Awareness is Power

3rd Treatment Recap and Oncology Visit # 4 

Week Three’s treatment went just as Rita’s oncologist, Dr. Risbon, said it might – rough.  Not at first though.  The first couple of days Margarita ate well and was in good spirits.

At our last visit (Wednesday, April 3), Dr. Risbon warned that Margarita may have the worst week ahead of her in regard to her treatments so far.  She noted that the side effects of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and/or diarrhea could begin in about three to five days after her treatment.  Right on cue, three days later – on Friday, Margarita was visibly not feeling well, and not interested in food.  We tried all of our normal “tricks”… canned dog food, cream cheese, Spam, rotisserie chicken, cheese, eggs, bread, bacon, sausage… but she wasn’t interested.

By Saturday morning, Margarita was moving very slowly. She had some diarrhea and had mucus in her stool.  We called our veterinarian, Dr. Campbell, on Saturday morning to give her an update.  She let us know that she could call in an appetite stimulant if she continued not to eat.  She also told us to try parmesan cheese sprinkled on the food. Dr. Campbell’s concern was making sure Margarita got back on schedule with eating her prescription diet so that her little system could absorb proteins correctly and assist in the healing process.

Luckily, by Saturday night Rita began to eat a little bit of rotisserie chicken – but nothing else.  With a little coaxing (and some parmesan cheese), Rita did eat some of her prescription food.  Dr. Campbell called us on Sunday afternoon (I’m telling you – “they don’t make ’em” like her anymore!!) to check on Rita, who had been enjoying some Sunday Morning porch-sittin’, and some afternoon sunbathing.

Monday was a decent day where Margarita ate some food, but still appeared to not be feeling well.

 

Oncology Visit #4

This week’s visit consisted of meeting with the Oncology nurse, and getting blood work drawn.

Margarita’s CBC revealed a significant neutropenia (the presence of abnormally few white blood cells in the blood, leading to increased susceptibility to infection). In order to prevent infection, Rita was started on an antibiotic:

  • SMZ-TMP:  480mg tablets.
    • 1.5 tablets to be given once a day until finished

Another CBC will be repeated prior to any further chemotherapy treatments.  Margarita is scheduled for a CBC and Ultrasound next week, followed by an appointment with our Oncologist, Dr. Risbon, for continued chemotherapy as long as next week’s test results are acceptable.

This week’s yummy treat was a vanilla soft-serve ice cream cone!

After Margarita enjoyed a few licks, I removed the ice cream and let her enjoy the cone.

Awareness is Power

The greater your awareness, the greater your power.

Awareness is also the greatest agent for change.  One in every three dogs will get cancer… One… In…three!  Now THAT’s something that needs to change. The more PAWrents know about the facts and preventative measures,  the better we will be able to protect our fur-kids and decrease their odds of getting cancer.

Did you know that Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer seen in dogs?

Be your dog’s eyes: Do a cancer check on your dog at least once a month.  Lumps and bumps can often be easily seen.  But sometimes – like in Margarita’s case – being on the lookout for unusual behaviors and reporting them to your veterinarian is just as important for an early diagnosis and better outcome for your fur-child.

Below are some tips on how to do a canine cancer check on your dog.

 

 

Be your dog’s ears and voice:  Speak up and share anything you can about a cancer that has directly affected your fur-kid.  Get people talking – LISTEN AND LEARN! The more stories that are shared, the more educated we become about cancer.  This will result in more awareness raised, more research, and a greater opportunity for us all to take a bite out of canine cancer.

 

Thank you for joining Margarita in her journey to take a bite out Lymphoma.

 

Valentine’s Day 2019

Valentine’s Day 2019

Brian and I are always trying to think of more ways we can help dogs in need. This Valentine’s Day Brian bought me a portable photography lighting kit and backdrop set. Not only will this be fun to use with our own pack, but the overall thought is that we could mesh one of my favorite activities (taking dog photos) and our biggest mutual passion (helping dogs in need). We plan to offer to take free photos of needy pups that shelters/rescues can use on social media in hopes to help some homeless pups find their forever families. …Now to figure out how to use the lighting correctly, learn how to shoot good indoor photos, and reach out to local shelters/rescues to see if they’d be interested!

Thank you,  Brian!

Jumping into Jersey at the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show: Tuckerton, NJ

This annual competition will always hold a special place in our hearts. Back in 2013, this was Limoncello’s very first DockDogs event!

