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Opinion requested on VERY healthy, VERY active 16-year-old Alaskan husky
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8 September 2016 - 7:39 am
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Howdy Booger and folks!!  I am sorry we missed this last year, but I am so glad Booger is doing well and continues to be a happy gal!  Those Alaskan Huskies are tough, tough, tough!  We have had a few live to 17+, and have a bunch of the "Red Hat Ladies" well in their teens still enjoying getting out in harness for shorter/slower adventures.

Keep on truckin'!!!

TC, Spirit Cali, and the Odaroloc pack

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8 September 2016 - 4:53 pm
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Booger and team, thanks for stopping by with the update. The minute I read it I thought "OMG  I need to get TC over here!" I'm so glad she saw it. For inspiration be sure to see her blog, the Adventures of Odaroloc Sled Dogs and these stories about her pack. You have much in common and I promise you'll be inspired.

Tripawds Blog posts with the Odaroloc Crew

and our Wyatt Ray's adventures as a sled dawg

Well be here for you with whatever questions and support you have so don't be shy. Best wishes to you and Booger, we're cheering you on!

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The vet just called. He said after he shaved the leg, he could see how far the tumor had grown up her arm, and he said to do the amputation that high up would be terribly traumatic on an old lady (no matter how awesome said old lady is). There would be no room for a prosthetic, and he recommended against the amputation. 🙁 So Booger is going to wake up, and I'm going to bring her home today with all four of her paws. He did say that it'd probably be another 6+ months until the tumor became a problem, so to make it to 17.5 years old is still a good run for a bouncing pupster!

Thanks for all of your support and good wishes!

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8 September 2016 - 8:22 pm
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Awww darn I'm so sorry. Well your vet is pretty fantastic for being so thorough, what a great guy. You have a great attitude about it, kudos to you for following Booger's example. Please give her some good scratches and lovin' from all us us and let us know how it goes OK? If you ever have any questions or just want to talk, we are here to help anytime.

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8 September 2016 - 9:36 pm
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Is it a soft tissue sarc? Some cancers have a good response to things like prednisone that are not curative, but can sometimes slow tumor growth. Worth asking your vet.

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Okay...the major surgery and amputation just were not meant to be. I really, really like your vet! I really like that he was looking out for Booger's best interest. There are NO guarantees with MAJOR surgery that every dog will sail through the surgery and then the recovery.

To be able to continue her...er...seasoned years, really well seasoned years...on all four legs is a good thing! Yeah, to have a dog continue on to 17 1/2 to 18 yrs...WOW! 🙂

Keep us posted and we would LOVE pitures of this extraordinary gal!

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thanks, Jerry and Calpurnia and Benny! Yes, it is a type of soft tissue sarcoma, but my vet has discussed this up and down with a canine cancer team in Colorado, and they never mentioned prednisone. I'll ask him. Thanks!

Booger was SUPER happy and bouncy when I picked her up last night. One major upside of not amputating is that she'll never have another day that is less than 100% fun. 🙂 No more cones, no more truncated walks! 🙂

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9 September 2016 - 10:42 am
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Absolutely! Booger gets to be Booger 100%!! Love it!!heart

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Pred isn't always the best for some cancers, and isn't a CURE and not really a great long-term solution for younger dogs.  Rather it is buying some time and it can help keep some spunk in the system.  BUT, at this point I suspect you are all about giving Boog as many happy days as you can.  (My grandfather was a human physician from back in the day, and he used to say "before they're dead, try pred" - not terribly PC, but I think you get my drift.)

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9 September 2016 - 5:58 pm
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Calpurnia, that's excellent advice, thanks!

Photos:

Booger spooning with Starbuck, who is squishy and gets squozen by all of us:

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Booger in a beam of sunshine:

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Booger hangin' out on the side of the trail:

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Booger's sister, Autumn:

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Awwww you are killin' me with these SMOOSCHABLE pics! Wow. Booger does NOT look 16. Are you sure that's really her age? Incredible! There's lots of love in that pack of yours, it comes through.

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What great photos.  These are all just beautiful dogs.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Booger is gorgeous and reminds me of my husky Pebbles. arthritis was her only downfall and boy do I miss her even after almost 2 years.

Give Booger a hug from me and I hope you have lots of time to enjoy with her and Autumn and Roo too. Your vet sounds like a great supportive member for the team, and I'm glad it sounds like he's got Booger's interests as a priority instead of a paycheck.

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Tina and Smore

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Smore is my tripawd kitty who adopted me one summer evening. She had an injury to her front left leg and had to have her leg removed July 17th. She was only 3 or 4 months old at the time. Now she moves faster than some four legged cats!

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Thanks, guys. Here is another photo of Booger with her sister, Autumn. You can see Booger's tumor better now since the vet shaved her leg. It's not horrendous, exactly. It looks like a burl on a tree trunk:

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She is slow to get blood into that paw in the mornings, although after that she can still walk up to six miles! Autumn is also slowing down quite a bit over all due to her heart condition. On good days, she can walk two miles. On bad ones, barely past the end of our driveway.

Both of these ladies have had wonderful lives, beloved by their musher from the day they were born. They were raised indoors as pups (rare for Alaskan mushing dogs) among the family and children. And when they came to me, their charmed lives continued. We've had so much fun running and hiking and skiing... I just calculated we've covered some 17,000 miles together over nine years! I also know what their ends will be (Autumn's will be due to her heart/kidneys, and Booger's will be due to this leg), and neither will be in pain,  nor suffer. They have never known a day in their long lives that was not full of love. And yet... and yet... How come even under the BEST of circumstances, it seems like it's not enough? It still sucks at the end, and there's not a dang thing we can do about it. 🙁

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I agree, it does look like a burl. She's just like a wise old tree with plenty of wisdom.

Those girls lead such a perfect life with you, I think every dog out there is envious. But yeah, even with all those years and good times, we always want the pawty to continue.

Give them smooches from all of us here!

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