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 barbaraharris on September 28, 2012 at 10:37am

So good to hear about Daisy!  I am sure it is nice to have all of this behind you, and now you can move on!  We are all glad to be friends on this site to share this common bond.  This is what life is all about!

  Much love and healing to you all, and especially sweet Daisy!

Comment by Ellen Slater on September 28, 2012 at 5:39am

WHOO HOOO!!! Good girl Daisy!  And smoochies from my part of Oregon too!

Comment by Jill Stout on September 28, 2012 at 3:42am

I am so glad to hear good news! Prayers still coming your way and please smooch her from all of us in Oregon!

Comment by Kelly Meyer on September 28, 2012 at 2:01am

HI everyone,

Daisy came through surgery with flying colors!  The surgeon believes she got good margins and that she doesn't think it should come back!  Daisy was resting--probably as best as she could given that she had to stay over night--and we can pick her up later today!  Kurt and I are both so relieved--and are praying and hoping that this is all she will need to be considered cured.

Thanks again for being with me through this--again--I don't know what I would do without your kind, loving support and your prayers! :o)


Comment by Lynn Pennington on September 23, 2012 at 1:37am

Kelly, Good news for Daisy!  I am sure you are relieved.  Prayers continue for a successful surgery on Thursday and a speedy and complete recovery!


I am at a loss for words!  I echo what everyone else has said.   I, too, had hoped and prayed that Rusty would be a long-term survivor.  Lord knows we need those kinds of stories here.  It seems that he has faced and overcome many roadblocks since his amputation with your love and care.  This is yet another one that he and you have to face.  I pray that Rusty will be able to overcome this one, too.  Know that you and Rusty are in my thoughts and prayers.

Comment by barbaraharris on September 22, 2012 at 12:14pm

Kelly,  Good luck to Daisy on her upcoming surgery!   We all have her in our prayers!  Great to hear her blood work and other scans are clear.  Much love from Macy and I

Comment by Jill Stout on September 22, 2012 at 11:27am

Kelly, I am glad to hear about Daisy and her good news. It is always a blessing to hear good news on this site. My prayers and good thoughts continue and I pray the surgeon's hands are skilled, and swift and they get all that is necessary to cure her completely.


I too am so sorry to hear about Rusty's decline. I will send extra prayers for you all tonight. Good thoughts also come your way. Rusty is especially dear to me, because you joined this site shortly after I lost my Mr. Bailey. It was such a joy to have someone do as well as he did and see him thrive under your love and care.I have enjoyed all your writings and stories about him since you joined here. Please know that we are all with you and in our hearts we pray that Rusty will embrace the vegetarian lifestyle and beat this new development. We know how much pain you are in and how worried you are about your boy.

Comment by Kelly Meyer on September 22, 2012 at 11:05am

Got the call from the Oncologist yesterday and Daisy's blood work and Urinalysis came back PERFECT!  She was actually in awe that a dog of Daisy's age had no abnormalities in her panels at all!  We are taking this as GREAT news!  So, surgery next Thursday and hopefully that will be all that is needed!  Please pray for good/clean margins!  Thanks for keeping Daisy--and us--in your prayers!

Chuck, I'm so saddened to hear about Rusty!  It is such a shame that he beat his cancer to only have the treatment for the cancer be the cause of his new diagnosis!  I will pray that Rusty handles this with the determination he did his cancer and that he can surprise you and his doctors with more time than he's been given!  I believe that love and the desire to be with those we love has healing power--I hope Rusty surprises us all!♥

Keep us posted,


Comment by barbaraharris on September 19, 2012 at 1:25pm

Hello Chuck, I am so sorry about Rusty!  I have been routing for him and all the other furbabies since our Macy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 2 years ago and had her amputation.  I know this is so hard .  We all nurse our babies to health, and enjoy each day with them, but the big C word looms over us. I am praying for your family and Rusty at this time. I think it was on this site that someone mentioned the book Blessing the bridge,(what animals teach us about death, dying and beyond) by Rita Reynolds.  I have read it in preparation for when that day comes for Macy, and I found it very comforting.  Just like this site is.  We all feel each other's pain, and we all want you to know that we are here!

Comment by Ellen Slater on September 19, 2012 at 10:58am

Oh heart goes out to you and your family.  I am so sorry that after all you've been through together it's come to this.  I am sure you wouldn't trade the extra time you got with him for anything, but that doesn't make this part any easier.  I will include you and Rusty in my prayers.  I hope that he is resting comfortable and I know he is surrounded by love.


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