September 6, 1997-May 23 2006
I said goodbye to my best friend. It was so difficult to do, but I knew it was time. He told me in so many ways, and gave me signs that only I would understand. Before I went to bed, I said a prayer and asked God not to let him suffer. He woke me up a few hours later to tell me it was time. The fight was over. He fought so hard for me. He wanted to be with me for as long as his body could battle this awful disease. I know he knew that I did everything I could possibly do to help him beat this, but we needed a miracle. We didn't get it.. Instead I got 8 years of wonderful memories of a beautiful dog that I will never ever forget. He was such a loyal friend and always stuck by my side. I will miss him dearly. A piece of my heart is gone, but what remains has a pawprint that he left. The days will get easier as time passes by, but I will never forget my "JET". My best friend. You will be missed.
I would like to say a special thank you to everyone that has helped me through this difficult time. Thank you for your kind words, your hugs, your tears, and most of all your love for Jet. He loved all of you.
A Dog's Prayer
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
--Beth Norman Harris
Many of you probably recognize this handsome Cocker Spaniel, because he is the official greeter at Shampooch! When anyone comes through the door, Jet will always try to sneak by and say hello to one of his many furry friends that he has come to know!
On December 19th, Jet had to have his spleen removed due to a mass that was found. The surgery was a success and he is doing just fine. Unfortunately the biopsy came back malignant and Jet has Hemangiosarcoma which is cancer of the blood vessels. This particular type of cancer is fast moving and can affect his liver, heart and lungs. Right now Jet is on a high protein diet and taking some special supplements to keep his immune system strong so he can fight this disease and live a healthy life as long as possible.
Jet gets lots of love and attention which he needs more than ever right now. So next time your at Shampooch say hello to this special guy and let him know he is in your thoughts.
January 31, 2006
Jet had his first checkup last night. It has been a little over a month since his diagnosis, and he is doing wonderful! The doctor said he looks great, and is doing very well because he is young and healthy. He did lose 1 pound, but the vet was not concerned due to the fact that he is on the Atkins Diet and he no longer eats carbs, because cancer feeds off of them. Jet absolutely loves his new meal plan which consist of chicken, turkey, beef, fish, liver, eggs, green beans, broccoli, carrots, and squash. He also takes lots of Vitamins! I have so many vitamins that I bought for myself that have expired, because I forget to take them and really never realized how beneficial they are! I have no problem giving Jet his! He takes Vitamin A, D, E, C, Fish Oil, Chinese Herbs, and Healthy Powder which is make up of Kelp, Lecithin, Bone Meal and Nutritional Yeast. I guess you can say I am going above and beyond, but I would do anything for him! Only us pet lovers would understand! The vet recomended doing some tests in about 4 months to make sure that the cancer has not spread to any of his organs. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He sure would appreciate it and so would his mom! Stay tuned for more of Jet's Journey!
February 28th 2006
I often wonder if Jet knows that he is sick. Sometimes I just catch him daydreaming and thinking. He is so smart and you can't sneak anything by him. Especially when it comes to food!
Well, Jet had his second check-up and all is going very well. He hasn't had any signs or symptoms so we are just going to plug along and keep doing what we are doing. He lost another pound and he now weighs 28lbs. The vet said that is a perfect weight, but we should definitely monitor it to make sure he doesn't lose too much. I have been trying to give him a variety of food and mix it up a bit just so he doesn't get bored! Last week he had a combination of chicken, beef liver, boiled eggs, swordfish, and tuna. He is in doggy heaven! All the oils and vitamins are making his coat look healthy and shiny. I don't think I'v ever seen him look so good! Oh, and by the way, Jet has a new baby brother. His name is Nestle. Nestle is a 6 month old Standard Poodle who is going to keep Jet young!
Jet's next appointment is in 8 weeks. I think they are going to do some bloodwork and see what's going on inside. Hopefully nothing!!!
April 1, 2006
This week has been one big roller coaster ride. I didn't expect to be going through what I am going through. Jet had his first visible symptom on Monday, March 27th. I knew something wasn't quite right when he stopped going up and down the stairs and he seemed very sore. I thought maybe he hurt his leg, but unfortunately that was not the case. As I was giving a dog a bath on Monday morning I heard Jet get up. I turned around and he was very unsteady and wobbly. I knew something was terribly wrong and I went to get my mother. I picked him up and put him on the table and looked at this gums. They were very pale. This symptom usually means that there is internal bleeding. I was so scared. He had a vet appointment later that afternoon, but we bumped it up and left almost immediately. During the ride there he seemed very dazed. I just kept him still and told him it was going to be alright. I was not alright. I tried to control the tears so he wouldn't sense my sadness. When we arrived they took us right away and his color was still not back to normal. The vet asked if I was willing to do a blood transfusion if need be. I was in such a fog at that point and nothing was sinking in. Bottom line, he was losing blood. His counts were very low. She gave him some fluids to make him feel better and called Ocean State Emergency Vet to get him in for the transfusion and an abdominal ultrasound. When we arrived they took him right away. When the doctor called us in, he told us that Jet has 3-4 masses on his liver. My heart sank and I wanted to cry. He basically said that we could say goodbye now or do the transfusion and take him home and spend a few more days with him. My worst nightmare was coming true. I was not ready to say goodbye. No way!