I packed some fun gear to wear while jumping Whiskey and Hooch!

Limoncello:  Team Captain

Every captain deserves their own chair, right?! Limoncello kept the crew in-line back at our Team Canopy.

Hooch

Big Air:

  • 22′ 5″
  • 22′ 2″
  • 22′ 6″
  • 22′ 9″
  • Big Air Finals:  22′ 0″  1st Place Elite Division Finals

Extreme Vertical (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 6′ 2″

 

Lager

Big Air:

  • 19′ 9″  1st Place Senior Division
  • 19′ 0″  First Place Senior Division
  • 18′ 7″  First Place Senior Division
  • 18′ 7″  2nd Place Senior Division
  • Big Air Finals: 18′ 8″  2nd Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 5’10” 1st Place Cadet Division 

Speed Retrieve (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 7.310 seconds 3rd Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 2867.36 points 3rd Place Titan Division Iron Dog

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita cheered her siblings on, but in-between competition waves, she posed for pictures around the Tuckerton Seaport!

Whiskey

Whiskey decided yet again, just like at the Hebron Harvest Fair, she was done with jumping! She was still a crowd favorite with her antics up on the dock!

 

We had a wonderful time, as usual, at this event!

 

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Hopkinton State Fair: Contoocook, NH

We were thrilled that we were able to make it to one of our favorite annual events again this year – The Hopkinton State Fair !

The only bummer was that this year they had a target shooting show close to the competition pool, which freaked-out a lot of the dogs (one even broke out of his kennel – thank goodness he was safely caught).  Our dogs were NOT fans of this noise, and we had to scratch them from several of the competition jumps.

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Our team coach gave the competitors some good “Pointers” during our trip up to New Hampshire.

 

Hooch

Big Air

20’7″

22’0″

23’7″  2nd Place Elite Division

22’5″

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Finals Format

6’0″

Lager

 

Big Air

19’8″

18’9″

19’9″

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Finals Format

5’10”

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita’s main-man, Mr. Spock the English Pointer, brought her roses!

Whiskey

Big Air

3’5″  1st Place Novice Division (Whiskey’s first 1st Place medal!)

4’6″  2nd Place Novice Division

This may be my most favorite video ever…even though I am the once being made a fool! Haha!  Whiskey was a crowd favorite as she ran through my legs (in the opposite direction of the pool!) I chased her on the dock and the crowd was going wild!

So proud of this little girl!

A family we met two years ago at this event made a special trip back just to see us, and give us a special gift in celebration of our new family member…some Tennessee Whiskey to celebrate OUR Tennessee Whiskey!

We had a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging out with our pups…AND we accomplished what we came here for:  Whiskey had to jump at least once at another National level event in order to be able to accept the DockDogs World Championship invite she earned in Canada – mission accomplished…Whiskey’s going to Worlds!

Village Green Family Campground: Brimfield, MA

We camped for the first time at Village Green Family Campground when we competed at Klem’s DockDog Days.

This campground had been hit hard by a tornado in 2011.  They are still working to recover from the tragic losses that ensued from that disaster.  However, the owners could not have been nicer, and despite what the campground had been through, it looked great and was very enjoyable.

Our campsite was private and had a HUGE living space…perfect for letting the dogs out!

 

Klem’s DockDog Days; Spencer, MA

This was our first time competing at this event held at Klem’s .  We had heard how nice it was – and we sure were not disappointed!  The venue was easy to get in and out of, and the spectators and competitors were very friendly!

Limoncello: Team Coach

In between yelling at the boys, Limoncello enjoyed napping in the shade at our team canopy.

Hooch

Big Air 

23’9″  1st Place Elite Division

23’9″  3rd Place Elite Division

23’3″ 2nd Place Elite Division

Big Air Finals:  23’10”  2nd Place

Extreme Vertical All-in-One-Final Format:  6’2″

Lager

Big Air

18’3″

20’0″

20’1″

20’11”

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format:  5’10”

Speed Retrieve

7.136 seconds   3rd Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog

2892.45 points  First Place Titan Division

Margarita

Margarita enjoyed walking the grounds, snacking on yummy treats, and napping along with Cello under our team canopy.

Whiskey

Whiskey was still our foster puppy, “Wish,” at the time.  She enjoyed the attention from all the spectators, and concentrated on doing her best with chewing her special Wish-bone.

 

Overall, this event was a success for our team, and most of all – FUN for all!  We hope to be able to attend this competition next year!

 

Liver Killer Bling: