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April 22, 2017

Mya, We will never forget you

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 4:46 am

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It is with heart wrenching regret to say that Mya { Mrs. Kisses } passed away peacefully in her home today, April 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm.

She will be deeply missed by all who had the joy of meeting her. With her bubbly loving disposition and fearless will to move forward, I’m sure she will give our loved ones a run for their money on the other side of the bridge. She spent the day sunning in one of her favourite spots in the front yard and we had pizza and ice cream for lunch, two of her favourites. Macleod stayed near her all day and only left her alone when our vet came in the house, like he was handing off watch detail to the Doctor, now she was in good hands.

We want to sincerely thank Dr. Judith Seigert, Port Moody Animal Hospital, who has been amazing with all of our pets for over a decade. As well as all the Doctors and staff at Canada West Veterinary Services that treated Mya with her surgery and oncology over the passed several months. And to all the people here that lent an ear or a link to some info. Being able to come here and speak openly with people that are right here, in it with us, has been unforgettable.

Mya put up a tremendous fight since July 2016, When she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right front leg. In late March she lost mobility in her rear left leg { opposite to the front amputation } and by the beginning of April she could no longer carry her weight. We would carry her out on a blanket and set her up in one of her favourite spots, usually the one under the tent { non stop rain lately }. She did a lot of crying lately { as did we } sadly we just got it all down to a science, her talking / crying that is. A few weeks ago we thought that was it, she cried seemingly all the time, we noticed she would quiet down when we had to move her in or out but shortly after would get restless and chatty. I would stare at her sleeping sometimes for hours and started to notice some patterns. She would squawk at dinner time sometimes loudly but a different tone. Every few hours she would get restless and cry but we weren’t sure why. The week before the Easter long weekend we saw her struggling to roll over, her bad rear leg was getting stiff and it stopped her from switching sides. ” We got this big girl” we scooted her on to the blanket {magic carpet} picked her up off the ground and rolled her over in the air by rolling the blanket. She even added a visual to our little list of signs, looking; at the water dish, the kitchen at dinner time, the drop spot in the yard for toiletries, and now she would roll on her back, as much as she could,  and turn her head to look at me upside down. Every time we did ” the roll over” she would go to sleep again for a good few hours. lost a lot of sleep last two weeks and we started to miss some pain med dosing but it seemed to be the bed soreness thing that was giving her the most grief, after we stabilised the constipation that is.

Macleod is looking pretty sad right now. Don’t think he cares to be the Alpha dog any more. We will keep the appointment with Healthy Paws on Saturday to see if the ES-4 we heard about last week can give us a little more time with Big guy. We are still in this fight.

Its already a little lonelier here and its only been two hours.

Allison wrote a poem for our dear Mya:

Close your eyes sweet angel

As we lay you down to rest

The place that you are going

Is of course the very best

*

High above the fluffy clouds

Where the grass is long and green

The meadows go forever

And the water is serene

*

Your free of pain so run girl run

Don’t ever turn around

You can’t believe how good this feels

As your paws don’t touch the ground

*

Your eyes as big as saucers

That smiles back on your face

The only thing that’s missing

Is for ‘here’ to be that place

*

Yet we know your always with us

And that we are there with you

Our love for you is endless

As our hearts have gone with you

*

Our love, best friend our baby girl

Thank you for all your love

We called you our “Earth Angel”

As you were sent from up above

*

To shower us in kisses

On each and everyday

The joy you gave to Dad and I

Was just your own sweet way

*

So thank you dearest Mya

For the hard battle that you fought

You lost your leg to cancer

But gave it everything you got

*

Our beautiful little Tripawd

Who hopped around the yard

She’d look at Macleod our other dog

And say “Hey this ain’t so hard”

*

But eventually that damn cancer

Just has to have it’s way

You did everything you could

To make it to today

*

Sweet dreams our precious “Mya”

Dad and I will see you soon

Meet us at the Rainbow Bridge

Under the brightness moon

*

Love you forever xxxooo

Mya blowing you all a kiss…


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April 17, 2017

Always about the wait

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 5:30 pm

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I,m usually insanely patiant sometimes to my and others disappointment. But i have lost all that latley. When i hear of a client getting all uppity about the cost of a nail clipping or that there was a few aggitated pets in a waiting room I wonder what planet i’m on… enough ranting for now…

We have a tentative appointment for both dogs this coming Sat, if they can squeeze them both in. Ill pay the consult fee in advance just to get the suppliments flowing quicker. I’m starting to sound like a disgruntled client… just come so far and have little time to get something going.

