December 24th 2014 3:06 am
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Merry Christmas and Happy-Healthy New Year!!!
"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."
We love you all and thank you from the very depths of our hearts for the gifts of frienship.. Thank you for all the support as I go on my cancer journey.....and for helping my mommy smile more....
Here is a special poem a dear angel friend gave me.....
"I AM YOUR DOG…..
I am your dog, and I have a little something I’d like to whisper in your ear
I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me. I see the love in your eyes
What do you see in my eyes? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is all I ask.
I ask you to slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that computer screen, of others of my kind, passing away. Sometimes we die young…and oh so quickly and suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to notice until the very end, when we look at you with our grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free over the Rainbow Bridge.
I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just “one more day” with me. We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor and look into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as “alpha” or as “trainer” or even “Mom and Dad” – come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another’s eyes and talk.
I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or our walks together, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a “dog on two feet”. I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, here on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my ear. Speak with your heart, with your soul, and I will know your true self.
We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short"
~~Author Unknown (a very wise soul wrote this)
Our hearts are connected by paws!!!
Peace, Love and Light,
Luna Rose and family
December 20th 2014 5:23 am
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Luna Rose was such a sweet girl....very long day for us both. This is schedule will be tiring, but worth it. She is glad to be home and is my cuddle bug......they suspect she will be having side effects in 1-2 days and we will start meds tomorrow to help....next treatment is Friday after Christmas. We are going to be even more tired and more financially challenged, but that is okay.....praying Luna Rose does well.
Poor Honey Bun is feeling like a step child and does not understand why I take her to my parents in the morning and drive off with Luna....Honey was distant and going into her crate....she is confused and I don't want our bond to be hurt....gosh, our animals are so sensitive to change. I am juggling the best I can...
Everyone, please learn from Luna Rose....Mast cell is common, unpredictable and can be fatal....it does not have to come in the form of a lump, bump or tumor....it can be atypical, like hers, and only appear like tiny specs of dry itchy skin.....please get all those little places on your dogs checked and if Mast Cells are present...get them removed. While some are slow growing....others are very aggressive, like Luna's....no one would have ever imagined hers to even be mast cell....let alone the highest grade and most aggressive form. Never.....Cancer be gone. Please keep sending power of the paw for my girl.
December 18th 2014 3:30 am
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We thank you for all the purrs and power of the paw.....we feel it and it is amazing. It helps us be strong. I apologize I did not update you all last night, but it was late when we got home and we had a lot to discuss and figure out....I truly am not sure if anyone can figure anything out with cancer....mast cell cancer is one of the most unpredictable types of cancer.....apparently, it has a mind of its own and treating it can be difficult, to say the least.
Luna Rose was an incredible trooper when I took her in yesterday......she marched in with her ball in he mouth and was ready to go....it was like she was saying "I am going to beat cancer....bring it on." The staff was so gentle and kind....I have never left Luna before and it was very hard to walk out the door and leave for work. Yes, I did call and check on her a couple of times....
So far, all of Luna's tests have come out well....the vet does not anticipate the rest of the pathology to come back with any cancer cells in her lymph system, liver or spleen....but says these aggressive little things can hide anywhere and she will not feel comfortable until we know for sure.....The vet said we need to start chemo immediately and has her scheduled for tomorrow.....wow.....she was even ready to start yesterday, but we wanted time to discuss it and wait on the rest of the results...trying to figure out what is best for Luna....and making sure our decisions are not about us.
The vet says the histology won't be back for about a week and we will may have to switch the type of chemo. The vet said the cancer is so aggressive she is not comfortable waiting until the histology comes back.....with that being sad....she does not feel Luna's cancer is curable, but manageable and having chemo is a must if we want to give her a chance at more cancer free time....she said without treatment, the studies show and her experience is, Luna's cancer will take her in 5-6 months as it is so fast and aggressive....with treatment we hope to gain "years..." The reality is....we simply don't know how her body will respond.
There are lots of special protocols in caring for her after chemotherapy and it is a full-time job.....we sat down with my parents last night to go over everything with them to make sure they can handle it all....it is a lot to ask of anyone....of course, they are more than willing, as Luna Rose is their grandgirl!!! Gosh, I wish I didn't have to work.....but I do!!! Everyone thus far, is on board that we must try.......and we will let Luna Rose dictate the journey.
If she becomes too ill or too stressed and cant be her happy joyful ball loving self.....we will stop the treatment and simply let her be until it is time to fly......to earn her wings. What am I saying....She is already an angel on earth to us....and to many.
I simply cant believe this is happening.....I look at this beautiful loving companion......she is so strong and full of life.....she is young and ever so special.....her spirit is amazing and we connected the moment we met. I hate this for her....it is all about her.....my heart is aching....her daddy is devastated.....this little girl is our heart.
The most scary part is....some of the chemo drugs can have some really bad effects.....and it terrifies me. Many doggies do fine, while others do not......My heart wants her to be here forever....and the reality is.....she may leave us soon. I pray we are making the right decision....to give her this chance and if it is not right for her, at least we know we gave it our all......I hope Luna Rose agrees.
