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Mojo’s Journey Through Feline Cancer

Filed under: Feline Lung/Toe Cancer — Super Stu! at 4:05 pm on Saturday, September 16, 2017

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As a relatively new Tripawd Mum to our big dog Stewie and also new to Tripawds, I have read through many blogs and forums and have fallen (electronically) in love with with many beautiful souls, both Canine & Feline!

I checked with Stewie & Jerry’s Pack and they all said it was perfectly fine for me to write about Feline Cancer on Stewie’s blog page, so that I can share my beloved cat’s cancer story…

Mojo Munchkin Allen

I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have been blessed with some beautiful souls, I call my cats and dogs. I have shared my love with them and they have returned that love tenfold! One of these incredible beings, I called Mojo! (aka Munchkin) He was such a scragamuffin kitten, who grew into the most beautiful & majestic (not to mention large) boy!

“I am King of this Castle!”

He was a major scaredy cat though, who was terrified of storms and would pick fights with his older brother Spike constantly! But they loved each other dearly and always had each other’s back in stressful times! He had the longest, most beautiful black coat I’ve ever seen on a cat and he knew just how handsome he was for sure!

Spike & Mojo survey their kingdom!

Brothers Yin & Yan!

Mojo was an incredibly good hunter and I would find his ‘gifts’ all around the house! He stayed away from those Raskety Rats though, he used to pull the funniest faces if he found a nest! His favourite thing to do was to catch birdies! He would spend hours, patiently waiting for the right moment to pounce. Ultimately he was the best mouse catcher…!

Mum! Mum! I got you a mouse!

Munchkin Man was very smart. He could give a Paw and the other one and could also give high five! His favourite time of the day was at 9pm, when it was Dad’s turn to give treats. He would show up right on time and he and Dad would have their treats and lovin’ session!

Dad & Mojo… treat time!

Mojo was not quite 11 years old when we discovered that he had a rare feline lung cancer!

It was in February of 2013 that I noticed that Mojo was licking quite frequently at his front right foot. Then he would occasionally shake it as if something was stuck to his fur there. I would check his paws, but everything appeared to be normal. But he wouldn’t stop this behaviour, so after about 3 weeks we took him into the vet, with the possibility in our minds that this could be some sort of infection.

“Go ahead, smell my armpit!”

As I have mentioned, Mojo was a beautiful, long haired black cat, so due to the fact that his toe pads were also black, we couldn’t see anything going on. We did an X-ray of his paw and it came back with an inconclusive mass in his toe, but definitely not an infection…

My big roaring Jaguar!

Our vet, Dr. Laurie, suggested an amputation of the toe and we could then get it biopsied. This was the first time that amputation had ever entered my vocabulary when it came to my animals (my father had to have his leg amputated years ago, due to a heart condition) and both Paul and I were shocked, but we also knew that Mojo would get around afterwards with one less toe, no problem. We just wanted this bad, painful toe to be gone from our boy! So we scheduled his surgery for the next morning.

The strangest request came though, when she asked if she could do an X-ray of his lungs! She explained that there is a rare lung cancer in cats that metastasizes to the toes! She had only seen it once, years before in her career and we are fortunate that she remembered that case so vividly! So we left our boy in their care for the next 24 hrs, hoping for the best and fearing the worst! I had never dealt with cancer in my animals before either, so when we got the call that there was definitely a mass in Mojo’s lungs, Paul and I were devastated, to say the least!

Ssshhhh Mum! I’m in disguise!

I guess the rationalization for our next decision was due to the fact that Mojo wasn’t showing any signs of lung issues, it was just his poor toe that was bugging him… so we asked for his toe to be amputated anyway and that at least would get rid of his immediate pain!

Mum & her big boy!

The following morning we got the devastating news… prior to surgery, Dr. Laurie had done an X-ray on his other feet, just to be sure and unfortunately found that three out of his four feet had tumours in his toes!!! We couldn’t believe what our boy was living with! He had only been showing us how one of his toes hurt, we had no idea that his whole body was been ravaged by this horrible cancer! The only choice we were given was palliative care for our sweet precious boy! We were absolutely torn apart inside!!!

We were sent home with anti inflammatory pills, pain killers and the too short a prognosis of 2-3 months! The very painful tumours in his toes were just going to get bigger, to the point of bursting and we would have no choice but to euthanize by that point! We never saw any sign of the lungs being compromised from the tumour, it was just his poor feet that were hurting!

