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Asking for pawsitive thoughts for EmmaRose:)
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Incoming photos from Dabear HQ they are still waiting on Miss EmmaRose

CharlieBear waiting and waiting they have been there since 8 am.photo-1.jpgImage Enlarger

waiting and waiting 

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Look at that mug he is one happy bear even while he is waiting furever for his sister! 

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We are home:):):) Will post more more tomorrow but wanted everyone to know your pawsitivity worked!!! Off to make evening and midnight pancakes:):):) Love you all very much. (And a special shout out to the generous and intrepid Holly and Purrkins for posting pics alllllll day long:)

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1 June 2017 - 9:32 pm
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WOW!!!! LOOOONG DAY INDEED…FOR EVERYONE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Everyone is home now and that is all that matters!!!

And everyone looks sooooo adorable jn tneir summer cuts! DaBear looks like a different doggy! And EmmaRose looks as young as ever!!

RubyRoo, I thinknyiu need a buzz cut to fit in with all the others! 🙂 🙂

Get some rest, enjoy your pancakes.

Continuing to send love and more pawsitive energy! 🙂

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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1 June 2017 - 10:17 pm
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I am so hoppy to hear this before I turn in for the day. Update us when you can.

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2 June 2017 - 4:57 am
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We are keeping the pawsitive thoughts and prayers coming!

No shout out needed we are all family! We will do what we can whenever we can! 

Rest EmmaRose Rest !

We love the DabearHQ 

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2 June 2017 - 8:36 am
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Awwwwww shucks everyone:) Again, huge hugs to all of you from us!!!

EmmaRose had a very long day as they said get there at 8 but we were unable to start the procedure until @ 11:30. She spent the wait in a/c eating deli meat so , really, in her eyes GOOD PLAN!!!

Head of Neuro really, really pleased with her overall! She has gained 11 pounds since her thyroid (cancer) tumor surgery and is off all meds except for her heart meds and prednisone :):):) Head of Neuro really almost did not want to treat for her heartworms as she is not really showing any clinical signs and he only sees very complicated cases that do not end well…and he wanted maybe to hedge our bets as what happens if EmmaRose develops an embolism? So….I elected to treat as I would rather do this knowing I tried everything and as she is very strong right now. We are following the American Heartworm Society Protocol which is fascinating as it came about after a shortage of the primary drug. So this is a fairly new protocol and it is MONTHS long versus the old method of one shot. The safety margin is now much larger:):):) We will have 60 days of worry ahead of us but am super lucky in that I have the summer off:):):)

At this point, she is supposed to be crate rested for 60 days BUT we all sat down and discussed her life, lifestyle, strong will, and self containment and self preservation. We have decided to set up an x-pen in the pasture next to her stall and dog house in the stall and one in a separate old mule shed that has been converted to an efficiency apartment as well ( for the a/c) as we believe it would stress Emma out MORE at her age to change her patterns than to just work with what she would want us to do for her. We will adjust as needed and also know not everyone would make the same choice. Emma being Emma, she just LOVES being outside. Even the Vet School notices it when they take her outside. She is a corker!

So far all is well!!! Will update again and if anyone has any thoughts or advice, please feel free to share as we would love to hear it. 

Over and out from DaBear HQ!!!

P.S. CharlieBear’s top secret exam: Head of Neuro could not be more pleased and although CharlieBear may now have a permanent limp, no other plan needed other than his meds! YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

THANK YOU EVERYONE! MUCH LOVE TO ALL!!!

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Great news!

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.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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2 June 2017 - 5:31 pm
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Incoming photo from the Dabear HQ

RubyRoo wearing her Crown Jewels;) OMB how cute is that;) 

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Bow down to da’ Queen!! 🙂 Sooooo cute!! 🙂

So glad everything checked out well for EmmaRose! She’s soooo amazing!

As far as the heartworm stuff, Im glad apparently there is a less “dangerous” treatment now. If she does have any problems with the newer one, I guess you can stop with no residual damage?

As your Vet said, with no symptoms even showing at this point, it’s my understanding dogs can live kne to two uears without symptoms becoming too hard on them. It’s also mu understanding that they now treat “mild” cases with a low dose, or maybe “regular” dose of the actual heartworm pill itself. Just wondering if any of this was thrown out to you.

