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6 months post diagnosis (TCC cancer)

November 24th 2015 6:36 am
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Soooo, yesterday I went for my 3 month check up with Dr. Arrington. I can tell I'm really starting to make an impression on her. It's the third time I saw her and she seems to be smitten with me. She says I'm nice and soft and such a good girl.

The last few weeks I have peeing more and there is even a little blood in my urine. That has mom worried. Yesterday's visit was another ultrasound and blood work. On top of that, doc decided to do a urine culture since I have had UTIs off and on since this dang cancer started.

The good news is my bloodwork was perfect...that means my cancer meds aren't messing with the kidneys or liver. We have to wait on the urine culture results and radiology report, but the doc says from what she can see the mass appears to be about the same time.

So hey! What about the fact that I'm peeing more? Well, if it's a UTI that's the answer. Mom did ask if there is no UTI and the mass is the same, could I start having more the cancer symptoms (straining, more urinating, blood) and she said yes. I guess we wait to hear the results.

Thanks for loving us dogster friends!


Sigh of relief

August 29th 2015 7:49 pm
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So I went to the doctor yesterday. Good news on all fronts. Bloodwork looks great except liver enzymes just slightly elevated. Ultrasound shows that the mass has not gotten any bigger. Whewwww! That means the chemo drug is doing what it's supposed to be doing. Mom sure is glad for that! Doc Arrington said I look better than ever. I lost a couple of pounds and apparently that makes me a beautiful beagle. Even my regular vet said I got my girly figure back hehehehehe.

I go back in three months. Mom thanks you for the POP and prayers


Scootie doooooo

August 26th 2015 12:49 pm
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So, since I last wrote, I was dealing with diarrhea and I am being treated for a new UTI. Diarrhea is gone because Doc Myers had me stop taking everything except for a prescription dog food and my cancer meds. Mom was so afraid my cancer meds were making me sick. I have been doing well for a few weeks now :-)

I go on Friday for bloodwork and an ultrasound. Mom is nervous and hope it goes well. We will find out if the mass has gotten larger or stayed the same. Keep your paws crossed for me!


Testing for HQ 7/8/15

July 8th 2015 4:20 pm
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Arrrrooooo! Scootie here! Just trying to see if I can add a diary entry!

Love my pals!



Here's the path I'm going down...

June 11th 2015 5:20 pm
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Sooo, I have to say that deciding which treatment to go with was pretty gut wrenching for mom. She and my other mom went back and forth. There were three choices: IV chemo...5 rounds, 3 weeks apart. Piroxicam by itself, and oral chemo with the piroxicam. The doc said the iv chemo could give me 1 to 2 years. With just the piroxicam, maybe a year and longer with the oral chemo.

At first moms decided on the iv chemo. But then they thought about the trips to the vet, the worrying, the wondering, my age, will it harm me. They changed their minds and decided to focus on my happiness and spoiling me. They did however chose the oral chemo pills with the piroxicam.

The good news is I am doing well, no side effects with either...arrrroooooo! And I am still not showing any symptoms of this nasty cancer. I go back in a couple of weeks to get bloodwork to see if it's affecting my kidneys.


Saw the Specialist

May 14th 2015 11:40 am
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We saw Dr. Arrington, she's a really nice doctor lady who made sure I got a big treat before I left. That makes her okay in my book ;-).

So, what we know is that the cancer is not spread beyond the bladder. They did an ultrasound of my abdonmen to see if anything had spread and everything was okay. The doctor gave mom some options...the first being chemo and piroxicam, the second was just piroxicam by itself, and then a targeted, oral low dose chemo pill. The chemo gives me a year or two...the the piroxicam along gives me up to a year, and the target therapy would just maintain the mass and try to prevent it from getting bigger.

Moms are still trying to decide what to do. The good thing is I act normal and do all the stuff I normally do. She hates that I have an expiration date though :-(


Sigh...yes, it's the dreaded C word

May 5th 2015 5:09 am
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Mom got confirmation yesterday. Mom had a feeling though. She thinks the doctor was trying to prepare her for a few days now. I have Transitional Cell Carcinoma which is found in the bladder. It's a pretty aggressive tumor too.

