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Athla the Wolfhound/Komondor :)
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1 June 2016 - 8:17 am
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hello friends! We are back from our little vacation and the doggie SO HAPPY we are home! She’s so smart – she knew all the little beeps of my sitter’s text messages were me, almost home 🙂

She’s doing beautifully – really, there is nothing that could have gone better. Had her stitches out last week – off the meds. Walking!!

We start her chemo tomorrow. We’re doing the more expensive stuff, so it’s better for her heart. I’m a little anxious… I hope she does alright with it.

Meanwhile, we are all so very happy to be able to go upstairs together – the bed is soooo much more comfy than the futon downstairs! 🙂

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1 June 2016 - 8:51 am
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WONDERFUL UPDATE…..actually, SPECTACULAR UPDATE!!

YAAAAAAAAAY FOR SLEEPING IN THE BED! Look at that photo……THAT is one happy doggy!way-cool

The thing about chemo, if there are any adverse reactions, you can stop. No worries, okay?

Looking forward to more great updates!

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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4 June 2016 - 9:25 am
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Wonderful – so happy she is doing well!

Lisa and Pofi

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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4 June 2016 - 9:55 am
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I’m just catching up, not sure how I never saw your posts, but…

Athla is so beautiful!  What an amazing girl! heartI’m so happy for you that things are going well.

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy  http://murphyh......pawds.com/

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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4 June 2016 - 10:02 am
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Paws up for your girl clap she is doing fantastically well, love the video of her walking … and fast too !

She clearly is having a great recovery, we are really, really happy for her !!!!!

Eurydice send slots of slobbers and a big hug to all from me heartkeep up the good work clap

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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4 June 2016 - 5:02 pm
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She is walking great!  What good news to return from your trip and find her doing so well!

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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Thank you all SO MUCH!

Firstly – LOOK AT THIS VIDEO. LOOK AT HER RUN. O M G.

Secondly – it’s day 5 after her first carbo chemo treatment… and she’s perfect. No change. Hungry. Happy. ENERGY (see above) – poops normal. I am just amazed. 

I know she could still get sick before that 7 day mark, but I was expecting this weekend to be a sh*tshow (literally) and… she’s been so great. She’s figured out how to get on the bed and couch again! The only thing we do is help her up the stairs – coming down she’s fine. 

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7 June 2016 - 9:43 am
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Wow !!! Look at your girl running !!! What joy to see !

And great news about chemo, really pleased she is doing so well !

We all end up jogging with our babies whether we like it or not, hey? laughing

Sending you a big hug and cuddles to your gorgeous, gorgeous baby girl heart

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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7 June 2016 - 1:30 pm
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WAAAAAHOOOO! We’re thrilled for you as well! Go Athla, Go!

What a beauty. Love that dawg.

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7 June 2016 - 3:32 pm
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Just got the chance to check out her video…SPECTACULAR! She looks so graceful and seems to be handling her tripawdness so effortlessly.

I love how she was trying her best to lead you to the sppt of grass. She had her eye on it and was determined to try and pull you towards it!”A very special girl!!

Keep on keepin’ on lretty girl! We’re all ccheering for you!

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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 June 2016 - 12:37 pm
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thanks so much, everyone 🙂 🙂 

I brought her with me to the office today, so I thought I’d share an update about her!

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Chemo – she had her first week of it – we are doing Carbo. She had ZERO side effects. Her sub sequential blood work shows lower white blood cells, as expected, but nothing serious. (Are we sure it’s enough? I mean, I don’t want her to get sick but I want it to work!)

We have started her on 200mg of vitamin E and 500 mg of C in the morning, and 4 hours after dinner I give her a little cottage cheese with 100ish mg of artemesinin. 

I am continually amazed by her strength. She rarely falls – going up the stairs is the hardest part for her, but she gets back up and tries again. Sometimes I worry about her back leggie knee, but she seems to be ok.

She asked to go running with me Saturday morning. We clocked about a mile, on and off jogging. She likes it when we get going a little faster – seems easier for her to move quickly than hop slowly! 

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14 June 2016 - 7:54 am
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Pretty girl! It must be hard for people to work when you’re around, you’re so pretty I’ll bet they stare into your gorgeous eyes all day long!

And yep, it’s definitely easier for Tripawds to move quickly, it’s a balance thing.

Yay for Athla! We’re amazed by her too (and your great attitude…pawesome!)

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14 June 2016 - 10:32 pm
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You rock on Athia!!

Actually, there is a theory out there that a somewhat low wbc means the chemo is working. So no worries. My Halpy Hannah ahd rour rounds also. No side effects and she seemed to sail through each one flawlessly. Hopi g the same for your BEAUTIFUL Athia!

WOW! Quite a run for you Athia! Make sure you rest plenty in between. Good job!

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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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<3

I just saw my therapist for the first time in a while. And we came to some startling discoveries

1) This will be the first time in my entire life that I’m consciously choosing to be present during an event that I know is going to be really painful, instead of just shutting down emotionally, because Athla deserves my presence. Really, she does. She is a wonderful creature and I have already decided no matter how hard this is, I will be emotionally available, until the end.

2) My entire body is like, f*ck that, we’ve never done that, we don’t do that, and no – so as I grieve (even though she’s fine right now) my cells and body physically are fighting my mind = pain, anxiety, etc.

3) I have never felt loved by any living creature in my whole life, including people, like Athla loves me. I am her world. (And she’s mine.) Only with her have I ever felt so important and ok and perfect and a miracle just as I am. And I’ll lose that, one day. And I am afraid. 

Everyone knows this. I’m last to the party. Why else would a million people, most who have never met Athla, come together in a matter of hours and raise enough money to cover her surgery? Give us more time.

I’m so humbled by her. And I am so thankful for her. And I’m so scared to live without her, whenever that may be. 

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