“Mum now carries me to go outside”

I stayed by my boys side for weeks, taking endless pictures & videos of him and watching his feet slowly get worse… our home was a very solemn place to be. I didn’t want anyone around, as they didn’t seem to understand how torn apart we were feeling. It was an endless time of agony and too short a time for love!

We knew the time was coming…

I smothered him in kisses and held him close and feared for the day that we would have to say goodbye! I was truly grateful for the extra time with him, but it was torturous on us all! I still sometimes wonder if we should have let him cross that Rainbow Bridge sooner?!

By now the tumours were definitely visible!

This is what his paws looked like shortly before we said goodbye…

He stayed with us through his 11th Birthday on April 4th 2013
(I think he knew how I needed at least that!) and we said goodbye to our incredibly brave boy on May 3rd. I thought my heart would never mend!

All of our fur babies are special and Mojo was no less than incredible! He still comes to visit me and I know he’s there when I accidentally call out his name or his name will come out, instead of one of my other fur babies… I say there will never be another like him and that’s true, but I say that about all of my fur kids… I love them all to the moon and back!

Mum & her big beautiful boy!

My heart still aches for him and I have tried to forget about the last couple of months with him (it was a very dark & painful time for me), but now that I am a part of this wonderful Tripawds community, I see how important it is to tell our story so that others might gain some insight to help their fur babies along.
(I have accidentally said his name twice today, so I know he’s close and has given me his pawprint of approval!🐾❤️)

“Can I pass as a statue Mum?”

Rest in Peace my Mojo, Munchkin… I will always miss your beautiful face and your truly loving nature. Many snuggles and nose kisses being sent your way my darling boy!  ❤️❤️❤️

Our Fur Babies Resting Place ❤️

Spike saying goodbye to his little brother!

This very special place, under three beautiful trees, is where we lay our loved fur babies to rest. Mojo is with his oldest brother Odus, along with his canine sisters Keiko and Abbey plus Dad’s special cat, Munster Man, they are all running in the beautiful fields surrounding The Rainbow 🌈 Bridge, waiting for us all to move on together. That’s when my heart will truly be full again!

 

 


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Super Stu’s 2 Month Ampuversary!

Filed under: Living the life of a Tripawd,Post-Surgery — Super Stu! at 7:40 pm on Monday, September 4, 2017

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Hi again folks!
Phew! It’s been a couple of busy weeks for me and my pack… I’ve had a great time!

I have to start off by thanking Sally and her Alumni, Amy & Rusty & Jerry’s Pack for adding to my Top Reasons for wanting to become a Tripawd! The list went from Top 10 all the way up to 17! The challenge is still out there to make it to the Top 20!

“Life is good!”

Last weekend was the best… my Uncle Evan & Aunt Des came to visit and it was all about me! Even though I had seen my Uncle Evan within the last month, I can’t get enough of him… and my Aunt Des hasn’t been here since the spring so I REALLY enjoyed seeing her! They smothered me in kisses, they brushed me and gave me extra, extra treats! (ha! No wonder I gained extra weight at my weigh in last week!)

My Uncle & Aunt Ruv, Ruv, Ruv Me!

We all got to go for a boat ride on The Toaster and they took tons of pictures of me. I think I’m gonna be a movie star! I just Ruv my people so much!

 

A day out on The Toaster with my favourite people!

I even got to go on a road trip this past week. It was a long day, but I did really good surfing in the back of the truck. It’s one of my favourite things to do! My favourite person Anne came with us and we all had a really good day.

Then I got to go on another boat ride, with our friend Rod! I can’t believe I was lucky enough to go out twice in one week! I think people should visit more often! My Mum & Dad have made the docks a lot safer for me and I can walk the double planks with no problem at all! Mum laughs at me every time… I think my bum wiggles!

My Mum & Dad are rock stars (😆), so they get to travel to lots of different places, so that lots of people can come and listen to them sing my Dads songs. (Me & Chester are their biggest fans and would love to part of their stage show!)

Me & my brother, Chester Molester!!

