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February 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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Well we had an appointment booked for Macleod today but it would have been with a different doctor and we wanted to, “keep it in the family” so to speak, so we rescheduled for Thursday. He has been up and down last few days. he seemed a bit constipated and the vet suggested we drop the tramodol down from 3 to 2 times a day. He has been walking almost normally on that leg since we introduced the tramodol last week, but as soon as we changed the dose he started showing signs of pain the first evening. So we are back on 100mg 3x daily and he is boing better. Still giving him the CBD 2x daily and we also give him pumpkin (canned) through out the day as a treat. There is so many times a day that we are giving one of them a pill in a treat or something that every time one of us gets up they both sit up or follow us in the kitchen{Macleod}. I’ve seen him move for food or the chase like there is nothing wrong but as soon as the fixation is over you can see the limp. Mya forgets about it too sometimes.

well fingers crossed, hope Thursday is a good day.


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Ok, Umm, Ya…

February 16th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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OK…

Our little rock star is doing well this round , had our first check up Feb 9 and the blood tests showed her kidney values were elevated so we have discontinued the Piroxicam as it can have a poor affect the kidneys. Mya is still on Palladia 3x weekly (M,W,F), Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxin), Furosemide (Lasix), Famotidine (Pepcid), 1x daily. Pepcid first thing in the morning 1hr before breakfast, Cytoxin / Lasix together with breakfast, Palladia mid day every other weekday. { have to wear gloves with Cytoxin and Palladia}. Mya still gets a 20MG capsule of CBD  2x daily with her meals. I finally got my “Treatibles” {CBD dog treats} shipped up from California they were held up a bit at the border… checking to see if there was any meat products… contained in the package. but we got them came in blueberry and pumpkin flavour. Blueberry is my fav. but pumpkin is good too, hell ya I tried them, the ingredient list read better than any thing I’ve ate in weeks. They’re kinda like a blueberry or pumpkin flavour ginger snap. She {they} love them, we give the treats to Macleod as well. Mya has been her happy hoppy self and a lot more lively since we started the CBD. Macleod has always had a swagger too cool to be giddy but stealthy like a cheetah, until “it’s on”, then he’s all ears up and chest out. On Monday night just before bed I noticed that Macleod was favouring his front left paw a little. He’s always had a thing with licking behind the dew claw just above his paw, to the point of discolouring the fur to a dark sable, from its original white. looked into it a few times but could never find anything to cause irritation, thought maybe it could be a stress thing? never hurts when you play with it etc. So Monday night it seemed a little sore but he was using it, Tuesday morning he was snoozing when I left so I just gave him some pets on the way out. Allison called me after lunch and said that Macleod was getting worse as the day went on. When I got home Tuesday night I could see that he could not put any weight on it, and was very restless , he would shift every few minutes.

UMM… WHAT THE FOX…?!?

I decided to give Macleod one of Mya’s CBD caps and he did calm down a bit and went to sleep about an hour later. he limped out with Mya in the morning for a pee and perched on the deck against the kitchen wall waiting for the sound of breakfast dishes clinking. Thats his cue to come racing in to the kitchen talking away and stirring up everyone. Tuesday morning he was pretty quiet. Same thing today Wed. Allison got a hold of the vet and got an appointment today at 3:00 . He was happy to use Myas stool to hop in and out of the van at the vet. our Doc. did an exam and he seemed pretty healthy otherwise and when she checked Macleods leg I could see that she started at the toes and checked every joint thoroughly working her way up the leg bending the wrist and elbow hoping, like I did, to find some thing there like a sprain or a or even a broken leg… instead she worked her way up to the humerus where he finally made a wimper_________. I could see the doc grit her teeth and wisper “fuck”. Just what we didn’t want to see or hear. We were all hoping it wasn’t what it started to look like. That’s the same spot on Mya, but the other side. On her X-Ray it looked like the sky just after the fireworks. Until we can see it , it could be something else…

Ya…

We’ll get X-rays etc. asap. till then there is hope ?!?

