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My Winter Warrior has mets
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Fort Wayne, IN
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7 February 2014 - 2:53 pm
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Thank you Sally & Hannah!  Nothing has changed as far as Libby knows.  Today is just another day filled with people who love her and feed her yummy food and treats and throws her ball that squeaks. That almost rhymes. :)

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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7 February 2014 - 3:30 pm
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I haven’t been around much, but logged on today. Amy, you and Libby and the rest of your pack will VE in our thoughts. Keep up that great attitude. You know Libby will.

Kathi and Murphy

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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7 February 2014 - 8:45 pm
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I’m so sorry to hear this about Libby. My dogs lungs were clear at surgery but she started gagging and coughing and really tired, laying down all the time only about 3 and a half months later. I KNEW she had lungs mets. And her xrays did show large and small mets. The vet was even surprised at how fast it happened. The fact Libby has no symptoms is wonderful. She is living in the moment as are you. I hope she continues to beat all the odds.

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7 February 2014 - 10:34 pm
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Thank you Kathi & Penny, I appreciate your well wishes.  I’m grateful to those sharing their experience with mets.  It certainly proves not all dogs present the same way, but we know what to look for a little better now. I just need to stop waiting  for something to happen and be more dog. I will get there, it’s just gonna take a few days to adjust. 

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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7 February 2014 - 11:07 pm
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I’m sooooo sorry, it broke my heart to see this and I apologize for the late response. Everyone has said it so well: she is doing great, she doesn’t know anything is different and she’s just going on living life to the fullest as she always has; what a gift! For now, live in the moment as she does and send those tears far far away, there is much living to be done now.

Mets schmets, don’t let them scare you. As the vets tell you when you get the diagnosis, they’re there and we just can’t see them. Many dogs go on for a long, long time with them, and I hope with all I’ve got that Libby continues to be strong and happy and healthy for as long as possible. Send those mets to the moon Libby, you can do it!

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8 February 2014 - 7:56 am
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I’m so sorry to hear about Libby’s mets.  You just keep on fighting the good fight!  Daisy and I are thinking of you and sending Libby lots of good thoughts.

Marla and Daisy

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8 February 2014 - 11:27 am
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Thank you so much Jerry & Marla.  We just got back from a hop in the park and she rocked it, once again.  However, I noticed blood in her urine while we were out, ugh!  I thought we were coming to the end of her cystitis (she had no visible blood when I took her in the first time).  Of course, I saw this 2 minutes after our vets office closed…grrrr.

I’m going to post the situation on Ask a Vet and see what info I get.  Thanks again.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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9 February 2014 - 7:34 pm
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Not cool.  Not cool at all.  I hope her next vet appt, soon, goes well!  Get more tests and make sure she’s OK.  Poor thing.  She deserves SO MUCH BETTER than this cancer crap.  Rest up, Libby, and eat your cranberries.

LOVE and HUGS,

Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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