Update on Oreo, and the bucket list that I have created for him!
Oreo seems to be doing okay recently. His nasal tumor is still visible, there is a pretty big mass on his gums, his two top canine teeth have turned gray, indicating that the tumor is affecting the roots of his teeth, and his lymph node is still extremely swollen. That being said, his spirits are high, his appetite and energy are great, and the horrifying nosebleeds he was having seem to have stopped for the time being.
We met with an Oncologist in Syracuse recently, and will be starting Chemo on the 3rd. The Oncologist said that if he responds to the chemo, we will know by the end of the 2nd treatment. If he responds, we’re looking at maybe 6 months. If he doesn’t respond…I won’t have much time with him at all.
That thought inspired me. I had said after his radiation that I wanted to start a bucket list for him, but he did SO well that I convinced myself that his cancer was gone for good. So I put it off. But now, knowing that my time with him is limited, I have put together a bucket list including some of his favorite things; and some things that I think he’d enjoy.
Read the list below; and let me know in the comments what type of things you would add on to your pets bucket list!
- meet Santa
- get a Pupachino from Starbucks
- pick out his own toys at pet store
- get a REAL hot dog
- eat an ice cream cone
- pee on EVERYTHING!
- adopt a doggy brother or sister
- try ALL of the french fries
- have a birthday party
- have a family photo shoot
- ride in a boat
- stop being afraid of water!
- try on dog clothes…and maybe find something he likes!
- ride with head out of the window
- play in a ball pit
- eat pancakes for breakfast
- go to NYC – and have a carriage ride through Central Park
- raise money to find a cure for canine cancer – specifically nasal adenocarcinomas.
- go to Sonic! new people + food = Oreo’s heaven
- stop and smell the roses. both literally and figuratively speaking. finding ways to make sure that he is as happy as possible for the rest of his life is my top priority.
We have already checked off one item from his list – last week, Oreo got to meet Santa! He was so excited and so scared at the same time, and he REALLY wanted to eat Santa’s beard (but luckily he didn’t! That for sure would have put him on Santa’s naughty list). Oreo was sure to tell Santa his one wish – to get better and stick around with his mommy many many many more years. Here’s to hoping for a Christmas Miracle.