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 Kelly Meyer on March 13, 2011 at 7:57pm

Oh Deborah,

I'm so sorry and I'm crying for you tonight!  That is such a GREAT picture of Jack, and you're right, he looks so happy!

God speed Jack, you were so loved!  From experience I can tell you that it will be a long road to heal your hearts, but that the good memories of jack will start to bring smiles to your faces instead of tears to your eyes!

I know you know this, but rest assured that you did all you could for Jack!  He knows this and he loves you for it! 

He is also whole again and without pain awaiting you at the Rainbow Bridge--you will be together again one day!


With a heavy heart tonight for Jack, you , and your daughter!


Kelly♥ ((((HUGS))))

Comment by Deborah on March 13, 2011 at 5:11pm
It is with extreme sadness that I need to report that as of shortly before 2:00 today Jack is no longer with us in body, though he will continue to be here in spirit for those he touched. I was fortunate that even though it was a Sunday my vet agreed to come to my home and do it so that he could be somewhere he loved and felt safe. While extremely hard, I know he is at peace now. I was able to keep is pain under control but something else was going on and it got to the point where he was having difficulty breathing and got to the point today where he couldn't even lay down, he also stopped eating. Up until the end he was typical Jack with his loving eyes and a tail wag. He was even able to go on a short walk. On first glance you would never be able to tell anything was wrong. My mom came up to be with us and her initial reaction when he greeted her was oh he has time left. But it didn't take long to see beyond his wonderful greeting and big tail wagging. I've had many animals but Jack has touched my soul more than any other. It has been a long, hard 16 months full of ups and downs, but he has fought hard and stayed strong up to the end. He was able to say goodbye to his wonderful oncologist on Friday (though at the time we didn't know how near the end was) and today his sitters when I was gone also came for a last visit.

I changed my photo to an awesome picture that we took this morning next to a stone we made in his honor which was placed by his favorite spot to lay.

Its time to start healing for my daughter and I, but it will be long road.

Comment by Jill Stout on March 9, 2011 at 5:17am


I don't remember Bailey not sleeping, and I don't know much about the melatonin, but I say go for it! Whatever makes her comfortable, I would try. Does Dr. Dressler give any dosing amounts in the book? I suppose you could take  the adult dose and decrease it according to her weight. Let me know how that works for her. Is she in extra pain at night? Maybe her pain meds need to be adjusted.


Comment by Jill Stout on March 9, 2011 at 5:08am

Oh Deb, I am so sorry to hear that. It is so hard to know that the end is in sight. The feelings of hopelessness are so overwhelming. I remember with Bailey, I just wanted him to feel good near the end. I wanted all the pain to go away just for awhile so we could play in the yard, and he could have some energy and spring in his step. He loved to chase the ball and play tug of war and I wanted a day for him filled with the things he loved so much with the people he loved so much.

My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Comment by Angela on March 9, 2011 at 1:38am
I keep praying for all of you and your furry friends. It was 2 years in Feb. that Ti'ana went to the Rainbow Bridge, and i think of her every day. The best we can do in the worst of times is make them comfortable and make them know they are so very loved.
Comment by Ellen Slater on March 8, 2011 at 10:11pm
Hugs and prayers to you and Jack.  I am so sorry.
Comment by Deborah on March 8, 2011 at 6:34pm
Well more bad news.  The "ACL" injury was not so.  He had xrays today and the cancer has spread to his bones, that is why he is limping.  I now can not avoid the fact that the end is near, its now just keeping up his quality of life and keeping the pain under control.  Its been a long almost 16 month fight but we will continue to fight until the end :-(  Please send thoughts and prayers his way.
Comment by Ellen Slater on March 8, 2011 at 5:46pm

thanks all, i am making her a broth from the fish and pork I'm boiling for her. Don't know why i didn't think of that.  Here's another question.  Did any of you have trouble getting your dogs to sleep at night?  I know Dr Dressler reccomends they get 9 hours of sleep in total darkness a night for the meletonin effect.  I am lucky if Sadie (and me) get 3 hours in a row during the night.  Also can I supplement with meletonin?  My vet doesn't know alot about the alternative stuff but feels anything that could help and won't hurt is fine to try.  Thanks again for being you! ~hugs~ Ellen

Comment by Jill Stout on March 8, 2011 at 4:51pm
Not too much sugar though---Cancer likes sugar.
Comment by Lynn Pennington on March 8, 2011 at 3:15pm


Jill's idea is what I was thinking...a little broth or sugar water might do the trick.  She is getting fluid intake in her food, so it's not like she'd not getting any.  I do hope she feels better soon.  Extra prayers going up!  



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