D. Irene Ramirez's Blog – July 2009 Archive (7)

The Latest Puppy News

The chocolate lab on the left is most like what I might be getting. "My" puppy has a white spot on its chest. I get to see him on August first. Great preparations are being made to introduce the puppy to Donovan, who must

not be aggressive toward the puppy. Donovan has been somewhat more aggressive since Dazzler was in the picture. If Donovan is aggressive toward the puppy that will be the end of it. No puppy. Since I am getting a… Continue

Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 25, 2009 at 8:02pm — No Comments

No Donations Needed

I talked to the vet at the clinic where Donovan had his tumor removed. Chances of it spreading, or even coming back are slim. He doesn't need radiation, or anything else.

I am canceling the appointment with the oncologist.

Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. They're what made this possible.

Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 24, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Labradoodle, What labradoodle?

The latest update on the labradoodle puppies is that there aren't any. How did that happen? The mamma labradoodle reabsorbed them. Guess she wasn't ready to have puppies. Instead, I am probably getting a six-month-old labrador retriever. He is said to be a calm, laid back fellow and just right for me. All I know is that he will be almost the same age Donovan was when I got him. …

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Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 23, 2009 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Donations Needed

Donovan needs to go to the oncologist. That's a cancer doctor for those unfamiliar with the term oncologist. It's expensive. The office visit alone is $120.75. One of the tests is $420, the other they won't tell me the price of.

I set up a web site for donations. The url is: http://tinydragon10.com/ I also set up a Pay Pal account to receive the donations I'm hoping the site brings in. Have a look, even if you don't donate, you can comment.

Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Good News

I took Donovan to the vet yesterday to have the drainage tube taken out. The vet told me the tumor was a grade one, which is the "best" we could hope for. Donovan still has to go to the oncologist, probably because even though she didn't tell me so, the vet probably didn't get clean margins. That means the removed tissue had no evidence of cancer - if it's clean. So probably Donovan will need some radiation. Though maybe not. The oncologist has not called me back to schedule Donovan sooner. We… Continue

Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 21, 2009 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

Donovan, the Best Dog Ever

Donovan has cancer. It's a mast cell tumor on the back of his right hind leg. If they operate right away, and get it all the prognosis is good. He will probably still need chemotherapy. Even the possibility of such a cancer reoccurring is great.



It looks like I need my puppy pretty badly after all. The puppies will be born around the 15th of July. They will be temperament tested at 7 weeks. Then probably I will be taking mine home with me when it's eight weeks old. I can't imagine… Continue

Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 13, 2009 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Doodle Update

Lucy, the mamma doodle, is definitely pregnant. We don't know how many puppies she's carrying yet. I'll probably find out this Saturday when I go to class. The puppies will be born around the end of July. That means they'll be eight weeks old the end of September. That means I'll be starting a second class without a dog.



It's all okay. It means Donovan gets to go with me to classes a bit longer. I still have some reservations about Donovan and another puppy. Donovan did the "dominant… Continue

Added by D. Irene Ramirez on July 9, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

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