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28 July 2008 - 10:57 pm
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Hi Titan,

Yes, you’re a big boy, but if you’re overall healthy and strong, you’ll get along just fine. You might need a little help in awkward situations, but we all do from time to time, whether we are four, three or two legged creatures!

Good luck, let us know how things are going.  

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28 July 2008 - 11:06 pm
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Thanks. My mom has been helping me. She tried to slow me down so I can stay strong before the surgery, but when I hear the word cookie I am all over that. She is trying to find a ramp I will be comfortable with getting in and out of my mom’s tahoe. She weighs less than me and can’t lift me on her own. Have you ever read the book without regret?

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28 July 2008 - 11:27 pm
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Hi Titan,

Cookie!

Yum!

The ramp is a good idea. It may take some geting used to, but you will, with time. You should also be OK with using it on a Tahoe SUV. My pawrents tried one for our big truck, but the truck is too darned high so I couldn’t use it. The Tripawds Ruffwear harness really helps whenever

Yes, we read the book "Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees" Lots of great information in there! Did you read it? What did you think?

Oh yeah, on a completely different note, you might want to consider registering on the website, so your posts will automatically appear, and you won’t have to wait for us to do it.

 

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28 July 2008 - 11:44 pm
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My mom ordered the book today. So as soon as she reads it to me I willl let you know. It sounds like it will give my mom some good info on what to expect.

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29 July 2008 - 8:37 am
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Hey Titan, thanks for registering!

Yes, the Without Regret book is a very good place to learn more, indeed. It was the first book that my pawrents read after I got my amp. I know your Mom wil find it useful.

Keep in touch my friend!

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My mom pursued the onocologist office this week and pleaded my case. She spoke to a very nice woman on the phone and I think she felt my mom’s urgency so she put us in for thursday to consult with the oncologist. My mom is going to wait to see what she says and see if they have a surgeon on board so that way we can do everything under one roof. My mom has been doing a lot of research. The oncologist is board certified so my mom feels pretty confident in them. My mom is a realtor so she can be pretty aggresive. She works at an office where I am considered their mascot so everyone has been giving her support and helping us with connections. Even alot of her clients know me and have been trying to help us.  I am so lucky I have so many people who care about me and my mom. I am a people lover and gentle big dog so I can get almost everyone to love me. Say some prayers for us and thanks for all your support.

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29 July 2008 - 11:39 pm
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Wow, your Mom is great! We want her on our side when we get another house!

Ok Titan, let us know how it goes on Thursday. Good luck!

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Well my mom I went to the oncologist today. They said the best thing is amputation and chemo. They said the average of prolonging a dogs life is a year. They are doing a study my mom felt was interesting. They use gemzar  and adrio carbo I think. Gemzar is what they use in humans. They are doing this study with Ohio State. Has anyone ever heard of this? Maybe this should be posted as a new subject. They would cover 60% of the chemo costs for me. The study has only been going on for 4-6 months. If I could help the research for other dogs with this disease my mom and I would be very happy. But she is not sure if we should do it since it hasn’t been going on very long. We are waiting for my bloodwork results and a 3D xray they took of my lungs today.

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Titan said:

…a study my mom felt was interesting. They use gemzar and adrio carbo I think. Gemzar is what they use in humans. Maybe this should be posted as a new subject.

We’ve never heard of Gemzar. Sounds worthy of a new subject indeed. Please post a new topic in this forum (Treatment and Recovery), and tell us what you know so others can add their own questions, and hopefully answers.

I am in a K9 Immunity Clinical Trial, and believe the more data we can all provide to help find a way to win this cancer war, the better! Whatever protocol you choose, stick to it and keep us posted. Best wishes for clean lung scans and a speedy recovery!

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Thanks Jerry. My mom and dad will be deciding over the weekend. Have you heard of alot of dogs only living a year after they have been treated for this deadly disease?

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Have you heard of alot of dogs only living a year after they have been treated…


I wish I could give you an "average" prognosis, but every story we hear is different. I was given only 3-4 months to live after my operation, and I just celebrated my 20 month ampuversary! And that was without any IV chemotherapy.

And on the other hand, we’ve heard of others losing the battle in just a few months, with chemo. The important thing I like to tell people, however, is that for us dogs … it’s all about quality of life, not quantity.

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Hey Jerry

I was wondering what kind of cancer your friend Finnegan has?

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Hi Titan – just wishing you well as you and mom prepare for tomorrow. You’ll be fine…rest easy and try not to worry ok? (we know – much easier said than done). Sounds like you have a great mommy – 🙂 

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you.

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Thanks Zeus!

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Hey Jerry

I was wondering what kind of cancer your friend Finnegan has?

Titan


Hi Titan,

Finnegan has osteosarcoma, and is a two year survivor! You can read more about him on his blog, but his Mamma doesn’t update it that often because as she said once, there isn’t much to write about, he’s doing so great!

 

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