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Age: 13 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Manners, Tyler eedose, and TYLER JOSEPH!!! (when he's not being nice)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

June 13th 2003

Tyler is a Momma's boy who enjoys: long walks on the beach, midnight swims in the ocean, palying fetch, and just plain relaxin!

Having lymphoma...it reallt sucks!! Please pray 4 me!!!

Favorite Toy:
Any tennis ball that he hasn't chewed apart. (and sometimes even the ones he has)

Favorite Food:
Peanutbutter kongs are first on the list, scooby snacks come in a close second, and buddy biscuits round out third!

Favorite Walk:
Central park takes the cake. He also enjoys Annapolis and Baltimore Md, Virgina Beach Va, and the Hamptons, Ny. Any one know of any cool places to takes dogs in the North East???? We are gladly open to suggestions!!

Best Tricks:
Tyler is the type of dog that doesn't necessarily "DO" tricks! Kinda like Madonna dosen't "DO" windows!

Arrival Story:
Who knew: The man I love most in this life; The one who totally "gets" me, and accepts me for who I am, EXACTLY the way I am...is also my DOG!!!

Forums Motto:
Hi, It's me... Tyler!!

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July 18th 2008 More than 8 years!

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Cancer sucks!!

December 28th 2009 6:15 pm
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So can u believe it, new Years Eve 2009 is Tyler's last chemo tx. When he was diagnosed with lymphoma back in June, I thought our lives were over. Tyler started vomiting almost everyday, sometimes more than a few times per day. His vomitus began to have blood in it, and he lost more than 10 lbs. We had taken him to the Greenfield vet. and Dr. Whinney told me that it was an allergic reaction to an antibiotic he had been on. We even took him to the Emergency vet, twice, without resolution. The doctor told me that it could be a whole host of things and that Tyler should see a specialist. Then they gave us an appt. 6 wks, from then. I was so frustrated. My dog was getting sicker and sicker, and I couldn't help him. I think deep down, I knew something was horribly wrong, but kept trying to deny those feelings.
As a last resort I took Tyler back to Dr. Crowson one of the pgh vets at Allegheney vet. assc. in the North Hills. She told us that she could do an operation THE NEXT DAY to open up Tyler's stomach and find out what was wrong. Tyler is only six, and he is the love of my life. I was scared to death. My mom and I took him out at 7 am or so the next day for his surgery. We left him in the hands of the vet and went back home to the city. I tried to sleep, but all I could think of was my boy. I started looking up cancer information on the internet, I cried alot, and prayed...I really prayed hard. the vet called mid afternoon and told me that she had found a mass that was under his lungs. She was sending a sample to the lab, but couldn't remove it because of its location. My feelings were right. When we picked Ty up at the vets that nite, he came out and put his head right into my lap, he looked so weak and tired.
It took Tyler a good week to recover from the surgery. I had too call of from work one day, because I didn't have the heart to leave him. I took home out front on the leash to go to the bathroom, and tried to keep him seperated from our other dog, Holly! Everyday he got a litle stonger and stronger. I remember, we had to give him all sorts of medications. One was a pink liquid, and my mom and I chased him around the living room at least 30 times each night before he would take it. Just like a kid, lol, we bribed him with popcicles and ice chips. We stayed down stairs in our living rm. for a long while, because Ty was not strong enough to come up to the third fl. During this time, I remember eating like 6 dozen corn dogs everynight because I was just so upset. I didn't sleep, not but like 1-3 hrs. at night. I just cried and cried and cried and cried.
After 4 days Dr. Crowson called and told us that Tyler had lymphoma...I will never ever ever forget that day. It was the day before his birthday, and when I called home from work to check on Ty, my mom told me the news over the phone. I'm a nurse at chp, and had no one to turn to at that moment. I ran straight into the bathroom and had a complete meltdown. My worst fears had come true. Like I said earlier, I thought both of our lives were over.
Dr. Crowson referred us to an oncologist, Dr. Sepesy from Northview, also in North Hills. The day we showed up for our first appt. Tyler jumped all over the counter top, and sat on all the furniture in the loby area...that's my boy!!! At this point I had NO choice...My dog is my life!! It didnt' matter how much the chemo cost, or how many days a week we had to come, or how many medications we had to give him at home...I would have done anything at all for a chance of hope. She gave us some statistics, as to how long his projected lifespan might be, (but I am not going to share them, because quite frankly, I am trying to forget about all the facts and figures, and just focus on my dog!!) The thing that matters most right now, is that Tyler is on my bed, fast asleep, tired out from a rousing game of hide and seek!! Mommy loves u man!!
Fore more information on Tyler, his cancer treatments, or life with cancer, please stay tuned for more blogs!! And as always, Tyler and I would to like thank everyone for thier prayers and ask for their continued prayers and support. Thanks!!

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