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15 September 2020 - 8:53 pm
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Griffin received the second dose of his Yale canine cancer trial vaccine a few days ago.  We will return to AMC for an appointment with Griffin’s oncology team on September 26th after a break of 6 weeks – the longest we have gone with no major medical appointment since his diagnosis!  Griffin will have chest x-rays taken on that day to determine if the vaccine and/or Palladia is having a positive impact on the lung mets previously identified and determine our next course of action.

In my last update I shared that after racking my brain for what could turn Griffin off so completely to his regular food, I made the connection that I was giving his chemo meds with his afternoon meals, so if he was experiencing nausea from the Palladia, he was likely connecting his old foods with that unpleasantness – smart boy!  I switched him to a new kibble and wet food to test my theory, and he mostly rebounded with regular eating.  We had an extended visit with my godchildren in Pennsylvania, so he was spoiled with lots of human food during this time!  After returning home a few days ago, Griffin no longer seemed enamored with the new canned food that he eagerly ate while out of town, so we are back to the drawing board.  I have a few varieties of canned food, and hopefully we will hit on one he likes consistently.  I’ve also done a bit of research for new kibble (he’s eaten Taste of the Wild his entire life and I’m a bit sad that we need to find a new brand!) and ordered small bags of 3 varieties so that we can find a keeper that meets my quality requirements and his gastrointestinal preferences.  And finally, I ordered CBD oil from Ellevet, which will hopefully address his lack of consistent appetite and any nausea he may be experiencing.

Thankfully, Griffin’s weight has remained stable during this time (a difference of -0.4 lbs. in the 3 weeks between his vaccine doses), and he remains in good spirits and active.  I am really not accustomed to worrying about Griffin’s eating habits and I really hope we solve this issue soon!

In addition to having a blast with my four godchildren (ages 3, 9, 10, and 17) and mastering walking down uncarpeted wood stairs unassisted multiple times a day, Griffin also got a fabulous haircut at Bow Wow Bliss.  We have groomers in 4 different locations outside of NYC, all of which are amazing and so much less expensive!

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Our return to NYC coincided with the arrival of autumn.  Griffin enjoys the cooler weather, but I was not ready to wear a jacket on our walk this morning!  😏  It's been a while since I've posted a Griffin fetch video, so enjoy this one and make sure the volume is turned all the way up to hear him gently snoring while snoozing away the afternoon after our long morning walk today!

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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15 September 2020 - 8:57 pm
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woooow. Look at Griffin run!!!!! so happppyyyy!!! I want to hug him!!!!

This is happiness! 



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16 September 2020 - 4:17 am
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He looks great! He is down for the count after all that exercise and playing ball, how adorable sp_hearticon2 Will be keeping fingers crossed that his visit is a good one.  

We have not tried Taste of the Wild. Bo really likes his Crave food, which seems to be a decent food nutrition wise and it is also economical. After being introduced to so many foods (for good reasons), Griffin may just have become picky. I have seen several pups, especially after getting that good table food, get picky about their dog food. You may wind up having to switch foods up now and then, I know how frustrating that can be. 

I am glad you had a good visit with the godchildren! I am missing my grandkids big time right now, have not seen them since Christmas. Fall has hit Kentucky too! The leaves are falling, pool is about to get closed up, and temps are getting quite brisk in the morning.

So good to hear from you, thank you for sharing the videos. They always make me smile sp_hearticon2

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16 September 2020 - 11:04 am
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Awww, he looks hoppy as ever to get out and go on all his adventures, lucky pup. Griffin plays hard and sleeps hard, just the way it should be.

What are the other foods you've tried? Our Wyatt was on ToW for a long time, until Wild Earth came out. He's digging that one, you may want to give it a try if the current batch of foods don't work (though I hope at least one does!).

I can't believe you're feeling autumn over there. We are far from it out here on the west coast!

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16 September 2020 - 4:33 pm
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Not sure you could ever look anymore handsome than you already do! But that haircut adds an extra level of debonair!!!

Doing stairs, playing with all your hooman extended  family, fetching, snoring like a Champ and eating hooman food......heck yeah, Griffin is living  the dream!!!!

And your weight is holding steady.  I think that's proof hooman food is good for you!!!😉     Pretty sure you've tried Honest Kitchen, Pet Fresh, etc.  I think you may just have to reconcile  yoi'll have to become Chef Stacy and cook for both of you🤪

ALWAYS love getting updates on Griffin, especially  when it comes with poctures and videos!  He makes napping look like a beautiful  art😊

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS  And YAY for such a nice long stretch with no Vet visits!!

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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21 September 2020 - 2:59 pm
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After my last update, Griffin continued to go downhill, eating perhaps ½ cup of food for several days in a row.  He had zero interest in any type of dog food, and turned up his nose at most human food, too – including chicken and sausage.  The Ellevet CBD oil arrived on Friday, and I began dosing Griffin immediately.  The loading dose (given for the first week) is double the usual dose, and it appeared to make Griffin quite sleepy.  At some point late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, Griffin had a diarrhea accident (smart boy went to one of the very few uncarpeted areas in the house, which made clean-up so much easier!), which I attribute to the extra large CBD oil dose.  So, I cut back to the standard dosage and went back to the basics with white rice and chicken.  I am thrilled to report that Griffin has eaten 2 full meals yesterday and 2 full meals today!  He seems eager for and interested in mealtime, which is such a change from the last few weeks.  I searched high and low for canned pumpkin, but all stores around me are out, so I ordered a ridiculously overpriced pet version, Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up!, which arrived today.  It has both ginger and turmeric but more importantly, Griffin appears to enjoy eating the puree mixed in with his rice and chicken.  He pooped very little today, but it was at least somewhat firm as compared to the day before.  I'm hoping for good poops tomorrow!  I’m going to keep him on the rice and chicken with pumpkin for another day, and then slowly start adding his old kibble to the mix - fingers crossed that works!  It appears that the CBD oil, as advertised, is addressing his nausea and lack of appetite, with the added benefit of increased mobility (which wasn’t really an issue for Griffin), so with any luck, we can successfully reintroduce his old foods in the coming weeks.