You REALLY have access to cutting edge information and always do your research soooo thoroughly! Sometimes in more rural areas, or with Vets out of school for over thirty hears, we may not always get the most up to date jnfo! And certainly years of experience is a good thing too though!

Anyway, thsnknyiu for always willing to take time to share good jnfo!

EXTRA HUGS TO ALL DA PACK!!

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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Truly great news all around!  You just amaze me with your knowledge and research.  I take my hat off to you the queen at Da’Bears headquarters.  Ruby Roo must share her crown I think!  Love the girls “summer do’s” too!

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So happy to catch up on this good news and to see the adorable photos of all of the crew.  

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His canine sister also succumbed to cancer on March 1, 2019 - we lavished her with our love in the interim, but life was never quite the same without her only real canine friend. Cliff kitty had to leave us, too, suddenly, in August 2019. Lucia kitty grieved all these losses, but helped us welcome two new Lurchers into our home and our lives, Shae and Barley.

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Thank you all!!! EmmaRose is now a week out from her first melasormine shot treatment and doing exceptionally well. Her BFF”nemisis” Head of Neuro checked in with her yesterday and said we can modify the post shot treatment plan so great news: EmmaRose is now back to just her regular heart med for arrythmia and her regular dose of prednisone for her BST. And, we may even get to adjust those!!!! EmmaRose is also back to regular pasture duty! LIFE IS GOOD:)***Caveat: Kids, don’t try these modifications at home. This is a highly tailored plan just for EmmaRose due to her very specific age and circumstances.*** 

There is confusion- even among vets- of the names of protocols/methods of treating heartworms. And, sadly, dogs can still get them- although rarely- despite being on a preventative. Thanks, Global Warming, etc 😉 The American Heartworm Society site is filled to the brim with detailed information and has an app whereby you type in your loved one’s weight and date of diagnosis and a day by day detailed treatment plan magically appears! (And, Sally, had to chuckle because,as you know, I live in a VERY rural area and my vet is a 30 year plus practicing one but we happened to just have lucked out! Still nearish the Vet School and local vet is a gem who always wants to learn more and has not one iota of ego:) ( And thank you Sally and Linda for the compliments but the app and site have done all the research for me!!!) 

Bottom line is that if testing positive, the old slow kill protocol ( giving the heartworm preventative once monthly and waiting for a slow die off) and the old standard treatment protocol ( one shot of melasormine) are no longer the standard of care. But, both my regular vet and Head of Neuro found this out after I gave them the AHWS treatment plan for EmmaRose. She was their first patient using the “new” plan:):):) So, once again, EmmaRose leads the way in teaching us young dogs new tricks! ( Vet School cardio team, however, knows all about it and highly recommends treating all dogs even if non clinical and showing no to very early signs). We hope NO ONE will ever need this information but if you do, ” there’s an app for that”! Also, although the AHWS has no phone contact information, you CAN email the any of the 6 active board members and they will reply:):):) 

THANK YOU AGAIN TRIPAWD NATION and everyone who sent pawsitivity to Da Bear HQ and to EmmaRose:) It worked:):):) We are forever grateful to all of you.

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7 June 2017 - 8:54 am
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Bravo on being such a great advocate for EmmaRose! I love that you helped enlighten the vets on the newest protocols. clap

I’m so sorry this happened, but thank you so much for sharing what you learned here. I hope EmmaRose continues to do very well. Heartworm is scary business and nothing to mess with. You are an amazing parent for fighting back with all you’ve got!

FYI here is the website for the American Heartworm Society. I think the Veterinary Resources page is where you found the treatment guidelines to give to your vet?

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR EMMAROSE…..AND HER MOM!!!

Yes, EmmaRose is making her own path forward and we can all learn from the valuable insight gained!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing this info!!

Looooove hearing that EmmaRose is back on pasture duty 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 What a remarkable
R E M A R K A B L E woman that gal is! 🙂 🙂 🙂 A d so is her Momma!

Lots of 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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App is at

Individualized Heartworm Treatment Plan and Dosage Calculator

The pancake EmmaRose thanks you guys as do I!!! 

And, OMG, the Wind Up iPad and I learned something new today!!! How to create a hyperlink;) YEEEEEEAAAAAAAA:):):)

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