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My liver is having trouble and no one knows why.  My humans had the vets pull my blood work and my liver enzymes have been elevated since I stopped chemotherapy and been increasing.  No one expected me to live this long and did not think we needed to address it.  I was supposed to get my biannual senior wellness exam next week.  Would they have mentioned it then?

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See my defined waist?  Those tight tripawd abs?

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This what I look like today. 

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I have not let myself go.

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I am sloshing about and losing muscle.  That is all albumin filling my gut.  Over 10 lbs of it.  I have been on Previcox daily since February 12.  My human should have insisted they check my liver and kidneys prior to starting nsaids.  They are religious about this so they feel really bad about it. 

Tomorrow morning, Dr Monce is coming in early to run an ultrasound on me.  From there, they may want to do a fine needle aspiration of my liver or cut me open and grab a piece of it.  Both have risks involved due to all the fluid.  They also want to drain me.  I am in favor of that.

I am still loving life so no worries there.  Getting in the car is extremely uncomfy and the extra weight makes it harder to stand for more than 30 minutes but that is about it.  I was supposed to see Dr. Williams tomorrow to get accpuncture and measured for new harnesses and a wrist support.

The Mommy had a crazy idea that I needed to nap outside today.  I spend about 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon sunning myself.  Why she thought I would be ok with my bed being moved outside, I have no idea.  I was not.  I humored her and sat on it for about 3 minutes and then was done when she tried to take another picture.  Cookie liked it.  Weirdo.

Merry Christmas!

My second Christmas as a tripawd is winding down.  We had a wonderful Christmas brunch with baked egg muffins topped with bacon and cheese.  Very easy to make – just crack an egg into a muffin tin, sprinkle with pepper, a teaspoon of crumbled bacon, a sprinkle of grated cheese, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven set to 350.

Cookie and I used Skype for the first time today.  I do not really care for it as no one can pet me through the screen  but Cookie loved it.

We then went to the park for the entire afternoon.  I walked and sniffed and left lots and lots of pee mail.  Then I sat in the car with the daddy while he read a book.  Cookie and the mommy went and walked a couple of laps to help them get their figure back.  They are both a bit fluffy.

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I am wearing an undershirt so that I do not get a  rash from my harness.

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Now I am going to take a nap and enjoy the laughter of my family while they have dinner.

Merry Christmas!

And one more picture…me and Cookie a few years ago in the Holly Springs Christmas parade.  This is probably her first one back in 2010.

Cookie is wearing plastic mistletoe on  her cap.  I look like such a dork.  I think this is before my spinal cord injury too.  Hah, back when the mommy thought she would get Cookie wearing pink.  Silly human.  Cookie isn’t that kind of girl.

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And I spent a good portion of it at the vet.  First, Dr Huff needed lots of kisses.  Second, My webmaster harness has left me with what looks like an ANGRY! bruise but Dr. Huff thinks it may be a contact allergy.  I have worn my harness for 4 years with no issues. 

So now I have to go clothes shopping to find a comfy t-shirt to wear under my harness.  He said to wash my harness more frequently with the mildest soap we can.  I have been informed a new webmaster has been ordered for me since my current harness is actually about 6 years old.  Miss Kitty used it after a neck injury.  We even have our first webmaster from around 2002 which is all neoprene.

I gained two pounds which made my humans happy.  They started feeding me canned food again.  I am back at 60 lbs.  I like the canned food.

Finally, there is the potty issue.  I have been having a hard time making it through the night lately.  Not just peeing in the kitchen, poop too.  It upsets me a lot and every time it happens, I let my humans know as soon as I see them that I had an accident in the kitchen.  When I have to pee, it is a crisis.  Since recovering from my spinal cord injury four years ago, this has been a known problem.  My humans will be typing in the alarm code and my bladder is screaming “too late!”.

Dr. Huff said with my history, not to really worry and just try to keep me on a schedule.  I do not show any other signs of neurological issues.  Bladder control was the hardest thing to get back and took a year.  Any time I got excited, I would leak. 

