The Doctor Visit

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MY Pillow and MY blankie

February 25th 2008 11:35 am
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I will be 16 on the 17th of March. I never had a beau before. Back in October last year I was diagnosed with cancer. Mom went to Dogster groups asking for good thoughts, the power of paws and the Power of Prayer. As everyone knows my surgery was a tremendous success and they got all of the bad cells. In the process of all this drama in my life, I met the pup of my dreams. I never dreamed at my age I would find someone. I couldn't believe it. Right at first I thought he was just being nice to an old lady, cuz he is such a charmer, but NO he was serious. At that time I was feeling kinda old, but with all the gifts of love, the attention, and love he has given me I feel like a teenager again.

You see all the gifts he's sent me. Gifts of luxury he thinks I deserve. He is my knight in shining armor.

So the other day I came in from outside, ready to take my afternoon nap. I headed for the sofa where my luxurious bed is, and WHAT do I find? My feline FAT brother is sleeping in my bed. I felt like the baby bear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I barked and barked. He just kinda opened one eye and looked at me and went back to sleep. Hmmph! I grabbed the camera for evidence and went and told mom. She came to see what I was in such a dither about. She laughed and laughed, took the camera away from me and put that fat cat on the floor. I then, very indignantly, climbed into my bed and took my nap. The nerve of that cat. If you look you can see my evidence.

 

One Dog, One Day

February 14th 2008 9:54 pm
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My Christmas 2007

December 31st 2007 1:30 am
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This is my 15th Christmas and it was the best one ever.

Everyone always tells my mom that she is so hard to shop for. But mom knows that is not true. If you care enough for her to know her, you know all the things she would most love for a gift.

That said to say, my friends and my Pappy care enough and know me well enough to get me things I will always cherish in my heart.

My Prince and Knight in Shining Armor knows how much I love to lie around in the 3 R's. Royal, regal and reigning. He got me a blanket with my very own name on it. It says Princess Sassie in bling bling lettering and it is soft on one side and silk on the underside, the silk used only on royalty. And a beautiful bowl shaped in a heart that says Princess. I think she might have sent a toy to Hoss too. She knows how much he loves to play tug-o-war, so she sent a rope toy that both my little brothers can play with.

Then I'm in a group called Pommie Love and we had a gift exchange with a secret Santa drawing. Tallullah Barkhead drew me and she helped her mommy make me another beautiful blanket with a big "S" on it. LuLu told me her mommy drug a machine out to make it that she hadn't had out in years. I love it. It is soooo soft. And she sent me some dehydrated ice cream. Boy is it good. You just add a tiny bit of water and voila, you have melted ice cream. How neat is that?

My brothers good friend in Georgia even sent me some food designed especially for the senior puppies. I haven't been able to talk mom into chewing it up for me yet though.

I guess that is enough about me for right now. I pray everyone has a really Happy New Year

Pommie kisses.....Sassie

 

I Lost A Friend

December 14th 2007 9:13 am
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My heart is sad, I lost a friend.

We had both had gone thru some health problems in the recent past. She was there for me as I went thru my surgery for cancer and while we waited for biopsy results. I tried to be there for her too. Because I'd been pampered and taken care of my whole life, I came thru my surgery. But Choo Choo didn't have life so good before she found her mama. The neglect she had gone through had left it's toll. But like her name, her motto was "I think I can," I think I can." She was so brave she tried so hard for her mama. But in the end her Mom was the brave one letting her go in a final act of love.

My heart is sad, I lost a friend

 

All Because Of Dogster

November 18th 2007 10:38 pm
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As I was writing my Thanksgiving tag I didn't tell you about my Prince Pappy. He is so special there wasn't room to say it in a list of 7.

You see, I've always been very aloof. Never figuring I needed any guy puppies around. Mom and Dad drive an 18 wheeler so I've been all over the 48 and lots of Canada. When they would get me out to play or do my business, I would potty on command, BUT wasn't ready to get back in the truck. I would ALWAYS dilly dally, smelling every blade of grass, every tree trunk and especially every fire hydrant. Of course that was where all the boys had been. I sniffed and smelled, never finding anything interesting.

