To Do = Pee On EVERYTHING!

Yes, you read that right.   This week, Oreo had permission to pee on anything and everything he wanted.  I did not take as many pictures this week, for obvious reasons.

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Oreo has always loved marking his territory, and apparently, if you ask him, he owns EVERYTHING.  Including a wonderful dog a few doors down who had the misfortune of playing with Oreo this week (sorry, Rudy!).  I’ve always tried to discourage his continual marking of everything, but this week I decided that since it’s something he apparently loves doing…I’ll let him go for it.  Lucky for me, the thought of peeing on anything inside of the house never occurred to him!

Notice the fallen “no trespassing” sign. Oreo peed on that, too.

This past week also marked Oreo’s second chemo treatment.  As always, he was a rockstar.  He was great for the long car ride there, and slept for most of the ride back home.  When we got there, he was super excited to greet everyone and make as many new doggy friends as he possibly could.  I swear, most of the time you would never guess how sick he is.  His Oncologist said that he was happy with his progress so far – previously, the tumor was growing and spreading SO rapidly, but he did not notice any major changes since his last visit.  Today is day 4 following chemo, and much like last time he has showed remarkable improvement!  The swelling in his neck lymph nodes is GONE.  It almost completely disappeared last time as well, but came back before his 3 week recheck.  Hopefully the swelling stays gone longer this time (or permanently!).

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I got home from work today when the sun was still out (that seriously never happens these days), so I took Oreo out in the yard to play for a little bit.  He has a tennis ball in the yard that I’ve been trying for YEARS to teach him how to play with…he never seems to get it.  He’d always watch me throw it and then give me a dumbfounded look, as if to say “well…aren’t you going to go bring that back to me?”.  Today was a little bit different!   Sometimes when I threw the ball, he actually brought the ball back to me!  However…more often than not, he would pick it up and played with it by himself.  He’s not very good at catching things, so he’d run up to the ball and pounce on it, which would cause it to bounce away in a different direction, and he would chase after it again, repeating the cycle.  He actually did this for quite a few minutes before getting bored and telling me that it was way too cold and he wanted to go back inside.

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I’ve been thinking A LOT recently about adding a new member to our family.  I would LOVE to get Oreo a doggy friend to play with – but with how little I’m home, I worry that it wouldn’t be fair to the new addition.  I work sooo many hours every week, and then would have to leave the new dog home alone (well…home with Burger) for just about a full day every 3 weeks while Oreo had his chemo treatment.  On the positive side, I KNOW that Oreo would benefit in so many ways from having a new doggy brother or sister.  I just don’t want to get one of I wouldn’t be able to give it the proper attention that it deserves.  So that got me thinking of maybe just getting another kitty for now.  Burger is VERY particular about what cats he gets along with (although he LOVES all dogs), so I would have to choose a new playmate very carefully.  But then Burger would never be home alone for hours at a time ever again while Oreo and I are at chemo, or at a doggy playdate, or fulfilling his Bucket List wishes.  I’m so torn right now!  I just know that there are soooo many animals out there who are in desperate need for a home…and my home definitely has the room for another family member.

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Sunday Funday – Time For Ice Cream!

Today we crossed off yet another item from Oreo’s bucket list – eating REAL ice cream!  So, like any good Rochesterian, we headed to Abbotts!

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For those of you not familiar with Abbotts,  it’s a delicious family -owned ice cream shop.  They have dozens of flavor options and concoctions, and there just really isn’t anything quite as satisfying on a hot day.

check out their website! http://abbottscustard.com/

check out their website! http://abbottscustard.com/

Unfortunately for us, today was far from warm.  It was a whopping 39* according to the car thermometer!  Oreo didn’t seem to mind, though.  He was just happy to be going for a ride, and even more happy to be getting a new treat!

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Time for a bit of honesty…I ate his cherry.  I didn’t feel too bad about it – he doesn’t like them anyway!

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Boy oh boy, did he enjoy his ice cream!  I got him a kiddie sized plain vanilla sundae with lots of whipped cream.  He ate that thing in under 2 minutes (I timed it!) and without brain freeze – incredible!

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This has been a pretty good week for Oreo.  No upset tummy, he’s been eating better, and I found that when I crush up his antibiotic and put it in baby food, he inhales it without even thinking.  His other meds he always takes without a problem, but the Clavamox was always what he would give me a hard time with; so learning that trick has made live so much easier.  He was having a good amount of light bloody discharge from his nose; but hasn’t even had that in the past 2 days.  Hopefully it’s an indication that his chemo is doing what it’s supposed to do.

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For those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember my successful attempts at making Oreo his very own doggy ice cream (if you missed it, you can check it out at this link – http://diaryofacrazypetmom.com/127-2/ ).  Cold weather doesn’t exactly put me in the mood to make my own ice cream (or to do anything but lay in bed), but after seeing how happy he was with this frosty treat, I think I’ll be starting to make him his favorite ice cream treats again!

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Well, Hot Dog!

It’s Sunday Funday!  Which means that it’s time to cross another item off of Oreo’s bucket list!  Even if its 9pm and his mommy is STILL hungover from the night before :-\  Up today – try a REAL hot dog!

I have been making him pre-cooked hot dogs in the microwave for the past few weeks to hide his medication in, but even as a vegetarian I knew that it wasn’t the same as having a real grilled hot dog.  So, I took Oreo to the best place I could think of – Schallers!