When Mum & Dad go away, I get to go to my favourite persons house and we babysit each other! I stay over night and Anne really does spoil me rotten, I never want to leave! There is a black cat who lives there, her name is Cranky… it’s a very fitting name! I can’t understand why my pawrents love her so much, ’cause all she does is give me dirty looks and constantly taunts me with her walk by’s! I know better and avoid eye contact at all costs!

My favourite babysitter, with Dad

I even got some hugs and treats from Anne’s neighbours. At first they weren’t sure if my missing leg would scare them, but just one look at my hoppy face and they weren’t worried anymore! You see, Tripawds really do make people Hoppy!

So you wouldn’t believe how lucky I was yesterday, not only did I have a great babysitting night with my favourite person, but she also came on a boat ride with us the next day! Three rides in The Toaster in two weeks! How much fun is that?! I’m glad my pawrents realize that I am now feeling all better again!

So in my last blog, (Top 10 Reasons…) I told you about my Raskety Rats that I killed… well this week, as me & my Mum were standing on the deck, we saw a young bear come out of the woods. Right into our front yard! What a nerve! Well, I was going to run that bear right off our property, but Mum spoiled my fun!!! She made me stay and even though I kept winging at her, she wouldn’t let me protect my house from that big black monster! My Mum thinks she did a good job of imitating my loud bark and even though that bear ran off, I nearly laughed at her imitation! That bear must have been really young ’cause a big wise one would’ve laughed at her!

I made my Mum proud at the Dr.’s last week… They had a super hard time trying to find my veins again for blood work and I was very, very, very good… (even if I do say so myself!) They couldn’t draw blood out of my front or back leg and decided it would be best (best for who?!) if they took blood from my jugular vein!!! Aaaaack!
They want to keep my other back leg for the Chemo next week and so a horrid sheath of leather went over my big nose, Dr. Laurie was the traitor who held my head back, while Dr. Bill did the nasty deed. And this was after I took them a nice tasty lunch as a token of appreciation for all their hard work! Sheeeeesh! You can’t trust anyone! I mean, what does it take to bribe someone these days?!😉
Thankfully my numbers came back normal enough and so we will go ahead with the regular amount of Carboplatin, when it arrives after been on back order, sometime next week! One way or another, we’ll kick this Cancers’ butt! In the meantime, my veins get a little rest before the next lot!

“I am so relaxed!”

It has been literally, Smokin’ Hot here in British Columbia, since the beginning of July! We are all very, very tired of the heat and the smoke in the air. Our province has been under a State of emergency, due to the all the wild fires, for a couple of months now and there is no relief in sight. My pawrents are worried cause everything is SO DRY and anything could set off a forest fire. We have to be thinking about all the food and water my brothers and sister would need, if we were to be evacuated… I sure hope they don’t forget the tin of treats! I’ll make sure I remind them!

So until next time, keep grinning your goofy grins and keep those humans hoppy!

Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& all the very best from his adoring pack,
Petra, Paul, Mr. Spike, Chester Molester & Miss Lily 🐾🐾🐾❤️

Super Stu’s Top 10 Reasons For Wanting To Be A Tripawd!

Filed under: Living the life of a Tripawd,Post-Surgery — Super Stu! at 7:30 am on Monday, August 21, 2017

In case some of you don’t know me, my name is Stewie. (aka Super Stu, or Stewart! Especially when my Mum is mad!) I am 7 years old and my Mum tells me that I’m a big boy! I have to step onto that big black table on the floor at the doctors office and the numbers tell them that I weigh 49.9kg (110lbs)! Is this why they tell me I’m not very good at being a lap dog?!

“I’m all played out!”

My Mum & Dad tell me my original pack were a mix of Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler and Retriever. Everybody tells me I’m terribly handsome and I have to agree with them!

I can’t remember too much about the whole ordeal, but my Pawrents tell me that I have OSC and that they needed to take my front left leg off, so that I wouldn’t have that horrid pain anymore. I’m glad they did, ’cause it feels much better now. I look even more handsome now, because I’m not frowning in pain anymore!

The big drag about this OSC cancer thing, is that I have to get poked every other week, so that they can take my blood out of me and then put some horrid poison stuff back in! Apparently it is supposed to kill off those nasty cancer cells, so I guess I’ll put up with the poking, if it means that I can spend more quality time with my Mum & Dad! I Ruv, Ruv, Ruv them so much! I’ll just take it out on Hedgehog, I Ruv to hear him Squeak!

