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Eurydice's PET scan 7 months after amputation
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This indeed is a roller coaster ride that none of us really want to be on. The highs and lows are tough!!! And it takes a village and we are ALL here for you!!! 

But like Sally… such teeny tiny mets … maybe not really mets? Maybe spots in the xrays? I will be my best pollyanna self with this and also know that many, many live long extra lives even with those stupid mets!!!

Enjoy your winter holiday (cheeseburgers are always good) and we will continue to send you love and positive energy!!!

alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too)

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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I know this news has changed your world but please don’t let it.  Don’t let cancer take away even one minute of the joy you and Eurydice experience daily.  None of us know how much time any of us will get.  You have lived life fully and daily with Miss Cow let nothing change in that.  God willing she’ll have many more adventures to share with you.  You have medical care that is the best and you have left no stone unturned.  Continue to live fully each day just like Eurydice is doing and don’t worry about the tomorrow’s in life.  Tomorrow comes for all of us at some point but NOT today.  Let cancer NOT rob you of ANY of your today’s!  Much love and many hugs to you both!

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1 December 2016 - 2:32 pm
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You and Eurydice are on my mind this afternoon. I just got off the phone with a Tripawd mom, whose dog lived over one year with lung mets. He had a great quality of life the entire time. Her dog, Tex, recently passed on from something else, but he has an amazing story and his mom said she will write something for Tripawd Tuesday. As soon as she does I’ll let you know OK? {{{{hugs}}}}

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[insert expletive]

I’m so, so sorry to hear this. BUT as I have been reassured repeatedly around here – mets, no mets, chemo, how much or little, it doesn’t seem to make a lick of difference. Every dog is different and Miss Cow is (super-duper) special. as Karen put it: “full of gigantic ear and cheek flapping joy.” I love that. and the video with her pink bunny is the Best Ever. I suspect we all love her almost as much as you do. Heaven knows I’ve enjoyed every minute of your vacation, even if being a tiny bit jealous.

We’re all here for you, thinking pawsitive thoughts and sending happy thoughts to our favorite Miss Cow.

Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.



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2 December 2016 - 2:26 pm
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Oh gosh …. I am really overwhelmed by your posts … each and every one of them …

You are all such wonderful, marvellous, caring, genuinely good and loving human beings heart

Despite of the sad circumstances under which we all have met, I truly feel incredibly honoured to have you as my dear, sweet, lovely friends for life.

The bond this crazy trip brings to us is unbreakable and will last for life. 

I have just managed to sort of pull myself together (not there completely, but still …)

Eurydice has been the most marvellous friend ever, as usual.

The morning after her scan, we woke up and she hugged me like she never had before, I mean a full human hug heart

She placed her front leg on my shoulder as we were lying face to face, got her face really close to mine and stared lovingly into my eyes for an eternity heart

And then again today, just before she got in to have her chemo she placed her paw on my shoulder as I was standing up and licked my face, or better said, totally polished my face for a loooong time.

She would go down to rest and then back up again, lick, lick, lick with really joyous, happy, exploding with love eyes as if telling me she is ok with us trying for anything else.

This never, ever happened before just as the human hug didn’t too.

As for the medical news, I had a long chat with her oncologist today.

He is an angel and I could tell he was swallowing tears at moments …

So, we have 5 sessions of doxorubicin and we have to stop at that number because from that point on it would be too dangerous for her heart.

It is also not great for the kidneys but I am willing to run the risk knowing they test her blood before each session.

After session 3 we’ll have another PET scan.

What we are hoping for (in the miracle department) is to see no tumours there which would mean chemo got rid of them. This is very, very rare but it happens …

If the tumours have shrunk it is good news and if they are the same size it’s not bad.

I am holding my breath for miracle news …

Thank you again everybody, I cannot tell you how much that means to us just having the Tripawds nation holding paws with us, so, so special heart

I am doing my best.

I am not perfect, as if I was, I would be a dawg but I am trying my best.

Special thanks to Clare as she offered to be our helpline, I did think of calling you as I was driving to Guilford this morning …

But I tend to keep quiet if times are the hardest …

Still hoping for a miracle for now as a miracle can still be produced.

If mets have not disappeared then I will be hoping for the best quality time for as long as possible. 

Thank you again for your support and kind words, it really means everything to me and miss cow !

Sending you all my warmest hugs and woof woofs from miss cow who has just had steak and is ever so happy lying in bed now 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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oh sweet Eurydice!! I hope you enjoyed every morsel of that steak! So well deserved. This is such a roller coaster for sure!

I am just catching up and read the entire thread, going from so happy that she was cancer free, to being so bummed they found the 3 small masses. Makes my heart ache. crying I hate this nasty disease so much!!!

BUT, Sounds like you have a solid plan though moving forward!  That’s all we can ask for! And as far as miracles are concerned, I certainly believe anything is possible. Please hug your sweet cow for me! heart

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I am not perfect, as if I was, I would be a dawg but I am trying my best.

This really made me laugh.laughing You are doing amazingly, Teresa, and I am so pleased Eurydice is helping you through. What an amazing relationship the two of you share. It is truly inspawrational. I believe in miracles 100%. So do Meg and Elsie. We are all with you in this.

