Abby's Adventures!!

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Thank you

August 3rd 2012 7:30 am
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Thank you to all the pups for all those cakes on my page. They are pawsome and oh, so yummy!

Thank you also to Dogster for picking me to be a Daily Diary Pick today! Hugs to everyone that has sent rosettes and pawmails!

On a different note, I think I have lost my mojo pups. Yup. Yesterday, I was barking at a deer that was on our drive. The momma decided to let me outside to chase it and I raced after her down the hall because I knew I was going outside. She opened the door and I raced outside --- and then I stood on the step. The peeps kept looking out the window to watch me race after the deer, but nothing.

Finally daddy came outside to remind me why I was outside. I then raced off, in the other direction. I came back and then went after the deer. I didn't chase it very far, though. Maybe I am getting puppyheimers?

Oh well, have a great day!

 

I am a Calendar Girl!

August 1st 2012 8:18 am
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Thank you to everyone that voted for me in the calendar contest mommy entered me in. I placed 5th and will be in the 2013 Fur-ever Home Calendar by The Konan Koalition.

The Konan Koalition is a great organization started last year in my city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan that helps people in Western Canada experiencing financial difficulty in treating their sick or injured furbaby.

As stated on their webpage (http://thekonankoalition.com/), they have two goals:

The Konan Koalition has two goals:
• Mitigate unnecessary pain and suffering in animals that cannot access veterinary treatment because of financial constraints facing their owners
• Assist pet owners in making animal care decisions based upon the needs of the animal rather than financial limitations. Helping pet owners in this way will go a long way to reduce unnecessary euthanasia

All sales of the calendar will go towards helping The Konan Koalition achieve this goal.

Thank you once again for voting for me!

P.S. Mommy has still not gotten the results of the cytology results from the cells taken from the lump that showed up at my incision site last Friday. It scared mom to feel and see a lump that big at the incision site so soon after my cancer surgery. We are still hoping the other 10% of the cells are fat cells as well.

 

Monthly dose of Abby

July 27th 2012 12:58 pm
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The momma took me to the vet this morning, and when I walked into the clinic I was met with the receptionists saying, "yeah, we get our monthly dose of Abby today".

Mom felt a large lump near my incision and took me in. The vet stuck a needle in it and extracted some cells. He looked at them under the microscope and said that 90% were fat cells, but he couldn't tell what the other 10% were so he is sending it to the University for a cytological examination.

Other than that, I have been keeping well. I regularly bark at the mule deer that thinks he lives in the front yard, and have been sniffing out rabbits and snakes.

Hope everyone is having a good summer.

 

Guess What I did

July 5th 2012 7:27 am
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Shhh, don't tell anyone because I am supposed to still be taking it easy for another week or so, but, I chased a deer out of my yard this morning.

Yup, I sure did! And then I stood and barked at the intruder! Let's see if he comes back!

 

My staples are out

July 3rd 2012 7:11 pm
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I got my staples out today! Yippee!!, and it only took two people (the momma and another vet) to hold me down while my vet removed all 20 staples. Mom had me in quite a headlock and she kept telling me what a good girl I was while the vet was removing the staples.

This surgery involved taking a wider area, removing more fat (always a good thing!), removing the fascia from the body wall and scraping the body wall. The biopsy results showed clean margins, which is good, the last one didn't have clean margins, but it showed cancer cells on one side of the fascia, but not on the side against the body wall. The operation to see if there might be anything in the body wall is very complex and would be very hard for a pup my age. My vet has only ever done one of those surgeries in his 30 years of practice. All together, the news was mostly good and we are hoping there was no infiltration to the body wall.

I am now on a grain free diet, and mom is always looking for recipes for grain free treats to make for me. I am sampling a few grain free kibble samples and I rather like them. Mom even found some tasty grain free treats. I especially like the dried salmon sushi. There is evidence that a grain free diet can be very beneficial for Mast Cell Carcinomas, and mom was shocked when looking at my current food and treats as to how much grain was in them.

Mast Cell Carcinomas are histamine driven, so for whatever reason, my histamine cells decided to go awry. There is also evidence that 1-2 Benedryl (an antihistamine) is effective in calming those nasty histamine cells, so that has been added to my daily regime as well.