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Unfortunately for Oreo, he had to wait in the car while I went inside to get his food.  He didn’t seem to mind too much – it was somewhat busy, so he had a good time watching people go in and go out of the restaurant.

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The plan was to let him eat in the car, but he was too easily distracted, so that didn’t happen.  So we went back home, and I set down his hot dog, expecting him to excitedly gobble it up.  Instead, he ran upstairs as fast as he could and ate all of the kitty food that Burger hadn’t finished earlier.

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Finally, Oreo came back downstairs and started to check out his hot dog.  He wasn’t sure about it at first, taking small licks of the ketchup and mustard, and sniffing every inch of it.

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He’s been having a hard time chewing lately; I think his teeth are bothering him due to the tumor affecting their roots.  I’m so happy that he was able to eat the hot dog as well as he did!  He is now passed out next to me, snuggling with one of the toys he picked out at the pet store last week.

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Bucket Lists and Chemo

So much has happened this past week.  It flew by, but at the same time it feels like a month has gone by since the last time I updated this.  The biggest thing – Oreo had his first chemo treatment this past Tuesday.  He handled the chemo pretty well – did great on the car ride there, made some doggy friends in the vet office (including another dog who made the trip there from Rochester), and got rewarded with a McDonalds cheeseburger on the way home.

I dropped him off at my parents house every day for the remainder of the week, just incase he had any side effects.  He lost his appetite almost immediately – I chalked it up to nausea, since he’d wait by the fridge for snacks, but then turn his head whenever he was presented with something.  I talked to his oncologist about it who agreed, and had him start on Pepcid.  Unfortunately, due to his newly picky appetite, Oreo also caught on to his pills being hid in his favorite hot dog treats.  That has made giving him pills way more difficult, and sometimes downright impossible.  On day 3, he started vomiting.  It wasn’t excessive, and lucky was limited to the 24 hour period of his 3rd day post-chemo.  Today he is a lot more like himself, aside from a small lack of appetite still.  At least he’s willingly walking over to his food bowl and eating little bits at a time.

In my opinion, Oreo has started to respond wonderfully to his chemo!  The swelling of his lymph node is down dramatically.  The tumor that spread to his mouth was rock hard, but is now softer and appears to be shrinking in size a bit.  It is bleeding off and on, especially after eating; but I’m hoping that’s due to pressure being relieved and the excess fluids in the tumor coming out.  I could be completely wrong on that, but I’m trying to stay optimistic.  His nose is still swollen, but the swelling on it increases and decreases dramatically just about daily, so its hard for me to use that as a gauge.

To celebrate his first successful treatment, we crossed another item off of his Bucket List!  We spent today checking out PetSmart.  I wanted to let Oreo pick out some of his own toys and treats!  He was way more interested in smelling everything, and had to be sure to greet each and every person and dog that he saw.

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So happy when he got out of the car and realized that we weren’t at a vet office!

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After getting over the initial excitement, Oreo insisted on walking up and down every single aisle.  He wanted to check everything out first before deciding what items he’d like to go home with!

 

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These look good, Mom!!  Lets go home with a few!

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OOH!!  These are on sale!  Lets grab a few of them as well!

This video is a few years old; but I just re-stumbled upon it on my YouTube channel, and wanted to share.  Oreo truly is the absolute best, most loving dog that I ever could have asked for <3

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Trip to Starbucks – Time for a Puppuccino!

Today we checked off another item on Oreo’s Bucket List – trying a Puppuccino!

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I’m not sure the correct way to spell it, but regardless, Oreo LOVED his new treat – I think it may be his new favorite!  He was so excited to go for a car ride, which is really amazing to me since more often than not, car rides have been resulting in a vet visit for him.  He jumped right in the car, happily looking out the window and wagging his tail every time we saw a dog who was out for a walk.

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From the second we pulled in the parking lot, Oreo was in his prime.  He saw several people walking in to the building, all who stopped to talk to him.  When I first found Oreo, he was TERRIFIED of anyone new, aside from children.  He quickly learned to like women, but his fear of men persisted.  Over the past year or so, he has seemingly gotten over that fear as well.  He was excitingly wagging his tail and trying to give kisses to everyone who stopped by the car to say hi to him.

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I mean really…what self-respecting dog wouldn’t want one of these?!
For those who haven’t yet had the honor of trying one yet, a Puppuccino is a very small cup filled with whipped cream.
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Yum!
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It did take a bit of work for Oreo to get all of the whipped cream out of the cup…but he was up for the challenge!
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Today was apparently Take Your Dog to Starbucks day!!  Oreo wasn’t the only little guy enjoying a Puppuccino on this beautiful New Year Day.
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2017 is off to a good start for Oreo.  He has a lot of challenges ahead of him, though.  Oreo has his first Chemo treatment on Tuesday.  I’m a little bit worried about it – the chemo he’s getting has a 25% chance of causing kidney failure.  However, without chemo, he has a 100% chance of dying from this.  So I’ll take my chances with it, and just monitor him as close as I possibly can to catch any possible side effects the second they happen.  I will do anything and everything I can to help him beat this.  His chances aren’t the greatest – nasal tumors have a generally poor prognosis, especially after they’ve spread to the lymph nodes.  But I will not stop fighting for him, ever.  He has come back from everything thrown his way, and I am determined to give him every chance possible.
Lucky for Oreo, today we discovered a delicious treat to reward him after his chemo treatments <3