Sending love,

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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All that hugging and smooching Miss Cow was doing sure sounds like her way of saying, “MOOOOOM!!! STOP WORRYING!!! SEE HOW GOOD I FEEL??? SEE HOW HAPPY I AM??? NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!!!

I know I said this earlier, but those spots would NOT have even shown up on regular xrays. Xrays are the “usual” follow up “tests” that are used to check for mets. In Eurydice’s case, the spots were so small the Vet didn’t even see them at first-! So small it may even be really hard to even distinguish when aspot is just a spot!! So,again, this means NOTHING to Eurydice!!

I know you’ve decided to proceed with the Dox. I also know you’ve done your research and you’ve found it is not without risks and not without side effects. I guess if any bad side effects show up you can stop and they will go away?? ‘ Obviously, if there is organ damage I guess that’s not reversible?? I know you have studied this treatment thoroughly. You know the ins and outs far better than I, that’s for sure!!!

I know nothing is more important to Eurydice than QUALITY time with you!!! It’s ALWAYS about quality!! Eurydice’s quality is not compromised at all right now!! And she sure is having quality and will continue to do so for years to come!!!

More steak, hugs and cuddles…best treatment ever!!

Lots of love and 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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Hi everybody 💖

Sorry I have been absent from tripawds, I just need a little pause at the moment as I am not feeling in top form.

As for Eurydice, she is blissfully unaware of what is going on inside her body and feels totally great!

I am doing my very, very best to remain pawsitive and give my girl but good days but sometimes my knees weaken and my heart  sulks at the thought of the inevitable and how close we are.

Of course, I don’t let these thoughts overwhelm me all the time and I concentrate on giving her the most fun and loving days but sometimes this cloud of sadness takes hold and every single time Eurydice has come to my rescue giving me extra loving hugs and looking into my eyes for an eternity until she is sure I know she will always be right by my side. 

Yes, Sally, I know what the danger is for heart and kidneys but as you said we can stop if there is a problem and blood tests are taken before each session.

We simply have nothing to loose.

This chemo treatment is the only thing that may still make a difference so we are going for it.

As I see it, we started using long range missiles, now we are using short range missiles and we will probably end up sword fighting against this monster …

But I am NOT giving in …

Not yet. 

Eurydice deserves to put up the best fight she possibly can.

I so thank you all for thinking about me and my girl, I truly am overwhelmed by your kindness 💝💝💝

Sending you a tornado 🌪 of hugs and cuddles all around 💖💖💞🐾😘🐮🐶🐱

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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Oh, Jerry, could you fill me in on Tex’s journey with mets as soon as you have full info? 

I am very interested in finding out the exact circumstances and what his Mom has done to fight the disease after mets were found. 

Huge hugs and cuddles going your way 💖💖😘💞🐶

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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Sending you and Eurydice big hugs! We are still human , as hard as we try we can’t change the brain completely! 

Just have to stop the negative when it comes in best we can. Eurydice is doing great now , follow her in that way!

Don’t let this stupid disease rob you of the joy with her!  You and Eurydice are putting up the best fight and we never give up on miracles! 

Each day is a true gift for us all! 

Holly & Purrkinsheart

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Yep, ditto Holly!

Of course it’s hard ro stay “up” all the time, we certainly get that! But remember, we are here for you to lean on and can always help pull you back from the edge so you can get back into the moment INSTANTLY!!!

Okay, the “inevitable” is something that happens, to all of us. At some point we all shed our earth clothes and Soul energy moves on. HOWEVER, there is NOOOOOO reason whatsoever to believe you are “close” to that!!!! Again, these were so small they wouldn’t have even shown up on xrays, and so small the Vet missed them the dirst time, and so small Eurydice has NO sysmptons, and so small that the treatment may indeed work!!!!

Okay, off my soap box!! Continue to enjoy the journey!!! Goodness knows Eurydice sure is!!! She is a GOODWILL AMBASSADOR on so many levels and she has a lot more “goodwilling” to do! 🙂

Lots and lots of love!

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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Oh, Jerry, could you fill me in on Tex’s journey with mets as soon as you have full info? 

You bet. She’s not quite ready to write his story but promised she would. As soon as she does I’ll publish it. Meanwhile, have you seen Reno’s story?

Reno: 3-Years Thriving with Canine Osteosarcoma and Lung Mets

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Hi there 💖

Thank you so much for all the encouragement, your kind, pawsitive energy is really appreciated and helps me focus on the important stuff i.e. making sure my girl has but lovely days 💝

Eurydice received 2 other presents in the post just a few days after her 7th month pawty, she is such a lucky girl 🍀

I’ve recorded it 📽 (of course) and will eventually publish it here. 

In the meantime, I am finally organising all my old photos, going back years and years 📷⏳📅 it is quite cathartic and keeps my mind away from trouble too 😉

Thank you for the link Jerry, I read about Reno and so hope Eurydice may follow his example. 

Sending you all an avalanche of kisses and cuddles to your fluffies 😘😘😘😘💞🐾🐶🐶🐶🐱🐱🐱🐱

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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