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Butch the Dogue de Bordeaux
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18 August 2008 - 8:17 pm
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Thanks Jessie and and Max,

What is a B.A.R.F diet Jessie?

Annie

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18 August 2008 - 8:27 pm
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seiersen01 said:

What is a B.A.R.F diet Jessie?


hey Annie, sorry about the acronym!  It stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.  Check this link out: http://www.njbo.....m/faqs.htm

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18 August 2008 - 11:17 pm
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Annie,

Sorry for getting here so late, Mom and Dad were at work. Thanks Jessie, your comments are great, just what we would say too.

There's some info about the BARF diet on my Health Tips page. I've been on the BARF diet since I was about 5. Mom put me on it because I was having seizures, and she learned that they could be caused by the terrible things in commercial dog food. Once I went on the diet, I stopped having seizures. Cool, huh?

Is the cancer rate increasing? Well, from what we've read, it seems that cancer studies and veterinary care has become more prominent in the health care of dogs and other pets. It's a relatively new field of study, so cancer is finally being recognized as a serious health issue in pets. According to HelpYourDogFightCancer.com,

Until
the past decade, pets
diagnosed with ca
ncer
were generally
not given treatment. In fact, until 15 years ago, veterinary oncology
didn’t even
exist as a board certified subspecialty of veterinary medicine. Now,
state of
the art cancer treatment for pets is nearly on a par with human cancer
treatment.

Please don't blame yourself. It's normal to feel that way, as my pawrents, especially my Mom, did that a lot in my early days of coping with cancer. She blamed what she fed me, what she put on me for flea control, everything. In the end though, I taught her to let go; what's done is done, and this nasty cancer isn't anything that she could have predicted. She did what she thought was best at the time. Today, the important thing that matters is our extra time together, and I told her I didn't want her or my Dad to waste that time being regretful or sad.

I hope this helps somewhat. And remember, Butch just needs some time. The road to recovery is a longer haul for some, but it is so very worth it. Things will pick up, I know it. Please give Butch a big hug from us, we're rooting for him.

xoxo

Jerry 

 

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18 August 2008 - 11:22 pm
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Annie,

Sorry for getting here so late, Mom and Dad were at work. Thanks Jessie, your comments are great, just what we would say too.

There's some info about the BARF diet on my Health Tips
page. I've been on the BARF diet since I was about 5. Mom put me on it
because I was having seizures, and she learned that they could be
caused by the terrible things in commercial dog food. Once I went on
the diet, I stopped having seizures. Cool, huh?

Is the cancer rate increasing? Well, from what we've read, it seems
that cancer studies and veterinary care has become more prominent in
the health care of dogs and other pets. It's a relatively new field of
study, so cancer is finally being recognized as a serious health issue
in pets. According to HelpYourDogFightCancer.com,

Until the past decade, pets diagnosed with cancer were generally not
given treatment. In fact, until 15 years ago, veterinary oncology
didn’t even exist as a board certified subspecialty of veterinary
medicine. Now, state of the art cancer treatment for pets is nearly on
a par with human cancer treatment.

Please don't blame yourself. It's normal to feel that way, as my
pawrents, especially my Mom, did that a lot in my early days of coping
with cancer. She blamed what she fed me, what she put on me for flea
control, everything. In the end though, I taught her to let go; what's
done is done, and this nasty cancer isn't anything that she could have
predicted. She did what she thought was best at the time. Today, the
important thing that matters is our extra time together, and I told her
I didn't want her or my Dad to waste that time being regretful or sad.

I hope this helps somewhat. And remember, Butch just needs some
time. The road to recovery is a longer haul for some, but it is so very
worth it. Things will pick up, I know it. Please give Butch a big hug
from us, we're rooting for him.

xoxo

Jerry

 

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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18 August 2008 - 11:56 pm
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Annie, Butch and Family

Take it one day at a time. Titan has been taking baby steps to getting better. Butch's mopiness will go away. Titan seemed that way but now that he is off that one med he is much better. I also noticed he was putting his tail between his legs everytime he walked. Titan has always been the alpha and a very confident dog. I have noticed in the past couple of day he is more comfortable on his feet and the tail is not between his legs anymore. Just give it time one paw at a time.

Heidi and Titan

Annie
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19 August 2008 - 1:34 am
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I just read about the BARF diet on the link Jessie gave me.  I've never been able to get Butch to eat raw food, he can refuse to eat for days when I try.  The only bone he's ever taken is a brisket bone if it's mainly white in colour too much red and he spits it out.  Hence I've cooked for him since he was a pup.  Cesar Milan would have a nice old laugh at me I'm sure.

Annie, sucker for a wrinkly red face

Oh ps Jerry it's Annie (seiersen01) I'm on a different computer and don't have my password

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19 August 2008 - 2:15 pm
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I do know of some dogs that don't take to the BARF diet. Homecooking is good too, it's just another school of thought. I say that as long as it's healthy, and something that you humans eat, it's gotta be better for us than some icky commercial kibble from a bag. Lucky Butch!

