Age: 6 Years Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Chance *RIP* 1/12/08 - 2/15/13
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January 12th 2008
I love playing with my brother "Hunter"; being with mom & dad; being outside in the sun (don't worry, mom puts sunscreen on me).
Being away from mom & dad, so sometimes I jump the gates so that I can be with them! (naughty)
Anything! I am teething, so I like to chew whatever you give me! (even if you don't give it to me)
Merrick "Grammy's Pot Pie"
Sit and Give Paw (hey, I'm still young); Smile (I smile like a person)
My dad was away on a business trip to South Carolina and ran into someone who had a litter of boxer puppies (yes, me). My dad thought it would be nice for my brother to have a playmate. So, he picked me out of all my other litter mates because I was the only "special" white one. My other litter mates were brindle. After talking it over with my new mom-to-be, they both decided to "give me a chance" (thus where my name came from). I then got to go with my "new dad" on a big airplane (I got to ride in the seat with him) to my new home (which I love).
Being a white boxer, my parents were warned that we could have alot of potential health problems and a possibility of being deaf OR blind. Needless to say, I am LUCKY....I sure HAVE my sight (or I wouldn't be able to jump the gates AND I HAVE my hearing. I also have alot of pigment (spots and black nose) which I heard is a big plus too. Let's hope that I stay healthy in other areas for years to come.
******If your Boxer needs to have a anesthesia, Please tell your vet to NOT use the anesthetic "Acepromazine"!!! Demand that they use something else.*******
I like to jump gates..
The Groups I'm In:
I Love my Boxer, Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (aka IMHA or AIHA), White Boxers, Yankee Boxers
The Last Forum I Posted In:
Potential IMHA diagnosis
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|April 27th 2008
||More than 5 years!
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February 15th 2013 10:23 am
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We will miss you my dear friend. Today was a very hard day for us, but from your eyes, we see you were tired and ready. We tried the best we could to help you get better but your body just couldn't go on like this any longer without sufferering.
You are at peace now, my friend. Today was a beautiful, sunny day. I am sure you up at the Rainbow Bridge soaking in all this sun!
I hope Maggie, who just entered the Bridge a month ago, greeted you there. Soon, our other family dog, Tula, will be heading up there within the next week or two, so all 3 of you can look down on the family.
Love you and miss you forever! Hunter is already looking for you : (
February 14th 2013 9:04 am
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My dear friend will be entering the Rainbow Bridge tomorrow.
He has progressively gotten worse due to the medication treatments. This was a horrible disease that I would hope no one has to deal with. You can't win, you treat the disease only to cause other problems caused by the medication. He developed Muscular Atrophy from prednisone. Then started having trouble walking on one hind leg, then started with a rash that took away all his fur on one side of his face, having accidents in the house, etc.... but through all this still ate and wagged his tail!
He now has developed full blown lupus and possible kidney failure. Medications can be pushed, but the quality of life will never go back to where he was and will only keep getting blows from new medications.
Chance just turned 5 recently, so very sad, a young life cut short. Chance will be put down tomorrow, so he is resting at home today for one more night with his family.
January 23rd 2013 1:18 pm
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Chance's blood levels went up to 35 1/2 (which is dramatic since last visit) so they are contributing this to the change in medication. Heck, for the cost it should do something! The goal level is 37, so this is good. It shows his body is doing what it needs to to build up his red blood cells again.
Now the tricky part - we are dropping the dosage of prednisone (almost in half) in hopes to decrease the side effects and gain some muscle back. We'll see how he does for a week, making sure he doesn't get symptoms of the anemia coming back. Then if he doesn't show any signs, we'll do more bloodwork in a couple weeks to try and drop the medication again.
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