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30 May 2020 - 9:53 am
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    It is awesome to see Arktik doing so well. 

I found a doggy ice cream I get through Schwanns. It comes in a paper cup and a box of ten or twelve. Ziva seems to prefer it to my human ice cream?? It might have something to do with her being beef flavored. But any way ICE CREAM is a must. 

  Keep up the great work and posts it’s great to see a Tripaw just being a dog!!

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31 May 2020 - 10:11 am
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Thanks Steveh! I will definitely look into those (if we can get them around here). It would be a really good treat for the summer 🙂 

Ziva is so cute on your profil photo!

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Patricia, I am In love with Arktik! Oh my dog, those eyes! It is easy to see how happy he is, and just over the moon in live with you!I guess we can say Arktik, Griffen and Brownie are all great back scratchers!

Side bar: Brownie also ate his ice cream off of a spoon like Happy Hannah.

Patricia, I’m originally from Flint Michigan. We use to drive to Detroit and take the tunnel into Canada.

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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1 June 2020 - 5:15 pm
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Nancy, they would certainly have had good scratch session all together  smiley2

I know that Brownie had a wonderful life with you, he must have been such a happy pup. 

Very cool for your trips to Canada. There are really nice places in that area (with some driving), I love Toronto and higher up there is the Georgian bay 🙂

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Yes Patricia, Brownie was a happy dog! His first year he was on a chain and neglected by his previous owner, but he was still happy. Dogs are amazing!

Arktik looks so strong! I love the photo at the top of your blog. It looks like Arktik is thinking ” I am king”, and he is on guard watching over his kingdom. Just beautiful!

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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2 June 2020 - 7:40 pm
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Here are some videos of my happy wolf on his 2 month ampuversary icon_lol

That face 🙂

Apparently jumping a tree branch is very easy 😉

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Hi Patricia! Happy 2 month ampuversary, Arktik! 🎉 Arktik runs so fast and effortlessly! He is amazing! He looks so strong and happy, and yes, that face!!  What an amazing recovery for an amazing pup! Sending lots of love from his twin, Griffin, and me! 🧡💜💚❤ ~ Stacy

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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2 June 2020 - 9:29 pm
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These videos are such a perfect example of a dog not missing a beat when it comes to loooooving life on three!!  Arktik looks so happy!  And he really does have that “White Wolf” look as he runs with such confidence on his scenic Nature trail.  

And such a well behaved boy who comes when he hears his hooman’s  whistle.  Impressive!!

 Made me so happy to see these tonight.😊

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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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Wait where’d he go? He flew past the camera so fast I missed him! icon_lolsmiley_clap

What a beautiful part of the world you get to live in.

Hippy Hoppy Ampuversary Arktik! You are sooooo pawesome!

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2 June 2020 - 11:50 pm
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Happy Ampuversary Arktik!

Beautiful boy and quiet this time smiley4.  Good thing as Elly has gone to bed.

But most of all he is so HAPPY!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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3 June 2020 - 11:26 am
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Thanks all for the wishes 🙂

Arktik is indeed so happy and living his life fully! He always loved to run so much, apparently being on three legs did not slow him down!

Jerry, yes we are very lucky to live here. We have a pretty small house but tons of land to take walks. And we are close enough to a decent size city (15min) where we work and 1h30 from Montreal, so it is great. 

I did but a lot of time training Arktik with him being a husky and all hahaha they are very headstrong but so loveable. I absolutely love them. In a big space far from the road he is good enough to be off leash but I would not let him off leash close to a road. 

Tomorrow is chemo day. We will go for a good walk before and then take it easy the following day. The vet suggested to take another x-ray from his lung to check if they are still clear. I think I have mentioned this before, but I really don’t know if I want to know (actually I would like to know if it’s clear but not really if it’s not). Any thoughts on this?

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3 June 2020 - 12:23 pm
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Wow I can’t believe you are that close to a city, it looks so remote! I love the scenery.

Arktik has the ideal Husky life, lucky pup. We see many Huskies who lose legs because they get hit by cars. You are such a good parent to him by keeping close watch.

Good luck with chemo day and the x-rays. Paws crossed for clear lungs! And oh as for knowing or not knowing…that’s a common question around here and one for which there is no answer. Everyone is different. When our Jerry was fighting osteosarcoma, we opted out of x-rays until month 17. But the entire time it’s not like we weren’t wondering if he had mets. We just didn’t want to know out of fear that our reaction would ruin things for him and steal our joy. When we did get xrays and found out we had mets, we learned options for managing the mets and while it was heartbreaking and a gut punch, it did give us more of a feeling of control that we didn’t have when we opted out of x-rays. Would we do it again if we had to face that beastly disease once more? I don’t know. Every dog and every situation is different. There is no right or wrong, you just have to make a choice that you know you can live with.

Let us know what you decide, we’ll back you up no matter what.

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3 June 2020 - 12:39 pm
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One thing I try to take into account on doing diagnostics like xrays or not is: will the outcome of the tests change what treatment I am doing?

If you are continuing chemo then in my mind doing xrays makes sense.  If there are no mets then the chemo seems to be working and you should continue.  If the xray outcome shows mets then the chemo isn’t working and you need to decide on another option.

When you get to a point where you decide not to do any further treatment then why do xrays?  For some people they want to know so they do them, some don’t.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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3 June 2020 - 6:47 pm
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Happy two months! He looks amazing! When it comes to fighting this disease head strong is good. Means he is determined to do it his way, and I believe his way is to fight.

As far as xrays, I didn’t do chemo with Brownie, so I didn’t want to know. As Karen said, it wouldn’t of changed anything. But when Brownie started hacking on month 10 we had an xray and they said no sign of mets, and looked like allergies. On month 11 the hacking was worse. Had an xray, and they said it was an old man’s cough . But my gut was telling me something was wrong. on month 12 after another xray they found the mets. When he started having breathing attacks, we said good bye because I knew it would get worse.

But Arktik looks so healthy!  Since you are doing chemo you may want the xray so you can see If the treatment is working. 

But do what you feel is best.

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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5 June 2020 - 6:42 pm
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Thanks Nancy for sharing your experience about this. In the end we have not done the x-rays yesterday, we have 1 chemo left the vet suggested to it then. I am still not sure if I want to know. Finding mets would gut-wrenching, I am worried I would be almost as devastated as when we found out about the osteosarcoma diagnostic. On the other hand, it is not like we don’t know it’s a possibility. Anyway we still have a bit of time to think about it, and as you said Arktik is so well right now, I would be surprised if it is not coming out clear. 

Also, we would not change anything as we did pretty much everything we could with our budget we can not really stretch it more. 

Today is day after chemo, Arktik seems less tired than the first 2 times we did chemo. I think he will be back to his howling self tomorrow 😉 

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