Age: 8 Years Sex: Male Weight: 100+ lbs
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Bigg Dawg, Rudy the Giant Boxer, Rudy Poo, Buddy, Turkey and Sniffy
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November 7th 2005
Mauling company, and boxing / wrestling, watch out for the left hook, and LOVES to be a lap dog at 101.5 pounds!
Having my nails clipped, the word "No".
Company, and the hedge hog.
Royal Canin MAXI Large Breed Adult formula 32, Urban Wolf, fruit, and cheese please!
I really enjoy running at the beach, and chasing the 4 wheeler back to the woods.
Mauling company, pretending he is hearing impaired at obedience class, the High Five, Hugs and we can't forget " The Left Hook "
We called the breeder, unsure if we were ready to make a life time commitment to this wonderful breed. My husband was on his way to Toronto, so I decided I must go and see the litter without him. There was only one male left, and he was the most handsome little boy. He came over to me, and I fell in LOVE... When my husband finally got home, we took another drive to the breeders home to see what he thought about the little guy. Our minds were made up - he was ours!! We should have known from the beginning he was going to be a handful. He was the most energetic, rambunctious, little gaffer. While discussing names we could not agree. My husband wanted to call him "Rudy". I didnt like this name myself, but I am sorry to say that I lost the battle. When we went to pick up the little guy, they were wondering if we had chosen a name for him. Low and behold she had already nicknamed him "Rudy".... A total coincidence - so "Rudy" it is!
Rudy was part of a litter of 6 (there were 2 flashy reverse brindle males, 2 fawn females, and 2 white females, neither of which were deaf). His mother is a brindle, and his father is a flashy fawn. Rudy is a large, well toned dog, with a wonderful, friendly (sometimes too friendly) disposition. As of today he is weighing in at a whopping 101.5 pounds!
Born to Slobber
Mast Cell Tumour - CANCER!!!:
On January 19,2008 we took Rudy to the vets because of a little bump that he had on his bum (looked like a pimple /wart). Our vet completed a FNA which showed basal cells. Our vet contacted an oncologist from Toronto who came down to meet with us, and to check out the site. On January 29th a biopsy was performed and sent to New York City for results. Diagnosis: Low Grade II Mast Cell Tumour! Our hearts were just crushed. We met with our vet and oncologist again regarding options - we had to do everything we could to help Rudy, he is our baby. At first they were talking aggressive surgery in Toronto, removal of part of his anal sphincter and skin flaps. BUT, the lump had disappeared. Fortunately, they decided on less aggressive surgery, cutting him from the side of his anus down to his testicles taking a large enough section but also having enough skin left to close him up nicely. On March 5th he underwent surgery without any complications. The pathology was sent to New York City again for results. Three weeks went by and no results yet, we were very anxious. Come to find out they held it at the border and would not let it across. Our vet sent the pathology once again, with hopes that they would let it across. On April 3rd, our vet called and informed us that they got all of the cancer the closest margin being 1.5 cm and the furthest being 3.0 cm. It was like a 100 pounds was lifted off our chests. We are giving Rudy the best possible life, hopefully he will be cancer free for the rest of his!
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April 8th 2008 2:29 am
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Now that we have had a few days to let everything sink in, and come to the realization that Rudy is cancer free for now and hopefully forever. I have posted a few pictures of the Mast Cell Tumour, and surgery site. I want to bring as much awareness to this horrible disease that boxers are so prone to. Not once did we think that this was cancer. This growth looked more like a wart, it would come and go. Even our oncologist had doubts that this was a Mast Cell Tumour, because it did not look or feel like your typical tumour. This tumour was so poorly diffused.
Once you are informed that your loved one has cancer, there are so many thoughts that go through your mind on a daily basis. You want to do what is best for them, but you have to realize when you are just being selfish. Where do you draw the line, or more importantly how can you draw the line? Rudy gives us unconditional love, he is full of hugs and kisses, he is there when you need him. We can always count on Rudy to put a smile on our face, make us laugh when he is being a little comedian on a daily basis. After a stressful day at work, you come home and as soon as you walk in the door you mood changes immediately - he has a full blown butt wiggle going on just about turning himself inside out!
We have been very fortunate to have such a great prognosis. I guess my questions are: Boxers are always there for us - how do you know when you are being selfish?
Boxers bring so much happiness to our world - so why is this wonderful breed so prone to cancer?
Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody that is battling this horrible disease.
April 4th 2008 3:07 am
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Our vet called last night and informed us that they just faxed the results through to him. All margins are free of cancer... the closest was 1.5 cm and the furthest was 3 cm. Rudy does not require chemotherapy or radiation. It is now total celebration of Rudy's life! I would just like to thank Dogster for having this wonderful site, thank everybody for the emails, and to those that were thinking and praying for Rudy. You will always be in our hearts!
March 31st 2008 1:28 am
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I received a phone call at work on Friday from our vet, I instantly had a lump in my throat, heart pounding out of my chest. I was expecting the worst news ever that they did not get all of the cancer. My vet informed me that he had some bad news for us - then there was a pause that seemed like a lifetime. My eyes filled up with tears...
Our vet informed me that Rudy's surgical biopsy is still sitting at the border, they will not let it cross the border. It has been sitting at the border for 3 weeks now, they are sending it back to our vet. Our oncologist in Toronto is going to fax some papers down to our vet to hopefully expedite this pathology to New York city. At least Rudy's biopsy has not been lost - thank goodness! It looks like that we will waiting patiently for at least another 3 weeks for the results...
Praying and hoping for the best on a daily basis!
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