Then a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with cancer. Out of nowhere came my Knight in shining armor. When I was at my lowest, feeling my worst and scared silly. He came and showered my with love. Now you have to understand in my prime I never was your fluffy coated Pom. I am pretty but there are lots out there that just take your breath away. Because of a thyroid condition I lost most of my hair, I don't have any teeth and I'm almost 6 years his senior. I tried to tell him all of that but he still kept being there for me. When I went to have my surgery I knew I had to come back because he was waiting for me.

He was what I had been sniffing and smelling for all my life. And you know the funny thing is, I had been to within a couple of miles of his house, multiple times. I probably smelled him without really realizing it. He's so handsome and has so much love. He could have any little girl he wanted but he wanted me!

So besides all the other things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving, he is one of the most important.

Sassie loves Pappy

 

I've been Thanksgiving tagged

November 18th 2007 1:25 am
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Yay!I have been Thanksgiving tagged by the ever faithful organizer Cosmo.

Because it’s Thanksgiving time, there is a change to the rules. Each player needs to tell seven special things they are thankful for. Tagged dogs must post the rules in their diary and their 7 things. Then choose 7 pups to tag and list their names. Let them know by pawmail or rosette that they have been tagged and to read your diary for the instructions on how to play.

1. I'm thankful for my sucessful cancer surgery.

2. I'm thankful for my Dr and his skills that gave me an extended life.

3. I'm specially thankful for my mom and dad and the care and love they've given me for almost 16 years.

4. I'm thankful for my little brother Hoss. When I lost my sister of 14 years I was lonely, but don't tell Hoss I'm glad he's here. I don't want to give him the big head and let him think he can get anything over on me.

5. I'm thankful my family lives in a country where we are free to have Thanksgiving and celebrate it in whatever manner we choose.

6. I'm thankful for the men and women that are in uniform in other countries who aren't going to be able to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner with their families.

7. I'm thankful for Dogster and the friends my family has made here. Some have gone from virtual friends to physical friends. My whole family is thankful for all the pups and kitties that stood by me thru our difficult time in the last couple of months.

Gee I thought this was going to be hard. We've played the tag game a lot, but this was easy. I have sooooo much to be thankful for.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

 

For Everyone That Has Followed My Recent Ilness

November 2nd 2007 11:38 pm
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Hi all you faithful friends,

I saw the vet today and we have some extremely good news and some temporary bad news.

My pathology reports came in and they believe the Dr got all of the tumor. He took a BIG ol chunk of my poor little body to try and get it all and the lab says all the outlying areas seem to be clean. YAY for my Dr. It was a lipocarcinoma. Which is a malignant lipoma. It is very rare for a lipoma to be malignant and the vet said this is the first one he has ever seen in his practice. He he, leave it to me to be rare. (I told Mom I was a rare piece of work)

The temporary bad news is that there is fluid built up way down deep. He took a couple of my stitched out to try to get it to drain but so far it won't stay open, and even when it is there is nothing coming out. He gave me a shot of antibiotics and cortisone and sent me home with oral antibiotics. I didn't have a fever and there didn't seem to be any pus in there, but I guess he is trying to make sure no secondary infections get started. I had been eating good but since I've been hurting from this build-up I don't want to eat. He also said to give me some pain meds, cuz even though I wasn't showing it, that I had to be in pain from this build up. So mom is giving me that stuff that makes me feel silly all the time.

I don't like it but he is going on a weeks vacation. Mom kinda freaked out and told him he didn't clear that with her first, but he just laughed and said he was going anyway. Hmm, I bet I paid for this vacation.

Ok my friends, I gotta go and help mom with some stuff.

Love to you all and thanks again for the prayers and support.

