Today… this day, one year in the past… It was a scary, scary day and I cried so many tears. But because I was brave enough to go forward with Rio’s surgery, instead of the 6 weeks to 2 months the oncologist said I’d be lucky to get, I got 11 months, 1 week and 5 days. Those days were filled with ups and downs, good times and bad, but we made the most of them. We shared smiles and tears, sometimes both at the same time. We fell, but then picked ourselves up and kept going.
In the last year of Rio’s life, I think we squeezed in more adventures and more living than we did in the first 11. We took more photos. We shared more ice cream and hamburgers. We went to the beach. We snuggled on the couch. I learned not to take even a brief moment for granted. You’ve got time for one more ear skritchy, one more nose smooch, one more belly rub and one more “I love you.” Take advantage of that time, because life is capricious and there are no guarantees.
To celebrate her life, her spirit and her memory, I made a video scrapbook of my girl. I hope it makes you smile as much as she did me!
Hoppy Ampuversary, Rio
My momma usually writes my blog posts, but today I asked if I could say something. Today is my ampuversary! I’m on number ELEVEN!!! And because I’m super special (everypawdy says so), my momma got me something super special. She knows how much I’ve been wanting to try one of my friend Abby’s Flying Dutchmans, but it’s a really long buh-bye in the car, and so I only get to drool whenever Abby talks about them. But today, everything changes!!!!! Check it out!
Rio's very own "Flying Dutchman"
Isn’t that awesome???!!!! The only thing wrong with it is that momma said it was too big for me to eat by myself, and she made me share with the dorkus twins. Oh well. It was still sooooo goooooood!
Yummmmmmmm! Burger and benedryl.
We wanna share!!!
Snarfing the last bite! (Note all the drool in Zeffy's cone of shame.)
And yes, Monkey Patrol, that is Zephyr wearing the cone of shame!!! Hahahahahahaha! Look!!!!! Here’s another picture! What a doof! It makes her shiny friend when the sun shines on it, and she keeps running into everything chasing her shiny friend.
Itchy Joe (aka Zephyr and the Cone of Shame)
Today is Rio’s 8-month ampuversary! Treats for everypawdy!
I’m sitting here next to my girl, listening to her tummy gurgle it’s way through her breakfast, and I’m almost overwhelmed by how much I love this girl. She truly is my heart and soul.
Love this girl, I do, I do....
We had a visit with our dog-ter yesterday for bloodwork to make sure the meds are being tolerated on the inside. Other than a few extra medicinal naps (Gayle and Charon would be proud!!!), Rio is doing really well. Outwardly, we really haven’t seen any noticeable side effects from the Kinavet, so I’m hopeful that her bloodwork will indicate that she’s not having any negative effects from it (elevated protein in the urine, elevated liver enzymes, etc.). We have a follow-up ultrasound next week to see if it’s having any impact on the metastases. Fingers and paws crossed!!!!
Meanwhile, our city-girl friends, Rayna and Yoshi, are visiting again while their pawrents are visiting family in the Caymans. Good thing we have lots of room for doggies here at Camp Monroe!
I totally forgot that yesterday was Rio’s 7 month ampuversary. I feel kinda bad that I keep forgetting to celebrate the milestones!
In my defense, though, Wednesday we had a Rio and Mom Day. I took her to Petco and she was treated like visiting royalty. No reasonable girl would say no to that! Every time I take her someplace like that, though, the next time we go someplace and she has to stay in the car, she gets a little peeved. It’s as if she thinks all stores harbor within them toys and cookies and food beyond any dog’s imagination and I’m the one denying her access to it!
On the way home, I decided to take her to the beach that’s just down the road from our house. It was super busy there — lots of kids playing in the sand and moms taking in the sun. She gets lots of compliments on how she gets around, and nearly everywhere I take her someone tells us the story of another three-legged dog. I love how the kids especially respond to Rio. The grown ups, I think are worried about asking to many questions or maybe they just don’t want to know the answer to the questions. But the kids think she’s a rock star! Before her amputation, most of them didn’t really pay too much attention to her. Occasionally one would ask if they could pet her, and she’d search them for the treats they should be giving to her. Now, they pepper me with questions about her. One little boy asked if she’d grown up that way (meaning tripawd), and I explained that it had been fairly recent. Then he wanted the full story. A little girl asked about her skin — try explaining Cushing’s and calcinosis cutis to a child in a really brief conversation. Anyhow, Rio loved all the attention, but did wonder when were these small people going to feed her. After all, they gave her cookies at the last place she visited!!!
I found a little stick and asked Rio if she wanted to go get it. She swam after the stick a few times and then we walked up to the grass to sit and dry before jumping back in the truck. Just sitting there, with my girl, with the world going on around us… Those moments — those are the ones to be cherished and banked for later.
We’re doing another Rio and Mom thing today, although it won’t be nearly as fun. Rio has a dr. appointment later this morning. Nothing big, we are just getting baseline CBC, protein/creatinine ratio before we start her on the masitinib. (Paws crossed that the medicine works and that it doesn’t have any of the potential adverse reactions.) We’ll keep ya posted!
After the last couple of days events, our oncologist wanted to see Rio, so we went to see Dr. Sarah this morning and… and we are OKAY! Good vitals, the appetite is back (with a vengeance, I might add) and her energy level is much, much better. We even played ball out in the yard for a teeny bit today (it was so, so nice and it’s been such a long, cold, grey winter).
And (shout out for the Woo), it’s been two months Continue reading