This photo was in the last blog post, and I wanted to point out how cute Savannah’s shoes are (the brand is Zooligans).  Of course, they were a gift from me and they are her favorites at the moment!  Her shoes resemble a handsome, happy pup I know well!

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Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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21 September 2020 - 5:01 pm
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Oh stacy, I have to say I was holding my breath when I read the first several words of your post.  And then I felt more and more relief  as I read further!

By the time I got to the picture I was  smiling....and then the happy picture took my smile from ear to ear!!

You know your entire Tripawd family send all the pawsitive energynin the world to Mr Handsome Griffin.  We know you've got this handled,  eating woild pressure your hooman though!!  

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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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21 September 2020 - 5:24 pm
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Sorry, Sally!  I didn't mean to scare you.  Griffin is just keeping me on my toes! sp_hearticon2

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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21 September 2020 - 5:43 pm
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Yeah my heart was racing too! That totally freaked me out, I'm sooooo hoppy that the report ended up being great and he's got his appetite back! YESSS!!!

I really really love ElleVet products. Did you ever listen to our podcast about CBD, the interview with Steven Cital, their director of education? They are such a reputable company and like you said, deliver on their claims.

Savannah's joyful look says it all: Griffin is a SUPERSTAR!!!! smiley10 

Cheers to more tasty meals and a happy, full belly for your boy. YAY!

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Since I freaked out a few folks last time, I'll start with a spoiler alert - Griffin is just fine. icon_lolGriffin-sept-25-blog.jpgImage Enlarger

Today's oncology appointment at AMC was a mixed bag.  On the not so great side:  Griffin lost a lot of weight (more than 3lbs in the last 2 weeks and over 6lbs in the last 7 weeks - he stopped eating again after my last update) and one of the 3 tumors in his lungs appears to have grown (after previously decreasing in size).  On the pretty good side:  the other 2 lung tumors appear to have remained stable in size, no new tumors were detected, and his bloodwork was normal.  Griffin started taking Palladia (chemotherapy drug) and Piroxicam (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) 7 weeks ago and for almost that entire time, his appetite has been off and eating a struggle, as evidenced by his significant weight loss.  Given the increase in size of the one tumor, Griffin’s oncology team and I agreed that the Palladia doesn’t seem to be having a positive impact, and with the quality of life issues with eating, it is not worth keeping Griffin on that protocol.  We are also discontinuing the Piroxicam on the chance that it is upsetting his gastrointestinal tract.  Griffin did well on a different NSAID, Galliprant, and we will consider restarting that in the future.  For now, Griffin’s body is going to have a rest from drugs for about 2 weeks, at which point he will return to AMC to restart Doxorubicin (IV chemotherapy).  Griffin previously did 2 rounds of Doxorubicin, which shrank 2 tumors but a third one developed in that time, which is why we paused the to allow for the administration of the Yale canine cancer trial vaccine.  Now that Griffin has received both doses of the vaccine, we are optimistic that restarting Doxorubicin will have a positive impact and if history repeats, Griffin will sail through the IV chemotherapy treatments.  While I was hoping for more positive results of his chest x-rays, I remain grateful that Griffin is doing well overall, that his disease spread is relatively stable, and that we have options to pursue.  To celebrate ending meds that messed with his appetite (and to jump start his necessary weight gain), Griffin devoured not one, but two double cheeseburgers from McDonald's after his appointment!

If you have a few moments, please check out my blog post from today which includes the info above, but also has a tribute to Finn and Arktik.

Here's a bonus video of Griffin hunting for his ball and then clowning around.  Enjoy!

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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26 September 2020 - 6:09 pm
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Ohh, he is such a cute little goofball!!  I love him Stacy! sp_hearticon2

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26 September 2020 - 6:20 pm
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I just read your blog Stacy.  How beautiful, your tribute to Finn and Arktik!



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26 September 2020 - 6:30 pm
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I love your video,  all the things you guys are going through... yet he just shines.  You'd never know he's had difficulty. 

Stacy,  sending big hugs.  Obviously his appetite is already better,  thank goodness.  Keeping you guys in my thoughts. 

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26 September 2020 - 8:13 pm
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Well, as we say around here, all things considered, that's not too  bad of an update, as it could have been worse.

Thanks again for explaining  everything so thoroughly.  I really like the idea of giving  him a break from all meds for a couple of weeks.  The fact that he ate TWO cheeseburgers is a clue as to what he wants for breakfast.....and lunch.....and supper!!  Seriously,   a cheeseburger or two everyday may be exactly  what he needs to start those hunger pangs back up again!

Based on that video, Griffin is continuing  to enjoy being Griffin with gusto!   He definitely was clowning around  and delaying "finding" that ball until he was ready.    Watching  how happy he is rolling around just relishing  kn the moment.  AND this dog certainly  knows how to make the best out of every moment!

We would. Llooove to see a video of jpjim working down a cheeseburger!

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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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26 September 2020 - 10:06 pm
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A mixed bag visit for sure but once again, a plan that totally makes sense. I like the reset button for his body, it will give him a nice break and hopefully perk up his appetite some more. While it sucks about the Palladia, the backup plan for Doxo sounds like a wise path. Paws crossed!

And as always, Griffin just keeps going and loving life to the mex each and every single day. That hunting game is fun to watch, especially his victory roll!

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