 

Our Vet Visit

October 22nd 2007 6:45 pm
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We saw the vet today and he did a full explanation of what the issue is with Sassie. She definitely has a malignant tumor. He explained when he did the aspiration on the tumor he got a lot of the substance so they were able to give an acurate diagnosis. They are going to do surgery on her Friday AM. It is on her ribs a couple of inches down from her spine. He said they will take the tumor and approximately an inch all the way around it in an attempt to get it all. He thinks it is a liposarcoma. He said if it is this it is the first one he has had in all his years of practice. He said malignant lipomas are very rare. I asked him if there was a chance of getting in there and finding out it wasn't malignant, he said no it is definitely a malignant tumor of some kind. When they take the tumor out they will send it to the university to find out what kind and what class it is. Class 4 being the worst and not too long left, up to a class 1 meaning the possibility of complete recovery. I asked him what will happen if we don't have the surgery, and he said it would probably be bad in a matter of only a couple of months. But he also said if they can't get it all it will still be bad in a couple of months. So my thoughts are she has a chance if we do the surgery but no chance if we don't. He said because it isn't in the cavity area where there is a lot of blood loss he feels good about her chances of doing a good job thru the surgery. He also said she is going to be in a lot of pain after surgery but he is going to give her pain medication that will help.

I was comfortable with all he told me. He let me know there are risk factors and it may all be for nothing. But he felt because she feels so good that she should come thru with good results.

There are a lot of shoulds and what ifs but at least we will be giving her a chance. I pray I'm making the right decision but feel she deserves every chance she can get.

Please keep her in your prayers and thoughts

 

The Vet

October 20th 2007 12:04 am
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We did finally hear from the vet today. The caller ID showed he was in the office but I guess he just wasn't seeing patients. I was in the shower and he left a message. He says he will talk to me Monday about doing surgery on her to remove it. He said the pathologist felt it was a malignant tumer. They think it is a lipoma. After doing some research this is what I came up with on Wikipedia.

(Pet Lipoma)
Lipoma is also found in pets. These tumors are commonly found on older dogs, but young dogs and even puppies can develop them. They appear on the surface of dogs, and can be single or multiple. They are slow growing tumors that are usually benign. Malignant forms of the tumor are very rare.[1]

I find hope in this because it says that a milignant licoma is very rare. Which is also what he said. He said is it normally a benign fatty tumer. BUT as I said the pathologist thought it was malignant.

Before he called I had already made an appointment to see him. I don't think it is anything I want to talk to him about with just a phone call. I also want to talk to him about the risk facter because of her age and I don't want her to be in a lot of pain. In the past I've pretty much trusted him. He has never seemed the kind to do unnecessary work. However until the last year he didn't own the clinic and need to make payments.

I will fill all of you in on Monday of what he had to say.

Thank all of you for your prayers and support through this. It has meant the world to us.

 

No Report

October 19th 2007 10:22 am
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Hi all,

Friday is coming and going with no Dr. report. When I called yesterday, (I couldn't wait until today) they said Sassies report hadn't come in. I tried to schedule an appointment for today because I'm sure I'm going to want to talk personally to him, they said he won't even be in until Monday. I was pretty upset about that. We've been on pins and needles waiting all week and now no Dr until Monday. It seems to me like he would've known he was going to be off Thursday thru Sunday when I saw him on Monday. Especially since he owns the clinic.

I just talked to the clinic and they say the report is in but I have to talk to the Dr about them. I have an appointment for Monday afternoon. So after waiting all week now we have to wait all weekend. It is going to be a long weekend.

She feels so good. She is playful, more than she has been in a few years. Her appetite is as good as it was when she was a pup. And I guarantee you her barking has never sounded so good! She's getting lots and lots of hugs and "I love you's." She tries to shake it off, like, What is this?

For all who have shared their love, concern, prayers and gifts of stars and rosettes, my heart is filled with appreciation! It has been my mainstay this week. It is such a comfort to know you have friends caring.

From my heart to yours,
Sassie's mom, Pat

 
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