Fight K9 cancer

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After losing our sweet Mouta (pictured here) on August 11, 2008 to cancer, my husband and I are still missing her terribly. She was diagnosed in February 2008 with a sarcoma in her spine. She was a trooper through the pre-diagnosis stage, when we initially thought she had a herniated disc in her spine, to the end. When aggressive steroid treatment only brought her from a stage 4 (almost no hind leg movement to a low stage 2...walking with assistance) we knew it was time for further testing. We drove 90 minutes away for her to have more test...a myelogram, which in turn led to surgery and the diagnosis of cancer. It was no doubt that we would pursue further treatment for her because out of the 4 pup-a-lups (my husband's term) she was our special baby...the calm in the eye of the storm, I always said. With the 4 dogs and cat, Mouta was always laid back and just really loved life. She was the ONLY one who could be off leash in the front yard and not run off 100% of the time! She LOVED being with us too much to venture off.

I did tons of research, talked to anyone who would listen, read everything I could find about cancer in dogs. And there's really not a lot of data out there. One of the deal makers for me when the subject of radiation treatments was discussed was that every question I asked about the success, the risk, the prognosis for Mouta was answered pretty much the same.."We don't know. There's not much data out there because most people opt for euthansia with the cancer diagnosis due to the cost of treatment." I felt that if by treating Mouta there was the slightest chance that we could have her in our lives a little longer and get her healthy again, it would be worth it. We had just bought a new house...I wanted new furniture, but you know, 'things' can can't. I still don't have the furniture, but we did have Mouta for 6 more months. We celebrated her 10th birthday with a cookout and I even baked a birthday cake for the dogs (you know there are lots of recipes online for homemade dog treats..even cakes!) When she finished her radiation treatments she was acting like a puppy again, not like the 10 year old that she was by then.

So, I started this group as a memorial to our Sharmouta. Anyone who has been through this, or who is facing this is welcome!

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Comment by Lynn Pennington on April 27, 2010 at 9:26am
God is Good! I am thankful for the many blessings He bestows on us all, animals & humans alike! Wonderful positive feedback for Rusty, Jack, Phoebe Benson & Daisy! Yeah!
Comment by Jill Stout on April 26, 2010 at 9:47am
I will pray too! (of course!) I am so glad he is doing well. Thanks so much for the update---Blessings!
Comment by Kelly Meyer on April 26, 2010 at 8:42am
Hi Chuck,
Thanks for the update on Rusty! Great news for him! I will say a prayer for him that he doesn't experience any of the unpleasant side affects from his next chemo treatment, and that he continues to show no signs of the cancer returning--even after he is off the chemo!

Comment by Deborah on April 26, 2010 at 5:59am
I've visited our holistic vet and Jack is now in the next phase of his treatment! I put the details in my blog....He continues to do great!
Comment by Lynn Pennington on April 26, 2010 at 5:42am
Great news for Rusty! I pray that he continues to show improvement and that he will better tolerate future chemo treatments. I pray that he, too, will beat the "odds"! He is so young!
Comment by Chuck Holliman on April 26, 2010 at 3:52am
Update on Rusty-

Thanks everyone for your support and gifts! We really appreciate the outpouring of love for Rusty during these trying times. I waited until today to update as yesterday was the three month anniversary of Rusty's amputation! He is doing so well adjusting to life with three legs that it seems it should be more than three months. He is continuing with his monthly Chemo treatments, April being the 3rd month; Rusty suffered fairly severe nausea and diarrhea after the the last treatment and required some additional meds to control the episodes. He will received his 4th IV treatment next week, and we are hoping that he does not have a repeat of this month.
His energy levels, after getting through the nausea, and eating are the best since the surgery. We are now taking an additional evening walk in addition to his early morning walks. With our temps moving into the 90's the heat is now bothering Rusty; we asked Dr. Macy and he said that the Chemo will cause him to react to warmer weather. Our weather has been much cooler than normal this spring and we have not been able to use the pool; now that it is warming up we will get him in the pool which should help keep him cooler.

Rusty's monthly blood work continues to be excellent and he is not showing any signs of the cancer returning, however we know once he is off Chemo the odds will turn against him.
Comment by Kelly Meyer on April 25, 2010 at 1:52pm
Thanks everyone! :0)
Comment by Angela on April 24, 2010 at 12:08pm
so happy both Jack and Phoebe- Nice to see we can ... and they can beat this horrible disease!
Comment by Bob Graham on April 24, 2010 at 11:55am
Great news, Kelly! Sccoby and Fenway send love and kisses.

There is such a great surge of positivism going through this group. Cancer is and remains a serious situation for canines and humans alike, but by sharing stories and news perhaps we can get away from the instant-automatic-death-sentence mentality that is so closely assocaited with the disease. Remember "Not today and not wothout a fight!"
Comment by Jill Stout on April 24, 2010 at 11:13am
I am so happy to hear Phoebe is doing well. Smooches to y'all!

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