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17 November 2016 - 9:35 am
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BRAVO! I love love love your oncologist, and it's wonderful to hear the hoppy tone in your voice.

I agree, most people are not aware of the changes in veterinary medicine over the last decade. We no longer just "put down" a dog or cat because they're sick. We know more, we can treat more without affecting quality of life. Hopefully your folks will see the joy in Ginger's life now and appreciate the evolution of vet care.

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17 November 2016 - 12:58 pm
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This is really great news to read! Way to go Ginger!! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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17 November 2016 - 4:51 pm
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OMG I am in tears!! As soon as I read "Trotting across the yard" I just lost it! clap I think Ginger is also very happy you saw the Oncologist! winker It feels good to feel good when you've been in pain for a long time. I hope these different ideas and pain methods continue to give Ginger an amazing quality of life for the rest of her days!!  Animals continue to amaze me. Good for you for hanging in there! Its hard to be strong and positive when you've been dealt such negative news. This is NOT over for Ginger. Its not her time yet. Love her & enjoy every minute you get. Every day truly is a bonus day around here. My amazing Kylie is proof of that too. I cherish every good day I get.

Sending much love & best wishes

Chris & Kylie xo

p.s. In TOTAL agreement with the others that we need to see some footage of this amazing girl of yours in action!

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17 November 2016 - 9:42 pm
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Thanks for all the heartwarming replies. I knew you guys would understand ! Friends and coworkers that I told all said "oh, thats nice" but they don't quite get it. You guys DO !

Deb your story about Bandit is how I'm hoping this will end. I want Ginger to tell me that it's time. To know in my heart that its OK and she wants to go. Right now, I am not seeing that so I will hold on to the hope that I am doing the right thing and that she can wait until I am back from my vacation. Like you, I want to be there til the very end, to hold her so she's not afraid and knows to wait for me at the bridge. I hope with all my heart to NOT have to make any decision travelling down the highway at 75mph !

For the 1st time ever, this week Ginger got her own hamburger. I always share my food with her so she'd real familiar with people food but this was her first hamburger all of her own, right after her bisphosphonate treatment. She loved it ! We'll definitely have to keep doing that 🙂 

About my parents comments: I know it's all out of love for Ginger and me with them hoping that I am not dragging this out for my benefit. (which I would never do). I love them dearly - we are very close and they are the first people I call when anything happens, good or bad. We've spoken several times since and it's all good now 🙂

OK, so I took a video today but we had to re do it a few times and she was getting annoyed. She is not a fan of the camera and keeps looking away. She did trot again but she was going away from me at the time and I didn't catch it . So it's not the best - but you can see the diff the treatment made

This first one is from October 12 and shows her limp. She and I have a conversation at the end. I say 'woof', she replies. We do this all the time 🙂

This was today, just over a month later, and 2 days after her treatment. Ok, she still has a slight limp but it's a million times WAY better than a month ago. She was being camera shy and wouldn't look at me. No pictures please !

So I leave on vacation Saturday with every finger and toe crossed that Ginger is comfortable until I get home. I have made deals with every God that will listen and I've asked my Guardian Angels to stay home and watch over my baby until I can get home to her. She will be in great hands with my parents and daughter... and I will call every day !!

Virginia




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17 November 2016 - 10:16 pm
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I am head over heels in love with Ginger!! OMD!!! What a beautiful girl! She's a cuddle bug, a great big snuggle bear!! 🙂

WOW!! This girl is happy!! Soooo glad you are having this turn around!!!!! It's clear Ginger wants yiu to go on this vacay!!

Ginger is the smile maker for the day 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Lots of hugs...and cheeseburgers!!!

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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18 November 2016 - 2:15 am
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What a difference!  You can tell she is not feeling well in the first video.  She does seem a bit spunkier in the second.  And the woof woof game is adorable!

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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18 November 2016 - 10:14 am
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WOW.... she is simply amazing!!! Looking great Ginger! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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18 November 2016 - 1:17 pm
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Just loving these videos. What a difference! What a happy sunshine dog!

xxxxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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18 November 2016 - 3:01 pm
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Ginger greeting me this morning when I got back from work

Sure, it's a slow trot, but it is a trot !! 

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18 November 2016 - 4:00 pm
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That is definitely a trot!clap

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.

Virginia




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18 November 2016 - 9:11 pm
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Not "just" a trot! That's a HAPPY TROT from a dog who has a grin on her face and joy in her eyes!! 🙂

Grinning ear to ear over here!! 🙂 🙂 Made my day! 🙂 In fact, I watched the video twice because it made me so happy!

Love!

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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18 November 2016 - 10:13 pm
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That's a huge improvement!  clap

Oh, happy Ginger! heart

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
Read about Murphy's Life on Three Legs

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19 November 2016 - 12:06 am
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Oh, I love, love, love these videos, and I love Ginger! What a wonderful, shining spirit she has! I'm so happy the treatments are making her feel so much better.

Love,

Nancy & Susie

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