Nicknames: Maebe baebe, Baebe, Lil' Biggy, Big E, BG, Maebe-cakes, Baebe-cakes
Gotcha Date: September 4th 2007
Birthday: April 1st 2001
Likes: squeaky toys, napping in a sunspot, walks
Pet-Peeves: she's not fond of her crate
Favorite Toy: Yertle the Turtle (a Ruffian squeaky toy)
Favorite Food: baby carrots, chicken jerky
Favorite Walk: Badger Mountain
Best Tricks: Ask her: "Who's the best one?" and she'll raise a paw
Arrival Story: The -- link removed -- was packed with animals during an August heat wave. They couldn't leave the dogs outside for long in the heat, so they had dogs everywhere...in offices, conference rooms, at the desk. They asked their volunteers to please consider fostering a dog through the heat wave. We did, and Maebe got along so well with Lyle and Spring that we decided to keep her.
Bio: Maebe is incredibly sweet. She loves to be near her people! For a dog that spent over a month in the shelter, she is very well adjusted.
Everyone is invited. Share your woes and have a snack. That's what I'm doing, well not the snack part, but the rest.
The good news: I've been doing great after my radiation treatments. My oncologist is thrilled with how well I'm doing.
The bad news: regular bad things can still happen. Sometimes really bad things.
Here's what happened: Friday it rained. That's not really news, except in Arizona. It was a long hard steady cold rain, the kind we never get. I don't like to be cold or wet and especially not cold and wet. So when forced to go outside (which doesn't make any more sense to me than it does to you, Pennie!) I stick close to the house. I was just trying to stay dry when WHAM! What the heck? My nose is burning, the Boss Man is yelling at Lyle and Spring to get away and oh, yeah, it's still raining. Then suddenly I'm in the car and I know where we're headed. Off to the vet. And now I'm not feeling so great.
Evidently the rain flushed a rattlesnake out of its den and it was just trying to stay dry too. Too bad it was right where I was walking and I got bitten on the nose. Everything happened really quickly--I was getting anti venom within 30 minutes and they tell me I'll be fine. I sure don't feel fine. 2 days later I'm swollen like a beach ball but at least I'm home.
So please, bring your woes! Share, you're among friends. Let's pity party the day away.
But watch where you step and keep your vet on speed dial.
I love toys. I love to shop for toys. I love toys more than Lyle or Spring love them, so all the toys in the house are mine. (Mine, I tell you!) I gather them up like eggs in a nest sometimes just to admire them.
There was a bad patch a few years ago when I swallowed a chunk of a toy that got stuck and ended up with an emergency toy-ectomy so now the bosses are very careful about what kinds of toys I get and when. If it were up to me I'd have an endless supply of stuffed toys, my favorite. I hardly get any of those now due to the toy-swallowing incident which, may I remind you, was YEARS ago.
At any rate, I have a toy rating system I wanted to share with you to see if you score toys this way too.
Highest points go to toys with the most:
1. Destructibility! (Stuffed toys, 5)
2. Squeakability! (Squeaky Kong, 5)
3. Noisiness of squeaker (most noisy, 5) Best to try this out in a very small room, like a bathroom when your people are brushing their teeth
4. Taste (flavored toys like an Orbee, 5)
I've had a very busy month or so. If you want the short version of the story, it's get your lumps and bumps checked!
We all get a few lumps and bumps as we get older, and, as a dog of a certain age, I admit I have a few. Once upon a time I had a few of them checked under a microscope and they all looked okay. So when a few more popped up we didn't really worry. But one of them popped up pretty big pretty quickly. Take home message #1: Bad lumps grow fast. We fretted about it for a few days. Was it a bug bite? A cactus spine? But it didn't go away. So off to the vet I go.
Take home message #2: Trust your vet's instincts. Mine thought it was a bad bump. She was right. So in no time at all, just a few days, I was off to see the oncologist. We are very lucky to have amazing specialists right here in town. My friends at Southwest Veterinary Oncology have taken great care of me.
Take home message #3: Sarcomas are a very common cancer in dogs, especially us pups with a little gray around the muzzle. The good news: It doesn't often spread. The bad news: It's very hard to cure. It spreads microscopically so even if the bump is gone, the cancer probably isn't. You have the choice of either removing lots of tissue (hard to do in some places, like on the foreleg, where mine was) or removing what you can and blasting the rest with radiation. So we opted for removing the bump and radiating the site.
19 treatments later, I'm done with radiation and hopefully cured. 85% of dogs will be cancer free with this treatment 3 years later. I'm hoping I can say I'm 100% cancer free 5 years from now (or more!). The radiation involves a little sedation (dexmedetomidine, for those of you who are interested) to help me be still and then a quick zap. For the first week they adjusted my sedation every day so that once we got it just right I was a just little drowsy for an hour or so after but otherwise completely fine. As the treatments progressed, and even now that they're over, I started to get pretty sore at the radiation site. I'm still pretty sore but my vets are good about making sure I have plenty of pain medication until I start feeling better, which should be sometime next week.
Dogsters are renowned for their love and support and my pack and I thank you all who've been thinking of us. Which leads to the most important Take Home Message of all: Enjoy the time you have together. It's always too short, no matter how long it is.