I am now six weeks without my front leg and I feel great! (Other than the horrid pokey time, then I feel kinda tired and I don’t eat much for a couple of days.) I know my Pawrents have had a really rough time, even though I have tried to be an excellent patient and listen when my Mum tells me not to lick. I know that I’ve done good, ’cause all that horrible extra fluid is all gone and my new tattoo (that’s what I call my cool looking scar!) is hardly noticeable under my new fur that growing back.

Stewie & his brother, Chester Molester!

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I wanted to do something special for my pawrents and so I came up with the “Top 10 Reasons Why A Dog Should Become A Super Tripawd!” I figured this should make them smile…

🐾Treats& More Treats!
🐾Only Three Feet to Trim Nails For & only 1 dewclaw!
🐾Tons & Tons Of Belly Rubs
🐾Short walks on lazy days (that’s most days…!)
🐾Priority over my feline brothers & sister! Ha!
🐾Comfy, Padded Harness
🐾Special place of honour in the living room
🐾Air conditioned shave down for hot summer days showing a new stylin’ hair cut!
🐾We make people “Super Hoppy” when they see us!
🐾Most importantly, you become a superstar with your own Tripawds website and blog!

Here are another couple of reasons from Sally & her wonderful alumni… Thank you Sally!😘

*Edited*  “I think you can add a #11: A Tripawd never hears the word “NO” anymore! They can get away with anything, anytime! That means you won’t be called STEWART anymore because your human can never get mad!! 🙂

There is also a #12: Super Stu now has his very own massive SUPER STU FAN CLUB!!! Everyone in your Tripawds family is cheering for you and we are all in your Fan Club! 🙂”        👍👏❤️

Rusty & Amy have added #13-#16. Excellent Suggestions Rusty, I can’t believe I forgot these… we may have to revise up to the Top 30!!!

*Edited* Rusty has a few items for the Top 20 list –
#13 Bathtime is shorter! Less shampoo + less scrubbing + less rinsing + less drying time = faster turnaround to treats!

#14 Physical Therapy and daily hops! PT is really just code for more treats and daily hops around the neighborhood are so much fun!

#15 Sneak attacks – Tripawds may look like they are harmless but they are not. (Isn’t that right Stewie’s hedgehog?)

#16 Ampuversaries! Celebrating special days with cake and ice cream and party hats – what’s better than that?

Mister Rusty is still over there yammering on about why Tripawds are the best but I told him we need to let someone else get a turn at the list!” 👍👏❤️

*Edited* Jerry’s Pack made an excellent addition…

#17 “Oh and one more to add: One less muddy paw to clean during mud season!”

*Edited* Sally & Alumni have added another genius reason… Thanks Sally! 😆👏

#18 “Its All About Super Stu!!!”

were shooting for the Top 💯 list!

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Here are some pictures of me and my awesome people that I spent time with this week… I even got to go on another boat ride on The Toaster! I’m such a lucky fella!

“I Really Ruv My People!”

“Me & My People on The Toaster!”

I’m glad my Mum let me write this weeks blog, I was going to nibble ather ankles if she forgot again! Thanks for letting me entertain you, I really enjoy this blog thing… A huge thank you as well to all of the tripawds community, you make my Mum feel really good and she gives me lots of smooches and kisses and soft murmured words after she has finished tapping her little Pad thing with you all…

oh…! I almost forgot to tell you… I caught two Raskety Rats this week! Those Raskety Rodents are always trying to move in at this time of year! My Mum calls them Pack Rats and she says they are kinda cute in a Mickey Mouse sort of way! But I say get rid of them… they smell awful and they’re hoarders! It’s a good thing Hedgegog lets me practice my skills on him, phew! It was exciting, but exhausting work! Who said 3 legs was a disability?!

So until next time, Paws up and keep wagging!
Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& all the very best from his adoring pack! 🐾🐾🐾❤️

Stewie & his feline family

Stewie’s 5th Week As A Tripawd Hero!

Filed under: Living the life of a Tripawd,Post-Surgery — Super Stu! at 3:00 pm on Monday, August 14, 2017

Feeling like his old self again!

So here we are into Stewie’s fifth week and what a great week it’s been!

The fact that it has been a pretty uneventful week is fantastic!

