My Momma says that her Dada had a saying when he had cancer. The saying was “When you get up every morning and both feet hit the floor it is going to be a good day”. Well I guess I can say the same thing when all THREE of my feet hit the floor! You also know it is going to be a good fun day when your training bag is packed and Momma is cutting up a steak and cheese into little pieces at the kitchen counter and putting them into the doggie cooler. You say Potato….I say Cheese.
Today WAS a good day. Me & Momma did our first obedience trial as a Tripawd. There is this venue called Companion Dog Sports Program (CDSP for short). They allow for exercise modifications for dogs like us so we can still strut our stuff in the ring. I could get an exercise modification for my slow pace, because that is harder for me to slow down now. For the recall over the jump exercise the bar could be on the ground. You know I can’t do everything as perfect as I could before, and some exercises are harder for me now. But we don’t get fussed over crooked sits and perfect performances, we just like to have fun working as a team! Momma says we weren’t going to care if we Q’d or not, just as long as we had a good time. And I had a good time! The Judges and other teams were super friendly and everyone didn’t smell all stressed out like they have at other obedience stuff I’ve been to when I had four legs.
Let’s see…what else? I had my fourth chemo treatment this past Friday. Momma and Dada are not sure yet whether I will continue on for a fifth or sixth treatment. They are a little weary of the cumulative effects of the chemo drug. I get Adriamycin every 3 weeks. My scans that were done just before my third treatment didn’t find any masses. So that was good news, but it doesn’t mean that the hemangiosarcoma isn’t anywhere else in my body. We go back again in 3 weeks and I get an ultrasound of my heart to make sure that is okay and then we will talk to the nice doctor who has great knees about how to proceed with treatment.
I’ve been having some problems with skin irritations and allergies, but we don’t know if that is chemo related or not. I was on Benadryl, but now we are trying Hydroxyzine. Dada had to get the Hydroxyzine prescription at the drugstore pharmacy. It came with a warning to not operate heavy machinery or drive a car. How can I drive a car with only 3 legs??? I won’t get into the details of my diarrhea on Friday either. It is not a proud moment in a dog’s life when our person has to clean our bum…in public.
All in all, life has been good. I enjoy playing ball in the backyard just like I used to. Stairs have gotten easier for me now. I’m a little afraid of walking too far from my own house, but we are working on that. I always get excited when we turn around to walk back home. Momma says pretty much that the only things I can’t do now that I could do before are scratch the right side of my face and mount my sister. Somethings you do need 2 back legs for…
Momma says this Wednesday, September 14th will be my 3 month Ampuversary. I’ll take her word on it, because I can’t read a calendar. That should be a good day, too. I bet I’ll get eggs for breakfast!