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The Next Chapter

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Tripawds is a user-supported community. Thank you for your support!It’s been three months since Elgin crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  There still is not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.  The silence of the house was deafening, and overpowering without him.  I cleaned all the slobbers I could find, laundered all […]

…the end of Elgin’s journey.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Tripawds is a user-supported community. Thank you for your support! We knew the time was drawing nigh.  So a week ago, Saturday, my husband grilled salmon for Elgin and fed him with a fork.  We have a very sophisticated Dogue, after all! The next evening, he grilled filet mignon, and again fed Elgin with a […]

Slowing down…

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

On April 1, the specialists at UC Davis discovered advanced osteosarcoma in Elgin’s remaining back leg. We saw the X-ray, could clearly see the spongy cancer breaking down the margins of his bone, and were devastated. They projected that a normal dog, with all its limbs, might have a good quality life for four months […]

Living the bucket list (osteosarcoma comes back)

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

So Elgin is doing well, in the face of his recent bad news.  The fact that the osteosarcoma has come back in his remaining back leg does not give him a second thought.  Dogs are like that.  He’s not laying still in one spot all day, worrying because he’s got cancer and it hurts.  He’s […]

Don’t procrastinate that bucket list…

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Elgin is 7 months post-amp now.  He’s done so well, that we are glad we made that gut-wrenching decision.  In reading everything we could about K-9 osteosarcoma and everything that comes with it, we kept seeing a repetitive theme: do all those special things your dog enjoys, while you can. He recovered from his amputation […]

Nice day for a run on the hill…

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

                It was a beautiful day earlier this month, with temperatures in the 70’s. Elgin got lucky and my son took him out on the hill behind our house for a little romp. He of course had his daily “Browndog Hop” early this morning (he loves his girlfriends!) but […]

Last chemo…clear lungs!

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Last week, Elgin had his last chemotherapy treatment.  The UC Davis vets and techs were thrilled to see him again and even more thrilled that his lung X-rays came back clear!  While reiterating that osteosarcomas ultimately claim their victims by metastacizing in the lungs until the dog is too lethargic to live a good-quality life, […]

Elgin’s 5th birthday, persistent hygroma…padding necessary!

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Elgin tolerated his 4th chemo treatment very well, with no resulting leg-swelling.  In my previous post, I bemoaned the infected callous (hygroma) Elgin had developed on his only rear leg.  We had him on antibiotics and were doing laser treatments to the infected site.  All seemed well. We celebrated his 5th birthday, and while I […]

More about the laser, birthday celebration, a few chuckles…

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I need to start this post by thanking all the Veterans, for the selfless committment to our country.   Veteran’s Day is not merely another bank/post-office holiday.  Thank you. Elgin’s infected callous is doing well.  He is having laser treatments three times a week and is on antibiotics twice a day. Here is some more information […]

Watch those callouses!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This is a picture of a normal callous that formed on elgin’s elbow after he had his amputation.  What a spoilt doggie he was; who ever heard of a mastiff without callouses on his pressure points!?  But when he got his leg amputuated, he preferred to lie on cool, hard surfaces, and used those pressure […]