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You are right Snoop....dogs can't count andHapy Hannah's doing great and that's what counts! Thanks for your support. Yo and Shop are a great pair ad we're all happy things are gong well!

MY DEAR LUANNE AND SWEET SHOOTER. You made me laugh out loud...and That feels good!. I did a visual with her foot in her mouth and I know it tasted horribly sour!! And I won't throw anything of value against the wall! Always love seeing your posts....especially because I get to see Shooter's sweet face! Bodie that Shooter doing? Adjusting to his meds pretty good. ow?

JERRY...Yeah, that Happy Ha ahks one special PHP! And I do know her and I do know she's dong great! On a god day, I "assume" everyone's coming from a place of godinte tions----gjess today was a"less good day"! I know you've got our hands full with all this computer stiff so it was very kind of you to reply...but kind is "what you do"!

Thanks again everyone for allowing me the opportunity city to vent without judgement! won't say I'm embarrassed because you told me of to!! won't say I'm disappointed in myself because should be able to c tell my emoti s better by now because you said it was okay......I will say that I love you and how very fortunate Happy Hannah and I are to be n your circle of friendship and so passion!

Now on to hugging our dogs and cats and plummeting them with love!!

With love and appreciation,

Sally and the gloriously Happy Hannah

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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Sally..  I have to admit girl.... I read your blog and sometimes with the missing "n"s just challenges my brain to work this early in the morning...   and I haven't even had a tea yet!! lol  but the brain is an amazing tool and I was able to see clearly!!    lol  

I have to comment on your comment of  "THEN…..THEN…. OMD …THEN SHE SAID, QUITE FRANKLY SHE DIDN'T THINK NANNAH WOULD STILL BE WITH US THIS LONG!!! - 

Ok...   let me read this correctly.  She said that she didn't think that Hannah would still be with us this long.  Forgive me.. but I really don't see anything bad with this.. I believe it just to be an honest statement that she didn't think she would be here still and that she is beating those odds with big slobbery gusto!!  woot woot Hannah!!   

I understand that her comment could be upsetting because we, as tripawd owners, are very very very protective of our babies.. I know I was.. and I know you all are too.  I never had the chemo etc. with my Franklin, as you all know, so I cannot compare anything there.

But, she is probably amazed that Hannah is doing to well for so long.... and that is a GREAT thing!!   That is the way I would read that.  Frankly I am amazed at all the pups and kitties here who have tugged at our hearts.  We all know that there is no guarantee, time limit, expiry date with our babies.. but we enjoy each day to the fullest because we know that day will come for everyone!

I know that we don't know the whole conversation that happened as we were not there.. you were..  but we have to remember that vets are human beings too.  My sweetie was not impressed with our vet the first time he met him because he is honest, direct, and straight to the point.  Yet, the day that Franklin ran full gusto for the bridge, my sweetie shook the vets hand and thanked him for everything he did for our sweet boy.

I'm not saying don't vent.. we all need to vent.. scream and cry here..   It's acceptable, understandable and such a relief to get it off our chests.  I can't tell you how many times I have sat to type on this site with tears rolling down my cheeks.. in both sadness and happiness.  And sometimes we all need that little voice on our right shoulder telling us to breeeeeeeathe!! winker 

 Now.. I think we all need an ice cream cone!!

 Christine.... with Franklin in her heart ♥

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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My Dear Sweet Christine AND Franklin n'' farter!

You are always so kind and giving! I known you still grieve terribly.AND trying g to raise a puppy at the same time-----yet you're always here supporting others. You are a very special soul!

Yeah, I think I was "tad" reactionary yesterday ad had no "impulse control" whatsoever! I hit that "reply button" so fast an "instant gratification addict" would be impressed!

It's one thing to have a meltdown------but to have a public meltdown with typos and no "n"s is extra humiliating:-) :-) :-)

If it's any consolation, I type the stuff and even K can't read what I was trying to say!!

Yeah, I needed to focus on her statement from a more positive perspective......thank you for helping me. make that switch!

Do want to add, as I've said other times, I have NO idea if chemo is beneficial or not...or maybe even harmful! It doesn't appear that anyone recall knows. There are many, many dogs who do well with it and many who do well WITHOUT it.....some poorly with it---some poorly without it. For me, once I falh decided to go that route, I want to pursue it fully-----whatever "fully"may mean!_____or not!!

Thankyou----and everyone for standing with us......and for plowing trough my typing!!

