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08 August 2018

Ballet Legs




yup, mi wearing diapers (belly wrap style) in the above pic 😜


07 August 2018

My Daily Routine Nowadays

Besides my morning walks,





the rest can be summed up below:



Sleeping anywhere my legs bring me:





06 August 2018

Pathology Report Out

Got the BAD news last Thursday - it's malignant (oral melanoma) 😭

"They are typically highly invasive and have a high rate of metastasis to regional lymph nodes and distant sites such as the lungs....". When they reach the lungs, that's it.

My options:

  1. Do a CT scan to assess whether the cancer has spread to my jaw bones and surrounding area - if yes, then aggresive and invasive surgery which involves removal of jaw bones 😱;
  2. Chemotherapy - 1 session every 3 weeks for 5 sessions; or
  3. Immunotherapy (Oncept Melanoma Vaccine) - initial 4 dose series, once every 2 weeks. Thereafter, 1 booster vaccine every 6 months. 
Even if we choose option 1, it will not mean end of story after the surgery. This fucking (pardon my language!) cancer almost always come back and then you keep cutting and cutting till the face is deformed 😱😱😭 

Costs:
  • Surgery: CT scan alone is SGD1.5K approx. USD1.1K. Surgery cost unknown.
  • Chemo 5 sessions: SGD2.5K approx. USD1.8+K
  • Vaccine initial 4 doses: SGD2.7K approx. USD1.9+K 


My hoomans have decided to go with option 3, the vaccine. And, surgery only as and when necessary when the tumor/s grow again. Since everything is unknown, it is almost like a gamble no matter which option I go with. Given my seniority, enlarged heart and collapsed trachea, they do not want to put me through the scary aggresive surgery. At the moment, my lymph nodes are normal and lungs are clear (per x-ray done 22 July). So, mom and dad wants me to enjoy myself while I can and be comfortable.

The vaccine (by Merial) has to be ordered from USA submitting my information etc. It'll take 1.5 months to reach here (Singapore)!! Talk about saving lives, why does it take soooooo loooooonnngggg?????

Meanwhile, life goes on as usual though I notice the extra hugs and kisses BOL





25 July 2018

Back From Surgery

πŸ™πŸ™Thank you my furriends for sending me your POTP and Love! 😘😘😘

So yesterday morning I was dropped of at the vet's; and was discharged at 5pm. I was already awake and alert when mom and dad came to get me.


I lost a total of 4 teeth this time 😒. 2 were under the lump and perhaps affected somehow cos they were already quite loose. The other 2? Was told 1 incisor and 1 "somewhere" BOL, and Mom has yet to figure out which 2!!!


Now we wait for the biopsy report which might take up to 1 week or so.

Meanwhile, am catching up with my 😴😴😴 leaving tomorrow's problems for tomorrow.


Shall update again when the biopsy results are out. Meanwhile, please keep POTP coming πŸ™πŸ™
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23 July 2018

Need Power Of Paws Please

Dear Furriends,

I will be going under the knife tomorrow morning (Tuesday 24th July, local time) because I've got the most dreaded "C" thingy :'(  ... ... well, it needs to be confirmed by the pathology lab after removal of the tumor and whether it is benign or malignant.

Mine's oral, and since it is difficult for mom to take a photo of it, photo below is from internet similar to what I have:
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Yup, it's black in color. But mine is not at the front like in the photo, mine's at the left upper molar's gum. Oral Melanoma.

Mom first felt a tiny-weeny growth about end of May this year but could not have a good look as I wasn't co-operative, shutting my lips tight! Even the vet couldn't either, unless they put me under GA. My pawrents were worried about me going under, with my heart murmur, enlarged heart etc... so they decided to wait a while. On hindsight, bad move! Ah well, no point talking about what had happened so let's just pray that it's benign! She finally succeeded in looking last Friday and boy, what a shock it gave her and she dialled the vet's first thing Saturday morning.

They had to take an X-ray of my chest first to see if the C has spread to my lungs as I have been coughing quite a lot nowadays. Vet said, if x-ray showed white spots then it means it has spread and even surgery won't help. AND I'll only have 2-3 weeks left!!! Mom nearly fainted.

