Life - my typical day - by Oakley

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Oak is now an angel

October 11th 2009 1:39 pm
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My baby Oakley passed over this morning at 11:10. He was just accepted into a program yesterday for seizures. He had an ultrasound done on Friday night, which showed that his liver was clean, no hemangiosarcoma. He beat it!! But he started to seize yesterday at 9 in the evening and had 5 until this morning at 8:25, which was at the emergency hospital. TUrns out his stomach bloated from the last seizure. THey rushed him into surgery, but his esophagus was almost non existant, his stomach was 2/5 dead, he couldn't be saved. I can't even explain how much this little boy means to us, he was my heart dog. I can't believe he beat the hemangiosarcoma and lost to the bloat. Please say a prayer for my baby. His sister was taken to the hospital to see him, so she could understand what happened, I'm so glad we did this.



July 23rd 2009 6:14 am
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Hey guys, well I have just passed my 3 month toe tag prediction for surviving, I fooled everyone!!! Mom and dad are so happy, I wasn't suppose to still be here, but we feel like I am going to be an exception, I feel great and my fur is almost all back. My sister had been so nice to me since I got sick, she was so scared that I was leaving. I want to thank everyone for all of your prayers but please don't stop. I will keep everyone updated.


The day after

June 11th 2009 5:43 am
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Wow, what a great birthday I had yesterday!!! I had a cake, toys and a ride to visit my "angels" at the Dr's office. Mom beamed all day because she was told that I would never make it this long. I slept like a baby last night, didn't even wake up when we had a nasty storm, mom says I was just worn out. I really want to thank everyone for wishing me well, it was my best birthday yet!!!!
Thanks everyone, and a special thank you to my sweetie Remi, sure wish you could have been here.



scary night

June 10th 2009 7:26 am
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Hey everyone

Well, I made it, today is my 6th birthday!!!!! Mom went to the doggie bakery yesterday and she bought me a really cool cake. I actually get to eat it today, I only got to smell it yesterday, she says that I am gonna love it.

Its been really hot and humid here, the mix of that and my short nose are not a good combination. Last night I was out with my sister and mom and dad, I thought Britt was gonna chase me, anyway I started to zoom through the yard, all around and came back to mom and fainted!! I wasn't out long, but mom and dad and Britt were scared to death, thinking it had something to do with my Hemangiosarcoma, but it didn't. Dad got me into the cool house, and I rested the rest of the night, now this morning I am all good again, but I was really scared.

Right now, I am gonna enjoy the rest of my birthday, and my new toys and the ride mom is taking me on to see Dr. Jon and the crew, mom is gonna take pics of all of us, she is very happy that they saved me to stick around.



I'm back

June 1st 2009 1:34 pm
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Well, I am doing my Boxer Burns again, mom is just so happy!!!!! I am playing with my sister Britania Marie too, mom says if it wasn't for the nasty way that the emergency hospital shaved me, you would never know that I had a problem.

I know it is from all of the prayers and good wishes that I have been getting, that I am able to be here today. Mom is so excited because I have a birthday on the 10th of this month, to tell you the truth, I had my doubts that I would be as good as I am.

Thanks again guys!!!



Another vet visit

May 14th 2009 12:45 pm
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Well, I went for another blood test this morning, won't know the results for a few days, but I know its good. I gained 4 pounds since my surgery, mom is overjoyed. Had a little upset stomach last night, but mom said she wasn't worried because its nothing new, I've had a "Boxer Belly" since I was born, she let me eat some grass a few times and gave me 2 Pepcid AD's and a little yogurt, then I had a very restful night. I gotta tell you all, your good thoughts and prayers are working so well, I almost feel like myself again, the only thing that I haven't done is a Boxer Burn, but its coming!!!

Thanks my friends!!!!



Good news

May 2nd 2009 10:01 am
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Hey everyone

Mom had me to the Dr. this morning, I had another blood test done, and they took out all of my staples and stitches, boy does that feel good. Dr. Jon told mom that I am doing great, and all of my numbers are where they should be. Mom told him that I barked yesterday for the first time since April 19th, and again mom cried. I counter surfed last night, so mom knows that I'm on the right road. Dr. Jon hugged mom and told her that sometimes we just get it right. I just want to thank everyone for all of their prayers and good wishes, because they worked.



Getting stronger

April 25th 2009 10:29 am
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Well, here it is 4 days since my surgery. I am feeling better by the hour. Mom has been feeding me with a syringe and special food and supplements from the Dr., she says its smells really good, but I actually think my regular food does, but I just can't eat that yet. This morning she cried (again) when I was crying to be fed, I haven't done that since Sunday night, I always since when its time to eat. I have to tell you, I feel like the luckiest dogo on the planet. My people and my sister love me so much. This pill taking is getting old though, mom knows how much I hate to take a pill. I know you probably think that I'm crazy, but I took my second poop this morning since my surgery, it felt so good, mom laughed because she could see the expression of relief on my face! My buddy Duncan came from next door this morning to visit me, I wanted to play so bad, but I just don't have my full energy back yet, but I know its coming, I nudged him and told him try again tomorrow. Mom, dad and Steven and yes my sister Britania Marie are watching me like a hawk, everyone has been taking turns sleeping on the living room floor with me, they don't want me to be alone, I hate that. Mom is staying home with me tonite, she isn't going to go and watch my skin brother race, she has only ever missed 1 other race, and that was when I had my Mast Cell removed, she says I don't need to be alone, that dad can video everything. Well, Dr. Lori just called, my biopsy came back, it was definately hemangiosarcoma, mom cried of course, but my says I don't have an expiration tag on my toe, we will deal with it one day at a time. Ok, gonna go for now.





