August 15th 2009 9:14 am
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The tumor in my mouth continues to grow which is not a big surprise, but it's a bummer. Infection is one of the big concerns right now but my parents are trying to make everything as easy for me as possible.
I am on a prescription diet for cancer now and I love it! Mom has also been making me patties from fresh salmon with some broccoli, sardines in olive oil, and egg. Sometimes she puts hamburger in them too. Those are my snacks and I love them. Of course, so do the cats and Quincy, so they have to make sure I am getting what I need.
I do better with handfeeding but that is okay for my parents as long as I eat, and I do have a desire to eat. I'm having trouble drinking water unless the bowl is filled up high, but guess what, I like to crunch ice cubes with my back teeth, so Dad has been breaking them into smaller pieces and sticking them through the side of my mouth.
We are going to try one of those controlled water feeders with a tube like you see for cages and see if it will help me lick water easier from the front of my mouth. This was a suggestion from my doc, when my parents had another conference call with her last night. She said trying to squeeze water through the side of my mouth (like near the back) with something like a bottle is not always good because we have to be careful that the water goes down my throat and not my lungs.
I also have a desire to go for a walk, even if I need a little help getting up with my back legs. I actually want to go farther than I really should but by the time I backtrack it is really enough for me. The little ramp leading to the backyard is still also a help.
The other day when Dad was out for a walk with Quincy, a neighbor who we don't know stopped in her car and actually asked Dad where his other dog was! I think we are famous in the neighborhood more than we know.
We're also going to get the outside of our house painted starting next Tuesday, and when the painter came to write the contract, I actually got excited and got up and walked over to see him.
I have a strong will and hopefully some of this new food will help fight the cancer. Everything else seems to be functioning normally, and I don't seem to be too affected yet by the lung nodules.
Oh, and I like Classical music!
loving you and holding you close to our hearts.
Remo the Red and the rest of
The Chicago Crew of Angels
I'm glad your getting some pawsome food, Cosmo! Have your parents tried elevating your water bowl to make it easier to drink? Our malamute used to have one of those water containers in her crate, and she licked on it all the time. I think you'll like it - and your Dad can even hold it like a bottle and let you lick the end of it. Good luck!