My mother and boyfriend were there with me and have been so supportive in all this. We went outside and called my holistic vet and told her what the results were. I asked her if there was anything that she could give him to help with the bleeding. I wasn't ready to give up. I wanted to try everything possible. She prescribed a chinese herb Yunnan Paiyo and a Homeopathy.
Jet was done with the transfusion at 10pm Monday night and I took him home. He had his first dose of the medication and slept most of the night, but then woke up. He sounded like he was going to throw up but nothing came out and he had terrible diarrhea. He also started peeing blood. Then next day he was scheduled to have his blood checked again. His counts were still low and the vet was very concerned. She scheduled his next appointment on Friday to check his counts again and prescribed a few more pills to help ease digestion since he was not eating his normal food. Instead of eating chicken, beef, fish etc.. he really only wants the dog biscuits he couldn't have the past few months. He picked at some hamburger and rice and cheese. It is very important that he is eating anything at this point. We also went to McDonalds and had a few burgers! Oh, and he had a few munchkins from Dunky D's!
On Thursday, Jet seemed to be looking a little better and his color remained pink and there was no longer blood in his urine. I was feeling pretty good. The chinese herbs were working!
Friday rolled around and we were off to the vet again. Three times in one week. When the vet took one look at him she smiled and said he looked great. She drew some blood which took a while because at this point Jet wanted no part of it. He fought her tooth and nail. Can you blame him, considering the week he had? When she came through the door to give us the results, she had a look of disbelief! His counts went from 21 to 32! We couldn't beleive it! The chinese medicine helped stop the bleeding and he was rebounding. We were all so relieved. We have another appointment Monday to check his blood again and they are going to send it to the lab for a closer look just to make sure all is well.
So as you can see, this week has been very trying. My emotions were on overload. I have to say that I couldn't have got through this ordeal without my mother. She has been my saving grace. Also my boyfriend has been right by me and Jet's side through all of this. Thank you so much!! I love you guys! As for Jet, he thanks everyone for their prayers and says he wants to hang out a little while longer. Hopefully a long while! Keep the prayers coming!
April 27, 2006
Well, it has been exactly one month since Jet had his blood transfusion. My precious boy is a fighter! He's been doing pretty well believe it or not! This month has been tough though! He doesn't want to eat a whole lot. I try everything! One day he might like chicken, the next day he turns up his nose. I started him on a high protein dry food called Innova Evo which he seems to like. He will probably change his mind tomorrow! I also have to give him several new pills, one to prevent bleeding, and one for his liver. He also takes a liquid mushroom. The mushroom is very important to keep his immune system up. He also has to take a detox formula to help with his appetite and a nutritional powder to make sure he is getting the proper nutrients, since he no longer eats his veggies! It has been very difficult giving him all of these things because he thinks that everything I give him to eat has a pill in it. I feel like a mad scientist when I mix up all his medication! He has a very powerful nose and I can't get anything past him! He associates eating with pills, so I have to make sure he eats first and then give him his meds. It is more important that he eats at this point!
He went to the vet this past Monday and he gained 1/2 pound! She said he looks great and he wouldn't be doing so well if it wasn't for me taking such good care of him! She took another blood sample and will send it to the lab to see how his counts are. I get the results tomorrow. I hope I get good news.
Thank you all for saying prayers for Jet. This past month has been very special to me and I thank God for letting me share another day with my buddy! I added some pictures of Jet below. Enjoy.
May 1, 2006
Hello everyone. Just wanted to give a quick update on Jet. His results came back on his bloodwork that was taken last Monday April 24th. His white blood cell count is pretty much the same, it could be a bit higher but as long as it's not going down it's a good thing. His liver values are fine and his bone marrow is still producing new red cells which is great! His protein levels are a bit low, so I have to make sure he gets as much protein as possible. He's been very picky lately, so I've been feeding him so many different things.
Well, just as I thought that all was going well, Jet had a bit of a setback on Saturday. He was very lethargic, so I checked his gums and they were on the pale side. He was definitely not himself, so I started him on the Homeopathy. I gave him a few doses and doubled up on his Yunnan Paiyo, which are the pills that help with his bleeds. The vet was not available, so I just hoped for the best. He seems to be a little better, but still very blah. He is going to see the vet tomorrow for quick check up. Wish us luck.