So far, I'm not really showing any signs. Mom has noticed I have retreated to my crate a little. I'm one of those rare hounds that actually likes their crate. It's where I feel safe. Other than that, I'm still begging for food and looking cute. No apparent signs of this nasty bugger.

I appreciate all the POP I can get. I don't know how much time I have, but I know that my mommys are going to have a hard time with this. I have been with them since I was a puppy so I'm their little baby Scoots. It's hard to believe I'm 11 already. They still remember the playful, mischevious little beagle. I better go is about to cry...


The dreaded C word?

May 1st 2015 12:27 pm
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Several weeks ago mom noticed I was peeing more so at my semi annual check up, mom mentioned it to my vet who decided bloodwork and a urinalysis would be done. I had a UTI and was given an antibiotic injection. After 3 weeks, I went back and they discovered the UTI hadn't gone away. The doctor suggested we do a urine culture to figure out what kind of bacteria we were dealing with. She took me back to the room where they do the ultrasounds so that she could draw urine out from my's the cleanest way to do that. She came back into the room a few minutes later and said she wasn't able to do it because she discovered a mass in my bladder. Yes, a mean old mass :-(

Doc Myers, who is my favorite doctor in the whole world, seem to tear up a bit when she came in to tell mom why she couldn't do the urine culture and to tell mom I had a pretty large mass on my bladder.

This hit mom pretty hard. She was not expecting this at all. My other mom was with us too and she started crying. Dr. Myers suggested we send the scans off to the radiologist for another opinion. Well, they pretty much confirmed what Dr. Myers said. In fact they said it looked "cancerous in nature". So the next step was to do a a procedure called a traumatic catetherization to see if they could draw cells from my bladder in a safe manner so they could send it off to the labs to see if it was the C word. First, Doc wanted to do chest xrays because IF it was the C word, and it spread already, it didn't make sense to move forward with the procedure.

The good news is the chest xray was totally clear...and so now we wait...wait and see if my life expectancy is shorter than mom thought it would be. She's scared of course. Me? I'm acting just like I always have...silly, food, happy hound. Why? Because that's how I have always been. You want to make me happy? Give me a treat. Want to make mom happy? Give her a good diagnosis.


Saying Good bye to Dogster

January 31st 2014 5:12 am
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This is incredibly hard. I have grown up on dogster...I have been here for almost 8 years....6 1/2 years as a PLUS member. My journey started when mom was looking for support for me. I had a couple of a couple of health issues and a couple of behavioral issues and mom was hoping she could get some help. I think that's how many of us end up here :-)

Mom began exploring and it was almost right away when she began to realize that there were other doggie lovers out there. The weirdest part was that the dogs were talking for themselves BOL! Mom decided I would be a sweet, loving food hound since that pretty much fit who I was. I didn't know about groups yet, only the forums and my first friendships were made in Crushes. I know many didn't like crushes but honestly...I made some of the furever friends there. I know I'll miss them all but to name a few: Biscuit and Dylan, Jovi, Buddy, Murphy, Levi, Super Tuck, Kasey, and Champ. And nooooo, I didn't forget, but one of the very first was Oz. My ozzy :-) I was pretty new and I didn't know what to think when he struck up a conversation with me BOL! We all hung out at Fly Away Beach and Moosehead Bar. Yesssss there was some drama but I never got into it. I would just leave.

Fast forward a bit and sometime in the fall of 2006, I found Snoop Dog Beagleys. This is going to be really hard because this is without a doubt my family on dogster. The friendships, the support, the love of beagles. It all started right there. It started with Eddie Essig. I can't begin to describe what this group has meant to me. They know...because they feel it too. My first real experience at loss came in Snoops. We lost our friend Austin, the beagleweiler. That's when I realized snoops really was a family. It hasn't been without family feuds, but I never felt so much support in one place before. Everyone who is a part of the group feels it too. I'll miss the RXN, the trips, the parties...all of it. Trust me, we really are a family.

During this time, I discovered Downtown Dogster which became a fun place to be and a fun place to hang out. I also discovered the Dogster mafia and the B and A groups. Without going into detail, both groups were sort of at odds with each other. Again, not going into detail here. I felt really lucky that I was able to be a part of both groups. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure either group knew that. I loved both groups though. Some really good pups there. As time went on, I didn't visit the mafia as much and in some ways I regret it. It just got more quiet there.

