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5 February 2019 - 8:37 am
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So glad to hear that he’s better! Every little positive is a huge win. I’ve never really had the problem of a dog who wanted to eat – my problems have all been the opposite, trying to GET them to eat, so I’m not much help here. My sister used green beans to get her min pin/chihuahua to lighten up, and it worked really well. Now my dogs would rather starve than eat a green bean!

Loved seeing the video with Jersey in it! Brought back so many memories! You’ve got this – you know how to Be More Dog …you proved that over and over with Jersey. Stay positive, take it one day at time…and yes, you are always family here! If they let me in with the terrorist trio, anyone is welcome winker

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5 February 2019 - 7:29 pm
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First of all, you can never feel lonely....you have your entire Tripawd Family here  just a typo away!!!

OMD!  THESE VIDEOS  ARE PRICELESS   TRUE SACRED TREASURES!!   Seeing Jersey Boy and Emerson playing lit me up like a Christmas tree!😁  So much fun to watch!  And the bunny…too cute    LOVE THIS PACK!!

Thank you so much for sharing  these with us.  And it was wonderful seeing Jersey Boy.  A bright light  like that can NEVER be dimmed 😊

Update us when you get baxk home and settled.  Emerson is doing jist dine…..and will continue  to do just  fine!!😎

Extra 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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I’ve had such of a stressful week at home…. No time to even feel sad about Emerson because I was buried with work!  

Emerson currently has a bought of icky belly (He found a dog chew buried in a toy stash and ate the entire thing … I don’t usually allow this to happen…Completely my fault! Ugh!!!). I’ve held off on the prednisone , because I’m pretty sure that it’s just going to come back up. But I’m going to need to go to bed soon. I will wait another hour for his tummy to settle a bit before trying to give him the meds.

… I left for a little bit, twice today… I left him without the diaper and he peed on the floor both times and peed on the carpet this morning! Ugh … so, the diapers are back. (Tired of cleaning pee). I’ve resigned myself to think that he needs to be in the diaper first thing in the morning (he can’t hold it until we get outside, I live on the 5th floor of a big apartment building) and whenever I leave. We’re still doing the doxy. for cystitis. Ya know, I’m not convinced has improvements were due to the dox. or if it was just a coincidence. Who knows… 

Although I’m exhausted, I think I’ve had a great week…. and Emerson is feeling well. (Today he brought me a squeaky toy, and when his bratty brother snatched it … he went and got another squeaky toy for me) heart 

Not much to report …

I was going through some old videos … Cheers to my little window washer (and Jersey… a few days after amp. surgery): https://photos……kt1Sgiz4m8

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9 February 2019 - 5:16 am
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Awwww sweet video! Glad Emerson had a good week (except for the dog chew ugh) Long travel to outside when you are on the 5th floor, diaper sounds like the necessary evil. I feel your pain in the pee department, just recovering from another Mitchell pee episode (he’s 70 pounds) and diapers. He didn’t have UTI, but strangely enough he responded to antibiotics, go figure.

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9 February 2019 - 8:49 am
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I know seeing Emerson play with his toys lifted uour spirits…..and his!!  So glad he’s  happy and doing well!

Maybe the pee episodes  were related to all the excitement  of getting back home. your work overload, etc.  Probably  not, just hoping 😉

Does Emerson think he can lick through that door and get outside?? Too cute!  And Jerseys  just like..”Don’t  know that dog…nope…just some neighbor dog…I’ll just ignore the shenanigans!”

Hope that chew toy has  “moved”, one way or another!

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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 again for all of your support… I just re-read the messages that were sent and realized that I forgot to acknowledge how bizarre it is to have Dogs and bunny living in harmony.