Finally, the best part, we went out for Chinese food!  I had beef and broccoli.  It was the first time I ever had Chinese and it was amazing.  Broccoli and carrots, the mystery meat, and the amazing sauce.

This is me helping serve the food.

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The week started off great with a trip to Panera.  We met some new greyhounds we had never met before.  Pixie was there too but we did not spend much time with her.  There were two greyhound puppies to play with.  Sage and Smokey.

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Monday brought rain.  Tuesday had more rain.  And today, even more rain with maybe a thunderstorm this evening.  I hope Santa is prepared.

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We are bored playing with our puzzles.  Bored, bored, and bored.

I have been told the sun will return on Christmas day.  This should mean a walk in a park.  And lots of pictures.

Hoppy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick update with some Cuteness from Cookie ™.

When my humans have to work Thanksgiving, we have a tradition of eating donuts for breakfast.  Krispy Kreme and Entenmann’s chocolate covered donuts.

Many greyhounds get Krispy Kreme donuts or marshmallows at the end of a race.  We love them.  A. LOT.

Last night, the donuts arrived.

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Cookie kept expressing her interest in the donuts.  So to redirect her energy, a bear documentary was turned on.

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Cookie loves bears.  Even animated ones.  She loves watching Brave once the mom turns into a bear.

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Earlier that night, we went to petsmart for some Merrick Turducken but they do not sell it.  Petco does.  🙁  So we got another brand of Turkey dinner.

This morning, before the donut feasting began, I had my breakfast of dry kibble and a couple of sardines.  Cookie had kibble and freeze dried chicken.  She spit all the kibble out and only ate the chicken.

Still no donuts for us though.  Maybe if I get my ears just right…

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May your turkey be plump, your belly full, and have a Hoppy Thanksgiving!  And maybe swing by Krispy Kreme when the sign is on!

Or staples.  With a mild concussion.

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I am on the mend.  Staples will be out no later than Monday. 

On Monday, October 20, the morning was crisp.  Cookie wanted to play.  I bounced around with her for a little bit and then ran for the ramp.  Cookie thought I wanted to race and she pursued.  I was in the lead and greyhounds, most greyhounds, love to be first.  It’s a compulsion.  So Cookie bumped me.  Hard.  We were not going very fast, about 15 to 20 mph but my head went into this:

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You can still see my fur on it.  I also broke a small chunk of wood off.

I saw stars.  I wanted to puke.  And I wanted to win.  It took me a couple of strides to get back with it and then I bumped her almost as hard and reached the top first.  And then I had to show the humans I was hurt.  It did not bleed much at first but then my nose started to bleed.  After the humans were aware of my injuries, I headed to the front door to wait for my trip to the vet.  I have had to get a lot of stitches, glue, and staples over the years.  I know the drill.

But it was 20 minutes after my favorite ER closed and an hour before Dr. Huff was seeing patients.  The vet techs were in though and said come on over.

I was an awesome boy. I did not complain at all while they disinfected and cleaned out my wounds.  I peeled back a good flap of skin on that corner and put a gash on the top of my nose.  The bloody nose took hours to stop.

No broken bones at all.  The vet techs all cheered me on for needing staples while having fun.  Who knew that they would have to do this for me at 11 years of age and a year and a half after my amputation?  I am still here and still me, slightly accident prone.  Dr. Huff gave me 20% off for being a frequent flier too. 

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This is me tonight.  Scab has fallen off and I am so ready for the staples to come out.

We looked at getting me a Frankenstein’s Monster costume but they were all a little silly.  I will probably wear my pirate hat on Halloween.

Cookie is going to be a Viking with the Mommy. 

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Gonna Eat Your Words Doc?

I see one of my many veterinarians tomorrow.  A year ago he said he doubted I would be in his office again.  The odds were not in my favor.  Sure, I could possibly be one of the rare dogs that lives past 12 months but he didn’t see it happening.