I said, ” pard’n…”

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 12:44 am

holy smile’n sled dogs… hold the boat…
I just came across a couple walking a beautiful Great Dane Tripawd just two blocks from home. ‘Cours I did a U turn and pulled over to talk to them.
So they had surgery about a year ago, 10 months earlier they got the diagnosis of Osteo. in his right front leg, it was 10 months , ya thats 10 not a type O, not 10 days or even 10 weeks he ambled around on the leg with cancer till the pain got bad enough to warrant surgery 10 mo. later. I asked them how their boy did on chemo and they said he hasn’t had any chemotherapy . . . ” pardon?, no chemo?” They have a 10 year old Grate Dane with cancer, for the last 20 months, and have had no overwhelming side affects of chemotherapy because they didn’t have to poison their pet to cure it. He is beautiful and looks to be full of life. I gave them my Email address and am eagerly waiting on some information on the course of care they took for their boy. They told me the cancer was shrinking, not sure of details as I was blocking the street and couldn’t talk long. They have been taking their boy to a holistic vet in port moody { my town }. few blocks away from me, and I had no Idea they were there.
I’m SOOOOOOOOO glad we waited on Macleod for his surgery, and for the weekend with Mya. There is still hope we can stay ahead of his cancer and now maybe there is something we can still do for Mya, even in these late stages. She has been doing well this weekend. We messed around with the pain med dosing and getting a bit constipated again , working I out tho…
I will keep posting any info I get my hands on …

April 14, 2017

Hell of a week…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 8:01 pm

This past week has been a roller-coaster at the very minimum. After our last appointment for Macleod, the consult with the Vet and up coming holiday scheduling, we set a tentative appointment for for the following Tuesday for amputation of his front left forearm.That, giving us the weekend to absorb this one and speak with our family Vet. He had been limping a bit more lately and we have had to double up on his pain meds on occasion. That weekend was hell, we both changed our minds a couple of times going opposite directions and have decided to go ahead with the surgery. He is still running around on it so well and just sometimes, probably when he has played hard, it gets sore again. We cancelled the appointment for Tuesday, Too soon…

Mya has had it pretty rough last week, really struggling with constipation. She finally got hip to the pill pockets or just got sick of them, and was turning away from the pumpkin as well as her morning meal that had a laxative powder mixed in it. we would have to hand feed the kibbles to her just so she would get at least some of the stuff. I found that I could slip a pill (capsule only) and a kibble together, and as she ate the kibble(s) I left my fingers in her mouth for a second so she would swallow as she tried to check for another kibble in my fingers. She eats slowly now and test what we feed her specially when we change things up. We started mixing in wet canned food and now she is strictly canned. We started using Performatrin Ultra Grain Free, Looks like a can of stew, and doesn’t taste bad… { yup!} … She likes them, (all we’ve tried anyway) but we like the pate style over the chunky for med delivery and now she has had two days of relatively calm bathroom events. She’s back to every 12 hours instead of once every 48. We can see that her sitting on her honches to pee has faded away but still does the army crawl away from her resting spot. She still will get vocal in the morning little bit after breakfast, were starting to think the Meticam or laxative was upsetting her stomach. This morning when she was crying We noticed she was trying to roll over but the rear left leg { X-Ray showed a lesion in the hip } is a little stiff and she can’t tuck it under her belly enough to roll over. We grabbed her magic carpet and got her laying on it then just raised her off the ground, rolled the carpet a bit and shifted her to the other side, then laid her back down. BAM!! out like a light she hasn’t moved or made a squeak in hours, don’t think she even raised her head when we put her back down. Al’ just fired up the vacuum in the front of the house and I noticed Mya kinda look up for a second and shifted her position a bit, then has a deep breath sigh, and fell back to sleep. Going to try and teach her to roll over on her back would think she would just do that anyway but I think there is likely pain associated with a bump on her spine, we can do it for her. We have had some volley with the decision for Mya as well, twice we had her booked for a home visit to put her down. The first time Mya made a 360* turn in appearance as soon as the Vet showed up, kissing and wiggling around to say hi. She had a lot of trouble last few days this week and we were horrified to think if we wait out the weekend we could have the same thing happen as with our Previous Boy Cy. His last days fell on a long weekend and we had tried one last medication to ease the progression of a spinal disease he was fighting. it did not work and his last days were not good at all. We decided to go for it, there’s always the Hospital that did her surgery, 24hrs., if things go sideways on us. She has made a few sounds as I’ve been writing but its because the sun came out a bit {FINALLY} and she was getting to warm. I went out and did the roll over and brought her back under the shade. She rested until Allison and her Mom came home, she heard them laughing and perked right up, squawking away. Mom always has a treat 🙂

