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Bucky update - Life with two cancers
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On The Road


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5 April 2014 - 12:52 pm
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Wow I didn't know these other things about YB, anyone care to write a guest blog post about it? Hint hint!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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5 April 2014 - 5:29 pm
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Yes, the "hot pill" is in the center of the blister pack for the capsules (it is in its own blister, and not really obvious) or if you use the loose variety as we do, it comes sitting on top of the cotton in the little bottle.  I have been keeping them in reserve for emergencies.  And yes, we fully agree that Yunnan Baiyao should be in every medicine cabinet and first aid kit - especially if you journey (as we do) down roads and trails that are far away from medical care.

 

Our surgical vet recommends Yunnan Baiyao for EVERY surgical patient she sees now, 3 days prior to surgery and a few days after.  She believes it reduces blood loss, complications, infection, and pain for her patients.  

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14 May 2015 - 7:29 am
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Well, it has been another year (hard to believe), and Mr. Bucky is now going on 15 years, and 4 years post hemangiosarcoma diagnosis.  Bucky and the rest of the team traveled to Alaska for the winter again, and although Bucky no longer has much desire to pull a sled, he certainly enjoys being part of the pack with the luxury of a soft bed by a warm fire.  He actually helped test prototypes this winter for a great new dog design that our friends at Crazy Dog Designs came up with!  (If your pup is in need of a great new bed, made entirely in the USA, check out the Snugatti https://www.fac.....980481915/)  

While Bucky is still a pretty happy hound, it would be a stretch to say that he is doing "great" at the moment.  I don't know if his tumors are catching up with him, or if it is his age, but he is starting to have days where he just isn't interested in eating much, and his old legs have a hard time working the way he wants them to.  But other days he seems happy and interested in what the pack is doing.  So we are at the stage where we are trying to appreciate the good days, and minimize the bad days.  I remind myself that Bucky has really lived a long time since his diagnosis, and we are so lucky that he has had a good quality life.  That is what counts, right?  

Fingers crossed the good days keep coming....

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14 May 2015 - 8:22 am
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What great news to hear that Bucky is still enjoying being more dog.  My Maggie is 13 and has osteoarthritis pretty bac in her joints.. but I have had her on Tri-Acta.  IT seems to help her within a week!  I was just wondering if it could help Bucky with his old man joints... 

Scratch that head for me....   and tell Bucky we are so proud of him....   way to go Bucky!!!!

Christine.. with Franklin in her heart♥

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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14 May 2015 - 8:50 am
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Wow! That Calpurnia sure is a good Guardian Angel Protectpr for Bucky!!!

Talk about an inspirational guy...OMD!! We need more pictures though! Yes we do! And of Cali too!

Yep, day by day, savoring every sacred moment. Good days, less good days, they're all good ss long as you are together! A well lived life full of so many wonderful adventures. Now he gets to just lay back and immerse himself in all that loving and spoiling that applies just to seniors. I'm talking about a scoop of ice cream for dinner and a teeny weeny pice of chocolate for breakfast!clap

Way to go Bucky! Keep on rockin' swwet boy!

Love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

PS ...couldn't see the video for the bed...you jave to be a facebooker...but the description and the pics looked and sounded great.

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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14 May 2015 - 9:35 am
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WOOHOOO BUCKY!

Thank you for the update TC, Bucky's story is just amazing and really so inspawrational. Talk about giving hope after hearing the cancer diagnosis. WOW!

Even in old age he still has such an amazing life, and you are such an expert at deciphering quality of life too. He's such a lucky dawg to have you. Folks, check out TC's blog post, "End of Life Care Tips from a Pack Mom"

Could it be the power of the pack that is keeping him going? I wonder if there are any studies around that show if dogs live longer when surrounded by a large pack like yours? (Bucky has 21 packmates, and counting, right?!).

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14 May 2015 - 9:37 am
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WOW ... that is TRULY amazing!!! I lost my beloved soul mate after 8 months to hemangiosarcoma so I am beyond THRILLED that Bucky has outlived the statistics!!! I am SOOOOOOOOO happy for you!!!! 

 

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Thank you for a GREAT update and for the hope you have given to those faced w/that awful cancer!

Alison with Spirit Shelby fur-ever in her heart !! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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15 May 2015 - 5:20 pm
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Thanks for all the good thoughts for the old Hound.  I do think the pack keeps him going - they certainly keep ME going on days when I would rather pull the covers over my head.  🙂  

 

Today has been a good day - Bucky seems to be interested in Tilapia (of all things), and snarfed down 2 good pieces before finding a good stick to bring in the house and shred into mulch.  

