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9 January 2020 - 12:33 pm
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Yes, I wish I could take a break. I’m back on steroids as my xray yesterday shows the pneumonia is hanging on.

I’m sure trying to give him every shot. I wish I could say I knew he was doing well, but I thought Riot was doing great until we found the met, and he died 17 days later. Czar gets an xray in two weeks, and we’re hoping it’s clear.

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I had the vet do a chest xray during Czar’s blood draw appointment today. It’s clear! I saw no point in my dad driving 6 hours next week for chemo if the cancer is spreading. Hopefully it stays that way, and he can finish his chemo some time in April. Assuming he can stay on the every 3 weeks schedule. We had to move Riot to every month as his counts were always just under what was needed. 

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9 January 2020 - 8:20 pm
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GREAT NEWS!!! 😀😀   I KMOW YOU ARE SO RELIEVED! GETTING GOOD NEWS IS VERY THERAPEUTIC  FOR YOUR HEALTH, AS WELL AS CZAR’S.

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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So happy to hear clear lungs! Yep, good news definetly raises the spirits. In our case, we had to wait over 5 weeks to start chemo, as they could not come up with a concrete diagnosis when doing pathology on Nitro’s leg. I also fretted about the delay, but it worked out – he lived over 3 years after the amp, and his cancer never did return.

After he passed, my Westie, Kodi, would’ve probably been happy being an “only dog” (a 15 year young senior set in his ways), but I needed a reason to smile again and brought home a 10 week old westie pup. In hindsight, that was probably not my smartest move, as the pup was “too much” for the old man. 9 months later I got my puppy a puppy, lol – a 5 month old Cairn terrier. It was a match made in heaven! The pups kept each other occupied, and left Kodi in peace. Now we are a “Terrorist Trio” household.

Hoping you feel better soon, Czar continues to rock life on 3, and to expanding your family when the time is right.

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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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10 January 2020 - 11:23 am
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Yes, we needed some good news around here. I was worried his lowered endurance was more than losing a leg. It’s really that he doesn’t know what to do without Riot. He’s only been willing to go on two walks since he died. One was just today. We’re hoping he perks up soon. He’s starting to feel a bit better, but it’s been rough for all of us.

It will be 7 weeks post amputation once Czar starts. We didn’t like to wait so long, but his oncologist up here is booked. We’re going almost 3 hours away for his first does, then we’re starting up locally again. I think Czar will make a good big brother. He really likes puppies. Older dogs he’s picky with, so we have to go younger. Which is fine by me. Puppies spark new life, and I could use some positive energy. Thank you. I’ll be coughing until spring, according to my doctors. I’ll clear up in time for a new family member, hopefully. I need to work out scheduling with my boss. 

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10 January 2020 - 11:45 am
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Oh yeah for sure, poor Czar is heartbroken. All of you are. And seven weeks isn’t a long time after amputation, both for healing and building stamina, as well as getting the chemo going on. Just a few years ago that kind of length of time between amputation and chemo was pretty typical, it’s only recently that chemo has been bumped up to happen right after surgery. Don’t beat yourself up, everything will work out.

I love the plan to bring a younger dog into the mix! It will be great timing for all of you.

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10 January 2020 - 12:29 pm
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Yeah, we’re taking a long time to heal. It wouldn’t be right to bring a new pup into my life until I’m in a better emotional spot. Plus, puppy potty trips in winter are awful. I’m hoping he picks up some more energy. I bought him a wagon, so we can both go outside more. I just have to wait for my pneumonia to heal some more. I’m not supposed to be out in the cold for long. I think he’ll like the wagon. He’s been a couch potato for several years now. He likes walks, but not as much as when he was younger. He’s more of a hang out on the porch, and in the dirt kind of dog. He’ll sit outside most of the day, given the opportunity and decent weather.

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12 January 2020 - 7:07 am
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Czar looks fantastic! I sure hope you start to turn a corner too. Asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia in the winter in cold climates is awful. Seems like it takes so much longer to heal without all of the activity you have had to endure. I know you are, but please make sure you are taking care of yourself. Keeping fingers, toes, paws, and tails crossed that Czar continues to thrive!

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13 January 2020 - 7:54 am
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Czar has his first chemo Thursday, so we hope it goes well. Plus, he has another visit with his permanent oncologist next week to get him set up for future sessions, but that should be quick. He had a good weekend, as I was helping my parents totally clean out their garage. One of their neighbors came over to help install shelving, and he loves watching people work. So he was in his element. I wish I could have avoided that with being sick, but the weather was in the 60’s and they’ve helped me so much since Riot, and then Czar, got sick.

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13 January 2020 - 10:16 am
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And I was just going to “cross the line into  none of my business” territory and lovingly fuss thst ypu wete workeing outside in a garage!!   Then I saw your explanation.  With the warm weather and seeing Czar so happy in his element,  it was probably  quite therapeuticfor both of yoi!!. 

Paws crossed for  more smooth sailing for Czar.

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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As icky as cleaning can be, it sounds like it was good for all of you to get out and do something different. I’ll bet your parents loved having both of you over and especially with Czar as supervisor 😉

Oh wow what an exciting week! This is such big progress for you both. We will be sending lots of love for an easy treatment and no side effects.

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13 January 2020 - 10:34 am
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Yes, it wasn’t good for my lungs, but it needed to be done so badly. I probably won’t be over this until spring, so I may as well be productive. I plan on staying in this weekend. I haven’t taken the down time I need. I’m really hoping Czar sails through these treatments. Riot had several rocky patches, and it was so hard to see.

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Hey you can come and help out at our place any time! Dust masks come free 😉

It’s gotta be hard not to compare the two doggies in how they handle the cancer. I know I would have a hard time with it. I remember Riot’s troubles and it was sooo difficult even watching on this end. Poor pupperz. Just keep telling yourself that they are two totally different doggies. Czar’s got this!

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13 January 2020 - 11:24 am
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Haha. I think I’m deep cleaned out for a while. I’m hoping Czar does better as he’s almost 3 1/2 years younger than Riot. He’s also more laid back. He has however become a picky eater since Riot died. I never thought I’d see that. We’ll just have to wait and see. If we have to tweak things, so be it. Hopefully we’ll finish in April, and we’ll get more quality time.

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16 January 2020 - 11:43 am
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Czar is back home from chemo. My dad was a rockstar for taking him. Now we hope he doesn’t get any side effects. Work has been so crazy busy lately. I really wish I was able to take a day or two off, but that’s not in the cards right now. I can’t risk my job. I’m going to use all of this work for leverage come spring. I want to bring a puppy or two home, and I’ll need them to be a bit more flexible with my schedule. Hopefully I’ll be over this pneumonia by then. 

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