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A year ago to this day!!

July 12, 2018

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We’ve been so busy and I’m super bad at keeping up with technology. Last summer was scary and presented new challenges. After surgery Yoshi went on Chemo and a strict diet of organic chicken, turkey, buffalo, veggies, and berries. He eats better then we do. I read The Dog Cancer Survival Guide extensively and it helped with every medical and dietary question we had. I highly recommend this book!!! We couldn’t have done all of this without our AMAZING oncologist Dr.Fowler who would call us and research new procedures we found, or she heard, to help beat this cancer. We only did 4 doses of Carboplatin and had to put him on the lowest dose since he didn’t react very well to them. We then agreed to put him on Chlorambucil and Piroxicam for the remaining year. We also have him taking K9 Immunity Plus, Omegas, and COQ10. Every 3 months after IV chemo we’ve had blood work and chest Xrays. Every time we had to go in for Xrays of his chest, my chest would get tight and I was on the verge of tears, fearing the worst. Obviously I prayed for the best, but the worry gets the better of me sometimes. We are happy to only have one more Xray and blood work in a couple of months and then we shall be done with the prescription and oncology. Though we will miss our awesome oncologist and will keep in touch, we are so blessed to have our Yoshi make it to the 1 year mark. He is running around, playing , going on longer walks, and unfortunately back digging in our rose garden :/. We took a long road trip all together before Chemo started and covered 12 states in 2 weeks. We didn’t know what the future held for us but we took the opportunity to enjoy it before it could be taken away. We are very lucky and blessed to have the team and will power to do everything necessary to make it this far. I hope this is some comfort and please feel free to ask me any questions. Bless you all and my heart goes out to all having to deal with a life changing experience. One day at a time my friends.






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Sweet Boy

July 12, 2017

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Yoshi amazes me each day! He’s getting around like he’s been on 3 legs his whole life. We still have a long road ahead of us. Started to spit his pills out. Stinker!!! Enjoying each day and moments with an open heart. Not only with Yoshi, but with all my loved ones. Such a parent, cause I’m hoping he poops soon!!! Been adding organic pumpkin to his diet since yesterday. Swelling and bruising has gone down a lot since we’ve been warming the area. Deep breaths and lots of hugs 🙂

One day at a time…

July 10, 2017

Yoshi is getting around fairly well. He is trying to get up on the couch and bed. That’s a no-no for now. It’s extremely hard to see him drugged and sluggish. When he does get a burst of energy, we have to keep him calm so he doesn’t hurt himself. He yelped two times yesterday trying to get comfortable on his bed. So scary!!! Hasn’t had a bowel movement in 5 days and I’m waiting for the Dr. to call me back. Hopping around like he’s done this all his life!!! Loves his sisters and gets so excited to lay on them. Getting there one day at a time.

First night…

July 7, 2017

Surgeon and staff went over all of the pain management plan and the list of questions we had for them. We are so thankful for a wonderful team we have taking care of Yoshi. Surgeon said he was doing a lot better then she thought. Biopsy will be in 10-14 days from now, 2 weeks bed rest, and then chemo. Yoshi is trying to maneuver his way around with a cone on and three legs. We are assisting him with a sling and collar/leash. Very awkward and we might try putting a T-shirt around his back so he doesn’t have to wear the collar all the time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Ate for us but hasn’t drank any water since yesterday. Worried about dehydration and everything else! We did not get any restful sleep, since every time he moved we got up to check on him. We assumed the first night would be tough. Yoshi likes to take late night strolls and he’s figuring out how to go to the bathroom. So happy he is home and wagging his tail. One day at a time.

Surgery went great and Yoshi is recovering. All his vitals were where they needed to be and the surgeon did not see the tumor! We can breath just a bit easier. Onto the next step and ready to tackle it. We can’t wait to get him home where he belongs!!!