I was going to post this photo of Teddy about three or four weeks ago when I noticed his first whisker starting to grow back in after he lost all his whiskers during his doxorubicin chemotherapy. I was so sad when he lost his last whisker...it was a really long one. He showed up at OSU for an exam or chemo or something, and when he came out to go home, his last whisker was gone. But now he has a new long whisker coming in, as well as some smaller ones near his nose. Whiskers are adorable, so I'm glad they're growing back. Have a look:
So, that's the good news. There's bad news, too. Really bad news. He didn't feel well on Tuesday, so we went to OSU. They did some tests, and in the ultrasound they found more masses in his abdomen, which is probably what was responsible for causing his tummy upset. He is going back on Friday for some tests to see if it is okay to start him on a new chemotherapy drug. It's pretty much all that is left to try. My heart breaks every time I look at him now, and I can't stop telling him what good boy he is and how much I love him. If you see someone walking a golden retriever around the neighborhood with a handful of Kleenex, sobbing, it's probably me.
Judy, A Big Teddy Fan
10/25/2015 10:08:07 am
I feel very bad for you and your husband Dana, and for Teddy of course. Teddy is a really great dog for all his sweetness, and a very handsome boy indeed. Sadly, you are experiencing now the downside of dog ownership: when a dog approaches the end of its always-too-short life. I know you and your husband know you have done everything possible to have Teddy with you as long as he can be, but sadly at some point Mother Nature takes over and it becomes -as my mother would say - "his time." I know that you will make Teddy comfortable and shower him with love and good care and whatever treats he wants to eat. Teddy has the best dog home he could possibly have, and knows how well loved he is now and has been since you got him. May Teddy still have many more good and happy days to come before he lets you know it is "his time". He's put up a very valiant fight against a disease I wish they would get busy and hurry up and cure.
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