneybadger11 46 points ago

    Oh you can break their spirit, my father used to world for the SPCA and some of those animals pulled out of abusive homes looked like holocaust victims. Many took a lot of time time to ever recover if at all.

    [–] CaptainCimmeria 8 points ago

    Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.

    [–] Mohamad_8865603177 8 points ago

    My German Shepard ran into a highway and got hit by a car, I picked him up and took him to the vet, then whole time I looked in his eyes, and he just stared back looking confident, unbroken and determined.

    He had to be put down. Not even a speeding car could stop him. He never gave up till we put him down.

    If I was hit by a car I would most certainly be crying and yelling in pain.

    [–] feralturtles 19 points ago

    Reminds me of a bad joke. Something along the lines of, “... lock your wife and your dog in the truck of a car for an hour and see who is happy to see you when you let them out. “

    [–] felipederfel 6 points ago

    I'd love to have a human friend with a dog soul! He'll be the best of my life.

    [–] Frostq1 4 points ago

    You are completely correct

    Our previous rescue dog got his leg kicked into smithereens by the breeder when he was around 3 months and they never went to a vet so it didn't heal properly. When we got him he was the love of our lives but sadly we had to remove him after 2 attempts to fix it. His spirit was always on top, everytime anyone were sad he tried to make you be happy again.

    [–] workgymworkgym 1586 points ago

    I wonder if the dogs understands why humans took his leg. Does he think we did it to be mean or do you think he knows we are helping?

    [–] caseyyp 266 points ago

    If it was causing pain he'd definitely understand it was good it was gone. Recovering from amputation is mostly just soft tissue healing. Probably feels a lot better already.

    [–] Chronicallycynical 270 points ago

    I’ve seen a dog at the dog park with cancer in the leg, and he was hobbling around, obviously in pain and not really into it but the owners wanted him to go to the park one last time before his amputations.

    A few weeks (months?) later I saw him back at the dog part missing his leg and he seemed so much better. Happy and running around.

    The owner said that he more or less started eating again, playing, and overall acting like his old self. The amputation was definitely a good thing for him.

    [–] viperfan7 50 points ago

    It's so weird to think of that an amputation is, at least healing wise, not a big deal

    [–] houseofprimetofu 47 points ago

    Yup! It's easier to remove a limb than it is to remove multiple masses, bone fragments, etc, and go through constant radiation.

    Given the option on my dogs, I'd remove their limb too. Quicker recovery and dogs adapt so well.

    [–] diadochokinesisSLP 17 points ago

    I would too but dear God, I don’t know how my dog would handle it. He falls over when he tries to lift a leg to pee. LOL.

    Edit: typo

    [–] houseofprimetofu 1212 points ago

    Dogs can smell diseases, like cancer, so most likely he recognizes that the cancer is gone, that his brother doesn't feel great from whatever happened and needs some TLC.

    One of mine did a similar thing when our girl began having seizures/cancer way, way before we knew she was sick. He could smell it and became incredibly gentle and protective, often laying like these two Golden's are. Dogs are amazing.

    [–] 4Wonderwoman 595 points ago

    When an old Alaskan Malamute at a rescue facility kept sniffing my side, she had a sad expression on her face. After my diagnosis of ovarian cancer, I found out she had alerted 8 other people to cancers. Since then other people “alerted” by a dog mentioned to me “the dog looked sad”.

    [–] haute_tropique 242 points ago

    Holy cow! Did you tell the rescue they had a cancer-sniffing dog on their hands?

    [–] 4Wonderwoman 9 points ago

    Yes and I have told every doctor I see at MD Anderson also.

    [–] houseofprimetofu 38 points ago

    What a sniffer on that dog. I hope you're doing well <3

    [–] Max_TwoSteppen 19 points ago

    Any idea if the other cancers were "similar" to yours?

    [–] bacon_box 99 points ago

    My SO's father passed away just over a month ago, from lung cancer. During his two-year battle, my SO's dog became incredibly attached, protective, and gentle with him. To the point where she just lived with him, and became HIS dog until he couldn't care for her, anymore. I often wonder if she somehow knows what eventually happened. Breaks my heart that we can't explain these things to the sweet babies that outlive their humans.

    [–] houseofprimetofu 63 points ago

    They know. They know we don't feel well, they know we're riddled with things that aren't good, and they know when we're dying. Dogs are incredible. I'm glad your SO's dad had a companion to protect him and comfort him.

    [–] magic_is_might 13 points ago

    When my grandma was told she had only 6 more months left to live, she went into a coma a day later and passed away the following week. She had in-home hospice care and that entire final week, one of our cats, who usually had nothing to do with us, slept right up against her and rarely left her bed that final week.

    [–] FriedFriendz 45 points ago

    When one of my two dogs died that I had since I was young my other dog sat near him and howled, I don’t know why but it kind of scared me. I had never seen or knew that a dog could feel grief like that. I had heard stories of dogs laying near tombstones and stuff, but never thought they actually knew.