I continued on in the B and A group and again, I gotta tell you, this group became like my second family. I reallllllly love this group. It's hard to type without wanting to cry. How lucky was I....I had my snoops and I had my B and A. The friendships were lasting...again, a real family. Sassy invited me and I never looked back. I do want to mention a couple of names because though many have left, a few have remained: Dusty the Pupcat, River, Sara, Georgie/Jackson/Camille, Webster/Ringo, and Bailey. I have to mention Rudy Patudy because his mama passed away last year. I have no doubts that Rudy would still be with us if his mama was still alive. I still visit this group often. I really love these guys.

Along the way, I helped create PAWS angels WAG for kindness. The idea came from Dezi and I and we ran with it. The group was created to give love, kindness and support to those who needed it. It began to grow and soon after Dezi left. The group blossomed under myself, Jazzi, and Pie. My first two kitty friends. BOL! I met a lot of cat friends at that time!

Another forum group was the Mitey Buh-ens group that my friend Levi introduced me too. That was a special group for quite a while and I made some lasting friendships there. Honestly...some of the nicest, most supportive friends were made in that group.

As time went on, it became more and more quiet on dogster. I refused to let go. I know many of my friends left for facebook. Mom made new friends there too. Dogster was really a place for me to grow up. The love, the friendships, the support...I just can't explain what it all means. For those who were a part of it, you get it. It makes me incredible sad that Say Media is taking it all away. They were obviously never a part of it. I love what Fa La Luce, Lori Malm, did for us. I know it wasn't easy for her and yet I was lucky enough to be her friend and I hope at times, a friend of support for her.

I always thought I would go to doggie heaven, to the bridge, and still be here on dogster. That's not going to happen now. For all my friends out there, you gotta know how much I adore you much I love you. Through the ups and downs, you were all there for me and my family. Dogster will always be in my heart...always. I love you!


Scooter's Tail of Devotion

January 17th 2014 5:17 am
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I always assumed I would have plenty of time to do this. Now Dogster is going away. Scooter and the rest of the family pack will no longer have their very own profile pages.

I wanted to take the time to write about Scooter and what she has meant to me. She came into my life when I was grieving the loss of Floppy. It was the first time in my life I didn't have a dog and I wanted a puppy who could occupy my time, a puppy I could raise and love. I never considered a beagle before, but after doing research, a beagle seemed like the right breed for me.

Scooter was in a litter of three. In fact she looks a lot like her mom Jeter. She was named after a famous new york yankee baseball player. Scooter has been a handful from day one. From the time she was a puppy, she would play and play and then she would stop really sudden and if you didn't snatch her up and take her out, she would pee right there on the floor. She loved chewing on things and destroying stuffies. She still likes the destroying stuffies part, especially the squeaker.

I wouldn't say Scooter is a perfect dog. There are times I want to strangle her. She is pretty selfish and I am sure my spoiling made her that way. I take full responsibility. She can be food aggressive and she learned to inhale her food and not chew it. Not so smart Scooter! Thankfully it has never gotten her into trouble. She could eat a bowl in 15 seconds. Check her out video if you want to see it.

I believe she does things she knows she's not supposed to do but she does it anyway because she knows after I'm mad for a minute, I end up loving her all over again. Again, my fault.

Scooter has never been affectionate. She never gives kisses. BUT you know she loves you because that tail will wag 100 mph. She bows and barks at ya and she will run over to get those 5 seconds of love before she decides she has better things to do. When she's sick, she wants to be right there with you though. She would never admit but you can tell she loves you.

Anyway, I basically just want to say that I love Scooter with all my heart. She is an amazing little beagle. She has been with us since she was 10 weeks old. She turns 10 in two months. She is and always will be my baby. A lot of people say they can tell Scooter is my favorite. I try not to have favorites because I really do love all my animals. I think it's because I got scooter when she was a puppy. Believe me...she gives me the most headaches, she drives me crazier than anyone and yet somehow she just has this special place with me. I love you Scooter bug....dooter dooter dooter....queen of the world. Always.....

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