Last Tuesday, Stewie went in for his blood work, to check on the level of his white blood cells. (the information is a little bit over my head…) Essentially, if there was a major change, we would have to knock back the amount of Carboplatin he will get tomorrow. (Tuesday) His numbers came back the same, so we are going ahead with the full dose tomorrow, being his 2nd round. I’m hoping for minimal side effects, if any, like the last dose.

Most importantly, Stewie was more back to himself this week… He played with his Hedgehog, scrunched his squeaky toys and even had a short game of Tug of War with Dad! Here’s the video below.

It has been a good week in regards to Stewie’s eating habits too. He doesn’t tend to want breakfast anymore, but he hops happily over to eat his lunch & supper. He is quite happy really, because he gets an additional scoop of canned dog food on top of his boring old (good for you) kibble now!

Stewie’s surgical site is healing really well. 1/2 of the scrabbing has come off and the area where he was licking is much improved, especially as his fur gets longer.

I think the best part of the week for me though, was when I arrived home from a day long road trip to the big city. Stewie came running excitedly up the driveway to greet me! That is something we haven’t seen in at least 2 months! How bloody lovely it was to see my boy acting  like his old self assured, handsome buggar that he is!

“I can hear those Squirrels!”

So until next week, keep happily hopping around and all the best to everyone.

Sloppy kisses from Super Stu🐾, Mum, Dad & his feline pack,

Sr. Spike🐾 Chester Molester🐾 & Miss Lily🐾

p.s. Stewie was sulking when he found out that I wrote his blog this week! 😏 I forgot that I had promised him that it would be his turn again! He won’t let me get away with that one again!

 

 

Super Stu’s 1 Month Ampuversary!

Filed under: Recovery — Super Stu! at 9:00 am on Monday, August 7, 2017

Hanging out with Mum.

Paul & I are feeling really blessed as this week rolls around. Stewie is now 1 Month past his amputation! 👏👍❤️

At the beginning of this very difficult journey, before we even considered the amputation for Stewie, we were faced with only 4-6 weeks, before we had to put him to sleep, due to the extensive pain he would have been in right now.
We are celebrating LIFE with Stewie now, rather than grieving for our boy, who we would have had too short a life with! We know that we haven’t beaten the Osteosarcoma, but we feel that we have at least conquered it for a while. None of us ever know for how long, but we feel incredibly fortunate to have been given this chance with our fur baby!

“I’m looking for the gophers with my Dad!”

Stewie’s fourth week after amputation has gone really well. He has shown us that he is adjusting quite well to becoming a Tripawd. He centres his right front leg more and I can see that it is buffing up nicely with a little extra muscle. He quite enjoys being able to surf in the back of his truck again, with is head sticking out the window, while he try’s to keep his tongue from being blown away! 👅😁

I have only been feeding Stewie twice a day now and he is hungry again for his food and will stand up and eat it, like his old self!
The funniest thing this last week was when he tried to catch the gopher out of our woodpile! His front leg and belly were to the ground, while his arse was sticking up in the air. His nose was going crazy and if I hadn’t of put him in the house, he would’ve circled that woodpile till he dropped! 🐭😤
That was his first foray back into his guard duties, otherwise, being a couch potato puts a bit of a damper on the fun of chasing away those tough deer 🦌 and those bully bears 🐻!
Stewie still gets very tired after very short walks and he tends to do most of his licking of his scar after these outings for pees and such. Otherwise he is licking far less and his scar is looking really good, plus his fur is starting to grow back nicely.

On Tuesday he goes in for blood work, to see where his white blood cells sit and then the following week, he gets his second blast, of Carboplatin chemotherapy.
I am most proud of Stewie and how far he has come this week. He really has shown how incredible dogs are at bouncing back from whatever we throw at them!
Like the Tripawds motto says… “I now feel good about what I have done for him”, rather than “good lord, what have I done to him!”

Thanks once again to the Tripawds community for being such a good support system and an excellent source of information!
Stewie tells me that he will be writing his next blog, to catch you all up on how his trips to the vet clinic go this next week.

Until then, keep your paws up and have a super Hoppy August Long Weekend! (at least it is up here in Canada! 🇨🇦)
All the very best from Super Stewie 🐾 and his pack,
Petra, Paul, Spike 🐾, Chester🐾 & Miss Lily🐾❤️

“What missing leg?!”

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