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Merry Christmas 2011 From Rosie’s Family to Yours

December 16, 2011

Rosie's 2011 Christmas Photo


Rosie’s Christmas photos came in last week.  This is another reminder of how blessed we are to have Rosie with us.  It was August 2009 when Rosie was diagnosed, the second time, with Grade II Mast Cell Tumors, with an estimated 2 months to live.  Here we are at Christmas 2011 and Rosie is alive , healthy and cancer free!  Thank you to the folks at Pfizer who made Palladia, Rosie’s vet and oncologists who have treated her through this disease, and to our friends and family who supported us.  Merry Christmas to everyone from Rosie and her family!


Hugs, Belly Rubs, and Slobbery Kisses

December 23, 2010

We are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of Rosie’s adoption.  We have now had Rosie for 2 years as of today, and we could not be happier.   She has changed our lives for the better in ways we could not have imagined.  

She makes us aware of what unconditional love really means.   She is happy just to be with us, no matter where we go or what we do.  She just wags her tail, looks up at us with those big brown eyes, and lets us know that she loves us and that she knows she is loved, and that she would like a tummy rub.    Rosie is not just a family dog, she IS family.

If you want to learn about how we found Rosie, you can read about it here.

This Christmas I wanted to write about being thankful for Rosie still being here, and realized my feelings are the same as what I wrote last year.  We did not know if Rosie would make it another year but we are so blessed that she is still with us.

For those whose furkids are fighting the battle with cancer, I hope this gives you hope.

If someone stumbles on this article and is interested in adopting a dog, especially a senior dog, I encourage you to do so.  You will receive unconditional love, lots of slobbery kisses, and tons of fun and joy.  In return they ask you to love them, feed them, take them for walks or thow a ball, and give them lots of belly rubs.  They won’t say it but they do want you to take care of them which means taking them to the vet, getting them their shots, giving them their medicine (preferrably wrapped in yummy treats).    Yes.  They require responsibility but they give you so much in return.

It is easy to find a dog to adopt…..just go to your local shelter or look on  There is a link on the right side of this page.   They have dogs of every breed, shape, and size, and other types of pets as well.  So many dogs get put to sleep that it is heartbreaking.  Won’t you save a dog’s life?  I can assure you that if you do, you will be rewarded in so many ways including repayment by way of slobbery kisses.

One Year Since MCT Diagnosis

June 16, 2010

It has now been one year since Rosie’s initial diagnosis of Mast Cell Tumor, grade II, and Rosie is doing great.  Last year it started as a small lump on her lower abdomen.  The owner of our doggie daycare pointed it out to us and recommended we take her to the vet.   I’ll always be grateful to her for that.

The vet did surgery to remove the lump and was confident he got all of it and we didn’t need to do anything other than keep an eye out for any more lumps. 

Two months later in August 2009, it came back with a vengeance.  Another lump on her surgery scar.  Test results came back as Grade II MCT with a Mitotic Index of 20.  That was bad news.  The mitotic index can be an indicator of lifespan.  The higher the number the shorter the life span.  We took her to an oncologist who said if we did nothing Rosie may only have 2 months to live.

That was 10 months ago and Rosie is alive and well and doing great.  In August 2009, about 1 month after our oncologist received the initial batch of new drug, Palladia, we started Rosie on it.  3 times per week, two 50 mg tablets per day.  The oncologist warned me they did not know a lot about this new drug, but we could try it.  I’m glad we did.  For 10 months it has worked for Rosie. 

Yesterday Rosie went for her regular 6 week check up.  Her ultrasound was normal.  Everything was clear.  All her bloodwork and tests were normal.  Our oncologist was thrilled about how well Rosie was doing.   She said usually a dog with a mitotic index of 20 in August 2009 would not be here today.

Our oncologist recommended that we continue the Palladia treatment.  She believes the Palladia is suppressing the “mutation” (I assume of cells turning into cancer) and that if we stopped the Palladia the cancer would return.

So we continue on and Rosie’s life goes on.  Thanks to our vet, oncologist, doggie daycare owner, and Palladia, Rosie is still with us.  She brings a lot of joy and love to our lives.  We are so grateful that she is still with us.  

Good luck to everyone whose furbaby is fighting this disease.  Our prayers are with you.  Remember, there are success stories like Rosie’s.  There is hope.

Rosie is Our Christmas Gift Again This Year

December 24, 2009

Last year when we adopted Rosie  she was our Christmas gift to ourselves.  This year she is our Christmas gift again because she is still with us.  Back in August or September I wasn’t sure she would still be here by Christmas.  We are very thankful to have her with us this Christmas.  

Yesterday I realized how lucky we were to still have her when I took her to her regular vet to check her ears.  He was very pleased with how healthy Rosie looked.  He said he euthanized a dog yesterday that had mast cell cancer diagnosed about the same time as Rosie’s initial diagnosis. 

