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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by wesessiah, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Soundchasm

    Soundchasm Minister of Fire

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    That first pic is when he showed up, and the last pic was a week or two before he was gone. He was a year or so old when he showed up, and had a big mast cell tumor in his groin. We had him spayed and the tumor removed. In less than a year, it had become stage IV grade IV, and metastasized to his lymph nodes. Local vets and OSU gave him 4-6 weeks in 07. With regular chemo treatments, he stayed with us until 12/11.

    Once you explained to him that he needed to do a scary thing on behalf of the team, that's all he needed. They'd aspirate a tumor with those giant needles and he'd lick their hands. On his down days, he wouldn't budge for chicken or ham, but if a visitor came over, he was as right as rain until they left. But we had many, many, many, many GREAT days.

    I counted back through about 15 family dogs, and I can't come up with a distant second place for a relationship. I always was a dog lover, but I was IN-LOVE with this one. When I put the word out he was at the end of his time, 20 people made time to come visit. Personally, I plan on needing to hire my pallbearers.

    This dog created so much laughter, and within seconds of an introduction. Last story - we got him a rescue sister and she worshiped him. When he died (at home), she did not get off the couch for four weeks! Just a distant stare out the window. Wife and I were no better. I was devastated for a long time. It was a long journey back to a regular day. Man, I hope the mods don't ban me for getting too personal. I just can't shut up when it comes to this dog. Thank you.

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  2. Flatbedford

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    I think I mentioned on this thread and elsewhere on the forum that our Jesse James was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2013. He had a baseball size tumor in his neck. Further investigation showed that not only was it inoperable due to its proximity to blood vessels, but that he had small tumors in his lungs as well. Two veterinarians gave hime 6 months to a year. After a month of biweekly radiation treatments the tumor began to shrink. It is no so small that we and the veterinarian's can't even find it anymore. He is on a daily low dose of chemotherapy and is happy and healthy so far. We will be celebrating his 10th birthday in November.
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    This is him after his last visit to the vet when they couldn't even find the lump. Happy guy. He's the third dog I've had in my life and the most loving sweet one I have ever known.
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    Ban you for getting personal,, hell this just shows your a damn good caring person on this earth, and you did a great thing for one of Gods creatures! Loved him! I had a mutt pass years ago that my male Rotti grew up with as a pup... My Rott sat at our front screen door and just stared out for weeks, I guess hoping his best friend would come back... Watching that, I know exactly how you feel... makes me emotional just talking about it now... Same thing, took a long time to get over that... and the dog that dies was only 2 years old, found her dead at the foot of our bed one morning, wife sat up to pet her, she was cold and not breathing.. Stomach had twisted during the night, maybe when she jumped up on our bed. Love them while they are here... We have a holistic vet we go to here.. Rabies vaccinations are another over done thing for dogs... winds up destroying their immune system... Get a blood titer done instead of another shot... If antibodies show good they need not shot.. Just look up rabie shots and dogs health. You'll be shocked! My vet old vet was going to give a rabies shot to my 14 year old Jack Russell who has diabetes, I said no way that can be good for the dog... Well she refused to give us another script for more insulin needles for my dog if we refused the shot! Well I found a Holistic vet who gave my dog a Rabies Waiver so my dog didn't need the shot because of health reasons and I now get my needles from her... Any vet can write a waiver but they'd rather make the money from shots! Then they get your long term business for skin disorders, etc.. Read and you will learn my friend! I took the bull by the horns, did research and now still have a healthy dog... Never vaccinate a sick dog! They do it all the time! Sorry for the long response, guess I love my dogs and cat too!
  5. charly

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    Glad to see your guy is doing well and still with you! They are certainly the main stay of your life...and they always love you with all their heart no matter what! Something to never forget!
  6. Soundchasm

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    Cesar stumped vet after vet as the comeback kid. There's no feeling on earth like the one on the drive home when you've gotten a reprieve like that. When they feel good, you feel even better.
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  7. Soundchasm

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    Vaccinating a sick dog seems risky at face value. And I am sorry for your loss as well. Who ever knew we could be such suckers for a pretty face and a wonderful personality?? And good on ya' for having the stones to perform a daily medical routine on your pal.

    Daisy knew what was happening. For several days before, she couldn't look Cesar in the face. When she stared out the window, she was completely resigned, and she never rushed a door or anything looking for him to return. She stayed on that couch for four weeks not wanting a walk or to play. My view of an animal's capacity is permanently changed. She never wanted her promotion to senior dog. We all worked very hard to start over, because in life, there's no other choice.
  8. charly

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    If your patient and watch,,,, dogs teach us so much about life... I like to watch Cesar Millan work with dogs that are out of control.. What a gift that man has understanding how dogs see everything... Yes Lily gets fed twice a day, and a shot twice a day. Been doing it for 4 years.. Vet was pathetic having us check her urine with a test strip when she pee'd for sugar.. Just a color bar to go by, bring her in once a month so they could check her blood sugar.. What a joke, your dog would be dead in a year from low blood sugar or spikes going very high.. High wipes out their organs, like shards of glass in the blood.. We again took the bull by the horns and bought a glucose meter and test strips for a human.. We would peel her lip up and use the quick stick which is painless and sample a drop of blood.. We educated ourselves with what she needed to eat. We've made our dogs food for over 15 years... So Lily went from the vets suggested 5 units of insulin twice a day to what we found out she really needed,,,,, 11 units twice a day... I said to another vet we used , you should show people how to use a glucose meter if they have a dog brought in that has diabetes... They hadn't a clue! Again do for your animals yourself, read, youtube ,whatever. Info is out there. Vets. all about money.... Just beware...We found a holistic vet who is great... Your not a rushed number, nice blanket for them to lay on, dog beds in the room, very much a home atmosphere.. Lily was given acupuncture and I can say now, she's gotten a new step in her stride, even though she's about totally blind, she's back to actually running around when we go for walks on the farm... The Holistic Vet even sent me a nice Welcome Card from them and everyone signed the card that works at the vet... Dr Scerba is the name of the vet... Very cool people..
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