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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    Thank you one & all for your thoughts & best wishes for the old girl. You're all gems. I've been through stuff like this before & it's bloody hell when you've got bugger all people to share the load with you. I guess you can tell I'm very relieved to have Mish back & firing on all cylinders again.

    Boh ... you're not ignorant at all. I've not really talked about Mish's condition all that much except to say she has cancer. According to the biopsy report, she has some sort of cancer that is very aggressive, is prevalent in females over 9 & normally kills them within 6 months. I did have the name of it on my PC, but the hard disk died & the info is gone now.

    The story is, she's had a lump on her right anal gland that the previous vet should have picked up seeing she expressed her glands every 3 months. After Zena died under this vet's "care", I swapped vets immediately. The new vet picked it up on the first exam, but we waited 12 months to see what would happen. April 2008, it was still there, so they recommended having her glands out. The patholgy report that came back after her op said she had this female cancer & I had 6 months to say goodbye to her. There was nothing more they could do for her except make her comfy & love her until it was time to make the decision. The first sign would be weight loss. I weighed her post op & she was 32.5 kilos. So I said "Bugger it. The old girl can eat whatever she likes in that case." And she did ... Oct 2008 (6 month death sentence) came & went & Mish looked fabo, although I noticed a wee tummy building up. So we carried on & hoped she'd last through Xmas .... & she did. Come the New Year & I thought "You're stacking it on, not losing", so I took her to the vets for a weigh in. 36.4 kilos !!!! Time for a diet my girl. And so next month it will be 2 years since she had her glands out & got her diagnosis. I just weighed her on the 1st for Drontal & she's 34.4 kilos. The vet is just astounded by her continual thriving & so am I. At last year's check up I asked if there was a likelihood of her dying from old age & she said "I can't believe I'm about to say this, but there's a good chance of it. She's an amazing dog & continues to astound all of us. This is one of those cases where I'm glad to have been proven wrong so far."

    I'm trotting along OK Boh. I'm dosed up on Nuropfen Plus, so I probably won't feel crappy until I wake up tomorrow morning. And then I'll dose myself up again until the rib heals ...
    My heart goes out to you and Mish. I understand that each day if there is a different behaivour or anything different we wonder if this will be the last day. As you may or may not know from my posts, that my Ralph has cancer also! The tumour in the nasal area contains both a bone eating cancer as well as a cartlidge eating cancer. He has had to have a trachestomy and windpipe reinforcement. He has bleeding from the nose at times and will sneeze, blood, bloodclots and meaty type debre from the tumour. When we picked him up on 19/01/2010 the vets at Sydney Uni said we might have weeks to say goodbye. Well it is a lot longer then that he has been home, he put on weight after being in Sydney (had dropped 4 kilos or more due to ops etc), he has good appetite and is happy all the time. He does have his days when he seems to have a headache and I medicate as appropriate. His Quality of Life is good, but I know we have limited time.
    I am so pleased that Mish is going beyond anyones expectations. I think sometimes it is the love between the dog and the owner that makes this all possible. Will be thinking of you and Mish and keeping an eye out for any updates etc.
    Love to you both and healing vibes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    My heart goes out to you and Mish. I understand that each day if there is a different behaivour or anything different we wonder if this will be the last day. As you may or may not know from my posts, that my Ralph has cancer also! The tumour in the nasal area contains both a bone eating cancer as well as a cartlidge eating cancer. He has had to have a trachestomy and windpipe reinforcement. He has bleeding from the nose at times and will sneeze, blood, bloodclots and meaty type debre from the tumour. When we picked him up on 19/01/2010 the vets at Sydney Uni said we might have weeks to say goodbye. Well it is a lot longer then that he has been home, he put on weight after being in Sydney (had dropped 4 kilos or more due to ops etc), he has good appetite and is happy all the time. He does have his days when he seems to have a headache and I medicate as appropriate. His Quality of Life is good, but I know we have limited time.
    I am so pleased that Mish is going beyond anyones expectations. I think sometimes it is the love between the dog and the owner that makes this all possible. Will be thinking of you and Mish and keeping an eye out for any updates etc.
    Love to you both and healing vibes!
    And that's why I was a "tad" panicky yesterday. It just wasn't Mish at all.

    Ralph is having a rough trot of it by the sounds of it. It's hard not knowing how things will go day to day. Sounds like you're in a similar situation to me. It's not good & every morning that they wake up you think "Yes. I've got another day with you."

