It seems like forever since I was on my DK page. I used to spend hour here and felt like I knew everyone! But life changes.
We lost Mater to hemangiosarcoma in May 2018. I can still be caught with tears whenever I think of him or someone mentions him. More than our heart dog, he gave so much to others. Thousands of hours of therapy visits with R.E.A.D. in school and with my husband at the VA every Tuesday for over 8 years. If you didn't know him, he is the big, shaggy red doodle in the photos. Famous Mater people used to call him because he was so recognized even in a metro area as big as Indy.
And now cancer strikes again with Ozzie. After three months of testing, we finally found it - T-cell lymphoma in his bone marrow and spreading to the liver. He started CHOP in March and almost immediately went into chemically-induced remission. With 10 of the 16 treatments behind us, I was starting to feel pretty hopeful. Then it came back, with calcium levels even higher than when he was diagnosed and platelets very low. He was given a rescue drug that seemed to help, but only a few days later he completely stopped eating. So this past Tuesday he was switched to a new (for him) chemo drug. He still wouldn't eat anything for several days, and we were getting desperate. I gave him some Cerenia even though he didn't act like his stomach was upset. Even that was hard to get down him as he would lock his jaws to anything. But it seemed to help enough that slowly we could begin to put him back on prednisone and his clotting medication and other meds, plus what the holistic vet had recommended. He is eating again and back to playing ball. So it was a close call, reminding us that he's living on borrowed time and to love him every minute we have him. But we know he is terminally ill. And isn't life terminal anyway?
It's just an emotional challenge for us when we are still grieving Mater.
So one thing I want to say to ALL Goldendoodle owners is be sure to find pet insurance you trust and love! Ozzie's diagnosis alone was over $8,500.00, and without insurance we could not have spent that. With the diagnosis and chemotherapy we are now over $15,000.
Our primary goal is to make sure Ozzie's quality of life remains good. If it comes to where he is in pain, I won't allow things to progress. I can't bear to think of him hurting.
So life has been interesting. The craziest thing of all is that after losing Mater, I surprised Tom with a Golden Retriever! Their cancer incidence is very high, the insurance on him is more and their average lifespan grows shorter each year that the cancer in them grows more dominant. But Gus is sweet, and I now see where Mater got his loving nature. He was an f1, and my personal thought is that multigene breeders need to breed more Golden Retriever back into today's dogs. I hear of so many hyper and poorly behaved doodles, and that has typically been behaviors associated with smaller poodles. Just my 2 cents.
I hope all is well with our many other DK families!