 

I am not sure how to post pictures, but here is a link to one if you can see it. Sorry, it is on FB. (https://www.fac.....tif_t=like)

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Have a great weekend everypup!  ARROOOOOOOO!

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15 May 2015 - 6:17 pm
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I am not sure how to post pictures...

That's OK. We do! Thanks for the update.

Best wishes for ol' Bucky. And don't miss today's Foundation Friday post! winker

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20 July 2015 - 3:11 pm
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Howdy kids.  Some sad news at the Odaroloc kennels today.  Our boy Bucky passed away this morning.  On his 15th birthday.  As a friend stated, he really did use the WHOLE runway, living a good life right up to the end.  It is a sad day, but we are so lucky and blessed to have had such a noble creature in our lives for so long.

Godspeed Bucky Hound.  I hope you find the warm sunbeams in the softest grass on the other side.

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20 July 2015 - 7:29 pm
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So sorry to hear about Bucky.  My heart goes to you and your pack.  These moments of loss are sad moments, but it is a blessing to have had him for 15 years and something to be very grateful for.  RIP sweet Bucky.

Our awesome Golden Boy was diagnosed for OSA in April 2014 in the proximal humerus, front-leg amp on 05/20/2014. Finished chemo (Carbo6) on 07/10/2014. Ongoing treatment: acupuncture + K-9 Immunity Plus ( 3chews) and home-cooked no-grain diet.   Stopped Apocaps because of liver issues.   Liver issues: controlling altered enzymes with SAM-e and Milk Thistle.  October 17:  started having seizures.  Taking fenobarbital for seizures.  April 18: started prednisone.

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21 July 2015 - 6:40 am
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I am very sorry to hear of Bucky's passing. He truly lived the good life right up till the end. Does not matter how long we have them with us, we always would like some more time. He is truly an inspiration to those here just beginning the fight with the nasty C. Thinking of you, Lori, TY & Gang

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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21 July 2015 - 8:26 am
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I have wondered how sweet, senior Bucky was doing......While I am so sorry for his loss, I feel like his wonderful life should be a huge celebration, especially because he was able to kick ugly hemangiosarcoma to the gutter. Dealing with more than one cancer and beating both till his 15th birthday, is just incredible.....and what an amazing life he lived. Must be something about that Alaska life!

I have to say, this is the first time I am actually full of more joy than terrible sadness at Bucky's loss, because of how he lived, and then how he passed on to the Bridge, at home with all those that he loved, and that loved him. Don't misunderstand me, it is terribly heart-wrenching when our beloved pups leave us, but Bucky really makes all of us whose pups (and I have had 2 in a row die from hemangiosarcoma, one very quickly) give us hope to fight this awful cancer if it happens again in one of my beloved Labs.

Thank you for sharing his, and all your furry pup's lives with us, and I will be keeping you in my heart as you deal with this new heartache. It is still never easy to lose our very loved fur-kids, no matter how many times we go through this.

Yay Bucky!!! You were an earthly, brave cancer-kicking hero pup, and now you have earned your beautiful angel wings!! You will never be forgotten......!!

Love, 

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

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21 July 2015 - 8:54 am
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...."Used the whole runway...." I love that.

I'm so sorry guys. As sad as I am to hear that Bucky is gone, it's a beautiful thought to remember what an awesome life he led. You give all your dogs the most amazing time on this earth, and when they leave it, their spirits light up the universe. Bucky's remarkable life here is over, but his spirit journey is just beginning. He'll always be with your beautiful pack in so many ways.

Jerry and Calpurnia will be so happy to see Bucky. What a day in doggie heaven it will be.

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Virginia




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Bucky will continue to be an inspiration...a HUGE looming inspiration with a legacy that continues to empower long after "da' Hound" has left his earth clothes.

This is what your wrote a year or two ago....

"...So, the moral of the story here is that unlike many opinions that a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma is all doom and gloom, our story (and the inspiring story of Tayia) contraindicates the "put them down now before it gets bad" recommendations".

Talk about a dog who made a difference.....Bucky made a permanent paw print on all of our hearts. But that's what all of your dogs do! Just ask Cali and Tayia!

I'm so very, very sorry to hear that your beloved Bucky needed to transition. Yeah, fifteen years is fantastic...but it doesn't make the void any easier to bear! A bond like that can never be broken... ever!

Thank you for allowing us to get to know Bucky and what an incredible Warrior da' Hound is!

Holding you in our hearts..

Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle

PS...Not sure how since I'm not a facebooger, but I got to see some of the pictures! Of course, the close up of "Sally's mug" made me smile!

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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