I am doing pretty good. I have a good appetite and would really like to chase something. Apparently I will be able to do that soon.

Thank you once again for the positive thoughts and rosettes that I have received. Hugs to all.

 

Facebook Contest

June 30th 2012 12:18 pm
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Pups, the momma has entered a picture of me in a Facebook contest for The Konan Koalition. The Konan Koalition is group that was started in Saskatoon in 2011 to help cover financial costs when a furbaby has an emergency medical treatment or accident and the owners need help financially in order to cover the costs of this treatment.

https://www.facebook.com/KonanKoalition

Abo ve is the link for The Konan Koalition page on Facebook. Click on the 2013 Fur-ever Homes Calendar Photo Album and then "like" my picture. Now there are two Abby's in the competition, but I am the one carrying the big stick and running out of the river :-)

Thank you in advance!

 

Prairie Storms and other things

June 28th 2012 6:56 am
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We had a very bad storm here on Tuesday evening. At least one tornado touched down in our province, but luckily it wasn't close to where we are. We only got wind gusts of over 70 km/h for nearly a full day and lots of rain. At one point we lost power, but luckily it was restored after 18 hours or so.

Now when you lose power on the Ponderosa, that is a little different than losing power in the city. Out here, the pump for your water doesn't work without electricity, so no drinking water, and that also means the pump in the septic system doesn't work, so you really can't flush. I don't know why mom made such a fuss about the power and not being able to use the septic system, I mean really pups, we have 33 acres and lots of bush, I could have showed her how to use the outdoor facilities if she had asked. Strange how humans only have one place to do their business if you know what I mean. Luckily for the peeps, they were worried we might lose power, so mom did fill several containers with water for drinking just to be on the safe side.

Anyway, mom was REAL happy when the power came back on. Nothing in the fridge or freezer was the worse for wear. She made sure that neither the fridge or freezer was opened during the outage as we weren't sure how long it would be. We had no damage to our property and for that we are thankful.

Mom has started leaving my t-shirt off during the day and my incision is looking really good. I have one more dose of antibiotics this evening and then I am done. I have an appointment for next Tuesday to get my staples removed and hopefully the biopsy results will be back by then.

I would also like to introduce you pups to my pal Prada. She is just the cutest little girl and she really likes dressing up in clothes! Stop on by and say hi to this sweet girl.

 

A much better night

June 23rd 2012 6:46 am
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Mom and I both had a much better night. Mom probably only got about a couple hours sleep Thursday night/Friday morning due to my incision leaking. At one point she laid down with me and held her hand over my tummy. That seemed to work, but I was so agitated when I woke up, that I starting oozing again. After daddy went to work on Friday, it really got bad and even though the vet's wasn't open yet, she called him at home and said she was rushing me back. The only solution was a pressure girdle to stop the bleeding. It is ugly, but it is working. I was also so agitated at the vet that he thought some doggie valium would keep my blood pressure down and help me heal. Mom barely remembers rushing me back in and then home again, but we had a good sleep once we got home.

I also had a growth removed from ear on Thursday. Both that and the repeat biopsy have been sent for testing.

I also had blood work done and it shows that I might be in the early stages of Cushing's disease.

Mom is fixing up my antibiotics and painkillers in nice, tempting ways, so I am taking them. She thinks she will cut back on the valium starting today.

Thank you for all the good wishes and rosettes.

Have a great weekend everyone.

 

My Surgery Was Yesterday

June 22nd 2012 10:09 am
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My repeat surgery for my tumor was yesterday. Mom and I had a rough night as there was post surgical bleeding. I am now back home, mom and I are both tired, I have a rather ugly pressure girdle I have to wear for 4 days and I am on doggie valium to keep my calm. The surgery itself went well and we should know in about a week if all the cancer cells were removed. Mom and I are both gonna take a nap now.

 

Second Surgery Thursday, June 21

June 20th 2012 6:45 am
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Just to let everyone know that I am scheduled to have a second surgery done tomorrow. Wider margins will be taken and hopefully any nastiness left will be found.

Thank you for the well wishes and rosettes.

 
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