Honey Bun did not do well yesterday without Luna....while she worships my parents and loves being there....mom said she curled up on the couch and didn't move most of the day....she didn't bark, play......she was sad....she was thrilled when Luna came home....Ivy Joy too. We are all are being affected by this...
Please send healing love and power of the paw....we have a very long journey ahead. If the reports come back this afternoon saying the cancer has spread, we probably wont proceed.....Luna has been different the past month......I think she knows and has been telling me. She is so happy this morning....playing....loving her ball....such a sweet girl....We love you Luna Rose....always and forever, thank you for rescuing us!!!
Our hearts are connected by paws....always.
December 14th 2014 3:58 am
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Good Morning Friends.....my mommy want to give everyone an update on how I am doing....so I am going to let her type this message.
Oh my.....what a long day we had!!! We dropped Honey Bun off with my parents and headed to the vet with Luna Rose.....Her stitches were removed and her wounds are healing nicely.....we left our regular vet's office and headed to our doggie oncologist appointment....wow, realty really hits hard when you pull up in the parking lot and see the big sign which reads...."Animal Cancer Center....Luna Rose was a real trooper for everything...amazing little girl.....she is so special.
The Oncologist was amazing and so very thorough....spent a long time with us and really helped us understand where we are and what we are facing with Luna Rose.....we are literally in for the fight of our lives.....
Luna Rose's mast cell cancer is very aggressive....high grade and with a very high mitotic index which means her chances of recovery is not good....The oncologist explained if this was 10 years ago.....there would be no hope, but with new treatments, we may be able to help her....at least we have a few options....if Luna Rose is able and willing. It is really up to Luna, what her spirit and body can handle and the power of the paw. Since Luna Rose is so young.....(just turned five)....we are going to try......if Luna is willing, we are willing. The vet says, some dogs do great and others do not. He said, "we will never keep a sick dog sick...simply not right for them." We agree. Without treatment.....the cancer will progress quickly.....
First step happens on Wednesday.......I will drop her off on my way to work and she will have many tests; scans, ultrasound, liver cell aspiration, spleen cell aspiration, and lung xrays, lab work, immunology and histamine tests. It will take about 10 days to get all tests back and plan in place.....the test are key. If this cancer is in her organs.....well, I cant say it......so you all know that is not good. If the cancer is not in her organs yet, the only hope is chemotherapy. Wow!!!!!!! Really having a very difficult time wrapping my mind all around this.....we all are. Chemo would be about 3 days a week for 6 months and if would be for a cure......so....if Luna Rose can handle it...we will handle it......This would be a lot on all of us......but we will do whatever Luna can do. This is her journey and we are her support team.....her cancer buddies. I love this girl, so very much. WE all do. My parents will be with her while we work.
Needless to say, this treatment is so expensive....not really sure how most afford it.....more than I can even imagine, so we are going to have to figure all of that out....but we will do it for her.......
Keep Luna Rose is your thoughts please.......as our cancer journey is off and running........Our hearts are connected by paws.""
Friends, I am still not sure what to think about all of this.....as I feel good and I am strong....too much cancer in our lives. I will do all I can and I appreciate the power of the paw and your loving support.
November 26th 2014 3:16 am
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I wanted to wish you a very special Thanksgiving Holiday! I know this has been a difficult year for many of us....and yet, we get through each day the best we can....we keep hope and realize that no matter what, we have each other for support…something to truly be thankful for.
Often we spend a majority of our time working so hard to overcome and deal with the bumps in the road of life that I like to get up on Thanksgiving morning and truly clear my mind allowing me to focus on only the good...the things I am thankful for. Although we try to do this on a daily basis, life can get in the way. We hope on Thanksgiving morning, you will take the time to clear your mind and focus only on the good....it warms your heart and puts a different perspecitve on things.
Interestingly enough, we have to also remember that some things which we consider to be "not so good" can still help us grow and become stronger....therefore, something to be thankful for. With most all experiences in life, we can find something in which to be thankful….we simply have to look and sometimes harder than others.
As I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I reflect on all that I am thankful for in my life....and my heart is over-flowing with an abundance of thankfulness....I wish everyday was Thanksgiving...in my heart, it is.
There is too much for me to simply put into words to express my thankfulness, but I want you to know....how thankful I am for Dogster/Catster, community spirit, acceptance, valuable friendships and each of you. I am so thankful Dogster and Catster is working better and I hope PAWS and the other special groups start to rebuild and grow.
As I count my many blessings, you are on top of my list.
Our hearts are connected by paws! We hope your Thanksgiving is the very best it can be!
Lots of licks of love, Luna Rose and family
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie, bestselling author and journalist
November 12th 2014 2:59 am
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It is hard to believe it has already been three years since you came into our lives and hearts. You are a bundle of joy and we love you so...thank you for helping our hearts heal from losing our precious golden girl, Sissy....we will always miss her (as we miss all our angels), but you have reminded us of the importance of continued rescue work and giving our hearts to others, as well. Thank you, also, for allowing Honey Bun to come into our family and find her forever home with us and loving her so...you are pawsome and we are blessed.
