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15 Dec 2015


Author: dobemom | Filed under: Uncategorized

So here we are, 18 months a Tripawd! I really never thought I’d see this day. Especially not that dreaded day sitting in the vet’s office, listening to words like “cancer”, “pathological fracture”, “bone biopsy”, “amputation”, “6-9 months to live”…..

We’ve come a long way, baby! Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. For sure there’s been ups and downs (“hills and valleys”  my dad likes to say); the most recent being our struggling with incontinence, most likely due to the Cytoxan Nitro was on for his metronomic therapy. I knew that was a possible side effect, knew to check his urine for red blood cells regularly – working in a hospital lab made that easy enough! So when the red cells started showing up, we stopped the drug. Little did I know the effects would grow worse, and take a LONG time to clear up. It got so he couldn’t last the 8 hours we were at work, or make it through the night without wetting – I’m talking oceans of wetness. (he sleeps in our bed by the way). After my total freak-out of being sure it was bladder cancer, or kidney failure, his vet found nothing physically wrong. So with time, antibiotics (just because we could), and Chinese Herbs, and we’re finally getting over it.

This journey isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure! But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Hope everyone’s holiday season is as blessed as our is….. looking forward to a great new ‘HOPPY NEW YEAR’

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16 Responses to “1 1/2 YEARS A TRIPAWD!”

  1. ariegel Says:

    I finally found your blog! Your boy is beautiful!

  2. mom2shelby Says:

    How did I almost miss this AMAZING news!?!? Congrats Nitro!!!! I Am so happy to read this. You are shining star and inspiration (and quite handsome too). Hugs and many more celebrations!!!

  3. Michelle Says:

    I am so glad you made it. You are 1000% this journey is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes its not for us so so strong either. We all have those moments. You are both so strong and both Warriors. I am glad you made it to this point and that you will make it many more months.
    Hoppy 18 months and Merry Christmas & Happy New Years and Nitro you look awesome buddy. Keep kicking butt

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    • dobemom Says:

      thank you Michelle, you’re part of the reason we are warriors…couldn’t have gotten this far without your support!

      Paula and Nitro

  4. Karma Says:

    I am so glad he’s getting better. You guys are doing great and Nitro looks wonderful.
    Love you guys,
    Karma, Adelaide and the gang, and always with our angel Brendol

  5. jerry Says:

    Awwww rock on guys! You are stronger than you ever knew (but sssh, we did!). So happy for you all, hoppy holidays!!! xoxo

  6. benny55 Says:

    BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVVVVVEEERRR!! Look at that handsome Nitro posi g perfectly for his Christmas photo!

    Such a glorious milestone!!! Such an inspiration for others starting this journey!!

    You BOTH are Warriors and you BOTH deserve a standing ovation!!

    You meep those VERSARIES coming sweet voy! We LOVE celebrating with you!!

    Lots and lots and lots of love!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    • dobemom Says:

      thank you Sally, from the bottom of our really did talk me off the ledge that night. I’m eternally grateful!

      Paula and Nitro

  7. Codie Rae Says:

    Woohoo Nitro!! We are pawtying here in Oaktown buddy!

    Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack

  8. linda8115 Says:

    Look at that beautiful happy boy! You are so right this journey is not for the faint of heart but the life lessons we learn throughout the trip are invaluable. Your Nitro is such a warrior as are you Paula. Thanks to you both for helping others through this with such kindness and love!
    Linda & Max

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