August 15th 2012 3:52 pm
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Abby girl, today I picked up your ashes at the Veterinary College. The receptionist asked what you were like, so I told her about some of your antics, and then we both had a good cry.
Your long time vet phoned to offer his condolences on your loss and to say how bad he felt for us and how brave you had been. We know now that your cancer had started internally and by the time I found the lump on your abdomen, it had spread substantially. You were always so strong, that we never realized how sick you truly were.
We miss you so much and the house is too empty without you. We will never forget you.
Both your long time vet and the Veterinary College and the crematorium included this in the cards they have to sent us and the words are so true.
"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us". Helen Keller
R.I.P. Abby. You were the best dog we could have dared to hope for. We were truly lucky to have had you in our lives. I have shed many tears over you since you left and I know I shall shed more. We love you. We miss you. Rest easy, Abbykins.
August 6th 2012 6:22 am
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WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME,
And I'm not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
Remembering how I'd lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.
I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.
But then I walked through Heaven's gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each day's the same day,
There's no longing for the past.
Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you're free;
So won't you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there, in your heart.
August 5th 2012 7:13 am
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Abby's mom Diane here.
Last night Abby's health took a sudden and dramatic turn and we rushed her to the Veterinary College. We were with her when the vet helped her pass shortly after midnight this morning. R.I.P. sweet girl. We already miss her so.
August 4th 2012 1:57 pm
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Our veterinarian phoned with my cytology results yesterday. The 10% of the cells that he wasn't sure about appear to be Mast Cells reforming. This lump is continuing to grow.
The peeps were given the following options:
1) Radiation - best option, unfortunately the machine in Saskatoon is broken and the radiation would need to be done in either Colorado or Calgary.
2) Chemotherapy - this might give us a year
3) Radical surgery - this would involve removing the muscles and body wall where the tumor is and rearranging other muscles to take their place. This would be a very difficult surgery.
Mom and dad feel they have to explore all avenues, so mom will be phoning the Veterinary College to set up an appointment with the Oncologist there next week.
Mom and dad are wondering if you pups know of any pups who have had radiation and chemotherapy for a Mast Cell Carcinoma. If you do, could you please put me in touch with them?
Mom and dad have been talking lots about this and they both are on the same wave length. Sometimes there just are no good options, and keeping me comfortable and happy with limited pain and discomfort is foremost in their minds.
Everyday at our house will now be "Abby Day".
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!