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Yes I agree 

I have to let the Dr lead the way and trust her, and it is reassuring that it does happen quite often to other dogs.

After Chemo number three they will chest x ray or maybe even before so I will be a bundle of nerves for that!

  All I know is when I come in the door at night from work my heart fills with joy that she seems so HAPPY all tail wags and LOVE and running around with her ball in her mouth.

Then I get to work making their dinner from scratch  I use the Rodney Habib recipe.  THEY LOVE IT

My old boy Sharky at 12 and 1/2 years old has REALLY taken to it.  He has so much more energy and I swear his shedding ( Super Shedding) has been cut in half.

I will send you some pics Jackie and lets keep our fingers crossed regarding her next chest x ray!

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Sounds like a plan smiley I will take a peek at that Rodney Habib recipe, sounds interesting. I have no doubt this is nerve wracking Doug, but don’t let that piece of poopicon_pngdisease spoil this wonderful time you have with your girl. She is spunky and happy and that is all that matters right now, right? winker

Please give her a big face mushing smooch for me big-grin

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Yes Jackie   I am just enjoying her good health for now as I cannot control the future!!

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Thanks for the photo, she looks wonderful!!

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Ohhhhhh …

… Cookie is such a gorgeous, sweet girl 🎀💓 …

I totally agree with Jackie, enjoy your girl and do not allow yourself to suffer in anticipation, just squeeze each happy day and build loving memories with your Cookie.

She sure is enjoying every day with you 💕 

Sending you a big hug and lots of ear scratches to your cutie 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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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 Nothing says “BEING MORE DOG” than that photo!!  😀 That ois s the PERFECT depiction  of a dog so blissfully living  in the moment with not a care in the world!  Cookie is soooooo content☺   Looooove this Cookie dog!😚

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She really is Content Benny,

 And that is all that matters for now.  Give her all the LOVE I can , and she gives it back times 10 !

Thank you everyone for your love and support!laughing

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Just got a new picture of our girl. She looks pawesome! heart

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25 May 2018 - 2:49 pm
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Awww what a sweetie! Thanks for sharing, please consider starting a new topic in another forum since Cookie has officially graduated from the diagnosis stage 🙂

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Such a great photo of such a great dog!  Nice of her to let you share her couch!😎

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Oh I’m so sad,

 We were supposed to get chemo 4 Friday but they found something on her x ray.  Dr supposes its osteo, but is not in the Lung but her chest cavity, but the ultrasound lady said she couldn’t aspirate as it was to hard to see.

 They suggested a cat scan but I’m not going ahead with that as I cannot spend 1500 on diagnostics I can only spend on TREATMENT.

I spent almost $1000 Friday for nothing but inconclusive results.

I think we’ll go on the metronomic chemo as I don’t know what else to do.  The vet said it may be a lymphoma but at this point I just want her to be comfortable and not suffer for as long as possible.

I’m really devastated.crying

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Deep breath.   

Okay, I know this is hard to hear what it MIGHT be.  And I stress MIGHT because it sounds  very inconclusive ro me.  Obviously  you were there, but it seems to me that “something” has shown up outside of the lung and it is not clear what it is.  I’m  not trying to be ridiculously  optimistic, but this could be something  that is NOT the worse case scenario.

I certainly  understand NOT pursuing expensive  tests that may not even give you more concrere specifics anyway. 

Not too long ago I was told my tripawd Frankie had osteo in one of his remaining  three legs.  Long story short and after days of being sickened and devastated at the thought, it was determined  by another radiologist  that it was not osteo, but a bizarre shardow as a result of the way the xray was taken.  We’ve  seen instances  where an xray showed a “tumor” (?) and xrays taken later showed nothing.

Anyway, gonna throw out something in the “for whatever it’s  worth” column.  And really, just for whatever it’s  worth.   Wondering if it couldn’t  hurt to go ahead and pursue the fourth chemo anyway.  My Happy Hannah only had four, and that’s  what many Oncos recommened.  IF there is doubt about what the xray showed,  well….again…jist throwing this out there.  Cookie handles  her doses very well.

Having  connection issues, but just wanted ro get rhis out there as quickly as possible .

Sending  lots of hugs

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Doug, I’m sad too, I know this news was a kick in the gut. Not easy to hear when it’s the last thing you expected.

For now, I agree that this best guess was pretty inconclusive. Please don’t feel badly about not pursuing additional diagnostics. Even if you did, and you found out what it was, if you weren’t going to pursue treatment for whatever it is, if anything, then why do the extra testing? It sounds to me like you are following your heart, which is exactly what Cookie wants for you. 

And as much as you are worried, know that Cookie is still the same dog. She doesn’t care what was in that report, she just wants to go on enjoying life and making sure the pack is happy. It’s entirely possible that she could go on and on and beat the odds even without the extra chemo, so please don’t give up hope. 

It’s not easy to find out news like this, but it’s a real test of your ability to Be More Dog . You’ve come a long way since you joined us, we know you can do it! 

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Hi Doug and beautiful Cookie monster heart

If I may, I totally concur with what Rene and Sally said. If this had been an ultrasound I think I would have been more concerned, but a rad? Not so much. Dogs move, rads show shadows, some techs are better at proper placement than others. I truly hate that they want to charge you another $1500.00 on diagnostics. I wish they had just tried to take a couple more pictures. Maybe they did and I am overstepping, sorry.

Is your girl acting the same as she has been before they turned your world upside down? Still eating, drinking, active, keeping on her weight? 

Even if you find that there is something going on, you are going to have to continue to be the same dad that you have been. You have had a wonderful time with each other, and I believe you will continue to do so. At least you have this, some don’t. I am not trying to be a hard@ss but you still have your girl. She is still the same dog she was yesterday. You all just keep doing what you are doing. Diagnostic shmiagnostics…. if/when the time comes that you have to change your routine, that beautiful girl will let you know. Please don’t spend the rest of this precious time like she is already gone. Today ain’t her day, I doubt tomorrow will be either. 

Peace and love to all of you, come rant anytime you need to but be strong for your girl!

Jackie and Huckleberry heartheart

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