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You cannot ask for more then that!! WHOO HOO 📣🎉🔔 We ring bells after chemo too! 🔔

Give your Dad a massive hug and thanks to you both for having such hope and perseverance! You are a very devoted daughter, I take my hats off to you! 

I 💯agree with Petra hats 🎩 off to you both!!
Keep it up Ivan we love kicking cancer's rear around here!!

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Good mornng Candice big-grin

I saw your Instagram pics, OMD the boys are so handsome! That is the first time I have gotten a good look at Nikolay, WOW! He has eyes that look right through you, doesn't he? And Ivan... oh boy he looks so much better clap Of course, you take the most beautiful photos, thank you for the link and for sharing. I do not have an Instagram account, but I may have to make one now winker

Again, I am so happy to hear your news! You and your dad must be so very relieved. Sending hugs to you all, take good care of yourselves!

Lots of hugs and love,

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Just hopped over the see the photos.   SPECTACULAR!!!!  I love the close ups of Nikolay.....such a handsome boy with beautiful soulful eues.   AND Ivan nust looks like a big cuddly teddy bear!

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Hey Everyone,

I have some very unfortunate news. As most of you may know from following my story, Ivan's amputation was "botched", hence the purpose for this thread. The first vet that my Father took him to for his amputation left his entire femur still attached, and did not remove his leg from the hip as we talked about during our consultation.

Ivan had been acting a little out of sorts for the past two weeks. Not jumping on the couch or bed, and not having as much energy as he did once his leg healed. Over the last two months I noticed his stump was kind of big, but I was so stressed about chemo, affording chemo, and his mets growing to his lungs, that I just figured it was scar tissue and fluid. 

In the last week, ivan's stump got really big, so we took him to the vet today to get an X-Ray before his chemo treatment. I couldn't have imagined a worse situation - a baseball size tumor, eating at the end of his femur, growing up his leg and almost at his pelvic bone. This is why he wasn't sitting on the couch like he normally does, he is in pain. 

Words can't describe how devastated and angry I am right now. We are losing our dog because one one very incompetent Dr's mistake/inability to properly amputate a leg. We went from thinking he was in remission with a one year prognosis, back to stage four, with a few good weeks at best.

Our oncologist said she doesn't charge ongoing patients for euthanasia. But because Ivan hates the vet so much, and the car ride is now a painful experience for him, I'm going to try and save up as much as I can in the next two weeks to hire Lap Of Love for at home services.

I am completely beside myself, looking for someone to blame, blaming myself, going through every stage of anger, denial, etc... I tell myself that if I could have afforded to start chemo right after surgery instead of February, that maybe we wouldn't be in this position. But please know that I did not wait for any other reason than money. I had to save/get grant money and Mid February was the soonest I was able to get it done, unfortunately. 

In his condition, if we had the money, a second full amputation could be an option. But at age 8, and with everything he's already been through, I do not know if I could put him through that again. The most painful part about all of this is, if I (along with many other people) had enough money, I could have saved my dogs life. Well, prolonged it for awhile. Many of us could have. But my dad went with the less expensive vet, and now here we are. I don't blame him though, he did what he could with what he knew, and know he knows better thanks to me and our experience. We go to a great oncologist though, after that surgery experience I refused to let Ivan see that Dr again. And the oncologist is wonderful.

I want to thank everyone again in this community for your immense support, encouragement, kind words and messages/checking in with me. You guys are like a family that I love but never met. You all REALLY helped me get through this entire journey and I am SO grateful for all of you wonderful people.

As of now, Ivan is in "hospice". We will still give him all of his supplements, feed him well, and now he's on two pain meds. But no more chemo, no more vet visits, and some pizza and cookies are now allowed with his home cooked foods. We now have to carefully monitor Ivan, and decide when we think it's his time to leave us. This is going to be so hard, and it's already tearing me apart.

I'll be spending as much time as I can with him, taking his photos and bringing him fun treats. I'll report back when i can, when I'm up to it. Once Ivan is left and my anger kicks back in, my father and I will be contacting the Pa Vet Medical Board, as well as a lawyer. I don't want to see this vet ruin another dogs life.