Anybody reading this please do us a favour and say a prayer for our sweet gentle giant as I am sure we have used up our favors with God but we’ll try anyways!!!

Terry

Allison

Mya

Macleod

Of course I’m holding a pill pocket right below the camera for this shot.

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It sounded like a car crash !!!

January 10th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Mya has been doing very well with her surgery and the 5 rounds of chemo, even bounced off a couple of minor skin infections. She seems to be very healthy no side affects at this point, her coat is coming back, she has almost mastered the 3 step. Mya and Macleod both really dig the snow, Mya has done well in the snow and its been icy here. She is sitting in the office with me now.

She just said ” AROOOWOOWOOWOOoo..! ” That means, stop taking my picture already!!, some cell phones freak her out…

We had Mya’s first follow-up appointment Jan 3 2017, she’s a “wiggly” one so they give her a mild sedation for her procedures. We drop her off in the morning and pick her up in the afternoon once she’s past recovery. Usually we are dealing with the bill at the counter when Mya comes out and she wants to stand up at the counter and say hi to everyone, but this time we had to sit with the doctor to go over the findings. She said they found something in the chest Xray … it sounded like a car crash… felt like it too, I actually got a ringing in my ears like I just ran into a wall. They did 2 images of her chest at different angles and can see two items in one image but not in the other, bearing the hope that the anomalies are not located in the lung but out side maybe near the surface. We are planning a CT scan this week of both the chest and abdomen to determine weather there has been any spread to other organs and weather she is a candidate for a Metastectomy. If it turns out to be cancer our options are surgery, or an oral chemo which also has two protocols. Surgery is a lesser option for us and has had a lower track record of success. The chemo option is Piroxcam and Cytoxin with the second protocol adding Palladia to the other two. We are hoping to get some good news from the CT scan but for now we are just going to try and love her to death. I’m still looking hard at CBD oil and still can’t find the negative, aside from THC being harmful or at least poorly tolerated in animals. There are a number of places locally claiming to have pure CBD oils now. A good friend of mine has a plus prime Boston who has been having seizures, he has been giving him CBD and is controlling them. If he has a seizure he rubs a little on the gums and within seconds there is a change. He will come out of it in half the time and recover in hours rather than days. More and more people I hear that get it for their elderly parents. If it were just my body in this, there would be no question. I see where the politicians have a hard time, Geeezz did I just say that. I don’t want to jump into something if I’m not sure, but in the very same hand I don’t want to wait if it won’t do any harm.  We will keep throwing punches…  Oh ya! and kicks… the other day Mya and I were playing on the bed and in flopping around she chicken kicked me right in the liver, right out’a fight night, if I was standing I’d of hit the floor. So she’s still got a lot of fight in her.

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We all had a tear in our eyes…

December 17th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Even Mya was crying, but she just wanted to go home. We are at Canada West Medical Services, In Vancouver, and our oncologist has just explained to us that Mya has had her last of the chemo. All her tests and blood work came back clean. We realised we wouldn’t be seeing all the amazing people that have taken care of our little girl every few weeks over the last five months. The doctor said she was going to miss her and we all got a little welly.

We have reached a major mile stone but sure had to push through it the last two months. Mya’s toe nail had bumped the chemo back a week at #4. Two days before the scheduled #5 we noticed a little bump on her cheek about the size of a dime. Through the hair you could see it was a little red. The next day it was worse, the hair was gone in the middle and you could see a little blood at the centre. Think she scratched it in the night. When we picked her up on the 23rd they had shaved the area and cleaned it up, THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE ! a couple inches up her jaw we couldn’t even see. The doctor thought our two dogs may have had a little jaw wag at each other. The first spot was a small puncture wound and the second could have been a matching K9. Dang… dissension in the ranks. I know Mya still tries to dominate Macleod, and that week they did have a couple of bones to gnaw on so maybe Big Mac stood up to it that time. Alison and I noticed that Macleod didn’t come out of his kennel till quite late even when I made something to eat, He usually appears right behind me if I’m in the kitchen, “stealth like that of a cheetah”. He seemed to be hiding out… we wondered if they might have had a moment.