So far this weekend we are sailing on smooth waters. If the weather stays nice maybe we can take the kids down to the water and chill with an ice cream.

We hope everyone has a good Easter weekend.

April 8, 2017

No news is good news…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 5:51 am

It would seem to be the case here… Any of the news we have been receiving lately has had a “bad news” note attached to it somehow.

Mya has not walked in a few weeks now. We received our Artemisinin delivery and the cookies finally came too. Since we have been giving Mya the Herb, ( 400 mg. 1xDaily), she has shown some improvement in her legs. Over the last week she has got to supporting her weight on the back legs to about half way up, almost standing. Small improvement, she still can’t take a step but can support her self to go to the bathroom, sometimes anyway. She wont s#!+ where she sleeps so she will get very vocal if its that time and she is inside or on a blanket outside. She’s pretty smart, she’ll look me right in the eye, talking away, then look out towards that spot in the yard they both go, or look at her water dish. At dinner time its a look towards the kitchen from where ever she is laying. If we don’t hear her in time she sometimes does the army crawl on her own, that’s the only time she doesn’t fuss much when I help. We’ve now passed the month we had thought there may be left for Mya so every day is golden from here on. She is still “mostly” calm and quiet but does have her bad days, I should say bad parts of each day. Usually gets quite vocal just before she has to pee or poop, specially if she’s inside, then usually gets quiet. She may be getting a gastro issue with all the meds or a bladder infection. If we are out of sight and laughing or talking to a neighbour in the yard or the house and she can hear all the commotion she starts to howl. She still wants to be a part of the action and her pain seems to be intermittent, there is a green discharge from her eyes that doesn’t seem to bother her. I have heard her cough once or twice but usually after eating or drinking too fast. Over all I think she is ok, as long as she wants to be a part of it all, I will carry her around all summer, but if she has had enough and just stops being Mya then we wont push her.

We took Macleod in yesterday for another follow up, he has been limping more in the last few days. Imaging of the shoulder still has not brought a confirmation of sarcoma in his shoulder. Luckily, { if its luck at all }, we chose the CT scan over the X-Ray because there are 3 visible nodes in his lungs…

that would have likely been missed in an X-Ray, because they are still quite small. So Macleod now has seemingly developed metastasises before the osteosarcoma has even been possessively identified. This changes the game and the rules yet again. He doesn’t have any dysplasia issues yet and is very strong, but he is a fare bit bigger than Mya. Allison and some other friends have some doubts about Macleod’s ability to cope on three legs. I disagree, I often see him overcome obstacles , each day, usually its getting around Mya’s Diva thing she throws about. My only concern for him is, will he be able to recover from surgery before the lungs get worse. Today we started him on the Artemisinin ( 400mg 1x daily ) as well. one day at a time…

 

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