It was the l....o....n.....g.....e......s.....t  five minute wait for the x-ray results. Fortunately, lung has no white spots except for some fluids. So I was given diuretics to clear out the fluids these 2 days.

Another thing discovered from the x-ray was, that my trachea has collapsed (even more?) which explains my worsening cough. We've known from an x-ray beginning of this year that my trachea is being compressed by my enlarged heart. But the collapsed part is now so narrow we are Mom is horrified. We are now taking 1 thing at a time and to deal with this f*cking C first.

Please please send power of paws my way. THANK YOU VERY MUCH in advance.

Love,
Bowie

Oh, some recent photos of me heehee:

Yesterday while waiting for my turn at the vet, daddy brought me to the grass patch next to the clinic:

One of my morning walkie:

My usual routines at home nowadays:

That's all for today :)



22 May 2018

Happy 15th Birthday To Me!

So this year, Mom decided to get me a real proper cake. She ordered it online and even went to self-collect it herself to save on delivery charges! Thanks Mom i waited for 15 years glad that you didn't tire yourself out trying to cook/bake me something yourself!

The cake just reaching home after collection and still in the box. It's a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - yummeeee! Dog-friendly recipe with human ingredients so everybody can eat. It's too big for myself, 7 inches big!
If you zoom in, you can see the cake's frosting is sweating BOL


I need to be held or I'd lunge at the cake (cos the Stay command been lost on me if you read yesterday's post). Oh, and the candle was just 'for display' it wasn't lit BOL.
















 
Nom..nom..nom...nom..

 

Shirt is recycled from last year's barkday hahaha




The cake is so doglicious! I'll get 2 wedges a day, for 3 days hooray! Can I haf barkday again tomorrow Mom? pleeze?

21 May 2018

How Am I Doing?

Hello Hello my dear blogville Furriends! Have I been missed? BOL

It's been almost 4 months since my last post. Just some updates on me for those who might have been wondering what I'd been up to.

Besides being lazy (referring to Mom, ahem..!), mainly it was because I'd been spending lots of time napping and walking/circling in the house which means blurry photos! Seniors sleep a lot more so that's ok. Butt, apparently I have Canine Cognitive Dysfunction - what folks commonly called Dog Dementia :(

I have been displaying practically 99% of the behaviors mentioned or shown here > https://dogdementia.com/what-does-canine-cognitive-dysfunction-look-like/  It's totally heartbreaking (to Mom especially) :'( :'(  The symptoms began to be very obvious starting this year. Might have started last year but were too subtle to notice.

Here's some of my photos displaying those symptoms:

Stuck in narrow lane and just stood there










Half in half out











This has never happened before!



I have forgotten all my daily commands such as Sit, Stay. The only thing I still remember very well is FOOD glorious food! I go berserk at meal-prep times, more uncontrollable compared to last time:

  • barking (in the wrong direction! eg. Mom's at 9 o'clock position but I bark facing 11 or even 2 o'clock positions) and 
  • jumping (despite my bad arthritis knees!).

I have most of the times forgotten where my toilet is, peeing anywhere in the house but mostly at the balcony (Mom said that's my new toilet BOL)!

Sorry Mom, cos I make her busy wiping my pees. She even slipped on my pee recently cos she didn't notice it on our white tiles :P but luckily not injured. I've been wearing diapers to sleep only at night. Mom doesn't want my 'little brother' to be cooped up during the day too BOL, not until it is absolutely necessary.

When I am not napping, I walk almost non-stop and sometimes in circles like mentioned in the above link. It's driving Mom nuts and sad at the same time. I also go around finding Mom just like in the video on the above link. Sometimes I also make incorrect judgements of where sounds come from eg. Daddy came home and I walked towards inside of the house to find the 'sound'.

SIGH....why, why, why like that? Mom asks. Her dad, my grandpa who passed away last July, also contracted Alzheimer's Disease. He did not recognise his family members due to the disease, and now it's my turn - it's a double blow to her.

Ok ok sorry folks, getting carried away with the emotions while typing this post. We are making the best of the situation so no worries.




















Till next post ...everyone take care!