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4 May 2020 - 2:01 pm
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Hi Pam, sorry I just saw your reply today.  Please feel free to send me a PM and we can exchange emails if you would like.

Karen

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Hi everyone,

I want to thank all of you for your kindness and support.  Lucky seemed to have a better day today.  We spoiled him with cheesburgers, chicken and rice, and even some whipped cream as a snack.  He happily gobbled it all up!  Our golden retriever, Indy, is loving all of the treats as well.  We spent some time outside in the sun and he is getting tons of attention from everyone in our family.  I am doing my best to “Be More Dog ” and live in each moment with him.  We have spoken with the vet about when the time comes and he has assured us that we will be able to be with him.  I pray that God will give me the strength to be there with him.  My husband has always been with our cats that we have had to put to sleep over the years, I just havent been able to handle it.  With Lucky though, he is my baby, and I want to be there with him.  

If I can figure out how to post some pictures on here, I will certainly will.  

Thank you!!!!!

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I am sure Lucky is enjoying all this special attention. And he is here now, so that is what is important 

When I had to let Brownie go I thought I would be a basket case. But because I

loved him so much I found the strength to stay strong. And you will see because of your love for Lucky, and his love for you, you will stay strong too.

Just keep spoiling that beautiful boy!

As always you and Lucky are in our prayers.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

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Here is that sweet boy Lucky. I am in love.

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You are a GOOD BOY Lucky! Hanging out with Leo? Wow, I’m impressed.

Pam, you are doing such a great job following his example. This is such a tough spot for your whole family to be in. But by following Lucky’s lead and focusing on things one day at a time, you are making him so proud! This is the best gift to him, to show him that you are watching how he savors every second (and every bite of his yummy treats) and staying in the present moment. I’m so proud of all of you, this is not an easy thing to do.

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He is georgus! 

Lucky, tell mom you want ice cream and cake….

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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brownie1201 said
He is georgus! 

Lucky, tell mom you want ice cream and cake….

  

Thank you.  I tried some ice cream the other day but he didn’t want it.  He does love whipped cream though!  I used it to hide his meds in and he gobbled them up!

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brownie1201 said
I am sure Lucky is enjoying all this special attention. And he is here now, so that is what is important 

When I had to let Brownie go I thought I would be a basket case. But because I

loved him so much I found the strength to stay strong. And you will see because of your love for Lucky, and his love for you, you will stay strong too.

Just keep spoiling that beautiful boy!

As always you and Lucky are in our prayers.

  

Thank you Nancy.  I am doing my best to stay strong!

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OMD!!  Just fell head over heels in love!!❤  Lucky has the best smile on that handsome mug of his!!  You can just tell he’s loaded with personality and has such a gentle spirit. BTW,  his coat is beautiful.

And yes, when the time comes you WILL be strong for Lucky.  When the time comes you WILL celebrate him home as he sees your smile so he knows you will be okay.  We all know that because yoir love for Lucky is so bone deep, so ingrained  in every fiber of your being that it will carry you through.

That time is not now though.   Nope, not now!  Now is a time for enjoying Lucky having a good day and eating lots of yummy foods!  

And yes, he must have ice cream and cake to go with those cheeseburgers and whip cream!  And we would love pictures of that too!!  

Thank you for the update, but especially these great pictures!  Leo seems to be a good pal. Now we need to see Indy too.  You need to take a selfie of the whole family, humans too, together

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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Thank you again to everyone who has been so very kind and supportive over this last week.  Last weekend, Lucky seemed to be going downhill pretty quickly and we thought we might have to put him to sleep very soon.  Then on Monday he started to seem a bit better.  He is still enjoying many areas of his life including his newly improved menu of human food, the beautiful spring sunshine, and having lots of cuddles with mom.  My husband and I had a long conversation with our amazing vet yesterday,  I talked to him about the progression of the disease, Lucky’s comfort, any other treatments etc.  Lucky was scheduled for a chemo treatment (it would have been his last one icon_cry) tomorrow.  I asked him if there was any reason to keep the appt. and he said that he didn’t think the chemo would be beneficial, but instead, he suggested that we do a treatment called Pamidronate.  The way I understand it is that is stops the bone from breaking down which in turn has been shown to decrease the pain of osteosarcoma in dogs when surgery isn’t an option. Its administered by IV infusion just like chemo.   I spoke to him about adding additional meds as well so that we can keep him as comfortable as possible.  We increased his daily dosage of gabapentin, added prednisone , and will continue with the steroid eye drops to hopefully help with the swelling.  He said that every dog is different with the disease progression, but that Lucky could be with us for a few weeks more up to a few months.  My husband and I have agreed that we will not let him get to the point where he is just surviving. I was looking at old pictures of him and he is just so spunky and full of life, and that is the Lucky that I want to remember. He is such a sweet boy, and I am going to cherish this time with him.  

Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Pam and Lucky

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Hi Pam!  It sounds like you have a thoughtful plan in place to address Lucky’s quality of life and have found the equilibrium you need to remain focused on cherishing his spirit.  It is so clear from your posts how much you love Lucky and how much he means to your family.  I admire your strength in keeping what is best for him at the heart of your decisions and I hope you have found peace in your plan.  Please give Lucky a few scritches from his friends in NYC!sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2Stacy & Griffin

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Hi Pam,

As I just went thru this, I know how hard it is. I know Brownie could of held on longer but he was having trouble with his breathing. As Jerry said, sometimes a day too soon is better then a day too late. I did learn that lesson.

But As long as Lucky isn’t in any pain, just embrace each day!

As I said before just listen to your heart.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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All things considered,  this sounds like a good path forward to get some extended  quality  time with Lucky.  The Vet has come up with a good treatment plan that can generate  some positive results.  He knows Lucky, he knows you, and I don’t  think he would suggest this if he thought  “it was time”.

I really like your assessment  of how Luckynis finding  his quality in certain areas of his life that are “Lucky specific “.  

As Sracy said, you have a thoughtful plan and, as Nancy said, embrace each day!!

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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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Pam,

I just wanted to add that you are doing a great job with Lucky!  It is Crystal clear how much you love Lucky, and so clear how much Lucky loves you! 

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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That sounds like a good plan. I like the way your oncologist thinks. Bisphosphonates have been around for a long time and many people see good results. We hope this is a huge help so you can get more quality time with your sweet boy.

Don’t forget to share more photos. I’m happy to help so we can celebrate your spunky Lucky pup! Stay strong and keep on with the pawsitivity!

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Hi everyone,

I have some very sad news to share with you today.  Yesterday morning, May 8th, Lucky went to the Rainbow Bridge .  The last 36 hours have been some of the hardest of my entire life.  We had planned to move forward with some additional treament, but the cancer was growing so fast, and my husband and I made the decision to let him go. We told our children Thursday night and we all cried.  I didn’t know if I would be able to be with him in the last moments, but I asked God for strength, and I stayed.  Out vet was amazing and explained everything and waited until we were ready.  He told us that we were doing the right thing and that he thought that it was time.  He said that in the week since he had seen Lucky, that the cancer had grown to the point that it was affecting his quality of life. The vet tech who always did his chemo treatments with him came in and told us how sorry she was, and that she always enjoyed being with Lucky because he made her happy.  He had that effect on everyone.  He was such an amazing boy!  This incredible dog who came into our lives as a foster puppy almost 6 years ago, filled my life with love and happiness each and every day.  He was always close by.  If I  went to the kitchen there he was.  When I went to bed at night, he would happily follow me up the stairs.  If I was watching tv, he was right there beside me on the couch.  Now, the emptiness is palpable.  Yesterday, the tears flowed freely and the sense of loss was overwhelming.  Today has been a bit better, but there are moments when the hurt overpowers me and the tears just won’t be contained.  I miss him so very much!!!  I want to thank everyone who has supported me and my sweet Lucky throughout the last 6 months since his cancer diagnosis.  We had hoped that we would get to keep him in our lives for many years to come, but even though we did every thing that we could do medically, it just didn’t work out that way.  I feel blessed that we got him for the 5 months following his surgery and got to see him enjoying his life as a Tripawd.  Run free sweet boy!  I will always love you!

Pam

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