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24 January 2020 - 5:13 am
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The suture ended up falling out on it’s own. She couldn’t find any more, so hopefully we’re done with that.

Yes, it’s so hard. Especially as he has at least 4 more chemo appointments, and then follow ups.

If getting the pups comes through, I’ll be sure to post photos. I’ll pass on the ear rubbing to him.

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YAAAAAY FOR A GREAT PUPDATE ON CZAR!!!   

I can only imagine how hard it is not to compare the two journeys, the feedback of the Vets, etc, etc.  As hard as it is, keep in mind these are  two different  dogs, different make-up, different genetics, etc. I hope the Vet visits become more and more pawsitive experience with continued  good results for Czar.

Do you already have a lead on the two puppies? Already sorta’ picked out?

A how are YOU feeling???  What have you done for YOU lately?? 

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Yes, there’s no way not to compare. Particularly as Riot got almost every side effect, complication, and was on the lowest end of every survival rate based on his treatment.

Yes, the breeder has been picked and my deposit sent in. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll have it rolled over to another litter. I’ve always gone through rescues before, but I wanted parental health testing. It does nothing against cancer, but lessening the risk of other horrible problems is peace of mind I need right now. Plus, if anything were to happen to my family, they’d never end up in a shelter. Honestly, I don’t have the time to do anything for me. Any spare time is spent working on things for my family or Czar. I’ve been taking work home for the last two weeks.

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Honestly, I don’t have the time to do anything for me. Any spare time is spent working on things for my family or Czar. I’ve been taking work home for the last two weeks.

I’m gonna worry about you my friend! Remember, we have to put our own oxygen masks on first if we want to help others. Be kind to yourself and at least try to find a few minutes a day for yourself or you’ll burn out. Czar and the puppies need you fresh and ready to take on the world! 🙂

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Speaking of oxygen masks… you running yourself down is not going to help you get better. You need to eat good food, and rest. No rest, no healing physically or emotionally. Please try to take some time for you. Even if it is cuddled up on the couch with Czar for a nap. You don’t want to end up in the hospital, that would make you even more of a mess. 

Nobody here is going anywhere, your family isn’t going anywhere, and your work will not go anywhere either. Please make some time for yourself. Breathing problems are no joke. 

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Yes, thank you both. I’ve been trying to focus on healing, but obligations don’t stop because I’m sick and grieving. Our big audit for the year ends next week, so I should be able to take next weekend off.

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I took Czar to the feed store today. He got lots of attention. He rolled over for love and got belly rubs. Czar has never met a stranger. So far, chemo has been easy on him. I need to get him eating, though. He’s been so picky since we lost Riot.

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I added whole fat, unflavored Greek yogurt to Mitchell’s food and sometimes added some shredded cheddar or parmesan to the mix and sometimes I alternated cottage cheese to the yogurt. He liked that probably more than anything else I tried. If I got rotisserie chicken he picked out the chicken and left the food. Ground beef was meh. I tried all kinds of things, even used jarred or home made gravy, lol. They do make these things called “toppers” that you can find in the grocery, but what I did above was most successful for us. I really worried about Mitchell’s weight, sometimes I even just sat on the floor and hand fed him. Whatever it took. 

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Yeah, agree with Joackie….whatever or takes to get them to eat….handfeeding, whatever.

Cant remember  if I mentioned  this before when Riot wouldn’t  eat.  There is one good that I cannot recommend  enough as far as dogs and they LOVE it… Fresh Pet.  It’s in the refrigerator  section of dog food.  Whole Food carries it, as well as Target.  Maybe feeding  him off your plate and in a different  location from where he usually  eats.

I love that Czar captures everybody’s heart everywhere he goes.  He certainly has  captured ours!😊

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I’m going to try and see if he’ll take blended kibble in stew. That works sometimes. He likes freshpet, but his stomach doesn’t. He’s still willing to eat treats, so he’s not starving himself.

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One of Mitchell’s favorites was also salmon.  I grill it once a week or so and i always save the skins and some meat,  chop it while it’s still warm and put it into ziploc bags.  You can warm it up and it’s stinky enough to coat all the kibble.  That should be easy on his tummy too and has a lot of nutritional values. 

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I’m severely allergic to shellfish, so I have to avoid fish due to potential cross contamination in packaging. He ate a full dinner tonight with some stew, so that was good.

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YUM, YUM!!  Czar is just holding out for the good stuff!  

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Oh wonderful! I’m so hoppy he ate well! Keep it up Czar!

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Good boy Czar! A trip to the store for belly rubs and stew for dinner. What a special boy! Now eat up all that tasty food.

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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