Matilda is doing well. Her fur has a lovely thickness and fuzziness to it. Her face is calmer and more alive. She is a little debilitated in the leg department! Her arthritis and slight neurological impairment slows her down, but she remains dedicated to seeking out all people and dogs who are walking on the sidewalk near us. She is strong, and if she wants to sniff additional blades of grass, she will not listen to me as I urge her to come, even if I pull gently on the leash. That shows her determined spirit and appreciation of the finer things in life (sniffing and sauntering and making friends). Later, in the evenings, after her dinner, she stares at me intensely and then begins her campaign with little high pitched barks. She wants all kinds of treats. Last night she was able to get 9 treats! Sweet potato chews are a nice addition. There are many others.
Her love-interest, Coby, is doing well, but is still healing from his infection, and has not been able to get together for their post-chemo reunion. We will keep everyone posted.
Matilda is now one week post-last-round-of-chemo. She had blood work done yesterday, and her paw wound was checked by the vet. She is fine. Her energy has been low, probably because of the humid weather here. Matilda is gobbling down her food, and eating on her own, from her “big girl bowl”. Tonight she was dancing around begging for treats. Wherever I go in the neighborhood, if Matilda is not with me, people ask about her. Some times people yell from across the street, “HOW IS MATILDA?”
Hi everyone. This is a picture of me relaxing. The truth is, I’m feeling a little weak from my last chemo. Mom is hand-feeding me, and I do enjoy the food. It is quite meditative to eat the food, kibble piece by kibble piece, even thought it does take a long time.
Also, mom hurt her back, and it really is hard for her to do all the things for us that she does. We hope she will be better in a few days. We might not post for a day or two.
I cannot believe it, but Matilda has completed the L-CHOP Chemotherapy Protocol Treatment for Lymphoma. She is in remission, and doing pretty well. I thought I would want to celebrate if we reached this day. Instead of losing her six months ago, her life has been extended, and is pretty good. Our neighbors saw her last night, and remembered when they had helped me get her back into the apartment when she had collapsed in front of the building and was diagnosed the next day. They were excited by how bright and alive her eyes are now, and how fast her tail was wagging, and that she was trying to get them to give her their food.
I am extremely thankful to have her still, and to see what a strong soul she is. She loves life, and struggles to hang in there even when not feeling that great. As soon as she feels well, she does her dancing around, flinging her long legs all about, nosing me and insisting on certain treats. Always, on our walks, she wants people on the sidewalk to pet her, and to hang out with whatever people and dogs are there. The sweetness of this 13 year old pup combined with the knowledge that she was put up for adoption from a divorcing couple when she was age eight make her my hero.
When she feels better from this last chemo, I want to do something special for her. Maybe I will invite her favorite people over, and we can all read to her and cuddle with her. She loves that!
Matilda had her chemo (for Lymphoma) today. (Vincristine). It is her second to last treatment. She is in remission. She ate her dinner tonight, and had treats. She got a good report from her doctor. Her blood work is fine, and there is no sign of the Lymphoma. She has been panting a lot, but has now settled down.
I hear that she spends her day at the hospital with her Golden Retriever friend Coby, curled up on a large dog bed with him. (Before and after their treatment).
In this picture she is actually chewing on her chew treat.
It is very hard to go through this with your dog. You question if it is the right thing, but you feel that it is. You have this talk with yourself. How to know if she is suffering…..? Right now she is begging for more treats, so I have a feeling she is feeling OK!
There is no way to know for sure, but she has had a nice life all these months, sniffing her favorite grasses and now flowers, dreaming of flying in the clouds and eating hamburgers. Cuddling with her siblings and her chemo buddy and me.
I ate better tonight. Mom fixed some hamburger and some new dog food I liked. i feel much better because I haven’t felt like eating for a few days. On Wednesday I got the strongest chemo that they give. My friend Christine who gives it to me says it is called Adriamycin.
I admire the cherry trees in this city area! Underneath everything is terrible worry because Matilda is feeling weak after her chemo.