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10 August 2020 - 12:04 pm
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Wow that looks like an unfurgettable time! It is so pretty there, I’m so happy for you guys. Looks like a refreshing change from the big city, isn’t it great being out in nature?

I love that Griffin was able to show all the kids in your family how resilient he is, and just as amazing and strong as ever. Lessons of a lifetime! They have grown up with this dog they’ve always loved and now they see him in all new ways. I wish I had been as fortunate to know a dog like Griffin when I was their age. Very cool! 

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Thank you sooooo much  for takingi time to share Griffin’s glorious vacation!!  And yes, it was so much. more than “just a vacation “.  I agree with Jerry, the life lessons Griffin  is teaching g those kids (and adults too) are profound  and will stay with them furever!  

I posted on your blog and have watched the videos twice.  Each time my smile gets. bigger and bigger at all the joy and happiness  shared by everyone…..especially  Griffiin😎

I think it was  in uoir blog uou mentioned  he swam about five hours everyday!  He knows how to make every moment t the best moments evvvver!  This dog is one of a kind, that for sure!  And the same is true of his hooman!

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PS. The puppy picture…..ADORABLE!

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Oh my gosh, Stacy, look at Griffin go!!  He is just amazing.  I love watching his videos.  5 hours a day!  I think that’s more than Jake would do and Jake isn’t even 4!  Keep at it Griffin.  Thanks for all the posts Stacy.  Griffin’s resilience is helping everyone in some waysp_hearticon2

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Griffin had an oncology appointment today, with follow up chest x-ray results that were a mixed bag.  I’m a bad news first type of gal, so…the latest x-rays show that Griffin has 3 nodules in his lungs, an increase from 1 on July 8th.  The good news is that while they thought there was only 1 nodule in those last x-rays, they have determined that there were actually 2 of the same size located close together (hence why they thought they saw only 1 from 2 different angles) and that those nodules have decreased in size by 30% and 50%.  The new nodule seen today is the smallest in size of the 3.  So the new chemo agent, doxorubicin, seems to have had some positive impact, but not as strong an impact as we would have liked.  Griffin’s oncology team at the Animal Medical Center is amazingly collaborative with me and together we agreed that we should suspend his doxorubicin chemotherapy to allow Griffin to receive the canine cancer trial vaccine from Yale.  I had prepared for this several weeks ago, proactively scheduling an appointment for Griffin to receive the first round of the vaccine on August 24th (he needs to be at least 3 weeks out from his last chemo treatment).  His team and I had previously discussed metronomic therapy and agreed that Griffin would begin taking palladia (oral chemotherapy drug, 70 mg every other day) and piroxicam (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, 8 mg every day).  We were already in the process of switching Griffin to piroxicam, which required a washout period from his last NSAID (galliprant), so he was able to start both drugs today.

While I would have loved for Griffin’s x-rays to show that his lungs were completely clear, I am grateful that the lung tumors are responding somewhat positively to chemotherapy, and I am hopeful that the metronomic therapy will continue to have a positive impact and his immune system will kick into gear in this fight once he starts the vaccine.  I am further thankful to live close to Yale and be able to easily travel there for the vaccine, avoiding a $1,200 cost to have it sent to my vet.  And finally, I am blessed that Griffin continues to do well overall, remaining active with a strong appetite and an energetic approach to life in general.

We talk a lot on the Tripawds site about “being more dog” after a cancer diagnosis – living in the moment and finding joy in the little things.  One way I do that is by taking photos and videos of Griffin almost every day, but I realized that that I am rarely in those photos.  So, I scheduled an outdoor photo shoot a few weeks ago and I am thrilled with the outcome!  If using a professional photographer is out of your budget, you could ask a friend to take photos that capture you interacting with your pet.  The love that Griffin and I share so clearly shines through in these images, and I will cherish them for the rest of my days.

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Omg Stacy…. beautiful… the look on both of your faces… the love 💖💖💖

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15 August 2020 - 12:23 pm
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Stacy these photos are absolutely precious, what a gift! I wish we had taken more like that with Jerry, and now I’ll commit to taking more with Wyatt. We just don’t see how we interact with our animals but the camera does. These are great.

I’m sorry that the news wasn’t great, but it seems like there’s no time to dwell on the not-so-great part because you’ve kicked the alternative plan into action and are ON IT LADY! GREAT! I love that you already have that appointment for the vaccine. You were hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, which is the most anyone can do during this journey and you are DOING IT. Now, there’s no time wasted, his body’s preparing for the vaccine and getting ready to FIGHT ON!

That boy looks so happy. He’s truly the embodiment of living for the day and making the most of every second. The look in your eyes says that you are too. LOVE IT! sp_hearticon2

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16 August 2020 - 4:49 pm
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Stacy,

Griffin’s vacation looked like a blast! I am so impressed that he was able to swim for 5 hours a day! He’s so strong – I would need medical attention if I attempted such a feat. He’s such a great lifeguard to his fan club too. What fun. Y’alls photo shoot is wonderful as well. Both he and you looks so happy and content in the photos. 🙂 I hope the Yale Vaccine works very well for Griffin – I have posted a little update about our experience with it so far in Cop’s story if you would like to check it out.

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Hi Stacy.  I adore the pictures!  They certainly do capture the love between you both.  You can see the bond.  So precious.  

As I’ve said before, Griffin is so lucky to have you.  I’m thrilled that he’s able to receive the cancer trial vaccine.  You were proactive and got it to happen!  I’ll always admire you for being so on top of things.  My prayers go out to you.