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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27 June 2013 - 12:53 pm
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And then my tablet...keyboard disappears anytime it wants.

The little flashing bar that you touch to go back to a certain word or letter to correct it......It never goes where I point it......of. it's pointing in the right place and I go to backspace...or correct.....and I look up and all the sudden this "she devil" is making " correction s three sentences up in a whole mother paragraph!!

And all the co outer people are say I g "what the heck is that door talking about".............Okay.....look.....there's an example of what this computer puts me through.......I just typed. IDIOT......and "it" typed. DOOR!!

Just thought Okay as well vent about how hard it is being computer illiterate...........it's not for Sassy's.......and there it goes again.........."it" typed "Okay". and I typed. "I might as well....."

KAY, I'm having way too much fun being silly! No drugs or alcohol were I evolved in this ridiculous post!

JUST A WHOLE LOT OF ICE CREAM

Time to take this thread off the market:-) :-)

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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27 June 2013 - 1:06 pm
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Sally, have you tried turning autocorrect off on your tablet? Mine likes to "correct" words in mysterious ways, too. 

Barret was diagnosed with Hemangiopericytoma May 16, 2013. Front left leg/scapula/pectoral muscle was amputated on June 11, 2013 and we've never looked back. Follow our story on http://barret.t.....pawds.com/ and read my column on That Pet Blog

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28 June 2013 - 7:07 am
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Oh boy Sally can I relate to the insensitive things that vets can sometimes say. I'm so sorry you had that experience. Yes, I think vets love animals and try to prepare their pawrents the best they can, but sometimes they forget or don't understand just how much our fur kids are like our children. My mom just recovered from breast cancer treatment right before Atlas was diagnosed and I went on all her chemo treatments and doctor visits with her and I have to say they were always very sensitive and chose their words carefully. Yes, sometimes they have to tell us 'not so great statistics' but they were sensitive to how they delivered the news. I think some vets could use a little sensitivity training because in my opinion we should be treated the same as if it were a human family member. And it's not that we want to live in denial about the facts of cancer but presenting things with optimism and just saying something kind like: but we know Happy Hannah is so special we are hoping she does better then those statistics.... Can make all the difference in the world for us parents trying to live with cancer diagnosis.

The most important thing though is how great Happy Hannah is doing. So lets celebrate with some big bowls of ice cream, or maybe yogurt so its not too many calories. LOL!

Atlas sends pretty Happy Hannah a big Woof for being such an amazing tripawd warrior!

And I send you Sally a ton of gratitude for being here for all of us and I for one get a kick out of your frantic post, makes me feel like I'm not alone when I have my moments. Your a great mom and an unbelievable advocate for your girl!

Pat & Mighty Atlas

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28 June 2013 - 7:16 am
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Sally, as my mom and Wyatt were out on their morning walk today, she remembered an incident when I had just recovered from amputation surgery and my Mom wanted me to get a kennel cough vaccine because I liked going to day care occasionally.

The vet, who is a terrific person, said to my Mom, "Well, he probably won't be around long enough to benefit from it, but if you want one I'll do it."

My Mom was flabbergasted, she couldn't believe her ears. It stung, but you know what? I SHOWED THEM! Hahahaha!

And so is Hannah. So let it go. In the big picture, what matters is the pawsitivity you hold in your  heart no matter what unthinking people might say.

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Thanks Pat and Atlas! Yeah, we can forget so etimes that the "outside" world is just not capable of having the depth of sensitivity and compassion we've developed for each other.....and that' sad!

Happy Hannah heard Atlas's big WOOF for her all the way over here! It's amazing how that dog can bellow!

And Pat, thank you-and others for helping take away my red face emabarrassment for such a tirade one could barely decipher! Clearly "anything goes" on this forum!!

Woof! Woof! (surrounded with slobber made out of love crystals) Back at ya'!!

Happy Hannah is having an absolute ball just being happy!

Love to you both, Sally and Happy Hannah

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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28 June 2013 - 10:38 am
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Thanks again Jerry--to you and others---who validated that "it" just wasn't the right thing to say and it was okay to be hurt! Or that she meant it in a more positive way.

Yeah Wyatt! No insensitive words altered your plan!! Your the man!

Had to laugh----was really working on turning this around....and why it bothered me so, etc.......I kept going back to how hurt I was for Happy Hannah! She's doing her part brilliantly well! She's loving every second of her existence! And felt so badly and so hurt for her! And yeah, kicked me in the gut too, but I sure thought how could she say that about my Hannah, my hero!

