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11 yr old greyhound with osteosarcoma
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I love her nose picture!  And congrats on getting through chemo #4!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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12 April 2017 - 6:38 pm
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YAAAAAAAAAY BEAUTIFUL SESSY!!!! THIS IS SPECTACULAR NEWS INDEED!!! 🙂 Living life to the fullest looks really good in you Sessy! 🙂

I looooooce that picture!!! You forgot the CUTENESS ALERT! 🙂 🙂 Such a sweeet girl!

This post has me grinning ear to ear 🙂

Big smooches to that beautiful girl….And some ice cream and extra cake to celebrate! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hugs

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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12 April 2017 - 9:22 pm
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WHEEEEEEEE! Strike up the band, Sessy is ROCKIN! That is such great news. I just want to smooch her a big “CONGRATS!”

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12 April 2017 - 9:33 pm
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Go Sessy, Go Sessy! clapAwesome, pawsome news AND the best nose picture ever!! Hope you can come to the Nor Cal tripwads meetup in May so our kids can actually meet 🙂 There’s info in the tripawds parties forum, but it’s’ May 6 11 am at Mill Valley dog park.  

Nancy and Fionn heart

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

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12 July 2017 - 2:53 pm
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Hello tripawd nation….sorry I post so infrequently.  I’m just not that good at writing…..much better at lurking in the background.  Wanted to share some good news.  Sessy completed her chemo at UCDavis last month.  Today was her 1 month post chemo chest X-ray.  Drumroll please…..Sessy’s X-rays came back CLEAR……..NO sign of cancer spreading!!!!!!!  Now we don’t need to do next X-ray for two months😀.  

Gayle - mom of beautiful greyhound Sessy.  Sessy diagnosed with osteosarcoma on 12/26/16, left back leg amputated on 1/2/17.  Feline siblings Mooshe, Tinkerdude, Odie and Bean

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12 July 2017 - 3:01 pm
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That is GREAT NEWS!  I’m so happy you’ve had this time, and may you have many more months and years together!

Tracy & Zatoichiheart

Tracy & Warrior Angel Zatoichi 💓

Zato was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in October 2016. He triumphed through radiation and amputation with dignity and grace. After living a life of love and happiness, Zato earned his angel wings on February 19, 2018.  Read his story here.

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12 July 2017 - 5:56 pm
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So happy for you! Keep rockin’ it Sessy!

Paula and Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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12 July 2017 - 6:43 pm
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Great news!  Congrats to you both!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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12 July 2017 - 8:32 pm
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Gayle that is AWESOME news! Sessy is a rockstar and I’ll bet there was a bit of celebration at UCD when they told you the news🎉💕

i am keeping you both in my thoughts

Nancy and angel Fionn

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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12 July 2017 - 10:44 pm
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RAT -A -TAT TAT!!!!! BANGING THE DRUMS LOUDLY!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 SPECTACULAR. NEWS!!!! No more chomo is so freeing!!!

Have a great summer….for many summers to come 🙂

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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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13 July 2017 - 9:13 am
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Yay Sessy!  Such good news!  Love that nose picture!  Don’t know how I missed seeing that before!  Sessy you’re one gorgeous girl!

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Yaaaahoooo! I missed you in the chat the last two nights and was hoping you were there for a hoppy reason like this. Oh lordy we love good news like this, thank you for sharing it with us, you made our day! clap

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16 October 2017 - 7:44 pm
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Woooowwwww this is way overdue.  I am so bad at posting updates.  Two months after my last update and Sessy still has clear X-rays!!!!   This means that Sessy is still cancer free after almost 10 months.  We are still going to UCDavis where Sessy is doing physical therapy every Friday.  

One bump in the road happened about a month ago.  Sessy started limping on her remaining back leg.  At first UCDavis thought it was a sprain and put her on antiimflamitory meds.  Things seemed better until one day I barely touched the back of her knee and she screamed bloody murder.  Of course 10 minutes later we were in the car and on the way to UCDavis ER.  Sessy ended up in the hospital for three days…..and I grew some new gray hairs.  Good news from this experience is that in trying to figure out what was going on they xrayed, ultra sounded etc everything………NO CANCER anywhere so far.  Bad news was that Sessy had a blood clot in her leg at the back of her knee.

i had no idea how dangerous something like this could be.  At first I was just happy that it wasn’t cancer…..not realizing that a blood clot could have killed her and still may.  Happily her body took care of the clot this time and started to absorb the clot.  It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for a clot to completely heal.  Sessy is feeling fine but there was muscle damage to the leg.  Because of this we only take five minute walks several times a day until she builds the muscle back.  We are also continuing physical therapy with some modifications.  Sessy is feeling good and acts her normal self.  Sessy is also on blood thinner right now to hopefully prevent another clot.  

In UCDavis opinion this probably had nothing to do with the earlier cancer or amputation.  They feel it just may be something to do with her being a greyhound.  Unfortunately since greyhounds are so different then other dogs, while they think this may be the contributing factor……also because she is a greyhound and they are not fully understood…..they can not figure out what caused the clot.  Because they cannot find the cause, this also means they can’t really treat it either.

Her internal medicine doctor was not very positive…… but her physical therapist doctor is really positive that we can prevent this from happening again.  I choose to believe in her and her positive outlook.  Besides she knows tripawds…..she has a tripawd dog, cat, and sheep.  As Sally says there isn’t an expiration date on her verrrrryyyyy cute butt.

For now…..Sessy is feeling good……so I am feeling good……..and for a greyhound that turns 12 next month she looks a GREAT!!!!!  I love my girl!!!!!!!

Gayle - mom of beautiful greyhound Sessy.  Sessy diagnosed with osteosarcoma on 12/26/16, left back leg amputated on 1/2/17.  Feline siblings Mooshe, Tinkerdude, Odie and Bean

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16 October 2017 - 7:49 pm
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10 months!!  Congrats and way to go, Sessy!  That’s GREYYYTTTTT!!! I agree with you, take your lead from her and keep on living and being happy every day!

Such good news :):).

Tracy & Zatoichiheart

Tracy & Warrior Angel Zatoichi 💓

Zato was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in October 2016. He triumphed through radiation and amputation with dignity and grace. After living a life of love and happiness, Zato earned his angel wings on February 19, 2018.  Read his story here.

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16 October 2017 - 9:22 pm
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So happy for you Gayle, and Sessy too! You’re doing great just living in the now, and dealing with the bumps in the road that may come. Cheers!

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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