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Huckleberry the Great Dane
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6 June 2015 - 7:21 pm
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Hi alll,

Well, a whole night last night with no panting! Lots of snoring, twitching and deep sighs – which is all exactly how he sued to sleep and we hadn’t noticed he’d not been doing it until he started again last night.

He’s so much better this morning, he seems much more like his old self. Alert, keen for a walk and a sparkle in his eyes. We had a walk outside, then a drive, then we went to the beach! He was awesome, had a little walk from the car to the water and dipped his toes in. He was so excited. He’s now fast asleep at home again. He’s getting so strong already and we’re only 13 days post op.

Hopefully this is the start of normality somewhat.

We actually stopped the Tramadol about 4 days ago, we didn’t think he was in pain and neither did the vet. We thought the drugs may be doing mroe harm than good. After a lot of reading, I am convinced the panting issues have been withdrawal symptoms from the Fentynal patches. He had patches for about 11 days all up, from what I’ve read in humans withdrawal from that drug can be terrible, causing anxiety, sleeplessness and panic attacks. It makes sense as the panting episodes were becoming shorter and less frequent.

We had a lovely morning with him this morning and feel like things are looking up a bit for him again.

Here he is with me o the beach this morning, loving it….

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7 June 2015 - 8:57 am
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Oh you big handsome boy! Huckleberry, look at how hoppy and magnificent you look! I’m so glad that you and your people had a good night, may they be just as restful and full of bunny rabbit dreams from here on out.

What a beautiful beach!

Interesting observation about the fentanyl. It makes sense. Huck is a big boy and I’m guessing he needed a LOT of Fentanyl to keep his pain managed. The side effects probably coincided with the dosage he required. Just glad to see that he’s off the meds and feeling like his old self again. Enjoy and let us know how things are going!

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7 June 2015 - 3:06 pm
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So excited for Huckleberry and his family!!!!  YAY!!!!

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7 June 2015 - 6:43 pm
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OH WHAT A SPLENDID DAY!! Huckleberry is stunningly handsome!! Breathtakingly handsome!! REALLU!

And what a WONDERFUL update!

Yeah, guess I didn’t wuite grasp he had been on the morphine latch for eleven days!! A lot of dogs come home with the patch for just three days sndnthen it comes off (and they are kept on Tramadol and Gabepentin in most cases, not all) And as Jerry said, he was
probably kn a BIG dose! So yeah, it appears you’ve figured things out brilliantly and he was going through withdrawal! Poor Huckleberry!!

So thrilled you had such a sacred treasure of a day! Quite a memory maker day! Continue to savor each precious moment and just get in with enjoying life…Huckleberry is!!

And he looks so cute in his boot! It must be XXXXXLG!! Quite a paw you have Mr. Huckleberry!!

Look forward to more great updates AND great photos!

Hugs to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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9 June 2015 - 4:55 pm
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Hi all,

So, we had our first round of chemo yesterday afternoon. All seemed to go well. No adverse effects as yet, but Dr Laura said if he gets sicks it’ll usually be 3 to 4 days later.

We also got onto the drug trial for the Auranofin so hopefully that will help his prognosis. There’s only 45 dogs going on the trial, so it’s great news that we got on.

In other news though, they picked up a heart murmur yesterday. They thought they heard one last time, but then couldn’t find it again. Dr Laura found it again this time, and every time she went looking, so she’s pretty sure it’s a murmur. No idea what this means just yet, so we’ve scheduled a heart ultrasound to co-inside with the next round of chemo in 3 weeks time. Poor guy just can’t catch a break at the moment.

Will keep you updated.

Cheers.

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9 June 2015 - 5:12 pm
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Alrighty, sailing through chemo!

And ya’ know what? Huckleberry isn’t showing one single sympton of that POTENTIAL heart murmur! I say potential because I was owned by a dog that had a murmur…then not…then yes…then. not. He and I stuck with the “not” and he loved k to seniorhood symlton free. And Huckleberry sailed through his surgery withe any issues so that’s over and do e with!

Really interesting about the trial. Do you have any links to it so we can learn more about it?

We’re all cheering for you Handsome Huckleberry!!! PICTURES….WE NEED MORE PICTUREES!! A d how is his little boot…..ake that BIG boot…working out?

Hugs to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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9 June 2015 - 5:26 pm
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Hi Sally, yes, Laura was the only vet to ever detect the m potential murmur and she couldn’t find it again, so put it down to an anomaly.

She found it straight away this time though, and said it is very localized which is probably why it’s never been picked up before. She knows where to listen for it now though, so we’ll see what the ultrasound says. He may have had it his whole life, and as you say, he’s never shown any symptoms.

The boots are working fab, they make such a difference for his confidence in getting around. The traction socks should arrive soon, hoping they will be just as good, that way we can leave them on and not worry about his paws cooking!

I’ll grab some more pics soon.

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Here’s the link for the drug trial, I don’t have much info on the research but you can probably find something more on Google?

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…and by popular demand, a couple more photo’s. These are the only new ones I have to hand on my phone and were taken a couple of days ago whilst he was snoring his head off!

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10 June 2015 - 6:52 am
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Glad everything went well with chemo! I hope today he’s feeling good and has no side effects whatsoever.

Those photos are adorable!

Really happy you got into the trial! We’re really interested in learning about how the process works so keep us posted OK?

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Well, this guy is an absolute legend. He really turned a corner yesterday. No more panting episodes, getting around much better and lots of tail wagging!

We had friends over last night and he did his old trick whereby he always grabs a toy to offer it to guests, (first time he’s done it since the op).

He also then grabbed his favourite toy and spent a hour chewing it in front of the fire, again, the first time he’s shown any interest in his toys since the op.

This morning, we went for a hop down the road and some friends pulled up as we walked back. He dragged me over to the, my friend snapped a quick pic of him as he was hauling me down the road toward them.

Today is Saturday, chemo was Tuesday and other than being off his food a little for a day or so he’s had no real adverse effects so far.

Last night, chewing his toy in front of the fire-

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13 June 2015 - 11:33 am
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I’m so happy to hear that Huckleberry is enjoying his toys again. It’s hard to be a dog without a toy.

That photo of you walking with Huckleberry is fabulous. It looks like he has great alignment! Not that I have any expertise on alignment but I think he looks wonderful. Good going Huckleberry.

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Awww . . . just warms my heart . . . <3

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15 June 2015 - 9:36 am
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Loving this update and these treasured photos!! LOVING IT!!

Having your dog start to do normal things again…best feeling in the world!!! Savor it all! And you’ll also find that something Huckleberry did in the past may have been a little “annoying”….now you just love it and praise him for doing it!!

Hugs and love to all! Keep these great updates AND pictures coming!! Legend indeed!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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What a way to start my morning, with this pawesome news and more great pics! We’re smiling all the way across the ocean! A legend indeed.

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