You see, this is all due to Jersey’s temperament … I rescued the bunny (this is an interesting story, but you’d have to ask me about it in the chat room ) and brought her home. I didn’t have a cage or pen and had never had a bunny before. But, I brought her home one night in a cardboard box and set up Jersey’s crate for her, In the master bathroom of my house. I banned Jersey from entering the bathroom for about a month. He became really curious about the sounds that he was hearing from the bathroom, would stand at the door and freeze with his ears up and sniffed along the crack at the bottom of the door trying to garner *EVERY* clue about what was IN there … when I finally allowed him to see the bunnies (I had 2) he was just in awe. No aggression, 100% curiosity. Over the next 3 months, I spent time letting him check on them in their pen/sniffing their blankets (and eating any of their poop straggler…. yah, apparently it’s tasty. LOL) And, after a few months we were sitting on the couch together and watching TV in harmony. Eventually, I allowed him to visit the room where they were kept, while I was home and without me present (they were in a pen of course.. he’d go to the doorway and look in on them and come back to following me around). Before I got the bunnies, I had an inkling that it would have been fine. One of my prior roommates had 2 guinea pigs and he would go down to her room and listen to them squeak and watch them scurry around in their pen. And, one time, my roommate had left the pen-door open and she walked into the room to see Jersey nose to nose with one of the piggies (Terrifying … right?). She said that she walked over quickly and quietly; and, when jersey realized that she was there he was wagging the nub like crazy, probably happy that he got to *see* the piggie for the first time (their cage was set on a high table)

Flash forward a year later to when I adopted Emerson. Emerson absolutely adored Jersey from the moment that he came into our lives … and he’d follow along Jersey’s example with everything. This was a resoundingly *good* thing (because Jersey was well trained). And, almost all of Emersons annoying and inappropriate quirks diminished.

You see, Emerson is naturally VERY affectionate. In fact, he’s the most affectionate dog that I have ever had… so he responded to the bunny by being affectionate. He spent years trying to get the bunny to play or cuddle to no avail. Until he realized that she enjoyed his doggy kisses…. so that’s how he bonded with the bunny. He’d lick her face and ears until she was drenched in doggy-spit… and she’d just lay there, with her eyes closed and in heaven. 

Yes, I have weird animals … probably because I’m weird.  LOL!!

The pee stuff, well I have a camera in my apartment to observe… and it seems like he just goes once or twice shortly after I leave… so, definitely not an excitement pee thing. It’s really bizarre though. For example, I was running late for my gym class this morning… so I got dressed, took them for a walk and came back inside, fed them (they won’t eat before their walk) and left.  I went to the gym and then did a target run. I was away for a total of 3 hours, and I came home to a partially dried pool of pee (he must’ve peed shortly after I left).  I cleaned up, did some laundry, took them outside and have parked myself on the couch for the past 5 hours …he has slept on the couch, on the floor, on the dog bed, in my lap… and hasn’t peed or asked to go outside.  UGH!!! it seems behavioral … because I know that he can hold it!  (He even held it this morning, we got up … I put him in the diaper and brought him outside. As we were walking to their *spot* he saw another dog and spent a few minutes greeting the pup. And he held the pee until we actually made it to the spot). Behavioral, right?

It’s cool … diapers are easy enough.

After emptying his belly on my couch last night (don’t worry it’s covered! LOL!!), things settled out. I gave him prednisone and we went to bed. I’ve been feeding him heaping spoons of pumpkin puree or wet food throughout the day… and he seems way less hungry. Thankfully, we began the prednisone taper on Friday and he has 3 weeks left. I have *NOT* checked his lymph nodes in the past few days … because  I can’t deal. We go to the doctor on Tuesday for the next steps. Please send all of your spare positive energy and well wishes. We appreciate it in advance.

Here’s the couch (uncovered, the day it arrived and covered during puke-fest)  

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I had plans to go out tonight… But, decided to stay in to cuddle with my babies on the couch. Truly embracing every moment with my dumplings. I don’t know what tomorrow brings, but I am loving today. I am blessed.

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(EDIT: I just fixed all of the links… not sure what happened. But, you can see the pics and video now)

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10 February 2019 - 7:39 pm
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What a fun read!!!   Well, maybe not the puking on rhe couch part, but the rest of it!   

You have such a delightful  pack.  Your backstory of how all this “love fest” among your critters came about is so sweet.  I can only imagine how much fun JerseyBoy had trying to figure out exact what as behind that door!  Emerson had such a good role model for how to live a loving and kind life!

The video of Emerson and his BFF Bunny is pricelss!

And we are all sending you lots of positive energy for a good check up Tuesday!