DUH! DUH! And douvl DUH! Happy Hannah didn't hear the conversation and her feelings weren't hurt at all! Happy Hannah is living time frame free and always has been and isn't influenced by any vet jibberish!

Thank all of you for bringing me back to tripawd power

Okay, I'm. of as good a marketer as Jill, but I do have so etching good to celebrate (in addition to the joy Hannah is having everyday) as soon as I get yet another PERFECT picture of My Happy Hannah to our photo specialist Jerry!

Thanks gain, everyone------we're all really good and nappy over here in Hannah Land! Thanks to

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28 June 2013 - 11:08 am
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Hi Sally,

First, it's nice after being away for so long, to see that Hannah is still doing great. :) HOWEVER, I have to pretty much agree with Christine above- your vet probably was just amazed & blurted it out without thinking there was another way to take that statement.

While it was insensitive & not terribly bright on her part, I'm sure it wasn't meant with malice or even colored her plan for treatment.  But Hannah is indeed beating the odds and the onco probably got caught in a brain fart without a "next step" in mind to refer to!

I will say, though, that this makes me EXTRA grateful that we had a sensitive, caring, thoughtful oncology team!

Keep up the ice cream & keep that beautiful big gal beating the odds. HUGZ!

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28 June 2013 - 11:35 am
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*big slobbery smooch* for Happy Hannah..

laughing

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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ohhhhhh, I've got tears of joy-----mixed in with a little bittersweet----to see YOU and our special boy Kermit!

We all .love you so much. I know I. can speak for everyone here when K say a day doesn't go by without you in our thought s.

And a day hasn't gone by when I would quickly glance over every
oste and look for you.

When you can, let us know how you are adjusting....or have you even been able to yet at all

We all .love you and miss you

Thank you for being you!

That ice cream bowl has an extra spoon I. it for Kermit....--a really big spoon!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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28 June 2013 - 11:52 am
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Thanks Sally- I posted under the "coping with loss" thread that I started before I lost him.  I am most certainly not adjusting. :P  

But it IS nice to see others who are beating those obnoxious odds! :)

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It's been a long time since I was here, but I'm glad I stumbled onto your post and deciphered it.  I think loads of folks above me have said some very good, very helpful comments: maybe the vet was being honest, maybe tact was missing, maybe..., maybe...  Truth is, Happy Hannah is doing well!  Truth is, Jackson's onco was very happy with us stopping at four chemos.  Four is the minimum they recommend, that is, if your pup and wallet can tolerate it.  Now, if your pup and wallet and mind want more of the juice, that's what 5 or 6 are for!  We did 5, because it made me sleep better.  The stats show that you want at least 4.  The stats I've seen, read, and talked about don't indicate 4 is better or worse than 6.  Interestingly, when discussing Jackson's long term plans last week with his onco, she had mentioned that if we didn't want to do Palladia if/when lung mets show, we could go back to more carbo.  Interesting, huh?  I didn't follow up with her on this, so I don't know if that'd help or if it's again another way to tug at pawrent's heart/wallet strings?  What it does remind me, though, is that Happy Hannah's care in your hands.  You knew this.  You KNOW this.  So..., if you've got reservations about "only" 4 carbos and wonder so deeply, so passionately about 5 or 6 - do the 5th!  I think I can say that there are no studies or any good stats that say anything about continuing chemo after months of "stopping" it, so you'd be in uncharted territory.  Welcome to CancerVille.  Because there are no studies on that, you'd be doing a 5th carbo b/c it makes you feel better.  Then...WHAT IF it helped...well, if you could tell?  Truth is, without cloning Happy Hannah (wouldn't THAT be awesome!), you're never going to know if what you did helped vs doing something else.  So, be confident in doing the target of 4 carbos or go back out there and get her the juice a 5th time.  Then, sleeeeeep easy.  Happy Hannah, march on, dear!  You got this, girl!!!!

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Katy, it's great to ear from you and CONGRATULATIMS on six months and still going strong!

Thank you for taking time to respond. It was week thought out, logical and very sensible...common sense infustion. You really brought a lot of clarity to the situation and "asked" some great questions! Yeah, your vet's comment about you g back to carbo after all this time.....very interesting.
You really did bring a great "blueprint" for how to pro

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