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Candy's Dad
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Candy's Dad

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18 Jun 2008
Like many of you, I don't know where to begin.

In 1992 (yes, 16 years ago), we adopted 2 four month old puppies from the Pasadena Humance Society. I grew up having dauchunds and wanted a pair. There was 2 Dauchund/Beagle mixed sisters that were found wondering the streets together, so I adopted both of them. Candy and Pepper. We lost Pepper about 7 years ago when she escaped from our yard and was sadley struck down by a car.

April of this year, I noticed Candy had some large growths on her hind legs. Giving her age (16), I was always paranoid about every bump, just thinking it may be cancer. Sure enough, during the vet visit, the Vet suspected she had Lymphoma. After some further test by a specialist she had Stage 3 Lymphoma.

We started her right away with the Wisoncon Protocol. I was worried that the chemo would affect more so because of her age, but the vet told us that her age is not an illness, though she was 16 and had lumps, she was other wise a very health dog.

Her first week was okay but by the second week of the protocol, the Vincristine really had a bad effect on her. She vomited for two days straight that we had to take her in for dehydration. She had to stay for a few nights. It was hearth breaking to watch her. I was wondering wether I was a bad daddy to even attempt chemo on her, but I wanted to her have as long and fullfilled life as possible.

After the few days of hospitalization, they took extra precautions with her next treatments. With the help of anit-nausea medicine, she had no more episodes. She completed her initial protocal a few weeks ago, but sadly she didn't go into full remission. Yes, her nodes decreased a bit, and she was back to her old self, but then just as fast the cancer started to increase.

The Vet suggested as a rescue the use of Lomustine. I told the vet i didn't want her to suffer, but that this chemo shouldn't have too bad of a side effect and there was a 20-30% chance it may show some results.

Sadly, these past few days, she is not doing well. She started with heavy breathing, to long sighing breaths. We spoke with the vet today and they said that her breathing issues are probably due to something else and not the Lomustine.

Because I took most of this week off to be with Candy, I had to go to work today, but my partner stayed with Candy today. I just called and she is not doing well, so it looks like tonight will her last day with us. After work, we will take her to the emergency technicians ajacent to our Cancer specialist and will put her down.

I am a mess.

I cannot focus on my job, only my precious Candy.

I miss her already.

Oh . . and today's my birthday.

God help me.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Hal - Candy's Daddy
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