I’ll to post a video of Jake soon.  He is doing awesome sp_hearticon2

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Hi all!  Thanks for the positive responses to my last post! I hope our photo shoot has inspired some of you to get on the other side of the camera with your pets.  While I love any photo of Griffin, the ones with us together are so special, just as it would be with human members of our family.  And, I especially love the photos that were not posed, catching Griffin and me in our natural state of interacting.  I had a friend do an informal photo shoot with Griffin and me just prior to his surgery, scared that if something went wrong, I would not have any recent pictures of us together.  This more recent photo shoot was more of a celebration of how far we both have come, but it gives me peace of mind to know that these special moments have been memorialized forever.

I’m also feeling at peace (and dare I say optimistic?) with the current treatment plan.  Griffin has thankfully experienced no side effects from the metronomic drugs, palladia and piroxicam, that he started taking on Friday.  We’ve had a much welcomed break in the heat for the last few days, which positively impacts Griffin’s stamina on our morning walks and makes them more enjoyable overall.  We are heading to Connecticut for the first dose of the Yale vaccine on Monday, and after reading Copper’s update, I’m now weirdly rooting for Griffin to develop infection from the injection.  And, we are deep in our training to hike the Continental Divide starting on Saturday! smiley2

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It’s sooo clear from those photos that you two are celebrating so much about Griffin’s victory over amputation and cancer. No matter what, he is the embodiment of living to the fullest and always will be. The look in your faces says it all: LIVE LIFE NOW!

That’s too funny about rooting for the infection! The things we celebrate around here 😉

We’re so glad you’re on Team Tripawds, thank you again for joining us.

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Stacy, I finally figured it out. You know that I have Said for some reason Griffen reminds me of Brownie. Well, after seeing these photos I know what it is. Griffen looks at you the same way Brownie looked at me. With a twinkle in his eye, and love in his heart.

Those are very beautiful pictures.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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This is pure LOVE.  What a victory AND WHAT STRENGTH. you are amazing.

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Griffin received the first dose of the Yale canine cancer trial vaccine yesterday!  We were originally scheduled to travel to Connecticut tomorrow in order to avoid the $1,200 cost (tax deductible donation to Yale University) of having the vaccine sent to our local vet, but the vaccine was mistakenly sent to Griffin’s oncologist last week.  Dr. Mamula, the lead vet for the trial, very graciously allowed us to keep the vaccine, lowering the cost to $300.  So, instead of having to travel about an hour and turn over Griffin in the parking lot to staff of a clinic we don’t know and pay about $225 for that consultation, we were able to have our local vet administer the vaccine with me in the room for $65.  That was a total win for us!

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Griffin started Palladia and Piroxicam last week.  He does not seem to be experiencing any side effects, but he has been a little picky with his food the last few days.  He is still eating, but whereas before he would literally lick the bowl clean for his afternoon homecooked meal, I am now having to coax him a bit to eat most of it.  Nothing has changed with his food, and he eagerly eats treats and human food (for example, cottage cheese and chicken), so I’m not sure what’s going on.  When Griffin is not feeling well, he will refuse all food/treats, so I don’t think he is nauseous.  He has gone from 60lbs on July 18th to 56.7lbs yesterday, losing one pound just from August 14th.  His local vet says he is in ideal body condition, and his oncology team doesn’t seem concerned, just cautioning me not to force him to eat.

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Other than the recent food pickiness, Griffin continues to do well.  The weather in NYC was cool enough not to need the AC for most of last week, and the lower heat/humidity made our daily morning walks more enjoyable.  Griffin will return to his local vet for the second dose of the vaccine in 3 weeks and has an oncology appointment 2 weeks after that to repeat the chest x-rays and determine our next course of action.  Not including the trips to our local vet (walking distance from our house) for the vaccine injections, this will be the longest break from major medical appointments that we’ve had since Griffin was diagnosed in March – whoo hoo!

We used Griffin’s red wagon a ton while on vacation to haul things down to the pond and pavilion, and we accidentally broke the push handle bar.  His original wagon has been discontinued but I was lucky enough to find a replacement one which is almost identical.  Griffin was very color coordinated on this day, modeling his Ruff Wear Jet Stream cooling vest and enjoying the shade provided by his new chariot!

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Griffin and I don’t share our apartment with anyone else, so I never close the bathroom door when showering, brushing my teeth, etc.  If Griffin decides that I’m in the bathroom too long, he comes to stalk me.

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Even the rain doesn’t dim Griffin’s joy at romping in the grass.  The geese weren’t too sure what to make of the 3-legged orange animal rolling around in their field!

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That is just the best news!! You needed a break and finally got a well deserved one❤

That video is just too adorable… go Griffin!!!

I am really thrilled for you.  Sending huge hugs!❤❤❤

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GRIFFI !  I love your orange poncho, as well as your color coordinated Chariot!  You make any color look spectacular!!   Seeimg you romp in the wet grass with such joy has me grinning  ear to ear😁

I love that you are getting such great photos.  Andnye, we can all agree the love shared in the “close ups” of you two is definitely  a Soul deep bond.

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It’s sooo clear from those photos that you two are celebrating so much about Griffin’s victory over amputation and cancer. No matter what, he is the embodiment of living to the fullest and always will be. The look in your faces says it all: LIVE LIFE NOW!

  

You two are the epitome  of making every moment count and living  in the now!!  Truly,  you’ve been a shining  example of Be More Dog since day one.  And Griffin  didn’t  waste much time at all dealing  with “recovery”.  He basically  bypassed that part of the journey and headed straight to Griffin being Griffin.😎

The lives you two have touched here in so many ways knows no boundaries. 

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