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Old 07-16-2008, 08:17 PM   #155
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Here's what I did for my pet. Paden and Imma kept slipping off the table in our "new" 76 Sovereign. They had loved the Argosy because of the wrap around windows in the front. They could sit and look out at the deer, rabbits and other creatures down at the lake. The Sovereign just wasn't the same. I put liner for tool boxes on the table and windowsill with two way tape. Now the kids are happy campers again.


We gotta keep 'em happy...nice solution.

What a cute gang.

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Not always sad, sometimes funny

here is the story. Some of you were there in January when we lost our beloved Border Collie, CHIEF (in caps for a reason). Well this week, Isaac Hayes died, the singer songwriter who wrote Shaft. He also was the voice for Southpark's CHEF. I sent a text out to my family and a few friends: "Sad news, Chef died"

I got about 10 calls saying, dude, Chief died in January. So sorry to hear about Chief dying, what was the other dogs name who died in January? I thought Chief Died 8 months ago? Chief died? He was a cool dog.


Yes, I know CHIEF died, but today, CHEF from Southpark, Isaac Hayes died.

My second text said" Chef, not Chief... Details
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Heh heh, they must have thought you really lost it for a minute there

That was sad news though, Chef and Bernie Mac, right in a row.
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We plan on buying an AS, so the dog can go everywhere with us...now if that's not love I don't know what is. lol
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Today, I find myself reviving an old thread I started over a year ago....

Originally I started this thread to highlight the things we do for our beloved pets and companions. No expenses barred to diagnose or fix our "babies". Heck, if we bought a trailer so we could all travel together, you could sure bet we were gonna spend the bucks and the time to make sure they had the best medical treatment and care....

Today I hesitantly revive this thread, as I have found out my beloved soon-to-be-12-years-old Siberian Husky (Bandit) has liver cancer.

Ultrasounds have identified a mass, and blood tests indicate elevated liver enzymes. We will meet with another vet on Monday to determine if surgery is an option...

I'm still in shock, but I am hopeful that we can win over this issue and I can have my Bandit for a few more years longer....

Anyone who has had liver cancer experience with their pets, please chime in on the circumstances and outcome, surgery or not.

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What a handsome dog! Such a great photo. I don't have experience with liver cancer, my guy had basosquamous cell carcinoma in his inner ear, but I offer you prayers, support and strength to get through what lies ahead.

It is never easy. The decisions you will face will be heartwrenching. Bandit is so fortunate to be loved so deeply.

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Hi Prim and Kevin
Sorry to hear about Bandit.

We have Scottish Terriers and were members of a bred club.
Check this website out.

You never know.......

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hello prim and kevin,
i am sorry to hear about your sweet bandit. my alaskan malamute daisy had liver cancer. she was the type who never complained so we only discovered it with her yearly blood tests. She was around 12 or 13, we don't know for sure because she showed up at our farm pregnant about 10 yrs earlier and we never found her owners so we kept her. The vet thought it was a secondary tumor since she could feel a lump in her leg as well. She was overweight and we hadn't noticed the lump. We couldn;t do much for her, just gave her painkillers which turned out to be a mistake, we think her liver couldn't handle it. It was hard to know what to do because we didn't want her to be in pain but we weren't ready to say goodbye. But she deteriorated very quickly after the painkillers and we had no choice. It was really hard, she was one of the best dogs ever. I know that people have liver resections so maybe dogs can too, if somehow you can find out whether it is the only tumor and if you have the money. I spent a lot of money on surgery for another dog (different problem) and it was worth every penny. Good luck with bandit, we will be thinking of you.
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What a beautiful dog. They are the sweetest breed. Vet schools may be an option for you if there is one you can get to. I believe you need a referral from your vet. That said, I will tell you that your own vet may be a better sourse for finding the "right" vet for your problem. My vet gave me the name of a great private practice vet with a Phd and an operating suite that was as good as any hospital, maybe better. I was dealing with a cat problem; however, Logan is still with me and doing just fine. Liver cancer is a tough one in any mammal. The liver can regenerate, so hang in there and never give up hope for your friend.
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That is a beautiful picture.

