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Myxosarcoma / Amputation of Left Forelimb
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21 August 2018 - 12:18 pm
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Hi everyone,

Quick update, Bender had a few rough nights this week but is still eating and going to the washroom. His breathing gets worse during the evenings and improves in the morning. He also lost a significant amount of weight. 

The vet provided us with a portable oxygen unit to help with the bad episodes. 

I have questioned the diagnosis based on other symptoms  (discharge from eye, sore on rear end, improved breathing followed by laboured breathing).  I asked the vet to test for blastomycosis and we are waiting on the result.

I will keep everyone posted. 

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21 August 2018 - 2:55 pm
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Thanks for the pupdate, I’m glad to hear he is staying strong. This is such a hard part of the journey. How are you doing with all of this?

Your advocacy for Bender is spectacular, we are so proud of you! Let us know what the result of the test says.

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21 August 2018 - 3:29 pm
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Thanks for the pupdate, I’m glad to hear he is staying strong. This is such a hard part of the journey. How are you doing with all of this?
Your advocacy for Bender is spectacular, we are so proud of you! Let us know what the result of the test says.  

It hasn’t been easy. I hate leaving for work each morning. I wish I could spend every minute with him right now. 

I just hope he isn’t in pain and/or suffering. He has bursts of energy and will get his bone to play. He can’t play long and lays down a lot but I can tell he isn’t ready to give up yet.

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21 August 2018 - 4:25 pm
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Yeah that is so tough, I’m so sorry. Every second you are away I’m sure you are thinking about him. 

By now, you will know in your heart when he is hurting. You’ve traveled such a long road with him, and created such a bond, your instincts are good, you can read him better than ever.

Savor each moment you are together, and spoil that boy rotten. This is a difficult part of the journey, and it seems that you are staying as strong as he is. He has taught you well.

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21 August 2018 - 6:26 pm
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Had to look up blastomycopsis.  Sounds like it certainly could be a possibility!   Good job of doing your research.

I love that your Vet is proactive  enough to provide  supplemental  oxygen as needed.  Certainly  helps with humans, so it  should help Bender😎

I remember  I was obsessed with focusing  on her breathing  pattern,  counting the number pf breaths per minute, etc.  during the this phase of Happy Hannah’s journey.  I finally snapped out of it and realized  sometimes  her breathing would be easier than others.  And that was the new norm.

Sounds like Bender still has plenty  of “Bender Stubborn BullDog Spirit” in his cute self.  It doesn’t  sound like there is any real pain involved.  As I’m  sure we’ve  mentioned.  tiring easily isn’t  painful.

Now, we know you have plenty  on uour platd, HOWEVER, we still need our Bender photo fix!😁😁

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

PS   Remember,  Bender knows NOTHING  of your human worries.  So of you stayed home and hovered  over him 24/7, he would think you had lost your mind.  Besides, I have a feeling  Bender loves his uninterrupted  nap time!

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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22 August 2018 - 5:16 am
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Hi sweetie 🌸

You are the best pawrent Bender could dream of having, I mean it💓

This is a very difficult part of the journey but as Sally says tiring easily is not painful.

Bender knows when to take it easy and when to get his bone to play.

He is enjoying his life with his family, I’m sure you worry when you aren’t at home but during his life he had to be on his own when you are working so there is no added stress for him there.

It’s all normal for Bender.

Just keep spoiling him and cuddling with your gorgeous boy, that is all he needs to be deliriously happy 💓

Sending you an avalanche of kisses and a cloud of bone shaped cuddles for your boy 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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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22 August 2018 - 7:42 pm
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Picture from today 🙂 he loves his Kong toys. 

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Omd that is so very sweet! So sorry for the lack of communication, family emergency going on. Huge hugs to all of you. Lots of love and pawsitive energy, as much as i can send. In my thoughts, trying to keep up.

Jackie ❤️❤️

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22 August 2018 - 10:13 pm
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We love you Bender! 

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THERE HE IS!!!  😁  THERE’S  THE CUTEST  DAWG IN THE WORLD!!!😁  Can never get enough  Bender!!!  Looking good Mr Bender!

Kong needs to use you as “The Face of Kong”!

Hugs

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

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CUTENESS ALERT 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

Your gorgeous Bender always puts a smile on everybody’s face around here 😄

He is the CUTEST pup on the entire planet !!!!

Hugs and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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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