So many of you have kindly asked about Jackdoodle and how his treatment is going, I thought I would give you all an update. The support of our friends here on Doodle Kisses has made all of this so much easier for us!It has been 7 weeks now since Jack started his immunotherapy shots. We will not know how much they are helping him for months, maybe even more than a year. I am hopeful that by the time his really intolerable season starts (August through October), the antigens will have started to work for him.My wonderful daughter has been giving Jack his injections. When we went for the lessons, she just could sense how stressed I was about it, and just kind of took over. She practiced on the "sock puppet" and then gave Jackdoodle an injection of saline, and said she could do it. (I am such a great mother, look what a marvelous child I raised!)We had four vials of antigens, very diluted to start and working up to full maintenance strength by the fourth vial. We have a schedule with the dates and amounts of each injection. (Day 1, 0.1 ml from vial 1, day 13, 0.2 ml from vial 2, etc.) For the first 6 weeks, he got a shot every other day. The antigens must be kept in the refrigerator, my pantry looks a little like a medical office with the alcohol, sharps, sharps disposal container, etc. Jack was fine with the shots for the most part; he turned and looked to see what was going on back there (they're given in the back of the neck) a few times when my daughter maybe hadn't warmed the syringe enough with her hands prior to the injection. As time went by, he started to become apprehensive when he saw my DD get the periphernalia out...he would huddle into a corner of the sofa or come and sit behind my chair. It did make us feel bad, especially my DD. But he always accepted the shots without trying to move away or crying.Then, when we got to 0.8 ml of vial 4, the full strength and the biggest shot he'd had yet, something went wrong. He cried out loudly & jerked away. Three times, she tried to give him the shot, and he acted the same way each time. After she finally got it done, we noticed he was bleeding at the injection site, and a hard lump had formed. Thank God the specialist's office was open; I called and they thought the needle had gone in not quite right, that it had gone sub-dermal instead of sub-cutaneous, and the lump was the antigen that had nowhere to go. The blood was displaced by the serum, that was why he was bleeding. They said the lump would be absorbed, and to try another spot for the next shot, which would be the last one for a week. The next shot (a full syringe of the full-strength antigen, which is what it will always be now) went okay, although we were all really nervous. And then we got a break for a week. But this past Saturday, we had a problem again, and my daughter said, "Mom, I just don't want to do this to him any more."His next shot is due on March 21st. After that, he hopefully will only need one every 3 weeks. I called my specialist and my regular vet this a.m. and asked what they would charge us just to have a tech give Jackdoodle his shot every three weeks, if I bring everything & dispose of the needle. The specialist's office charges $12.But you know what? My regular vet won't charge me anything at all. And he asked me what time I want to bring JD in on March 21st.We hear so much about problems people have with vets, how much they charge, so many people are mistrustful and disgusted with them. So I thought I would tell you about a really great one. Dr. Pat Emmelot, I LOVE YOU!!!! Jack & I are so lucky to have good veterinary care nearby.Anyway, thanks for listening; thanks for being there for Jack & me through all of this. And keep your fingers crossed that this is going to work!!!! Hugs from Jackdoodle & me.