I am sorry to hear about this diagnosis. You probably remember me pouring my heart out last year when Chief got sick with Prostate Cancer. This forum was awesome. We did learn some things I wanted to share.

We spent gobs of money. Thank God we had it, if we had kids or other big bills, I dont think we could have gone the distance. To this day, we don't know how much because we refused to count it up.

The first thing my wife and I agreed on was that money was a consideration. We kept saying when it gets this much, we will stop, OK, this much, now this much. Point is: don't bother using a $$$ number. You will probably blow by it serveral times.

At first, we spent the money for ourselves. WE didn't want to lose Chief and we were'nt really doing it for him. But that was cool because he was trying to recoever.

We went to any lengths and he hung in there. He actually cooperated. As time went by and we couldnt get a handle on the cancer, he started to tell us things, mostly when the tail wag went away. When he was through, he told us and it was his pain that made the decision for us.

My advice is to go for it, if you can treat the little rascal, go for it, hard and as long as you can. If you pooch can't do it anymore, you will know.

I guess that is the best thing we learned. Your pooch will let you know when and if its time.

Best of luck in this dark time. You are in my prayers.


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Today, I find myself reviving an old thread I started over a year ago....

Originally I started this thread to highlight the things we do for our beloved pets and companions. No expenses barred to diagnose or fix our "babies". Heck, if we bought a trailer so we could all travel together, you could sure bet we were gonna spend the bucks and the time to make sure they had the best medical treatment and care....

Today I hesitantly revive this thread, as I have found out my beloved soon-to-be-12-years-old Siberian Husky (Bandit) has liver cancer.

Ultrasounds have identified a mass, and blood tests indicate elevated liver enzymes. We will meet with another vet on Monday to determine if surgery is an option...

I'm still in shock, but I am hopeful that we can win over this issue and I can have my Bandit for a few more years longer....

Anyone who has had liver cancer experience with their pets, please chime in on the circumstances and outcome, surgery or not.

Thanks.
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Take care, we've been there too. We went through bladder cancer with Alki. Not that you're ever really 'through' with it. But we are headed for two years since the initial diagnosis, and she's still going strong. We met some fantastic vet specialists, and our oncologist was fantastic. She never tried to sell us into doing anything, just laid it out as best as she knew how. Never promised anything either. We still give her monthly updates. They really care about their patients.

The big thing for us was that the cancer was such a shock, and she seemed so healthy otherwise, we just weren't ready to let go, even though she was 12. She acted 3! Well now she has had some time to 'get old', her hearing and eyesight are failing her a bit. But she's still happy. So I'm glad we had the money to spend to give her a couple more years. Now if it comes back we're ready to let what happens happen to the inevitable end. Like John, we also kept spending a bit more and a bit more, we couldn't let money stop us as long as there was a dollar left to spend on her. If we had to do it again, with the economy like it is, we simply couldn't. So I'm glad it happened when it did.
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I have no experience with the disease, but am here to offer my support and healing thoughts.
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We've had a couple of much loved cats go through this over the years. In both cases we too spent large but they are our children. In restrospect we'd do it again just because we couldn't bear to think that if we hadn't and there was a chance to get either one of them over the hump then........

Our first cat we managed to get two very healthy years for him and thus for us and felt it was a wise investment. For the other she only got 3 months of reasonable health before it was back and it was painful for her and for us. That is the one that hurts the most because we feel at times that she really did not need to go through the treatment hassles and an operation for such a short recovery time. But who knew? I would, though, in future always seek a second opinion on the options available, something I hadn't done with either of mine but having spoken to friends later who went through a similar situation their vet costs for an almost identical process was half of ours and the care was at least as good.

It is such a personal decision and based as much on your finances as your willingness to put your friend through the treatments/operation(s) and resulting illness.

All we can wish you is best of luck and you are in our thoughts.

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