Its been snowing sub zero for weeks now my Mal’s love it. The other day they were both out for a breath of crisp air and Macleod jumped over this little block wall, well, Mya followed, AAAA!!! it was like slow motion She arched up and leaped right over like an equestrian, all gracefully… then landed right on her face… good thing it was snowing. She brushed it off and I started filming them playing in the snow a few minuets later Mya tried to tackle Macleod and rolled off the amp side, and again right on her face but this time she let out a big yelp, the snow wasn’t so soft right there. Ok, I think its time for a nice safe nap.

I can see that her remaining limbs are getting bigger, a little more muscular. Her hair is coming back on her face and legs, the patch quilt look is starting to fade. Now that she is done with antibiotics and chemo we think she will start feeling even better then she has. She has done so well and has after going through so much it has truly changed my way of thinking. Most of the things we all worry about don’t even matter in the big picture.

Mya

Macleod

Terry

Allison

We all want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Its been too long…

November 8th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Wow its been  a while since I’ve had a few minuets, I’m starting to realize I have to stop… once in a while at least. Seems I’ve been trying to busy myself to keep from focusing on all that has come about. You can’t focus on any one thing when you are Juggling…

I believe my last post Mya had finished round two. We just had round 4 last Wed. and we have scheduled round 5 on Nov 23 we will speak with the oncologist to determine if she needs a sixth.  She has no ill effect from the chemo. In fact I dropped the (a) ball and forgot to bring in Mya’s meds when I picked her up from the appointment, some time Saturday I asked how many pills Mya had left and Allison said “what pills”, ‘corse I panicked, phoned the oncology department and they reminded me they were the anti-nausea pills and we could just start them now . So she didn’t really need the Nausea medication at least didn’t appear to, but wouldn’t tell me if she did … At the third round appointment they noticed a toe nail that was cracked on her rear leg that was getting infected, we’ve spent so much attention on the wound and her front leg that I didn’t even see the rear nail. I’ve noticed the edges of the nails are curling inward slightly not wearing off like Macleod. He still launches when he walks and she is using her feet more to slow her down.  We made it through Halloween { not gonna lie, I kinda wanted to dress Mya up as a flower, with her cone and a green stocking on her leg  }. Kids spent most of the night in the bedroom with the radio on. They sure don’t like the bang. When I got home today I was laying in front of the TV with Mya ( she watches ) and a commercial came on with a low rumble in the background and her eyes looked up, I could see the fear sweep across her face, so I gave her a snuggle said it’s OK it was just the TV. Then a dog food commercial came on and she mowed me over trying to get to TV ’cause there was a dog on the screen. Wonder what she’d do if the dog was in a thunder storm ???

Today I saw a guy walking with his daughter and they had a dog with them that was limping . I watched them walk across the intersection where I was turning , I made my turn and got about half a block and had to pull over and wait for them. I wanted to ask if they knew the cause or if it was a mystery. Turns out it was a car accident a few years ago,  didn’t feel like a weirdo at all … I haven’t seen the dark brown rear amp dog I saw last month but a few weeks ago I did see another front leg Tripawd walking down the street with his Dad and of course I pulled over and talked to him. His Bull Terrier was also in a car accident and a bad surgery resulted in the bone failing then amputation about three years ago. This guy was sporting a big pack board all loaded up, just down from Alaska, he said his boy goes everywhere with him and most of the time he wears out before the dog does.

When I picked Mya up from the appointment I was trying to put the step down, that I made for her to get in and out of the van, and was messing with it trying to make it level, Well she took half a step back and just leaped over me , the step, and landed a couple of feet deep in the van like it was nothing.  Mya has become my inspiration, She just keeps amazing me.

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