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Cuddling   7 comments

Cuddling is underrated. It is most enjoyable. Especially after a chilly, and shortened, patrol of the neighborhood. Miss D started on Rimadyl this evening for the pain. After about an hour, I was restless and ready to hit the road! So Mommy brought the old pet stroller down from storage and we were on our way! We walked to about the 3rd trash can (we used to try for 5) before we turned around. Mommy followed with the evil stroller, in case Miss D decided she’d gone far enough. Not gonna throw out her back carrying me home, she said. As if!

And now I’m feeling a little sleepy, because of the Benedryl. Apparently this type of tumor causes the body to produce a lot of extra histamine so it can be quite itchy! Prednisone is out, due to the Cushings, so Benedryl is an okay substitute. At least, I don’t lick my elbow as much after taking it.

Bonus! downside, it makes me sleepy

Nighty night


Posted October 19, 2015 by iloveschnauzers in Uncategorized

Another Sunday   2 comments

Miss D woke up limping. šŸ˜¦

Doesn’t want to put weight on that bad leg. And yet… the moment she heard the neighbor dogs outside, she made a beeline for the door and ran along the fence line with them barking up a storm as usual. AND she licked her breakfast bowl clean then begged for more. So we’ll call Vet in the morning about starting some medication for the pain. Meanwhile, it’s just another lazy Sunday afternoon. (Her tummy was shaved for the ultrasound, hence the funny-looking hair line on her chest)

just another Sunday

just another Sunday

Posted October 18, 2015 by iloveschnauzers in Uncategorized

Here’s the thing   3 comments


I know it has been awhile since we’ve posted, but here’s the thing. Miss D has had some health issues and we’ve been spending our time nailing down the cause(s). Yesterday, Miss D spent all day with Vet getting poked and prodded and x-rayed and ultrasound-ed and the list goes on. The Cushings, the kidneys, the wetting the bed, were the original causes of concern for Mommy but as it turns out, not the real issue. In the end, the news was much more devastating.

Vet found something she called a “mast cellĀ tumor” that has wrapped itself in and around Miss D’s right front elbow. It does not appear to be benign. Given its location, Vet said the only option would be to amputate the leg and start chemo and radiation therapy. Well… that’s not really an option, now is it?

Miss D is 11-ish years old, with osteoarthritis of the spine, weak hind quarters due to a previous back injury, being treated for Cushings and possibly in the early stages of kidney disease. Mommy cannot see taking away one of her only two good legs and then pumping her full of toxic chemicals to boot. It wouldn’t be fair. So…

we’ve opted for quality of life over quantity. We’re going to have fun and enjoy life and treat the symptoms and accept our time together is coming to an end. This makes Mommy very sad. But Deita doesn’t seem to mind. Right now she is teasing and fussing the neighbor dogs. As usual. Living in the Moment.

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