    That's why every night, I put a dog mattress on the floor next to my bed. Mish is right there with me. I dangle my hand down & scratch her head until I hear her snoring. Tara & Spirit are also in the room, so if something were to happen with Mish, they'd wake me pretty quickly if I hadn't stirred already.

    I sure do love my Mish, that's for sure. She's very loyal, loves me heaps & I made sure she got an Obedience title in amongst Zena being the "star of the show" with all the titles she got so Mish wouldn't feel left out. Not the easiest thing in the world to achieve considering Mish is half Ridgie.

    Much love and many 's & 's to your Ralph as well. It's not easy in the situtaion you find yourself, but knowing that you've done everything you can for them eases the hurt in you heart just a little bit.

    I suspect Mish will hang around until she can be sure one of the 2 young 'uns can take over from her. Tara is as silly as a wheel & Spirit is still only a baby. I feel we'll still be talking about Mish in another year ... or hopefully more.

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    GSD, I think the lovely Mish will be with you for some time yet....hell with all the fussing she gets why wouldn't she? I think she's going ner ner ner to the vets!

    I hope YOU are looking after yourself!

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    GSD and Boh sending hugs both your ways, and extra cuddles for Ralph and Mish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    And that's why I was a "tad" panicky yesterday. It just wasn't Mish at all.

    Ralph is having a rough trot of it by the sounds of it. It's hard not knowing how things will go day to day. Sounds like you're in a similar situation to me. It's not good & every morning that they wake up you think "Yes. I've got another day with you."

    That's why every night, I put a dog mattress on the floor next to my bed. Mish is right there with me. I dangle my hand down & scratch her head until I hear her snoring. Tara & Spirit are also in the room, so if something were to happen with Mish, they'd wake me pretty quickly if I hadn't stirred already.

    I sure do love my Mish, that's for sure. She's very loyal, loves me heaps & I made sure she got an Obedience title in amongst Zena being the "star of the show" with all the titles she got so Mish wouldn't feel left out. Not the easiest thing in the world to achieve considering Mish is half Ridgie.

    Much love and many 's & 's to your Ralph as well. It's not easy in the situtaion you find yourself, but knowing that you've done everything you can for them eases the hurt in you heart just a little bit.

    I suspect Mish will hang around until she can be sure one of the 2 young 'uns can take over from her. Tara is as silly as a wheel & Spirit is still only a baby. I feel we'll still be talking about Mish in another year ... or hopefully more.
    I do hope that Mish will be around a lot longer, another year or more!
    I know what you mean with the matress beside the bed, we started that way, but then Ralph wanted to sleep with me on my bed, so that is the way it is, he follows me to bed and that is where he stays. Poor husband has to sleep in the other room! but, our life revolves around Ralph and will do for however long he is with us! It is something we both believe is the right thing!
    Thank you for sharing Mish's story.

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    Exactly Greys. Mish loves being spoilt, but she never takes advantage of the situation, bless her. She has a great life. I make her get out of bed & trot around the park every morning to help keep her "girlish" figure & her mind sharp. She has "3 squares" every day & lives at "Treat Central". She gets a good brush every day & a full body massage once a week. She has a choice of dog beds with clean fresh doona covers to flop on throughout the day. She's always the first to be fed & the young 'uns "hit the deck" when she thinks there's too much rucus in the house & she grabs them by the snout to get their attention to be quiet. According to Mish ... life is good & she has everyone's respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    I do hope that Mish will be around a lot longer, another year or more!
    I know what you mean with the matress beside the bed, we started that way, but then Ralph wanted to sleep with me on my bed, so that is the way it is, he follows me to bed and that is where he stays. Poor husband has to sleep in the other room! but, our life revolves around Ralph and will do for however long he is with us! It is something we both believe is the right thing!
    Thank you for sharing Mish's story.
    I hope so too Boh. I feel she's got a bit more left in the tank & the story of what she's got to teach me isn't done yet. I won't let Mish on the bed. She's too dominant. Mish is certainly one out of the box, that's for sure & I feel very lucky to have been chosen to share her life.

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    I think Mish is probably a lot more spritely than I am at the moment! I have to remind myself to walk upright, not at a 45 degree angle.....going back to my neanderthal roots maybe!

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    Have they given you a "plan of action" to deal with this thing Greys ??

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    Not really, just use the anti inflammatories when I need them, lots of rest (ha!), they can't really do much more.

    But I have the power of google.........

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