 

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19 August 2008 - 11:13 pm
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Annie and Butch

It is 15 days Titan op. The past couple of days he was very slowly progressing then today it was like someone turned on a light switch. We had such a great day. I am trying to get him to rest and not take it too fast. He has finally lifted his tail when he walks and gives me nose nibbles. I bet the same thing will happen with Butch. I hope he is doing better.

Heidi and Titan

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20 August 2008 - 7:23 am
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It's day 15 for Butch today too (Aug 20) and we've actually had a reasonable day, he went to the dog park with my brother and almost ran away from him in his excitement to smell everyting and meet the dogs.  My brother was mindful of the fact that however far he manages to go he has to double it to get back to the car so he kept him from getting too carried away.  He also ate well tonight I cooked lamb strips to medium rare for him tonight and he scoffed it. He's been alert and receptive when you cuddle him but he's reluctant to move unless it's something we can cajole him into like a walk and then he'll get up.  It's day 5 post chemo as well and he is much more alert than in the past 2 days.  Is Titan having chemo?  I'm curious if you're seeing any side effects?

The family are slowly asking if they can come around and say hi, everyone has given us space to deal with Butch's diagnosis and for Butch to get used to his new self.  I appreciate their concern and we've said that we're ready for visitors, Butch is in a better mood and he loves the family so we may see a bit of tail wagging this weekend. 

Annie and Butch

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20 August 2008 - 1:33 pm
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Titan starts chemo next week. We had to wait until that seroma area finishes healing so we don't risk infection. I notice Titan doesn't want to move around alot unless it is on his terms/or what he wants to do. So I think in Titan time and Butch time they will both get back in their normal routine. Titan was always a couch potatoe. Sounds like Butch is not hiding under the hedge anymore that is great news. Just make sure when he tries to bolt he doesn't pull a muscle or tendon. Keep me posted. I know with chemo people have said they can have a lack of appetite and energy for a couple of days after. How often is Butch getting chemo? Titan is going to be going every 3 weeks.

Heidi and Titan

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20 August 2008 - 8:02 pm
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Titan said:

I notice Titan doesn’t want to move around alot unless it is on his terms/or what he wants to do.


I'm the same way. Mom and Dad used to religiously make me go potty every night at 9, but now unless I'm crying to go out, they don't make me.

Sometimes getting up and down the stairs is more effort than it's worth, just for a little tinkle. So they let me call the shots a lot of the time....which we all know Cesar Milan would frown upon, but hey, I'm a cancer survivor after all! Gimme some props! 

xoxo

Jerry 

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20 August 2008 - 8:07 pm
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seiersen01 said:

It’s day 15 for Butch today too (Aug 20) and we’ve actually had a reasonable day, he went to the dog park with my brother and almost ran away from him in his excitement to smell everyting and meet the dogs


Yeay! It's go great to hear about these baby steps. Don't they just get you all teary-eyed? I know my Mom and Dad were when I went outside on my first walks and playtimes.

Keep it up Butch, we're cheering you on!

-Jerry 

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21 August 2008 - 2:37 am
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Hi Butch, for some reason I came upon your story, looks like you need lots of prayers and support. We (Marcela my mom, Truffa the senior chocolate lab girl & Nina the crazy chocolate girl of this family) will be howling tons of prayers and sending healing thoughts to you. When we saw your picture our jaws just dropped to the floor.... you are absolutely divine!!!!!

I (Truffa) recently had surgery and they removed two mast cells grade 2, one adenoma and one malignant cancer from my remanent ovaries. My mom & I hoped that they got it all out, but while we go again for a re-check my mom doesn't want to miss a second and she's surfing the Internet learning whatever she needs to about how to fight canine cancer, that's how we came upon your story. I am OK.

For now we will keep rooting for YOU!!!! I believe the most important medicine is the time that our family spend with us furry companions. Medicines, surgeries, externals aids, they don't work as well if our parents forget to bond with us more than ever, and for what I see you are a lucky and 200% loved boy in your family!!!! Cool 

Will check soon on you

 

Truffa, Nina & Marcela

 

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31 August 2008 - 10:57 pm
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Butch Buddy where are you? My mom and I want to know how you are doing? I am doing better. I also went thru my first round of chemo fine. Please let us know how you are doing. Did you see there's another mastiff on here named Tazzie even bigger then us!  Check out his story. His mom sounds so cool she is a vet.

Titan and Heidi

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Hi I've been away for 2 weeks attending a family funeral in Denmark sad times but also a cause for celebration, my grandmother was 94 and a beautiful person.  When I left Butch was still a bit mopey and not going out by himself the transition in 14 days has been magical my happy old Butch is back!  I've been getting reports from my brother about his progress every day but seeing it for myself yesterday was the best tonic ever!  He's doing everything he did before he became a tripawd, smiling, showing love ears (you know, when he shows the inside pink of his ears like Dumbo) playing with the other pups, going to the toilet by himself, eating like a horse all the things he did before.  Second chemo on Sept 9th, was meant to have been 7th but oncologist was away.  I'm taking it day by day I'm so happy to see him happy I just hope I don't kiss him to death.

Annie, Butch's proud mum

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