Nicknames: Mz Quince, Quinny, The Mighty Quinn, Quincerella, Q, The Q-ster MizQ
Birthday: June 17th 2003
Likes: I love to sleep under the covers at night. I also love playing with my cousin, Bradford. a Bulldog
Pet-Peeves: I hate when Mom won't share her food with me. I would gladly share my food with her should she ever ask!
Favorite Toy: I love frisbees. I use plastic lids as frisbees because they are lighter for me to catch. I also love bones! But my favorite toy is whatever Bradford is playing with at the moment.
Favorite Food: I eat Iams and I have to gobble down my breakfast before Bradford comes to the house or he will eat it up. We do share our lunch and supper, though.
Favorite Walk: Mom and I go on Volkswalks. I love when the walks go through woods! I also like to walk around the neighborhood, keeping in touch with all my friends.
Best Tricks: Mom taught me to sneeze on command. I know I get a treat when I sneeze so I love to get in her lap and look her right in the face.... and sneeze! My sneezes get bigger and wetter until she treats me! I'm really glad she taught me this trick.
Arrival Story: After Mom's rescue schnauzer died, Mom decided to adopt the type of dog she had when she was a kid (lo those many, MANY years ago). Mom found me through an ad in the paper and adopted me on HER mother's birthday. Now we have twice the reason to celebrate Aug. 25!
Bio: Mom "dog sits" Bradford during the day when her human daughter goes to work. He started coming to our house when he was 7 weeks old. Now, even though he weighs twice as much as me, he still follows me around and does what I tell him to do. Yep, I'm the one who housebroke him! Mom tries to take credit, but it was all me. Best part about having Bradford around is that he makes such a nice pillow for me :)
Soooooooooooo..... 2010 was one strange year! 2009 ended with me earning my RE title. And then, 2010 started with those three pesky cysts taken off and being diagnosed as Mast Cell Tumors.
From there I went to an Oncology Vet, Dr Harris. Boy, is she nice! She set me on a treatment of chemo and Prednisone. I really blimped up on that steroid! And Mom halted all Rally 'cause I just didn't have all that much energy. Chemo ended in April, so I did my first Rally in late May. Boy, it was hot hot hot! I Q'd both days for my first two legs of RAE, but I was dead tired! Unfortunately, Mom had already signed me up for another 2 day Rally 2 weeks later.... but fortunately, that was indoors with air conditioning! I earned those two legs easily! Mom decided to take some more time off so I could get my energy back. I sure did need that rest!
During this rest period, I did take the CGC test and passed! I am now a Canine Good Citizen!
I rested from mid-June to Labor Day and traveled to Lexington for their Cluster. Mom only signed me up for two days instead of all five days because it was outside and she was afraid it would be too hot for me. I earned my 3rd leg the first day, but the second day I saw a sunbeam and wanted to just sit and stare at that, so I didn't Q.... the first (and only) Trial I NQ'd.
In Sept and Oct I Rallyed every weekend, finally getting #10 leg in late October at my home club! I earned my RAE.... the highest Rally title!
A week later I went back to Dr Harris for a check-up and she found another bump. A needle biopsy showed it was Mast Cell. I started back on Pred in Nov!
So now it is 2011... March.... and I'm almost finished with the Pred (I have gained a LOT of weight, though). I go back to Dr Harris on Friday. I sure do hope we've kicked this cancer for good now..... but either way, I am retired and staying that way!
But I do miss the constant treats whilst training..... maybe I can beg for one now. Mom.... ohhhhhhh MOM!!!!!!!!!!!
That pesky little cyst the Vet took off last week.... actually there were three of them, one on my chest, one on my left leg (both of those were tiny), and a larger one on my right leg. Lab report came back yesterday... Seems I have Mast Cell Tumors. Now, this Lab grades them on a 3 point scale. Grade 1 MCT would be benign, nothing to worry about. Grade 3 MCT is malignant and is very serious. Grade 2 could go either way. I have Grade 2. The margins around the tumors are clean, which is good. That means my Vet got it all out. BUT .... we don't know right now if there are any other tumors IN my body.
I visit an oncologist next week. I'll know more then.
I took my yearly trip to the Vet's last week and she found a bump on my leg. Maybe a cyst, maybe not, but she wants it off NOW! So tomorrow I go under the knife!
Mom was going to start my journey for RAE next week at the local Trial, but we might have to put it off until I heal completely. Mom doesn't want me taking three small jumps with stitches or a half-healed wound. I want to go, though. I miss working one-on-one with Mom. She's thinking long term, I'm thinking NOW.
Anyway... keep your fingers crossed that this is only an annoying cyst and nothing more and that I'll be back in the Rally ring soon.
OH... and someone kick Mom so she will start training Roxie. I'm tired of that kid getting treats without having to work for them!
Talking of treats, time for me to beg a couple from Mom. Later!