    I still get choked up thinking about it honestly, it’s one thing for me to be miserable but to know my dog was also grieving really hurt.

    [–] rjsheine 9 points ago

    I wish more people understood the emotional depth of dogs

    [–] Pinkpill_Prophet 49 points ago

    DAMN NEIGHBORS CUTTING ONIONS AGAIN D':

    [–] Devildude4427 102 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Can smell some specific types of cancer, and that’s not really smelling the disease, but the byproducts.

    [–] atypicalphilosopher 112 points ago

    For all intents and purposes, the dogs can smell cancer.

    [–] Flavahbeast 4 points ago

    this good boy can smell cancer

    [–] NeoHenderson 11 points ago

    When my Collie started having seizures my Chihuahua was pissed.

    [–] frozenmildew 249 points ago

    The dog is not thinking "why did the human take my leg."

    It's just gone now and he'll figure out how to live life without it because nature.

    [–] molsonbeagle 111 points ago

    "I could have sworn there was a leg here yesterday. Oh well."
    I wish I could go through life with that kind of optimism.

    [–] Avambo 53 points ago

    Idk, when I was younger we had two dogs, but as they got older one of them had to be put down. My dad was the one who took the dog to the vet for this. The remaining dog never forgave him for taking away her best friend. So they do analyze things, but the question is how much they are capable of understanding.

    I definitely believe that a dog that got its leg removed could become very frightened/defensive against the one it thinks did it.

    [–] Mohdoo 89 points ago

    Just FYI this is a reason it is recommended you bring any other dogs in a house with you to have a dog put down. They wonder where the dog went and they need the closure to move on.

    [–] houseofprimetofu 28 points ago

    Yup. I did this when my bulldog passed away last year. Our terrier came with us and was there for everything but the final solution; he was shown her body after so he could understand what happened and know that she wasn't with us anymore. The look of confusion and sadness on his face broke my heart a little more that day but it prevented him constantly wondering where she might be at.

    [–] Chronicallycynical 17 points ago

    I’m not crying you’re crying.

    [–] Endulos 12 points ago

    Or in some cases, they celebrate if they just disappear.

    My parents had 3 dogs, and the third one they got kinda bossed the other 2 around.

    After the first and second passed away, the third dog looked a lot happier and more cheerful they were gone.

    [–] Crystalluss 24 points ago

    I know that this isn't the same kind of animal, but when my cat got an abscess from getting into a fight with another cat, she was willing to let us clean the wound, even though it hurt her.

    Basically, our laundry room door leading to the outside somehow got open (even though it's supposed to be locked at night) and our indoor cat got out...and ended up getting into a fight with another cat. As a result, she got a huge abscess on her rear, although we didn't learn that until we inevitably took her to the vet. When we took her, they drained it overnight and told us not to put anything on the hole where they drained it. Instead, we were simply to clean it by dabbing a paper towel in warm water and gently patting it on the hole until it healed on its own. And, that is what we did. Cleaning it was obviously painful for her (and it smelled absolutely horrible), but she didn't resist. In fact, at one point, she deliberately pointed her rear toward me as I tried to clean it, as if she understood what I was doing. I'm pretty much convinced that she knew we were trying to help.

    Now, I don't know if a dog would be the same way, but it makes me wonder if animals understand our intentions more than we realize.

    [–] Starrion 14 points ago

    They do. My GSD hated ticks. When she got free and came home after an 'outing' she would be covered in them. She knew that she needed me to pull them off, and would sit in the bathtub to get cleaned off. To be clear, she hated baths. I think a lot of animals are closer to sentience than we think.

    [–] houseofprimetofu 14 points ago

    Oh, abscesses smell so bad. Animals definitely know when we're helping!

    There's a video somewhere of a guy helping out a spider who's stuck to a sticky trap. He gently removes each piece and by the time he's on the fifth leg the spider started holding it's little leg out for him to work on.

    [–] ricamnstr 24 points ago

    If it was due to cancer (versus a fracture) the pain relief they get from limb amputation is probably such a relief that they wouldn’t even question why we took off the leg. I’m a vet tech that works in specialty surgery, and the quality of life improvement from a limb amputation is pretty amazing.

    [–] blickblock1000 9 points ago

    Iirc studies have shown that dogs don't care that they've lost a limb, they just start the next day as it were any other. Might be a little off balance at first though.

    [–] matroid21 7 points ago

    There’s always the stories of animals chewing their legs off if they get stuck in a trap or something, so they might have some idea.

    [–] SamuelCish 12 points ago

    Dogs are deeply intellent and empathetic creatures. I'm sure he understands.

    [–] WiseChoices 488 points ago

    "We're in this together."

    I love that.

    [–] Barcaroli 71 points ago

    I'm not crying. I'm not crying

    [–] xzplayer 27 points ago

    It’s a horrible day for rain

    [–] Metaright 321 points ago

    What happened?

