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Hello everybody and Tika says ROOOOO to newcomers (Great Tips!)
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3 November 2009 - 9:20 pm
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Hello all:

First I'm going to say hi, welcome, sorry you had to meet us all in this way. And here's some 'numbers' for you to just get some idea.

Tika:  Malamute--5 years

Cancer: aggressive chondroblastic osteosarcoma

Diagnosed: Late November 2008

Amputated: December 9, 2008  Rear Leg.

Chemo: 4 rounds Jan-March 2009

Metronomic Protocol: March 2009-September 2009

Lung Mets first appeared: June 2009

Alternative Therapies:

IL-2 Inhaled Therapy: Late July to August 2009 (a lot of it in RV) Result: Can't say it failed, can't say it won, can say it drained pockebook, but worth it for trying.

Inhaled chemotherapy:  September.  We didn't continue the therapy because Tika really had a hard time with recovering from anesthesia and I didn't have the heart to put her through it again.

Palladia:  Pretty much see above. Tika has a hard time with meds, and she seemed to be reacting badly to this.

Hospice care:  

First Sub-Q metacam for awhile.  Baytril injections. Pepcid when needed.

Ups and downs. 

Current hospice care:  Baytril tablits and 20 mg Prednisone 2x daily.


Tika has been travelling lots since her lung mets were confirmed. She got to meet the great Jim and Rene and the gorgeous Wyatt Ray .
 Next week Tika will be celebrating her 11 month ampuversary.  AND....5 months since lung mets were confirmed.
I have great pics of Tika playing in the lake on a beautiful day in Kansas (warmer on November 1st than on August 1st, but that's the Midwest) I will post those soon. 

To everybody: I'm thinking about you all, I read everybody's posts on my iPhone, but can't always post a reply. I was gone last week (with Tika's blessing!) for work, during that time, the Missouri German Shepherd Rescue contacted me to help with somebody who thought they would have to euthanize their dog for it's health problems, exocrinic pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). 

Side note: Tika's sister is a German Shepherd with EPI, which is failure of the pancreas to create digestive enzymes for the stomach and small intestine.  A dog that doesn't get the enzyme supplement will die of starvation. Sooooooo....Tika is stable, so we put forth our effort to help the owner with her dog.  Very simple remedy.  It was a good day.  You'll see mention of German Shepherd rescues here, we are also part of one as much as we can. (however, all doggies ROCK!)

For those who are just starting this journey:  

The first two weeks are hard.  First everything seems fine and the WAM! You are thinking, oh sh!t, what did I do? Then the dogs will get through that (for Tika it was pain meds, they messed her up BIG TIME).

Then you will learn through your pup.  Tika's message to us was just CHILL OUT! We listened.

Chemotherapy? Every dog is different.  Tika did IV chemo pretty well, just chilled for about 24 hours afterwards. Metonomic protocol, she did that well for several months until the Piroxicam started to be too much for her belly. 

Everything is scary, try not to cry in front of your baby, they think they have done something wrong.  Find your happy point with them. Tika and I will sing and dance, and walk if she's okay. Tonight we watched preseason college basketball so she could high five with us. I'm good with that!

Don't be afraid to consult multiple doctors. We love our primary care vet, but even he knows he has limitations on his knowledge. I would be wary of a vet who thinks they have all the answers.  But that's just my humble opinion.

I'm back home and will check in more often now.  Don't hesitate to send me a personal message if you have a question. I guess we have graduated to 'veteran' status now.  

Take care all, give your babies a big hug from me!

--Kim and Tika

Kim and Spirit Tika

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3 November 2009 - 9:47 pm
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Thanks for the update, and this wonderful message for new members!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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4 November 2009 - 9:35 am
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Kim and Tika,

Now we can breath again.  Having not heard of the exploits of Super Amazing Tika for a while was beginning to turn more of Dad's hair grey, but that is alright he is way behind my uncle.  He was also worried for a while about Nova and now Max.  I know that the five of us all celebrating a one year Ampuversay within four weeks of each other is a real milestone to him but he keeps talking about dropping shoes (what ever that means.)  I have to admit that I am a little envious about the traveling.  I just love going out on the road with the fifth wheel.  We make it to Yellowsone every year for the month of June and then add a month long Fall trip.  Last year we did not go down to Mesa for a couple of months as usual, which actually worked out because I met some great vets who helped me feel better.

You just keep on trucking Tika and we look forward to hearing more about your great exploits.

Cherry - One of five celebrating one year Ampuversary's from November 11, 2009 to December 9, 2009

Nova – November 11

Cherry – November 19

Max – November 23

Trouble - November 26

Tika – December 9 

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So glad to get your post,  I just wrote to you last night!  Have fun on your trips.

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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4 November 2009 - 6:51 pm
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Kim, glad to see you posting again.  I saw your post on my thread about Max, and I was really glad to see Tika was doing well today.  It's also heartening to know that she was able to go several months before you noticed any signs of the mets.  Don't know if Max will be the same, but we'll take it one day at a time.  I'm just glad to hear Tika was doing better today.  She's a beautiful girl!


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Beautiful, inspiring post for those just beginning the journey.  Great job, Kim.  Give the beautful Tika a scritch or two for me.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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5 November 2009 - 7:14 pm
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What a thoughtful, upbeat summary of all that you two have been through! And very sage advice as well. Thank you so much.

It's good to hear from you again. You are incredible to find the time to do what you do!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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8 November 2009 - 6:07 pm
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Hi Kim and Tika,

great hearing from you! Was getting worried.

It's good summary of what we all more or less have to go through... and the stories of Tika, Tazzie, Nova, Jerry and many many others help to give us encouragement in very difficult times.

Thanks for taking the time to put this toghether.


Cecilia & Spirit Hori

Spirit Horacia, Castaño, Olympia + human family Cecilia, Georg and Julia - - - Hori first diagnosed 8/6/09, ampu 8/12/09, run over the bridge 9/10/09 – We miss you every day dear girl!

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Dear Tika: You are one tough chick! And we salute you and all your coming-up-on-one-year-ampuversary buddies!

Eve and Romeo

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9 November 2009 - 5:54 am
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LOL - we all seem to have been worrying that we hadn't heard from you! PHEW!!! Smiley

What a GREAT, GREAT post. I love it and what a way to show everyone that it's all about quality and enjoying the simple things in life...just being together and living in the moment. YOU GO GIRL - you are such an inspawration!

Lots of love coming your way from above ~

Spirit Zeus

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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