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Goldens are Smart

September 30th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Hopefully you’ve read my post about being more dog from a few days back.  Anyway, we went for a walk last night and Casey was really dragging.  I almost brought him home before we got out of our long and steep driveway, but I decided to be patient for a few more minutes when suddenly, there’s Casey, flashing past Jet, Bode and me, down the road and through the woods.  More deer.  My immediate thought is that darn 5+ foot wide ditch.  I mean really, since he wasn’t hurt, his leap and resulting faceplant the other night was funny, but we don’t need more practice.  I called out to him but he never slowed down.  What he did do is change his angle so rather than needing to leap the ditch, he ran down into it and up the other side.

Good boy Casey!


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Nine Months

September 29th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Today is Casey’s nine-month ampuversary, and life is good!  Took two walks yesterday after what seems like weeks of rain, but didn’t see any deer to chase this time.

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Being More Dog (Or is it just Doggin’ it?)

September 21st, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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So, Casey’s walks have been getting shorter, but no dog is more excited to start a walk, and he truly enjoys the half mile or so we cover.  Tonight, just as we started, there was a small herd (4 or 5) of deer in a neighbor’s yard.  Jet and Bode alerted, but Casey was doing the classic Golden thing of prancing around, smelling the flowers, so I said “CASEY!  LOOK!”  And he did.  Casey only has three legs, and an unusual gait, so since we kindof live in the country, he walks without a leash (and loves it).  Well, he saw those deer and took off, tearing across my neighbor’s yard.  The deer were probably three or four hundred feet away, but he was on it, across the turf, through the woods, and holy shit, a ditch.  Casey jumped the five foot ditch, only to complete an epic (I mean EPIC) faceplant on the other side (it’s got to be hard with one arm).  No worries, he popped up in hot pursuit of that flock of deer, only to face plant again in the middle of the road.  By now, the deer are gone, and Casey, being the quintessential Golden he is, hops up, tail wagging and says “Wow, that was cool.  Let’s go for a walk”, so we did.

 

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Take That Cancer . . . Clear X-rays

September 10th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Casey and Jet both had clear X-rays today.  Casey is nearly 9 months from diagnosis (Osteo) and Jet 3 1/2 months (Hemangio).  His vet calls Casey her miracle dog (she gave him 2 weeks to 2 months last December), but we knew that already.  So . . . Hooray!

Casey is on metronomic therapy again for the last couple months, with 100 mg Rimadyl daily and Cytoxan every other day.  He also gets Maximum Recovery and Turkey Tail mushroom powders from Canine Matrix, K9 Immunity Plus, and fish oil.  Jet is on double doses of the mushroom powders and K9 Immunity Plus, and a fish oil capsule with every meal.  The mushroom powders just had a 15% price increase, but I guess we’ll have to swallow that.

Casey also had one dose of the Aratana osteosarcoma vaccine, but between him tolerating it poorly and the cost, we stopped after that one dose.

Happy day at our house!

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Jet Finished Chemo

August 25th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Jet received his last Doxorubicin yesterday, and our oncologist is quite optimistic.  Still no visceral tumors apparent, and nothing growing at the site of his original tumor.  Since hemangiosarcoma is so fast growing and so aggressive, these are very good signs.  He tells me that hemangio successfully treated with Doxo yields a median survival time of 1,000+ days.  Yay!

Casey is also doing well.  He put his puppy on for our walk last night, bounding ahead of us up the drive and down the street (he doesn’t walk with a leash anymore . . . the pacing just doesn’t work).  Bode gets upset when Casey is in the lead, so he bit his remaining arm to tackle him.  Casey face-planted, got up, and continued on.

I’ve been a little worried about Casey.  He seems short of breath quickly, and his breathing can get a little raspy, but there was none of that last night.  His appetite is also great, and that’s a very good sign.  We’re now over 8 months from diagnosis, and his ampuversary will be on the 29th.

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