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Candice & Ivan 

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16 March 2018 - 3:57 am
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Oh Candice I am so very sorry. That is just horrible, and you have been all over it from day one. Please give Ivan lots of hugs from me and Huck. I hate to see you go through this, especially this way. You did extend and add quality to his life. I know you do not want to see him suffer, and will be diligent about keeping an eye on him and how he is feeling. I wish we were closer to you. 

Your poor dad must be beside himself, we all know he wanted to do the right thing and cost is always a factor. I went round and round with the vet that did Huck's amputation and it still ended up costing bunches of money. You can only do so much, and you did the best that you could with what you had. I wish that piece of poopicon_pngvet had at least the sense to take the whole leg. Hell, it probably would have been an easier surgery if he had any sense about him. 

You have been a huge part of Ivan's life. You have given him an amazing amount of love and care that many animals never get to experience. You turned that pup around and gave him at least temporary relief and have treated him like a king. He may not know what is coming down the path soon, but he DOES know what it is like to feel just the best of love that you and your dad could give. Don't forget that. The quality that you and your dad have given him will stay with him forever. My heart is just breaking for you all. 

Sending the biggest of hugs and much love. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are all doing.

Jackie and Huckleberry heartheart

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16 March 2018 - 6:54 am
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We are very sorry this is the worst nightmare come true! 

When Ivan's journey comes to an end then absolutely go after this vet and take his license away! Get some compensation back for all of this. It will not fix the situation with Ivan now BUT the very least it will save yet another beloved animal from the same fate! It will bring justice we all wish to see!

You guys did extend Ivans life and gave him a quality of life! Money is a factor for 98-99% of us on this site. We can only do within our means, and we can throw all the money at this disease, it still will not change the outcome! We do the best we can with what we have. Your dear Dad I don't blame him either he was doing what he could do he had no idea this would be the outcome.

Keep Ivan comfortable and enjoy every day. Don't let what time you do have left be filled with anger! Anger will not help you guys now but afterward take that anger and use it with a lawyer!

Please take care of all off you! Give Ivan a cheeseburger, pizza, ice cream and whatever else he desires! Make each day count and know you both gave this your best fight & it's not over yet! Keep in touch when you can!

Give your Dad, Ivan & Nikolay big hug & cuddles, please!
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My heart breaks for your whole pack, I'm so very sorry. What a devastating situation, I can't imagine how you feel right now. And you have every right to be angry. But Holly is so right: push that anger aside right now and just focus on Ivan. You can do it. Spoil that boy rotten and share your adventures with us, we are here for you.

I'm curious, did the oncologist say that the partial amputation is the reason for the new tumor? Just wondering. 

These tough situations are hard to go through, and so heartbreaking. But eventually they do turn into learning experiences that make us better advocates for our animals. Nikolay and any future pets you have will benefit from this experience. 

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My heart breaks for your whole pack, I'm so very sorry. What a devastating situation, I can't imagine how you feel right now. And you have every right to be angry. But Holly is so right: push that anger aside right now and just focus on Ivan. You can do it. Spoil that boy rotten and share your adventures with us, we are here for you.

I'm curious, did the oncologist say that the partial amputation is the reason for the new tumor? Just wondering. 

These tough situations are hard to go through, and so heartbreaking. But eventually they do turn into learning experiences that make us better advocates for our animals. Nikolay and any future pets you have will benefit from this experience. 

{{{{{hugs}}}}}  

Thank you so much!!! 

Yes, basically it is the reason. The photo I posted is of his femur "stump" (though it's really longer than a stump.) The red circles are where the tumors are, and you can see how swollen his stump now is because of the tumors. The entire leg was supposed to be amputated, but instead the only amputated above the knee, and then cancer regrew on the same leg he should not have had in the first place. So again, yes, that tumor wouldn't be here right now if the surgery was done in the correct way that we were told was going to be done.

It's really hard to deal with knowing this. For now I have pushed my anger aside, but it's still hard. I'm overcome with grief at the moment, and it's hard to think he won't be here in another month. Especially when he's still barking at the TV and begging for treats and cuddles. I'm actually kind of in denial. 

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Candice, I’m sorry lovey, i could have sworn that what i wrote this morning posted! My heart is going out to you and your Dad right now. I truly am sorry for the situation you find yourselves in now. 

I am going to agree with Holly and Jerry’s Pack, as i had in my post that disappeared... turn your anger into passion and when the time comes, you will be ready to fight for Ivan.

