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Possibly Joining the Tripawd Club again with the Cookie Monster
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15 January 2019 - 1:15 pm
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For those who have met Cookie Monster at the Virginia Parties, I hate to even say this.

Cookie was lame for about 12 to 18 hours on Friday night/Saturday morning on her right front.  There was a little bump above her wrist.  I think it has gotten bigger.  X-rays happened today.  My vet said it is hard to say what it is and I got a referral to oncology at NC State.  

Cookie will be 13 in May.  She is a large female Greyhound and still quite full of herself.  We just jogged around the neighborhood on Thursday.  She is playing and having fun even though I want to wrap my girl in bubble wrap.

I am starting her on CBD oil and K9Immunity once it gets here.  I have had her on K9 immunity for years and just stopped it in the fall when she was having allergies.  

Not sure if stoic Cookie would be good for an amputation.  Nixon was a Diva who liked to be waited on.  Cookie likes to build a pillow fort and hide when she is not feeling well.  She also has bad teeth right now because we have been afraid to put her under again for a cleaning.  It took days to wake up the last time.  Thinking maybe just ZA.  Cyberknife also requires sedation.

I worry so much…we still don’t have a diagnosis.  Trying to stay calm.  

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Oh my, I hope as strong as I can hope that this isn’t that. I know we don’t know each other well, but I have read your entire blog from beginning to end. Nixon’s blog is one of my favorites. The story that you tell is incredible, and you have an amazing talent for writing. All of the furbabies that you have rescued, and how you have gotten to know the breed the way you do is simply amazing heart

Keeping all fingers, toes, paws, and tails crossed for good news heartheart

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Oh no Ingrid! Oh my gosh OK, we don’t want to even think about the O word. I’m so sorry, I think I would be freaking out. Is she still lame? Did you get an appointment at NC yet? 

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Oh Ingrid!!   We cannot have our sweet Cookie having any issues!!!     She’s  such a sweet and gentle Soul!!💖

I know you are worried because  that’s  what we do when we’ve  been on this journey in the past!!!   To say try not to jump ahead probably rings pretty hollow….but try not to jump ahead!!!  Whatever is going on, and it could certainly  be a lot of things senior-related,  arthritis, etc., you WILL treat in a way that is best for Cookie!!  No  one knows the individual personality quirks of your Greys better than you!!  No one will leave no  stone unturned moreso than  you when it comes to caring for your Cookie in a way that is best for her.

You know you have every single one of us here, as well as Angel Nixon and all the Bridge pals, surrounding  Cookie with healing energy.  

Sending you and Ritchie  hugs and pawsitive  energy❤

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS….yes, as Jackie noted, please do read all about Nixon, and Tex and all the Greys Ingrid has had in her life.  She is soooo knowledgeable  about the psychology of dogs and how they think and how to treat them accordingly.   She, and her dogs, will inspire  you and touch your heart💖💖

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Meant to ask, when do you expect to hear back from NC State?

Also, I if I recall, you have used Turkey Tail with seemingly  good success I  the past.  Could be an option  for sweet Cookie.

Holding  you in our thoughts❤

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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They had a cancellation and saw us today.  FNA confirmed a sarcoma.  The oncologists looked at the xrays and also agreed with me and my vet that the spot was not a typical presentation.

Lungs look good.  Now decisions have to be made.  

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As someone who is PRO amputation, it is hard to be the one saying no to it.

Nixon was weeks shy of his 12th birthday when he died.  Cookie will be 13 in May.  She is about 67 lbs.  She is not a trusting soul.  I put up our 8 foot ramp tonight to get her out of the car and she refused to use it.  Rich tried to pick her up to take her out of the car and she fought the entire time.  Cookie is full of a lot of nope.  This makes it hard to say yes to amputation.  Nixon never gave up and always knew that we would conquer everything together.  Cookie doesn’t trust the vertical blinds above her bed to not eat her.  

Cookie communicates with her front feet and plays with her toys with her front feet.  I feel like amputation would be silencing her forever.  She also has spinal stenosis and some significant weakness in her hind end.  After Deuce, I don’t trust the orthopedic team at NC State when they say a dog is a good candidate.  Physically she just might be but emotionally, I don’t know.  She is still using the limb and is trying to hide the pain from me.

Although very invasive at first, once an amputation heals up, it isn’t bad.  There is also the risk of her not waking up from it. 

They do cyberknife but that requires her going under general anesthesia four times.  She has to go under at least once just to see if she is a candidate.

They also do zoledronic acid without radiation but said the average survival time is just two to four months, doesn’t do that much for pain or mets.  

I am not judging here but I do feel strongly that just giving tramadol, an nsaid, and gabapentin while waiting for a fractured or the pain to become unbearable is not an ethical or humane thing to do to a dog.  This is very common in the Greyhound community as so many are anti-amputation so I have seen a lot of suffering dogs over the past twenty years.

I am going to sleep and figure out what we are going to do.

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Oh Ingrid, this just sucks.  Nothing’s ever “fair” about this journey, but to have to repeat all the stress, emotions and heartbreak over and over as many times as you have been faced with rhis piece of  poopicon_png disease, yeah, it just sucks.

You ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS seem to instinctively know what treatment plan is the best for each of your pups. You are sooooo tuned into the essence of who they are and what path forward  best supports who they are.

Sending  you my love and a hope for clarity and peace as you are guided to what path Cookie wants you to take.  💖

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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I am really very sorry that you are facing this again. Are there not better options for pain management ? Fentanyl? With everything that you are presenting, it is totally understandable that you would not want to take the leg. If she were younger, more trusting, more confident I know you would jump on it and it would not be tearing you up like this. And being such a large pup with spinal issues is going to make it even harder.

I wish I could help in the other forms of medicines and herbs but I have nothing in that department. I was going to mention the cyberknife too, but again other than the general gist of the treatment I have nothing to add. Anesthesia 5 times on a 13 year old greyhound … damn. 

Sending you a huge hug, love, and as much support as I can give. I will just hang out in the dugout and be your cheerleader, support, and shoulder if you need one. I have never had a greyhound companion but I love the breed. In RI there were a lot of greys rescued and adopted out, I guess some are big into racing there. I stay away from racing any animals… and I now live in KY… irony anybody? 

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