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October 10th is my 18th month Ampuversary.  I am already 18 months post diagnosis.  Looking forward to some more parties and kisses in my future.

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The weather has been amazing and I have been visiting lots of parks.  We have a group on meet up called TADHOG to get other people to join your walks.  I am going to start a geezer walk for those of us who like to sniff and socialize but walking more than a mile at once is probably not in our best interest.  Still not sure if Geezer Tour is the best name for it so I am open to suggestions.

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Synchronized Sleeping

Where is Summer?

I really should not complain because the low temps have allowed me to do a lot more than normal in the summer.  The humidity is still high though and that is oppressive to all of us.

It is 70 at noon, on a rainy day in NC. 

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I am catching up on sleep.

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This is why we have muddy foot prints on the walls. 

On a sad note, today is one year since Deuce, the Great Dane got his wings.  Joyce was a bit more active on the bone cancer Yahoo group.  Deuce rallied like we had never seen a dog do before and he lived almost 3 months after severe complications derailed his recovery.  A kind note to Joyce today would be appreciated.

We are excited to announce that Grandma is moving to NC.  She went home to pack but left Cookie and me completely inspired at what is possible when it comes to training humans.  We have really started working hard with our humans and seeing some payoff.  She Who Must Be Obeyed would be so happy with my progress.  Dinner off their plate is not routine but becoming that way.  I have been working on this for FIVE years.  It is so nice when patience and persistence pays off.

Cookie and I are both models for Triangle Greyhound Society on the new website!   Cookie is a natural in front of the camera.  I tease her a lot but she really is a classy girl.

Now for years, we have been told there is a path that runs along the Neuse River in Smithfield but could never find where to park.  Well, while driving around with Grandma and exploring, we found it!  Now we have yet another place to sniff and pee. 

I signed up for Walk for a Dog app and although it shares all my data with anyone in the pet industry, it also donates money to local animal

and rescues in my area for every mile we walk.   I really like having a log to show what I can accomplish.  It shows speed and an actual map of your walk.  Big brother is watching me with my consent.  Orwell would be horrified.

Grandma is Here!

Grandma is here.  I am not sure what a Grandma is but I think she is great.  Probably the smartest human I  have ever trained!

She notices everything and keeps her eyes on me always.  Yesterday morning, I had her feeding me cheese on her plate in about 2 minutes.  This is the hardest trick I know how to teach.  Daddy has never learned it and always yells, “No Nixon” whenever I try to teach him it.  The Mommy gets it sometimes but is still not reliable if there are any distractions.

Cookie is not a good human trainer but I think she will learn a lot from working with Grandma.  Cookie is very loud and can ask for too many things at once.  I find that steady eye contact is more effective than barking at them.  When the human does the trick, you also have to shower them with praise so they know they did good.  They really enjoy hugs, gentle kisses, and most like full body contact so leaning on them is important.

Rain Go Away!

So here I am, on a fine July afternoon,  hunkered down in the hallway because we have a horrible thunderstorm and NOT celebrating 15 months post amp.  Yes, it is my ampuversary and no party!

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We are in the purple.

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I have been told there will still be chicken tonight.  I will try to grab a biscuit but they tell me low carb is better for me.  Cookie ate a half dozen a couple of months ago.  She stole them and did not share.  I do not counter surf at all.  I ask politely because I am civilized.

So stay safe and out of the heat.  I still have to report on the how greyt the Virgina Pawty was.  My typist has herself spread too thin.

Fly Free Butters

I hate to bring bad news about a friend but hearts are breaking and sharing can help.  A friend of mine, an afghan named Butters, crossed the bridge.  She turned twelve on April 17 and then suddenly, drastically, slowed down starting on Sunday.  The vets ran lots of tests and think she had pancreatic cancer that had spread to her lungs.   They tried supportive therapy for a day and her condition continued to get worse.  She started having lots of trouble breathing.   With a heavy heart, her mom helped her across the bridge.

Butter, in her puppy cut for the summer.

 

Miss Butter in the snow this winter.

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