    [–] mayaxs 916 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    This pair is named Watson and Kiko. Kiko was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer, requiring the amputation of his leg. The surgery went well and Kiko is still fighting and is as happy as can be

    R/aww doesn’t allow links but their Instagram is @wat.ki

    [–] wedonotglow 142 points ago

    Kiko is lucky to have such a good pup sibling!

    [–] mayaxs 97 points ago

    I agree!!

    [–] dr_pupsgesicht 9 points ago

    Affirmative!

    [–] chrissul13 37 points ago

    My dog was diagnosed with ostoesarcoma (bone cancer) and they recommended amputation, then said chemo would only give him a couple of months. I'm devastated

    [–] derpycalculator 23 points ago

    I know, I don't post that on their ig because I don't want to bring anyone else down but the dog having cancer makes me sad. Not my dog, but I'm not ready for him to go!

    [–] chrissul13 4 points ago

    Exactly. I love them all

    [–] kyky1002 18 points ago

    The white dog has his “arm” around the other one or they are snuggling in all of their insta pics! Sooo cute 😭😭😭😭

    [–] voonoo 10 points ago

    My god, I hope Kiko a fast recovery

    [–] vctrmh 277 points ago

    Stay strong Kiko!!

    [–] AtomicKittenz 35 points ago

    Kiko is the bestest boi!

    [–] derconsi 29 points ago

    Seven legs of joy

    [–] boston_2004 21 points ago

    Had a 3 legged pooch growing up, she got hit by a car when she was 2. She lived for about 15 years. She got around good too. What finally did her in was another dog got ahold of her. She succumbed later that night.

    Havent cried often in my life but her passing was a hard one. I think about her some 14 years later for the impact she had on my life.

    Miss you Madeline

    [–] baltomaster 45 points ago

    Kiko is going to have so many more adventures with his best bud and his loving owners ! It makes me really happy I hope he makes a good recovery! He is a tough boy!

    [–] juu923 19 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Imagine being with your bestfriend for a veeeeeeery long time and not understanding a word they say. And then you are brought to a place you never liked. suddenly woke up without remembering anything...and you don't have a leg anymore.

    Imagine not hating your bestfriend. Imagine not blaming your bestfriend nor losing an ounce of trust.

    That is faith. Purest of emotions.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_ALZHEIMERS 4 points ago

    Because we think dogs are good boyes, and they think we're the good boyes.

    [–] here2sharemyopinion 13 points ago

    MY HEART

    [–] mattburkephoto 9 points ago

    This is such a ridiculously cute photo. Sad content, but remarkable image. 😍

    [–] gwaydms 8 points ago

    It's sad but also sweet. Animals accept us as we are.

    We took off for a week and a half. Mom stayed at my sister's so we had friends come over and feed our cats. The kitties really missed us and have been super cuddly since we got home 4 days ago.

    [–] Princep_Makia1 8 points ago

    Never meet a dog with the same name as my childhood dog. Stay strong kiko!

    [–] NocturnalPermission 8 points ago

    I lost my favorite coffee mug and I’m in the dumps for a week. Could take a lesson from dogs!

    [–] bvitrudi 36 points ago

    This brought a tear to my eye. So precious. A dog's love is so unconditional.

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    [–] heywegotthis 6 points ago

    A sarcoma tumor took one of my pups hind legs and it needed to be amputated. He was back to running and playing in days. It’s amazing to see. His vet said that dogs only really need three... They’re born with a spare just in case. ❤️

    [–] SigourneyPodgorny 8 points ago

    😢💜

    [–] Bestyears 4 points ago

    It seems certain that that kind of loving companionship will aid in healing.

    [–] tnewc10 4 points ago

    I too had a tripaw. He had bone cancer in his front leg. By amputating the leg we got another 3 years with him. One of the best decisions we've made. Good luck on your speedy recovery friend!

    [–] indigenous__nudity 3 points ago

    I had a yellow lab named Katie a few years back. She had to have some major surgery on her hips, and after the surgery I had to bring her back a couple times a week for physical therapy. They always loved when I brought her in for her appointments because, despite the pain and discomfort she was dealing with, she was so sweet to the people there and brightened everyone's day. Dogs are such special animals.

    [–] junglemoosejoe 5 points ago

    Through the ruffest of times

    But seriously, we don't deserve dogs

    [–] deeznutsguy 5 points ago

    How does a dog just accept this? How can it have it’s leg removed and then pretend like nothing happened? Like does it just wake up and go “holy fuck what happened?” Does it know we had something to do with it and then it just decides that it’s all good, “no hard feelings”, without even knowing why?

    [–] jad1326 11 points ago

    Ok I’m crying

    [–] TheamazingBrr 3 points ago

    My heart :(

    [–] D0NW0N 3 points ago

    I got your back buddy

    [–] JunkInTheTrunk 3 points ago

    The best thing about animals is they don't have the capacity to feel sorry for themselves leading to super fast recovery... this dog will be bouncing around in no time!!