I told him that we adopted Rosie one year ago.  He said something that made me think.  He said some things (like her adoption) happen for a reason.  I think maybe we were meant to have her during this time in her life to take care of her.  Her previous Mom was busy fighting her own personal battle with cancer and it would have been extremely difficult for her to take care of Rosie as well.

Going through this process makes you take every day as it comes.  We have no idea what the future holds.  I don’t know if Rosie will be with us next Christmas, but I can’t worry about that.  We are just thankful she is here now and are thankful for each day we have with her.   Hopefully, there will be many more.  Our dogs can help teach us to enjoy the moment and not worry about the future.

For those fighting this cancer battle, our thoughts and prayers are with you especially during this holiday season.  May you have peace and comfort during this time.

Enjoy today and try not to worry about tomorrow.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Happy Adoption Anniversary Rosie!

December 23, 2009

One year ago today, December 23, 2008, Rosie became a treasured family member.  I traveled about 3 hours to pick her up.  She trotted up to me, wagging her tail, sat down on my feet, and leaned against me, looking up with those big brown eyes.  It was love at first sight.

Rosie brought our family much more than any of us ever expected…..more love, joy, laughter, and fun that we could have imagined.  She can be very playful and fun or very cuddly and loving.

Looking back, even if I knew that she would have cancer 6 months later, I would adopt her all over again.

Most likely if you are reading this blog you understand how I feel.  You love your dog because you are researching treatment options for your dog.  However, if there is anyone who does not have a dog or would like to add another dog to the family, please consider adoption.

It is easier now to find the perfect pet through PetFinder,  We found Rosie through PetFinder.   Won’t you give a dog in need a loving home?  Maybe you could foster a dog through the holidays so they have a warm place to sleep.  To find one, click

If you are unable to adopt or foster a pet, won’t you help feed one?  It is easy.  Just click on this link once per day:

Prayers to everyone whose pet is struggling with cancer and to those whose “kids” have passed on.  May you find peace and comfort during the holidays.

Beach Pawty Weekend

September 20, 2009
Rosie Checking out the Beach

Rosie Checking out the Beach

Rosie at the beach

Rosie at the beach

When we adopted Rosie last Christmas, it is impossible to know all her idiosyncracies.   Fortunately, Rosie was very well adjusted for having been adopted.  We were told that Rosie did not like getting in the water and did not like water hoses.

After 3 trips to the off-leash dog park with the dog “lake,” and watching other dogs jumping into the water after tennis balls and having a blast swimming, Rosie decided to dip her paw into the water.  Then she immediately swam after tennis balls and she has loved the water since.   Now I can’t keep her out of that “dog lake.” 

This weekend we went to the Texas Gulf Coast with my family.  We had no idea if Rosie had ever seen a beach in her life.  So we did not know how she would react to the ocean.  We found a fairly quiet stretch of beach and took Rosie on a long leash.    It was obvious that this was a new experience for Rosie.  She seemed fascinated with the waves, the birds, the sand, and all the sounds.    She trotted into the water and tried to “catch” the waves.  My husband said that if we didn’t have that leash on her, she would have swam to the Cancun!  She was a happy and tired dog when we got back to the house.

Rosie took her 3rd chemo treatment this week, and so far we have not seen any of the bad side effects such as diarrhea.  Her energy every evening last week was really good.  I was happy to see that.

We just keep trucking.

Rosie’s Adoption – A Christmas Gift

August 26, 2009

We adopted Rosie 2 days before Christmas 2008.   I found Rosie on and my sister coordinated the adoption arrangements in Georgetown and the rest is history.  She was originally going to be a Christmas present for my husband, Dave.   However, Mr. Nosy saw one of my emails to the adoption agency and was not happy.  “A dog was going to be too much responsibility.  It would tear up the place.”  Blah, Blah, Blah.  

Well, Rosie was the model canine…..well behaved, house-trained, and loving.  She didn’t jump, chew, or dig.  Her only vice was pulling on the leash when you walked her, as well as giving you slobbery kisses (although that is very sweet and not a vice)….but I am probably a bit biased.

As soon as he saw her Dave and Rosie were best friends.  Rosie met the rest of the family on Christmas Day and it was love at first sight.  My Mother now calls Rosie the family dog as everyone in our extended family loves her.  My Mother-In-Law who previously didn’t care for dogs that much, absolutely fell in love with Rosie and won’t let Dave and I visit unless we bring Rosie.   She calls Rosie her granddaughter.

So within 2 days Rosie was part of the family and in our hearts.  That is why even though we have only had Rosie a short time, we are not ready to let her go and will do all we can to help her fight this cancer.

Rosie's all smiles with her bandana

Rosie's all smiles with her bandana