In the meantime, love your boy to pieces, he has no idea what is going on in his body, he just wants life to be as normal as possible! The denial is probably a good thing right now, it will let you live easier in the moment with Ivan.

Please give your Dad a massive hug and one for you too and tell him from me that i think you have both been very brave throughout this whole process!

Special cuddles to Ivan and Nikolay please! heartheart

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I'm getting over the loss of my baby but your story brings me to tears again.  It's heartbreaking.  If you think there is anything I could do, just let me know.  I cry ever time I read these stories.

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We are all just sickened to hear this.  We certainly understand your anger and anticipatory gried.  Just like day one, we are here with you the whole way.  Cry, scream, vent, rage.  Lean on us.  Let us be your strength.

.ake no mistake about it.  We LOVE Ivan and we have been cheering for him this whole time...and we shall continue to do so!   Remember, Ivan is completely oblivious to any of this!  Ivan has a@ready proven he is one helluva strong and determined dog and does things his own way and on HIS timeframe, no one else's!!

As everyone has said, it is imperative, as hard as it is, to push the anger and the second guessing aside for now.  That piece of s**t disease is NOT going to rob you of your time together and it will NOT intrude on the joy Ivan is still having!!   It will NOT rob him of today!!!

I do want to through out a couple of things though.     This piece of s**t disease is brutal, unforgiving and completely unpredictable!!  Chemo in no way, shape or form guarantees squat!   And regardless of when you actually started the chemo because of finanaces, Ivan's slow recovery meant he was not in good enough shape to begin it any earlier anyway!!

Itnp is with great hesitation that I say what I'm about to say. I don't know where you live, but there may be a teaching school, or a rescue group, who may have access to surgeons who would do another operation for as close to know charge as you can get.  If Ivan's story gets to the right people, it's possibw that SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE would be wulling to do another surger IF ...IF....IF....you could be as reassured as possible that it would be effective and beneficial.

Also, you might speak with your Vet about CBD oil.  Some who have used itnfor their dogs seem to feel it helps with the pain and may even possibly reduce turmors.

Also, getting Ivan's story out on your local news channel could help you raise funds.   As far as whenever Ivan needs to ttransition, and we all hope it's a really long time from now, maybe Lap of Love woukd work with you on payments, or a discount.  Surely your Onco knows someone who would make a house visit for very little charge (or none at all considering everything).

There is something called "YouCaring" where maybe you could post Ivan's story and raise some funds for his care should you want to purse additional treatment options. GoFundMe is another similar one..

I know I'm rambling....just keep wishing I could do something to help.  So yeah, post where yoy love and maybe somer knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who can help Ivan on some level that we haven't even thought about.  This is a great group to network with

We are surrounding Ivan with every ounce of pawsitibe, HEALING energy we can muster up!!!   We are also declaring EVERYDAY PIZZA DAY FOR IVAN

With love and peace

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17 March 2018 - 11:22 am
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Sweetie pie 🌺

I read your news but it's taken me a few days to be able to pull myself together and reply ...

I am shocked beyond words with what happened to Ivan and have but murderous thoughts for that piece of 💩💩💩 vet, I call people like him mistakes of nature 😡

I TOTALLY agree with Sally, could you not try and schedule another operation, a proper one this time????

If you speak to the oncologist, could she advise a proper surgeon who would accept a payment plan?

I know Tripawds rules do not allow for personal funding here but maybe the gentle soul who organised Frankie's raising funds could do one for you so we could all contribute?

Sorry Rene if this is not what I should be proposing here but time is of the essence and maybe an exception could be made for Ivan's case??? 

I feel totally sick to my bones and nothing would give me more pleasure than knowing Ivan would have that bum leg removed for good so he could get on with his happy life with his family, our tripawdian family included. 

My heart and thoughts are with you, Dad and Ivan I really, really, really hope we can come up with a plan to have surgery done on your wonderful boy. 

I think that should be the priority now!

An avalanche of kisses and cuddles is flying across the Atlantic right now 😘😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Can you tell us where you live exactly?

If we know, maybe someone knows of a hospital, surgeon, charity that can help in your area ! 

Hung on in there, you have ALL of us brainstorming here !

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Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Just saw this last week and sadly it looks like Ivan has lost his battle. Wanted everyone to know. 
Run Free Ivan your whole and on all 4!
We are very sorry for your loss!
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