The Five Horsemen of the Dogpocalypse

Lately we’ve started thinking of Dennis’s conditions as being in a race to see which one is going to get him first. There are five major ones: Anxiety, Heart Murmur, Hip Dysplasia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and now, Osteosarcoma. Anxiety was the first out of the gate, but the others have long since left that one in the dust. We imagine them standing around talking to trash to each other. Well, I imagine it, anyway.

Anxiety: “I’ll make Dennis so scared and nervous, he won’t be able to enjoy his life at all. Mwah ha ha ha ha.”
Hip Dysplasia: “Pfft. I’ll make it so he can’t walk.”
Heart Murmur: “You’re both amateurs.”
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: “You think you’re so bad, Heart Murmur, but they have medication that works on you. There’s nothing that works on me. We’ll see how long Dennis lasts when he can’t digest his food.”
Osteosarcoma: “The big C is here. The rest of you can leave.”
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (to Anxiety, Hip Dysplasia and Heart Murmur): “Hold my beer.”

So, yeah. At this point we are several days into a severe flareup of Dennis’s IBD that we have not been able to get a handle on. At all. Dennis has just started on a course of Metronidazole to try to get this flare-up under control, but the really big gun―Prednisone―is largely ruled out because of his heart murmur. (Way to keep yourself in the game, Heart Murmur.) This flareup is hitting harder than the one from the summer; he has already lost a few pounds that he can’t afford to lose, and is now on the “Give Dennis anything he’s willing to eat” diet. Which he thinks is wonderful, at least until he decides after a few meals that this food, like whatever the previous food was, makes him sick. (This even happened when we got desperate and started giving him ground sirloin. Sirloin.)

Digestive issues aside, Dennis’s pain from the osteosarcoma seems to be much reduced; he has been getting around better and even putting some weight on the bad hip, and has been better able to get onto the furniture and into bed. He had his first radiation followup earlier this week. The oncologist was encouraged by Dennis’s progress, and said his hip should continue to feel better over the next couple of weeks. (Dennis goes back for another follow-up in three weeks.)

Dennis’s prognosis hasn’t changed; we just need to make some headway against the IBD, and soon, so that he can spend a few more comfortable months here with his family of humans, Hipster Kitties, and imaginary friends, and all of his nice reederz out on the Interwebs. So please, keep the power of the paw, the tail wags, the purrs, and the nose bumps coming Dennis’s way. He needs them.

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Sunshine on my snooter makes me happy

(Somewhat) Wordless Wednesday: Solar Radiation & Mama Therapy

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Dennis & portable Christmas tree, coming home from his first radiation treatment

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Dada’s Note:  Since Dennis injured his hip last Monday, which resulted in the discovery of an inoperable osteosarcoma in his pelvis, he has clearly been in a considerable amount of pain that is not completely alleviated by medication. Yesterday, he started his six-treatment course of palliative radiation therapy to relieve the pain of the osteosarcoma. His doctor says that we will know by mid-January if the treatment was effective. Fortunately, the odds are in Dennis’s favor, as over 70% of dogs do respond to palliative radiation treatments for pain relief. We will keep everyone posted on how he is doing.

the treetmint plan!!!

hello nice reederz its dennis the vizsla dog hay wel we met with the onklyosaurologist yesterday and kaym up with a treetmint plan for my oucheosarcoma or wotever it is kalld the plan is sumthing nown as pallyativ raydeeayshun i am not entirely shoor wot that meens but i think it meens i git to hav my pals with me like spicoli and the mouse and mr nibbles and the hipster kitties!!! plus with the raydeeayshun i bet i wil develup sooperpowers like the hulk or like charlee i meen hav yoo seen charlee jump??? holy cow!!! maybe we wil all develup sooperpowers and then we kan fite krime!!! or posibly kommit it!!! ha ha ha no no i am kidding abowt that santa reely i am!!!

ennyway the raydeeayshun starts nekst week and wil run for siks sesshuns after wich we wil see if my hip starts to feel better within a fyoo weeks and also wot kind of sooper powers i develup i am hoping for flite and xray vizhun so i kan find mama no matter ware she is hiding!!! that wood be awsum!!!

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sumday soon i wil be nown as wunder dog

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konkloosivly inkonkloosiv

hello nice reederz its dennis the vizsla dog hay heer is a kwik updayt the vetnameez peepul say that the sytolodjee diagnosis is not a slam dunk on akkownt of the sampel it kontaynd too mutch merrow and not enuf bone mmm bone however they hav konsulted with there onk … onkol … onklyosaurologists and the onklyosaurologists sed their is no reel poynt to putting me thru another bone biopsy on akkownt of it is pritty mutch garanteed that it is an osteosarcoma in my hip wich is an inoperabul lokayshun and so mama and dada wil be meeting with the onklyosaurologists to determin the best korse of akshun to keep me komfortabul i am thinking that this meens i git all the treets i want rite??? i shoor hope that is wot it meens!!! i wil keep evrywun posted on how i am dooing as we go forward!!! ok bye

it starts with a yelp!!!

hello nice reederz its dennis the vizsla dog hay wel as my frends wot ar on the faysebuk may hav herd alreddy on munday i hert myself trying to jump onto the bed i eeven yelpd for like the first time ever and then i cud not put enny wayt on my left leg and so krool krool mama and dada tuk me in for xrays!!! i got to ware trixies kool handels on akkownt of i cud not wawk on my owtchie leg so that was nice i cud preetend to be brayv like trixie but on the other hand the vetnameez peepul yoozed my handel to strap me into a gurnee and kerry me off to the xray tortcher masheen!!!

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