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This is my precious Polly, not long after I got her in 2004. Still one of my favorite pics of her!
Polly and my sweet late Maggie not long before I lost her in 2011.
A few weeks before her cancer diagnosis in December 2012.
This was Polly’s first surgery in March 2013.
New little sister Pearl, that we were already on the waiting list for from my Lab breeder, when Polly was diagnosed. Turned out to be a blessing in disguise……they bonded almost immediately, and truly helped Polly heal much faster.
My birthday girl, turning 9 years old on July 25, 2013, and also celebrating her last chemo a few days later….she lost about 60% of her fur through all the chemo.
After her chemo was finished, her cancer came back worse than the first time, we had a second surgery done the first week of September 2013, but our surgeon could not remove all the cancer.
October 3, 2013, my sweet girl became a Tripawd….this was her first day home after surgery. Our first night was a little uncomfortable, but I was sleeping right next to her on an air mattress for about 2 weeks. She actually bounced back very quickly from her amp surgery.
Just about a month post-amp, and Polly just received her Tripawds bandana that day! She is also finally getting her fur back from chemo and looking very beautiful.
15 December 2012
What a pretty, pretty Polly. And what a trouper for all she has been through. Pearl looks like an angel and I’m very sorry you lost Maggie. All the joys and sadness of owning dogs and cats but it sure is worth it. Good luck with sweet Polly.
Love Penny, Blink and Spirit Maggie
16 October 2012
Polly is beautiful. Thank you for sharing her pictures with us
michelle & Angel Sassy
Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013
05/04/2006 - Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19 fought cancer for 4 months.
"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."
22 February 2013
GRRRRRRRRRREAT PICTURES!! YAAAAAAY to hubby! He did a splendid job! Giess ne’s a ,eeper, hun?
Pollhis soooooooo beautiful. Those ge tle golden brown eyes just melt your jeart!
I LOVE her pupph Picture!! OMD! Precious! And tne one in ner little booties standing jist as proud as can be!
And Pearl and Polly snuggling……sugar overload! I think Maggie had a paw in picking out Peal Looks like a Maggie look-a-like.
Polly is a beautiful girl…fur or no fur!!
A belated Happy Birthday AND a belated happy 3 1/2 month ampiversary! Celebrating with ice cream and cake over here!
Thank you soooooo mich for sharing these photos! Puts a smile all over my face!
Hugs to all your pack!
Sally and Happy Hannah
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!
18 September 2013
Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures of Polly, Maggie and Pearl – all beautiful girls
You have both been through a lot battling this horrible disease but the light in Polly’s eyes in all of the pictures really demonstrates how the decisions you made for Polly were ALL in her best interest.
Congrats on 3.5 months and Tuck and I look forward to many more posts and pics.
1 February 2013
Thanks for sharing Polly’s picture story. She is a well loved dog and a tough one too!
Luanne and Spirit Shooter
Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old.
Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.
This is the perfect place to share Polly’s pawesome story! I love love love the photos and THANK YOU for getting a Tripawds bandanna
I’m curious what kind of chemo she had that made so much fur fall out? We usually don’t see that here, it’s pretty rare.
2 January 2014
Thanks to all, so much for your kind words of support……Jerry, Polly had so many bad reactions to her chemo, which was Doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide it was a nightmare. We did 6 treatments of each but had to spread them out because of all the vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration to the point of her almost going unconscious at the beginning. They hit her so hard, and so fast, we ended up at the animal E.R. a couple times till we could get it managed with a ton of other counter-acting drugs. She had all her vets, including her oncologist completely baffled because of her extreme side-effects. We finally got through all of it but it was very challenging and stressful. After it was all said and done, looking back and looking into the future, we will most likely never put her through chemo again. It did not seem to even work for her type of cancer, so it is not worth putting her through it ever again. Oh, and Polly loves her bandana……she wears it proudly everywhere we go!
Sally, thanks again for your happy words of support, and I do agree with your belief that all my spirit Labs that have gone over Rainbow Bridge , have certainly had a “paw” in the choosing of my new Lab fur-babies!! There is a story for everyone of my new Lab puppies as I got them over the years….!!
Oh my gosh I’m so sorry the side effects were so bad! Wow, that must have been awful for all of you. I’m so glad she pulled through. What a trouper!
Thanks for sharing her story, and again for the bandanna! Pink is a great color on her