Hugs

Sally 

PS….maybe the pee issue will lessen some when the Pred is reduced.  Dunno though.

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Just a quick note…. everyone is doing well. Emmie has been super playful. Even more so than he was during/after his last round of chemo. I have found alot of peace in how happy and playful he is. We’ve done 2 rounds of CCNU and have 2-4 more (depending on how he continues to do).

The cystitis has improved ALOT, but there are some still lingering pee issues. So, I keep him diapered when I leave home and I now have a solid understanding of when he’s prone to having an accident (ie. as we *walk* to the bed @ bedtime and first thing in the morning when he wakes up …. and whenever I leave home). So, I keep him in a diaper overnight and when I’m away … if I’m home he lets me know that he has to go. And, as long as I get him outside 4x each day, he’s fine. Not bad.

So, we’re just enjoying bonus time and I’m getting the closure that I need. Admittedly, I’m pretty nervous for the day when his cancer stops responding to treatment … but I’m pretty good at pushing it out of my mind at this point. Why? Because he’s acting completely fine and I’m not even sure that he knows that he’s sick. 

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9 March 2019 - 7:13 pm
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he sure looks happy kim, and that’s what’s really important! Hugs to you both!

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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9 March 2019 - 7:18 pm
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Kim,

That is a great update.  I am glad that you are pushing it out of your mind.  It lets you enjoy him at your fullest.  No he doesn’t know he is sick.  I truly believe that.  I loved the video’s you shared.  Keep kicking butt Emerson.

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What an awesome pupdate❤️ I kinda if held my breath opening up this post. Sometimes when you don’t hear things for a little bit it’s not good news.

You have fought such a brave battle and you’re right where you need to be…. Enjoying life!!! Yay! 

Thank you so much for checking in, i am tickled that all is well 💕💕💕💕💕

Jackie and Huck ❤️

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Oh happy day and happy dog! Wheee!

What great news Kim, you and Emerson are managing this like champs, both with the technical aspects and your own emotionall state. Good job, give him some extra smooches from us.

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CUTENESS ALERT!!!!  You forgot the CUTENESS ALERT!!!  Emerson is absolutely  adorable!!! 

He is having such a great time being his happy self!😎  And gree woth everyone,  you have the perfect Be More Dog attitude and focus completely  on the NOW!  The now is all that matters.

Cheering for you Emerson!  And don’t  forget those CUTENESS  ALERTS  next time!  And we look forward to a gazillion  more pictures and video of your cute self😎

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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Soooo …..

I am having alot of anxiety over this. But, I am pretty confident that Emerson is on the road to relapse. It’s all kinda shocking how quickly he has taken this turn. His lymph nodes are fine… but all of the other, more subtle signs are there. I am trying not to worry and failing miserably.

I came here to write this down, because I don’t want to scare my mom (she has ‘them’ this week) and my little sisters biological mom passed away suddenly of a drug overdose last Wednesday. My sister is 15 and was legally adopted when she was 12 …. has lived with us since she was 7. So, suffice it to say this has already been a very heavy week…..

This is too much … I feel soo overwhelmed… 

Despite all of this, I wanted to share a video from yesterday. My little sister visited our neighbor who have a new, 4 month old puppy…. she brought the puppy home with her to meet me and the dogs. And this ensued: 

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Ok, I watched this twice. More closely the second time. I don’t see it Kim. What are you seeing? What I just watched was a new vibrant puppy trying to befriend a dog that was definitely game. A little reluctant but nothing out of the norm. Alpha, older, respect.. natural. Emerson looks WONDERFUL!!!  There wasn’t even major reluctance in a new meet that you see a lot. He wasn’t snappy, nasty, aggressive.. more like curiously reserved but seemed to even enjoy the pawsibility of a new meet and greet.

Maybe others more tuned in can see something I can’t but that really looked decent in my opinion, especially for a first time meet. 

Please give more input heart

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And I am so very sorry for your loss. I am sure heavy doesn’t even touch the surface. I was so intent on the video and what might be wrong, sorry. You have my condolences. 15 is hard to begin with, I cannot even imagine losing a mom at that age. Especially that way. Sending you peace and hopes for comfort in such a hard time. I truly feel for you right now heart

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