Andrew Hicks
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  • Greenville, SC
  • United States
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What are your dog(s) names and ages:
Gilbert (9) Abby (7)
What is your dog's breed? (If you have more than one dog, please list a name followed by breed.)
Gilbert - Cross Rotty / Lab
Abby - Daschund
About Me:
Animal lover - our big boy adopted us and changed our lives. He's been diagnosed with prostate cancer this week. Our little girl is his best friend and he is best friend to her. We love our dogs with all our heart!
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
Gilbert just looks at us ... with love! Abby jumps up in our face and give big kisses and rubs her neck against our necks.

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At 3:22am on September 9, 2013, FRANK KWABENA said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.


At 2:24pm on June 16, 2011, barbaraharris said…
Thinking about you and Gilbert!  Just looked at your pictures of your babies  on your web site!  You are right.  This part of owning dogs is so devastating, but they teach us to open our hearts to love, and just live in this moment To give and receive!.We are all so lucky to be awakened by them.  This is really what life is about!  Praying for you and Gilbert and Abby.  Sincerely, Barb and Macy
At 11:47am on June 1, 2011, Lynn Pennington said…
Hope Gilbert is eating better today!  Upstate Veterinary is a great place!  They had Mouta's pic on the wall for a while.  They gave it to us after we lost her.  We drove up to say thanks to them all fro taking such good care of Mouta.  I'm sure they will take excellent care of Gilbert too, whatever method of treatment you choose!  (I love Gilbert's name!)
At 12:36pm on May 30, 2011, Lynn Pennington said… my places mixed up..SC Veterniary Referral is in Columbia...where Mouta had her surgery & was diagnosed by Dr. Waschak She had her radiation treatments at Upstate Veterinary Specialists there in Greenville with Dr. Wall.
At 12:27pm on May 30, 2011, Lynn Pennington said…
Andrew, Welcome to the site. So sorry to hear about Gilbert.  You all will certainly be added to my prayers!  Gilbert and Abby are both adorable!  What a big boy he is.  We lost our Sharmouta, or just Mouta, to sarcoma nearly 3 years ago now and I still miss her terribly, even though we have 3 other dogs and a cat.  She held a very special place in out hearts. Fight K9 Cancer is another group here you might want to check out.  It is a wonderful place to vent and talk to others who have been through this.
At 4:53am on May 30, 2011, Jill Stout said…

Hi Andrew---I have neglected to ask---what course is the Vet recommending? I am curious to know what the cure rate is. With Bailey, we knew we would lose him sooner than later, but we did all we could. Do you have an oncologist? We had some success with diet and I wish we would have tried a holistic vet also.

Keep us posted and know your family and Gilbert are in our prayers! This group can be prayer warriors when it comes to our fur kids!

At 6:14pm on May 29, 2011, Chuck Holliman said…


Sorry for the news that Gilbert has the big C; we know how devastated we were when Rusty was diagnosed. 

If you want to read my journal "Rusty's Cancer Chronicles", it will provide you with the details of what we have been through with Rusty.  It is posted on my blog.  After his amputation he was on two kinds of Chemo for 6 months and then only one for the next six months.  Overall he has handled the Chemo fairly well, possibly because he is much younger than most dogs that develop cancer as he will be 3 at the end of July.  We have had a lot of challenging issues with the side effects from the Chemo but nothing that we weren't prepared for. 

Rusty just celebrated his 16th month anniversary since his amputation; if we had not undergone Chemo Rusty would not be with us now.  His prognosis was from 1 to 3 yrs after surgery and Chemo, so we are almost halfway and we enjoy every moment that he is with us.

We also read Dr. Dressler's book, but Rusty's cancer was so advanced and extremely aggressive that we had no choice but to go with amputation & Chemo.  With all of the challenges that we have faced and seeing how Rusty had dealt and handled each one, we would not hesitate to make the same decision again.


At 12:38pm on May 29, 2011, Ellen Slater said…


So sorry to hear about Gilbert.  It's a heart wrenching journey with this disease, but you couldn't be in a better place for support, ideas and just people to vent to or lean on.  This group is literally my lifeline right now with my Sadie.  Please don't ever hesitate to post, we are all here for you.


At 12:03pm on May 29, 2011, Jill Stout said…
What sweet faces! My Benson can demolish a squueky toy in abot 30 seconds---I don't know why I buy them for him! It looks like Gibert can do the same!
At 11:28am on May 29, 2011, Jill Stout said…
Hi Andrew and welcome to the site. I am sure you will make many new friends here. I am sorry to hear about Gilbert's cancer. There is a cancer support group here along with one requesting prayer for you boy. Alot of us have been (or are) in the same shoes. I hope to see pics of your "kids" soon! Again---Welcome.

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