July 2nd 2009 10:22 am
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Over the past week, Marcel has been in great energy. Once the fluid was drained (“tapped”) from around his heart, he’s back to his normal self. We’ve all been going for nice long walks once or twice a day, and the 2 poodles have been chasing the balls in the backyard…lily plants be damned!! Sassy might be stronger, but Marcel is smarter so while Sassy is bouncing around the ball-thrower, Marcel races ahead to the back of the garden to catch the ball. More than once she’s snatched the ball right out of his mouth, he’s such a gentleman. While we were in SF this week, we stopped in for a brief visit at Collingwood Park, the only thing Marcel wanted to do was hump Toby and chased him relentlessly. If you don’t know you’re sick or feel ill, then why act that way? This weekend we’ll go on one of our favorite hikes in Tilden Park, up Quarry Trail. It’s a beautiful path with stunning views in all directions, west (ish) to Oakland & Berkeley and beyond to SF & Marin, east (ish) to San Pablo & Briones Reservoirs and beyond.
After long conversations between ourselves, doctors and internet research, we feel the life-expectancy prognosis does not warrant surgery and chemo. Therefore, we have decided to not follow that route, and instead provide the pericardiosentesis “taps” as needed. After a tap, Marcel will feel like a million bucks and be his regular laid back, playful self. In the days leading up to the taps, he’ll be a bit sluggish. At this point it’s difficult to know how often he’ll need a tap, and over a period of time, the taps will be closer & closer together until they’re no longer effective. This could be weeks or even 2-3 months.
In the forthcoming weeks we’ll make every effort to visit some favorite haunts from the past nine-plus years, and introduce them to Sassy. I was living Glen Park/Sunnyside when I first got Marcel, so Glen Canyon Park is on the list. Marcel has spent lots of time at Fort Funston with both his original SF dog walker and me. We might even let Sassy off the leash for the first time. Dolores Park was a favorite haunt for several years once we left Glen Park and moved to the Castro.
Thank you for all the notes, calls, texts, tweets, DMs, etc. Nick responded to one of these messages best,
‘The love of friendship really is like chocolate chip cookies that just came out of the oven. It's warm and comforting and can make you feel good even when you don't want to. Thank you.’
Thank you for your support.
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Lucy and I are praying for you. I hope you enjoy visiting all your favorite haunts in the new few weeks. You are in our thoughts.
Marcel, We are wishing you the best, buddy. I hope you will stop by Dogster HQ to see all your old pals soon!
We are so glad to hear you are feeling well Marcel. The big picture is that your quality of life is a good one as we all well know. Whatever the future may bring to any of us, we will always know how much we were and are loved. Your pals Sassy & Sally
BTW don't be too upset if Sassy doesn't do everything you try to teach her. From past experience these girls named Sassy have a tendency to do what they want and rule to roost so to speak.
Sending much love and hovering close
Sending you lots of big hugs & prayers!!
Teddy & Mummy xxx