Saturday, October 29, 2011

Needing some POTP and an pupdate

Hey all!  It's been a couple weeks since posting and I've just been trudging forward, through work, dogs and life. But, I figure I really should give an update, especially before Monday.

First though, Jorja.  I've made some big decisions around Jorj- she is up for adoption. I actually really was thinking to keep her, but I've realized that while I love her to bits, she needs less dogs in the house. She's been through a great deal in her short life and I am going to allow her to find a home that can focus on HER, because I believe it's best for her. Ultimately, yes, I DO want another agility dog. Sophie is done and Murphy may never run as she's kind of "when I feel like it".  Spike is not getting any younger so I AM thinking about another agility dog, but I suspect that Jorja, while she would make a fantastic little agility dog, will thrive in a home where she's the only dog.  SO, lucky girlie has a solid application in on her, and she's meeting her family next weekend. Cross paws.... I think it's a great match!

Anyway, onto the Power of the Paw news.  I've had Maggie to the vet and this has been a big part of the no posting. I've just been hanging out, trying to figure out what comes next for Mags.  She had her tumours removed and by the time her appointment arrived for that surgery, there was a third one growing. So, New Hope's great vet called and asked if he could remove all three and send them off for biopsy.  Of course, I said, please yes!  He had thought they were fatty tissue, due to her fairly young age of 8.  But, the third tumour was a tip off and sure enough, he called a couple days later.  Mast Cell Cancer.  In the whole scheme of things, this is a fairly treatable cancer. They were all grade 2 tumours and because I have no medical history on this girl, who knows if this is the second occurrence, or how long she had them.  So, Mags is scheduled for an ultrasound of her liver on Monday to see if it's spreading.  I don't have loads of optimism, to be honest, but I'm trying. So, Monday is decision day: more surgery to get clean margins? Moving Mags to a quieter home to live out her life? Keeping her with me, if it's a rapidly spreading cancer?  I have no answers, I just know that in the meantime, my poor girlie is getting loads of love.

Other than that, at least my little clan of dogs and rats are doing well. Sophie's limp is slowly improving. Spike and I ran some agility last weekend and while there were no Q's I learned a great deal about what it's like to be in Advanced Gamblers (and where we need to work!).  Murphy is as cute and energetic as always.

Alright, better run- I'm working at the kennel this weekend. I promise pics next entry, but in the meantime, hug your pups and send some positive thoughts for Miss Maggie, if you would.


Jean said...

Lots of positive vibes for Ms. Mags. You have some difficult decisions ahead of you.

K-Koira said...

A friend of mine's dog was diagnosed with a grade 3 mast cell tumor, which was removed with no clean margins (although the site was laser treated). The vets predicted he would be with us less than a month.

Almost two full years later (it will be 2 years the first of December), he is still alive and kicking. No additional treatment happened after that first surgery. For a while, he seemed like he had a brain tumor, as he had mini seizures almost daily. Then, about 4 months after the tumor removal, he seemed fine. And has been fine ever since.

Don't lose hope.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh dear - poor Maggi! And poor you! Sounds like things have been pretty tough lately. I hope you get good news on Monday - I know you will always do what's best for the dog and as you said, Maggi is getting lots of love and the good thing is, dogs don't understand anyway and so can't stress about the future...which is a blessing, really.

Keeping everythign crossed for her -

Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

Sophie said...

Sending y'all positive vibes. You've always got so much on your plate.

achieve1dream said...

Aww I'm sorry about the bad news on Maggie. I'll keep you and her in my thoughts.