You have been even more amazing than we could have known when you rescued us....being your daddy's caregiver and taking care of us all....you are our silly happy girl.....
You have added so much fun, love and happiness to our lives these past three years...Thank you for being there for us and being our special girl. I know you had a rough loss and difficult transtion to our home....I know you must miss your other family....but we have grown into the best of friends and we are ever so thankful for you. We feel you are happy and finally know, YOU ARE HOME!!!
Luna Rose, your first mommy knows you are doing well and she is happy for you.....YOU ARE LOVED. Thank you for making your grandparents so happy, too. They love your daily visits.
In two days, it will be your birthday....5 years old. What a great week....your third Got'cha Day with us and your 5th birthday.
We celebrate you....your smile and your happy spirit. You are a bundle of joy!!
Our hearts are connected by paws.
We love you, Mommy, Daddy, Ivy Joy and Honey Bun
May 12th 2013 4:22 am
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Happy Mothers Day to all the beautiful moms! Thank you for being so incredibly special and full of love and kindness....an extra special thank you to my mom for giving me a forever home full of love...I am a lucky girl.
Our hearts are connected by paws. Lots of licks of love,
January 27th 2013 5:11 am
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I love you Mommy!! I am so glad we rescued each other. My angel Sister, Sissy, wrote such a beautiful tribute to you....I am going to post it in honor of your special day!
I want you to know you are my hero. I know 1-28-2013 is a bittersweet day for you....even more so, without us here with you.I know how much you miss us..we miss you, too. I am ever so grateful you have Ivy Joy and Luna Rose to share your heart with...I always told you to keep loving others as it is what you do...I am always watching over you....All of us are...CheyAnne, Sugar, Jazzi, CK, Blackie, Skeeter, Beamer, all your angles and angel friends. You are surrounded by angels every minute of ever day....you always said, "my angels were fur" and you are right, mommy, we do!
I know you never thought you would be getting more injections on the 28th....23 years after your accident.....just keep on keepin on, mommy!
Mommy, you always told me it iwas important to reflect one's journey and remember what makes you who you are today. I am doing that for you....You are an amazing lady and I admire you more than you know. I can't help but have mixed feelings either. We are all so happy you are with us, and yet so sad because of your continual pain and daily struggles. It's hard for me to imagine it has been 23 years since the careless drunk driver hit you and changed your life forever. The person you were, "died", and when you came back to us, we were so thankful.
This is like another birthday, mommy!!! I love birthdays!!! We are partying at the Bridge today!!! We have to celebrate our journeys and challenges....right, that's you taught me and I am reminding you to honor your journey and be proud of what you have accomplished.
I know as you face your continual health decline, you get scared. I know one day your body will fail you and you will not be able to walk again. Your future is so uncertain....but I believe you are never alone as you have helped so many with failing bodies, including me....there will be others to care for you and appreciate your mind and spirit.
We admire you tenacity and strength. I know I was not a part of your life then....and neither was my daddy, but if things would have been different, our paths may never have crossed. I am so thankful to have you for my mommy and so proud of all you do and who you are despite what you go through daily.
We know this day makes you sad, and yet grateful to be alive. It is a day of total reflection. That's okay. It is a bittersweet day and you are entitled to have these feelings..................if we could make you better we would, but want you to know, we think you are perfect just as you are....and despite what happens, we will always be by your side watching over you from above.
An extra special thank you to my angel sister Jazzi and my sisters in spirit at the bridge, CheyAnne and Sugar, who laid in your hospital bed and stayed by your side and helped you walk again. They watched you endure pain and stuggles unimagineable to many.... I am glad I could be a part of what and who you are now..............you will always be my hero...today, I say thank you for being alive and WALKING into my life and heart forever!!! Thank you for taking care of me as my body failed and helping me find peace at the Bridge…thank you for letting me be and loving me for who I am!!!
May you find your own strength and courage to face life's obstacles and appreciate and celebrate the rewards.
Celebrating and honoring you, mommy.
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
- Maya Angelou"
Our hearts are forever connected by paws...I love you,
Sissy--Your Golden Angel
November 14th 2012 3:42 am
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Happy birthday Sweet Luna Rose! We love you so much. We don't know anything about the day you were born into your "first" family, but we know it had to be so special.....we are grateful we can celebrate with you and for you....you are "our gift" and we are so happy to share this day with you....and even more happy that you are such a loving part of our family.
Your forever mommy and family
January 17th 2012 4:27 am
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I am so glad to be a part of this great community. Thank you for the warm welcome.....all the p-mails, rosies and precious gifts.
I am adjusting well in my forever home and wish you all sunshine and happiness.
Wishing you a peaceful day full of self discovery and compassion towards others....
"What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Our hearts are connected by paws, Luna Rose
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