Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Update on Marley

It has been 10 weeks since Marley's Lymphoma (B-cell) diagnosis and 9 weeks of treatments. She has just finished her second round of chemo.  Each round is 4 treatments (Vincristine, Cytovan, Vincristine, Doxorubicin) and a week off for blood work. She is still in remission and for that we are thankful.  This coming Monday is her week off treatment and she'll go in for blood work.  The following Monday she will begin the maintenance portion of the CHOP protocol with an IV dose of Vincristine. After that she will go back every two weeks. 

She is handling her treatments well with the exception of the Doxorubicin. Her first dose made her nauseous - she didn't eat for a day and a half - and she slept a lot more. Yesterday's dose was lowered and she handled it very well. No nausea that I saw but she is getting Cerenia, two pills once a day. She has not had any GI upset. 

Marley has retained all her spunk and doesn't miss a time to yell at me if I'm late with dinner. She still play bows with me and is my shadow. I wouldn't have it any other way.  She does sleep deeper and might be a little hard of hearing - the telltale sign of that was when she didn't hear the box of crackers being opened in the other room - but at 13, it all seems normal. 

This is the most recent photo I have of Marley. It was taken for a "How Did Your Dog Get Its Name" challenge.  
I will update as we go along. 

I posted this on one of my other blogs but that one doesn't get looked at very often so I am moving it here.

I posted THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Hannah and Brianna Birthdays

We must not have been able to take together photos in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as the girls weren't together on those days (or close to!)  But here at the ones from the last three years. 



Monday, November 28, 2016

While in Arizona . . . Lots of Updates

I left CA for AZ a few days before Halloween so I (and the girls) could spend it with Cullen and Declan. Bree, the party mama that she is, donned some make-up and joined in on the fun!


On November 7th,  I found swollen lymph nodes under Marley's right jaw. I was able to piggyback onto Patriot's vet appointment on the 8th. The vet ordered a chest x-ray, a Valley Fever titre and urinalysis. She also did a fine needle aspirate of her lymph node. I got the results Thursday night with her diagnosis as lymphoma. Our vet, Dr Shelly Humphrey at Animal Care Center in Green Valley, AZ, referred us to Dr Mary Kay Klein at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialist.  She ended up being booked until December but I was able to get an appointment with Dr Brisa Hsieh, Internist, on November 14th. At the first visit, we went over the different available treatment protocols. I opted to have an Elspar injection with a tapering course of prednisolone which would buy me some time to decide how I was going to proceed.  Within 24 hours, Marley's lymph nodes decreased remarkably. Two days after the Elspar she started prednisolone.  On November 21st, she had a dose of Vincristine. About four days later, she exhibited a spasm in her right leg twice. The vet today felt it was not a result of her last treatment but perhaps some neuropathy.  Today, I learned that Marley is in remission and her prognosis looks good. Just that fast, after two treatments. She had oral chemo and Lasix today and we have an appointment for next Monday. I have opted for the CHOP protocol and as long as she handles treatment, I'll continue. 

I entered Sparrow in ten shows while we were in Arizona and guess what?  None of them were majors!! Sparrow got off easy and didn't have to be a show dog the entire time we were there!! She chose to play with her brother and vie for her uncle's attention. She received many kisses, mostly from Declan, and gave more right back.  We did attend the show on Saturday at Rillito Park to cheer on Turk and Avis. Afterwards, a trip to IHOP for pancakes with Cullen and Bree. 

Hannah or "Old Bones" as she is sometimes affectionately known, spent lots of time getting up on the beds, jumping down, playing with Patriot and being feisty with Marc and Bree. She slept hard at night after being noticeably more active. 

She had one night where she was super tired but otherwise did really well while we were gone. 

Paloma blessed us on Thanksgiving Day by coming into season.  So happy we were leaving in a few days!! 

I received good news from Loki's owner, Steve, about Loki's MCT. The vet was able to get clean margins and surgery was curative, no further treatment was necessary. 

We ended our trip with family photos at Empire Ranch near Sonoita, and dinner at El Rodeo in Green Valley.  Saturday morning was Papa eating watermelon with Cullen and Declan before getting on the road. It's always sad to leave the little ones but this time, especially, Declan, who became my buddy the last week or so I was there. 

Such an enjoyable trip. Thank goodness for a local vet.  Thank goodness for the friend we have in Janet Galante there in Tucson. Thank goodness for a supportive family. Thank goodness for our red dogs! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Marc, the girls, and I wish each one of you a happy day of celebration with family and friends. 

Captured this photo from John O'Boyle of Jasper telling everyone that he was disappointed he wasn't given any table scraps for Thanksgiving!! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday, Paloma (Marley X Kirby Pups)

Dear Loki, Crawford, Jasper, Ziggy, Patriot and Paloma ~ 

Tomorrow is your day ~  Happy 8th Birthday!  Congratulations!

Even though you act like pups, you are a year into your senior years. 
Your Mom just turned 13 and we hope you will reach her age and beyond. 

Make sure to keep your teeth clean. You're going to need your "chompers" as time goes by. 

We wish you an upcoming year of good health (no more MCT dxs or VF setbacks) and continued enjoyment of the activities you have come to share and love with your owners. 

Sending lots of snuggles and love . . . .

Friday, October 7, 2016

Happy 13th Birthday, Marley!

Today we celebrate Marley's 13th birthday! Each day is a gift with her and she's goofy as ever.  She is doing well healthwise but she has a little cough when she's sleeping on her back and sometimes runs into things on her blindside. All to be expected but she's gets so excited she seriously bonks her head hard.  I worry about her knocking herself out one day!  She'll get a treat for dinner later on and will celebrate with her sisters!  Happy Birthday, Marley!! We love you!!

Happy 15th Birthday, Hannah!!

Although she isn't technically a Catch A Fire Vizsla, she is part of the family and the reason we continued in the breed.  We celebrated Hannah's 15th birthday on September 5th with much fanfare and gratefulness.  Last weekend we were able to get her photo with her birthday sister and best buddy, our daughter, Bree.  They have celebrated their birthdays together since 2002 when Hannah turned 1!