• My Doggie Boy's update-Stonewall. We just bought him another turkey. He doesn't know that he's supposed to be dead. He likes roast turkey,

    Asked by meyati on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    My Doggie Boy's update-Stonewall. We just bought him another turkey. He doesn't know that he's supposed to be dead. He likes roast turkey,

    Mac & Cheese, shares stew with us, some hamburger patty, whatever grabs his fancy. Long term dietary health isn't exactly a concern. I slept in my bed last night-first time since Nov 9. He was healthy and lonely enough to jump on my bed and sleep with Missy and me.

    His stomach is pouching from the cancer. It's growing outside of his organs, but he still hurts. He goes outside and tries to dig, but he gets fatigued easily. He loves his short walks and car rides.

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I am so glad to get this update. Go Stonewall!

      10 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Thanks for updating us. I've been wanting to ask about him, but I was afraid I'd upset you. I'm so glad he's happy. Maybe you should tell the vet how you've extended his life, in case others may want to cook people food for their sick dogs! Take care.

      10 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      My vet says that he just refuses to leave us. He's still a good guard dog-goes roaring out or to the front door. He goes out on his own to do his bathroom business.

      He was so weak and painful for a month after his spleen was removed. I kept him pretty doped up. The poor thing had trouble getting down, and sometimes his hind legs collapsed and he cried. He had less trouble getting up--- I fed him chicken or turkey with sweet potato and pasta in Swanson chicken broth. Then he just wanted the meat. I roast him a turkey about every 4 to 6 days. Stonewall likes scrambled eggs too.

      My son said this morning- What's wrong, you didn't put down any lobster or foie gras for Stonewall on the grocery list. He set a big bag of Kraft macaroni and cheese on the table. He said- Here's Stonewall's mac and cheese.

      Missy is such a good dog--she'll smell him eating-I hand feed him turkey. She slides open the patio door and goes out by herself or to my bed and stays there. Sometimes she gets on the couch, and just watches him. That is so undog-like. When he walks away- she lets me know if she can clean up- she doesn't rush it.

      Sometimes Stonewall thinks that she's looking at him wrong- and they do the snarling growling spat. That just doesn't happen often--about every 6 weeks or so---They are both such good dogs.

      10 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Thanks for the update. Glad to see Stonewall beating the odds.

      10 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I am so glad Stonewall is comfortable and enjoying his Turkey. Thanks for the update.

      10 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Meyati, I laughed out loud! I hope Stonewall keeps ignoring his prognosis. He's ONE GOOD DOG (and so is Missy)! Hugs from the person who has an alive plush dog.

      10 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Sorry for your pups outlook. It's always tough. We have a pet cemetery on our property with little headstones for them.

      10 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Good thing Stonewall did not listen to his doc.

      Glad you have him for comfort and vice versa

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Good Boys need their turkey! So glad he's doing ok and is enjoying his people food. And just like Greg, I have my own little cemetery. Except I live in a condo, so I have 3 boxes of kitties surrounding the box of mom. Luckily, mom was a weird old cat lady, so she probably appreciates being surrounded by kitties.

      10 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Because the vet sees our love to Missy and Stonewall, the vet was surprised that we didn't want to bury his body. We have a pretty small city lot. Then these hounds easily dig 4 or 5 feet down-long trenches. I don't want Missy digging him up. Just how deep would we have to dig to bury him? He's a big dog-almost 90 lbs- and he's a tall and long dog.

      My son has been taking it hard--I think the crying has pretty much stopped, but we will cry again. My son has trouble being obsessed with death-ashes--and I think that my son will heal better if he doesn't see Stonewall's ashes around.

      His ashes will be taken out to a ranch. He's a coonhound-and his spirit belongs out in the wild. If his spirit wants to come here, he's welcome. Meanwhile, he had about 2 pounds of turkey for breakfast with a large portion of Mac and Cheese for breakfast.

      10 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      How would Stonewall do if he had a new puppy to train? Maybe a puppy would take your son's mind off of Stonewall some.

      10 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Barbara, that reminds me: There's a now-famous - on the Internet, especially Facebook - elderly male cat, Grandpa Mason, who was feral until a year or so ago. He was captured/rescued by an animal rescue organization in British Columbia. He has terminal kidney disease and was expected to die soon after he was rescued. The rescue place had lots of kittens (it was kitten season, when many feral cats give birth). A few of the kittens were put near Grandpa. To everyone's surprise - he was very hostile towards people - he LOVED those kittens. Nurtured them, even let them "nurse" on him. He's outlived expectations. Now the place is seeking new kittens for him to love.

      Check it out: http://www.tinykittens.com/cases/mason

      10 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Barbara--I don't think a new pup would be fair to Stonewall and Missy for several reasons.
      #1--they are a pair-friends-2 different breeds. one is almost 11 and the other is 12-I think a 3rd dog would ruin good dynamics.
      #2--They were feral-wild-and they need food (dry food) out all of the time or they go nuts. Most dogs are fed a ration twice a day. These dogs haven't made themselves sick from overeating-and they control their own weight. This would be very bad-health wise for most pups. It wouldn't be fair to the pup, and it might make Stonewall feel threatened.
      #3--I feed Stonewall 3 to 6 times a day- what he wants- It's a slow process feeding him. Sometimes he doesn't want to eat, then 20 minutes later he does want to eat. The last thing Stonewall and Missy need is a pup on their territory eating their food.
      #4--I don't need that extra work--
      #5--this type of cancer often causes dogs to be nervous- a pup would probably make Stonewall nervous.

      Right now Stonewall is dreaming that he's tracking something-and is baying in his sleep. He often wags his tail while dreaming- I'd really hate for that to stop.

      He's starting to look like he's having pups. If that cancer gets bumped hard, the cancer will break, and he'd die a miserable death, while we're trying to get him to the vet. Most dogs die that way from this cancer. . How do you tell a puppy that it can't bounce around and play?

      I've always looked at adoptable dogs-just to see what's around- My family got mad and ranted that I couldn't even wait til he died before I replaced him. That was yesterday.

      Tues Missy is having eye surgery on her left eye-her vision will be affected, and we're so glad that she won't lose her eye. There's a growth inside a blood vessel. My vet clinic never saw that before. The dog ophthalmologist has seen it very few times. It's probably a rare cataract-but it could be one of 2 types of cancers. The biopsy is going to the University of Tennessee. They are the best and replaced Stanford

      10 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Barbara-- THANK YOU for thinking of things that could make all of us happier--If Stonewall was the only dog, I'd seriously consider it.

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Recently I told a friendly acquaintance that she was a good kitty mommy as she was in mourning for her baby who she'd nursed thru 2 rounds of chemo and remission only to have it come back with a vengeance. I'll say the same for you. You're a good puppy mommy.

      10 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Yes, Meyati is a good puppy mommy! I was trying to think of something to keep your son from crying, but I'm sure you're thinking of that, too.

      10 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Missy put a smile on our faces. For 10 years pieces of bread, tidbits have been bouncing off of her nose and head-You know-DOG FAIL---Last week, she opened her mouth and caught a piece of bread. She does pretty good-but she won't step forward or anything much. I've tried tossing her some of Stonewall's turkey- but her eyes bug out and she freezes. Like Turkey, turkey for me? Turkey-Where did the turkey go?

      Stonewall is trying now-- 3 times he opened his mouth after the bread bits bounced off of his nose.
      That's still progress.

      10 months ago

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