April 23rd 2009 6:55 am
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I am sitting here not knowing quite how to write this. It is Thursday morning and we were given the horrible news about Oakley Monday night, after spending the day at our vets then being transferred to Valley Emergency for an ultrasound. They told us that his spleen was totally involved his liver and probably all of his vital organs were also affected, they gave us no hope, that he wouldn't make it through any surgery or the night, so the best thing was to have him put down. We told them that without calling our son we couldn't. So we called Steven and told him what was happening, and he said please don't do anything without me seeing him. He was so upset, that he said he would call us back, the vet came back in 3 times asking us if we heard from our son yet, by this time I am so pissed at their attitudes, that I told them we were taking him home, they carried him out to our jeep and we came home, but before we got here, my cell phone rang, it was Valley telling me that I didn't get his discharge papers, and that they expected me to be there the following day to pay an additional $85, I asked them before we left if we owed them any more, my god they wouldn't even take the poor baby into a room before we paid $500 deposit. But I wasn't thinking about that, so I told them I would be there the next day, which was Tuesday. We got home and there was a message from our vet Dr. Jon, he expressed his sympathy about the prognosis and told us that any time that we were ready on Wednesday morning to come up. We called Steven and told him to come home instead of going to Fullerton, which is way closer for him, I was so worried about him driving that distance in the state he was in. We all spent the night on the floor with Oak, loving him and talking to him, trying to get a lifetime into one night. The next morning, we managed to finally come to grips with what was going to happen, we got to Dr. Jon's around noon. We ALL walked in, including Oakley, he was pink like normal and very happy, his little butt was wiggling so fast, the girls went crazy saying thats not the same dog that was in here yesterday, and we all agreed, we went back into the room, Dr. Jon walked in and actually cried, he said thats not a dog at deaths door, I won't put him down until I run some tests, I don't think he is as bad as they were saying. So an hour later, after seeing the x-rays and blood work, Dr. Jon said that (he showed us)the x-rays don't show a cavity full of blood, there is some there, but now what he was led to believe, so he asked our permission to give Oak a chance and operate. He warned us that he is very weak, and might not make it through the surgery, and that after opening him up he would know right away if he has a chance, and if he felt that he was wrong, he wouldn't wake him up. So we agreed, 4 hours later he called us and told us that he had a 3 centimeter nodule on his spleen, which he removed completly, so he has no spleen, and his liver looked a little enlarged, but that was understandable but nothing else was involved. He still had a Hemangiosarcoma, but it is treatable, Dr. Jon feels it was in the very early stages, because of its size, since it is so aggressive.
We brought him home last night, he is so weak, but walking when he has to go potty, and is alert. He won't eat anything, but is drinking. He goes back tomorrow morning to be checked, but my baby is home. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Jon and Dr. Lori, they gave us more time with our baby. I am convinced it was all the prayers and good vibes that has taken us to this point. I really don't know what to say or how to say it, I am sorry but we were ready to let him go, and are so glad that he was given another chance. I came to the group because I knew you would all understand our pain, and your vibes, good wishes and prayers brought him around.
God bless each and everyone who pulled for my baby, we will never forget you. I would answer everyone personally, but I don't want to be on the PC to be away from Oak, I will keep everyone informed as to his progress.

Thank you,


Penny, Oakley and Britania Marie



April 21st 2009 6:15 am
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I am sitting here feeling numb. Sunday was a beautiful day here, Oakley and Britania Marie played outside all day, running, rolling around, just had a great day. Yesterday morning I was putting wash in the dryer and Oakley came into me and was wobbling, I immediately looked at his gums, they were white, he sat down then just layed down. My son and I got him to the vet immediately, they did an EKG, blood work and X-Rays. They were stumped, his heart is small, so that ruled out an enlarged heart, then they thought it might be Addisons Disease, they consulted with a Cardiologist, who was also stumped. After spending the day at the vet, he suggested taking him to Valley Hospital who has every kind of specialist know, Oak had been there last April for his eyes. They did an untrasound, which told us the problem, he has a huge Hemangiosarcoma of the spleen and his liver is involved. Given the options that we have, the best time was 1-3 months with spleen removal and a lobeectomy of his liver. After much soul searching we have decided to help him over the bridge today. This is the hardest thing that we have ever done. We brought him home last night, our son slept on the floor with him, he ate a treat around 2 and drank a little water, it is breaking our hearts. He is our heart dog. Our female boxer knows something is wrong, she slept next to him all night. Please say a prayer for him today, he is the best boy ever.

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