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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 1, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Nice spotted tongue. My lab mix has a similar one. Not sure where it comes from. Some have said chow, others shepherd.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 1, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
glad to hear it Apogee
slevin

Trad climber
NYC, NY
Apr 2, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Apogee, how's the puppy recovering?

My breeder sent me this photo just now:
like father, like son
like father, like son
Credit: slevin
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 2, 2013 - 02:11am PT
Before & after:

Credit: apogee

She was still pretty gorked out when she got home, but the meds soon wore off and she started wandering around uneasily, whimpering (something she never does). I felt a little helpless at first, and tried to get her to eat her lamb & rice slurpee- no go. As I sat down to drink a beer, I was eating peanuts (per my routine), and I remembered how much she loves to lick the oil & salt off my pants, hands, or anything else it gets on. I rubbed a bunch peanuts in my hands, and voila..she was all over it.

Next, I dipped my fingers in the lamb & rice slurpee, and she was there, too...soon to lap up the rest from the bowl. She's gotta be in pain, but she hasn't eaten since yesterday, so that's gotta help. I can tell you that the simple experience of having her lapping that goop off my fingers was like life re-created.

She's gonna be on a medicine cabinet of meds for the week or so- two antibiotics, pain control (Tramadol), and an NSAID (carprofen)- she'll be getting meds morning, noon & night. Should be able to move away from one of the antibiotics & the Tramadol in about a week.

Tonight will probably be the rough one...she's obviously in pain, and still pretty disoriented. Still, she seems very glad to be home, and stays very close to me.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 2, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
^^^^^OMGWhat a difference! Oh, I'm so happy for you guys. Yeah, finger lickin good....I had no idea the tumor was so HUGE.

Oh Maddie and Apogee.... Keep getting stronger!

Susan
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 4, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
How's Maddie doing?

Susan
Bad Climber

climber
Apr 4, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Sweep pup, Apogee. Send her love from the Taco!

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wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Apr 4, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Credit: wilbeer
My dog Seamus,after skiing today.He has had a fatty tumor for 3 years,doc said it would be to hard on him to operate at his age ,11.
So on we go!
Best of Luck,Apogee
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
apogee- how's that sweet dog doing?

Credit: drljefe
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:38am PT

apoogee, Hoping .. you and little Maddie's are feeling better.....
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 10, 2013 - 05:01am PT
Apogee- I was half afraid to open this thread for fear of hearing heart breaking news about your dog. Now I figure no news is good news? Wishing all the best for maddie and you from Okinawa.

Wilbeer- I had a dog with a fatty tumor from the age of 9 0r 10 and he lived to be 19.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Thanks for the inquiries- I've been a little self-conscious about sucking up all the oxygen in this otherwise positive-tone celebration of pups.

Maddie came through that surgery amazingly well, much to the surprise of both the vet and myself. She was a hurtin' puppy for for a day or so due to the trauma of the surgery, but as that faded, her energy & pep took off- lately, she's been acting like she's 5 years younger- eating like a horse, perky, rolling around in joy, dragging herself across the carpet ('nipple-scratching', as it appears to me) with tail a-waggin'....it's unbelievable what a difference this made.

What has really struck me is how badly that tumor (more to the point, the infection secondary to the tumor) had degraded her quality of life- yet it wasn't blatantly obvious. Her deterioration of energy had been so gradual that I simply attributed much of it to 'old dog' syndrome (she's ~13). With the tumor gone, along with the effects of the infection, it is now much clearer to me that indeed, her quality of life had suffered greatly.

Of course, retrospect is crystal-clear, and I don't think anyone would have read her condition (and the surgery decision) any differently than I did at that time- I was quite convinced, based upon what I understood, that there was a very strong likelihood that she would not survive that surgery.

And this surgery is not at all curative- that melanoma is still very much present in her tissues, and will very likely return too soon. But for now...for a short while...her quality of life has improved immeasurably, and I am incredibly thankful for that.

Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:37pm PT

Maddie came through that surgery amazingly well, much to the surprise of both the vet and myself.

THAT is fantastic news, Apogee... thanks for the update.

~peace
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Of course, retrospect is crystal-clear, and I don't think anyone would have read her condition (and the surgery decision) any differently than I did at that time- I was quite convinced, based upon what I understood, that there was a very strong likelihood that she would not survive that surgery.

I think you nailed it. But ain't surprises grand!

Susan
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 11, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Apogee, love her while you can
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Apr 15, 2013 - 07:58am PT
Credit: wilbeer
Phred,a climbing buds new girl,Dexy Blues
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 15, 2013 - 09:01am PT
hey there say, apogee...

oh my :O i MISSED this, :O

very sorry i was not here to help root and pray for you both, :(

so very glad that so MANY were THOUGH, :)


PICTURES have not all loaded yet...

say, also, please email me, if you can, :)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 15, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Driftwood dog


and OT OT - a horse
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 15, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Wake up, time to go climbing.
Credit: drljefe

Meet owner and partner on summit of five pitch route. Blow minds of other parties.
Credit: drljefe

Hike out to treats at the car.
Credit: drljefe

It's a dog's life. A climbin' dog's life.
Scott McNamara

climber
Tucson, Arizona
Apr 15, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Nice Jefe!
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