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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 wait...life 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 Deborah on January 13, 2011 at 5:52pm
Well I finally heard from the oncologist....the news was not good, the melanoma has spread. While I prepared myself for this, it still is a crushing blow.....I was so hoping for a miracle. My family and I are crushed. But we had a good cry and now are going to focus on holisitc medicine and do everything we can to make his time with us as long as possible and as full of life as possible. He continues to do well after the surgery!
Comment by Deborah on January 5, 2011 at 5:33pm

Kelly sorry to hear about Baron...I'll keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

 

As far as an update on Jack.  He had another X-ray, no new growths in his lungs (yeah) and it may have grew a bit but not much.  He then had a CT Scan which showed nothing else other than that one growth (yeah again!).  Soooo I've made the decision to have the growth from his lung removed.....he goes in tomorrow at 9:00 so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  I'll let everyone know how everything goes!

Comment by Angela on December 27, 2010 at 5:53pm

Hi Barbara,

Ti'ana passed in Feb 2008 with a cancer we never even knew she had, no one had diagnosed her correctly. Be greatful u know, and you are fighting!  My dad is also going thru chemo so I know it well... My rescued dog, Bella, and I will have you and Macy in our hearts and prayers. Keep Strong!

Comment by Kelly Meyer on December 27, 2010 at 4:39pm

Hi Barbara,

I saw you had joined the group and that you had posted; but then I came here and could not find your post!

 

My heart TRULY goes out to you and Macy!  This fight is not an easy one, but I DO hope that you and Macy WIN IT!  Just know, there will be MANY ups and downs--you have to learn and recognize the ups and enjoy them when you get them!  I tried to keep that in mind when we were fighting this ugly disease with Phoebe, but I too know that it is hard to do sometimes!

 

Keep us posted on her progress and I will keep you and Macy in my prayers.

 

I'm also sending you a message through this site, so keep an eye out.

 

All my best,

Kelly♥

Comment by barbaraharris on December 27, 2010 at 3:19pm

Hey Kelly,

   I just joined this group on December 16, the day after I found out my dog Macy had osteosarcoma of her hind leg, instead of torn ACL that a different vet was diagnosing. She had her leg amputated today, and she is staying overnight at the vet.  Needless to say, we are devastated as she is only 3 years old

   I found this website, and have read all your posts, and felt like I had come to know you all and Phoebe.  What a brave wonderful dog, and you all gave her so much love and care along the ay.  I work in the medical field and I don't see humans treated so well.  But I understand it is easy to love man's best friend.

     We are just starting our fight, but you and others have given us hope.

 We are thinking of you at this time, and knowing you feel her presence and love always beside you.  Barbara Harris

Comment by Lynn Pennington on December 27, 2010 at 3:00am

Kelly,

I am SO glad you and Kurt found your own special way to memorialize your dear Phoebe.  I am sure each and every one of us here have those special mementos of our beloved pets.  I have a keepsake box I had made
with a tile on top with Mouta's picture embedded in the tile.  It is
just the right size to hold her collar, her "I'm a survivor" t-shirt I
bought for her and a bandanna she got from the therapy center with all
of their signatures & wishes on it. And there's the big picture of
her over the mantle.  My husband attached a purple bow to it for Christmas (purple was her color) It makes me feel so good to have these things and
to be ale to remember Mouta with laughter.

While there are still many tears to come, you & Kurt will one day have more laughter that tears when remembering your Phoebe!  It is indeed a tough road to walk, but you do not walk it alone...we walk with
you!

 

God Bless!

Lynn

Comment by Kelly Meyer on December 26, 2010 at 2:16pm

Well, it's been two weeks since we have said goodbye to our sweet little Phoebe, and there hasn't been a day that me and my husband have not broken down and cried! 

 

Phoebe was returned to us the Monday before Christmas!  We enclosed her Christmas collar and a small Christmas toy (she took so much joy in disemboweling every stuffed toy we gave her) in with her ashes and she sat in a prominent place upon the fireplace mantel with a Santa hat on!  My husband covered the framed picture above the fireplace with a collage of Phoebe pictures from when she was still with her litter all the way up to her blessing just before she died.  It was very touching and a great memorial to a dog that had a GREAT life!

 

One of the things that I regretted was that in our grief we did not arrange to have Phoebe's paw print taken before she was cremated; then we got a call from her oncologist (the one who came to our home to help with Phoebe's transition) the day before Christmas Eve that she had taken it upon herself to do one of Phoebe's paw before she was sent to the cremation place and that it was available to be picked up!  I can't even begin to tell you how much this warmed my heart!  Our vet said they don't do these much for patients anymore, but that every once in a while there is a special pet that they will do it for.  Now, maybe they tell everyone this, but Phoebe was so special to us, that I like to believe that she was special to those she even briefly came to know.  It was a perfect print of her paw with her name down the right side!  My husband wrapped it up and gave it to me as a gift on Christmas morning--was the BEST gift I got, even though it made me cry!

 

Thank you for all you posts after Phoebe had passed, I am just now getting to where I can write about her and talk about her without crying--although I'm sure there are many more tears to come!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Kelly♥

Comment by Angela on December 12, 2010 at 5:51am

Kelly and family  Our thoughts and love go out to you. I am so very sorry to hear about Phoebe, but I promise Ti'ana was waiting for her to play with!  They are all waiting for us, healthy.

Comment by Bob Graham on December 12, 2010 at 5:39am

I'm so sorry to hear about Phoebe, Kelly, but I know that even though the body is gone, the love lives on.  When we had to put our Golden Odie down, it was two days before Christmas.  But that night I had a vision of Odie being the honored guest at a Christmas dinner in heaven and all of the love we showed him on earth, he carried with him into the afterlife, a special gift from us to all of the loved ones who passed on.  And I though of my Grandfather who used to take 2 miles walks everyday, not for "fitness" reasons as we think of them today but for contemplation and reflection.  And I realized that now my Grandfather had someone to share the walks with him and that someday I'll be joining them.  I believe that Odie only visits the bridge.  Goldens are happiest when they are with humans, so he's being taken care of by my Grandfather until I get there.  My daughter had a blue tick coon that died after being hit by a car last spring.  He loved to howl, just like my father, so I see them sitting on the couch cheering on the Red Sox and howling their heads off.  My brother's basset hound, a very gentle and loving soul, is being cared for by my Grandmother.  So pause for a moment, think of Phoebe and think of the happy reception she received and the wonderful, cherished soul who is taking care of her until you are reunited.  Let there be no more tears, but only fond memories.

Comment by Sheril Allen on December 12, 2010 at 4:46am
I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers & hugs to you.
 

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