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Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 09:15AM

sciencegal wrote:

Okay, I am just throwing this out there: does anyone else feel closer to their dog than to humans through this roller coaster journey?

I have a wonderful life and great support, but my little blind shelter dog Lewie (a white poodle mix) has been constantly by my side- whether I am sleeping on the couch after chemo or in the armchair after surgery, or posting like now- he is on the couch next to me with his head in my lap.

This little guy never leaves my side except when I go to work, then he pretty much just sleeps with his buddy (daddy's boy) on their memory foam bed until I get back. Yes, a bit spoiled, I admit it.

I am wondering if anyone else has a similar relationship with their "comfort dog"? He has helped me so much.

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 2, 2013 11:25PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Bobo sounds like a hoot! Roasted carrots in olive oil? Hilarious, what we do for our dogs! I have also heard that Cesar's wet food is definite puppy dog crack!
This is going to come as no surprise, but Capone has food sensitivities. LOL He's so darn special that of course he gets the real special, super expensive food. And the real special, limited ingredient treats too! Thank goodness I don't have kids...with my luck they would all require special food, too!

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 3, 2013 06:59AM IngridJ wrote:

Slickchickie;
That's where dogs really come into their own.. Eating all of the carefully prepared (and uneaten) food the kids leave behind...
My dog feasts on tenderly cooked beef bourgugnon.. Loves the left behind carefully roasted chicken...
And it's so nice to have one appreciative eater who doesn't say;
Can't we just have spaghetti bolognese???

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 3, 2013 09:52AM bobogirl wrote:

Laughing!  Chickie, our babies both have food allergies!  Capone and Bobo!  And guess what?  So does my daughter.. in fact, I carry an epipen!

{{{{capone}}}}

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Jul 4, 2013 01:15AM sciencegal wrote:

Our little black dog ToTo is SO afraid of thunder...and fireworks. I am sitting with him in the armchair while he pants and shakes and vomits white foam. The "thundershirt" did not work sadly.
Can dogs take some sort of valium?

Tonight is the smaller of two firework extravaganzas downtown. Tomorrow will be worse. Poor little bud, I feel so sorry for him.

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 4, 2013 01:15AM slickchickie17 wrote:

IngridJ-- You make an excellent point & it sounds like you're a fabulous cook!
Bobogirl-- I told Capone about Bobo & he promptly fetched his favorite ball. He seemed to think it was an integral part of the conversation. Hmmm, dogs...

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 4, 2013 02:05AM IngridJ wrote:

Slickchickie
No.... I am not a particularly good/happy cooker so when I do really try and cook the kids something good, my efforts are generally in vain..... it is the usual scenerio where the only person who whoofs it down is Coco..
Well at least she enjoyed it I think..!!!
Science; hope Toto settles down, pass on hugs to him and Capone also Slick!!!! Bobo too....!!! No 4th July celebrations here in aus.. A cold wintery windy day brrr Coco is stretched out beside me.. Am having a chemo blah sick day.....

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 4, 2013 02:12AM sciencegal wrote:

I am sorry you are feeling blah today Ingrid. I know just what you mean. Just...bleh.

So glad you have Coco by your side!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 4, 2013 02:31AM IngridJ wrote:

Thanks Science!!!! Hope your day NOT blah...!!!!! X

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 4, 2013 02:56AM sciencegal wrote:

Well, I had the pleasure of having a blood draw, MUGA scan, radiation therapy and then a herceptin infusion so it wasnt the best day. But I wore sparkly shoes to make it more fun.

And I did NOT get chemo, with the nine hours of scalp freezing that we did every round, so all in all I did have a decent day, in comparison.


I sure hope you feel better soon and that your side effects are manageable Ingrid.

Well the fireworks have let up and Toto (and Lewie of course) are asleep on my lap, so I will try to get some shuteye too. Long day! And I have a feeling we wil have a repeat of the fireworks stress tomorrow night, unless I can find some puppy quaaludes.......(kidding).

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 4, 2013 04:27AM IngridJ wrote:

Sciencegal
Hope the herceptin doesn't give you too many side effects too..
Glad you had your sparkly shoes on, I am a fan of silver shoes, mainly silver sneakers...
Enjoy your doggies curled up....
As much as I love Coco, she is just too big to curl up in my lap. Remember when she was a little puppy, the kids and I put her in a pram (with four kids, I had about three prams kicking around), took her for walks with a baby blanket, she was such a cute little fur baby too... I love those little poodle cross breeds...Coco is scared of little dogs, when at the park and one comes running up to play, she skedaddles !!!

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 4, 2013 12:19PM sciencegal wrote:

That is funny about Coco - my little guys love to play with big dogs, it seems like hero worship! But the big dogs usually ignore them after first sniff.

Happy fourth of July to all of the american girls! We are about to watch the hot dog eating contest- a yearly tradition.

Hugs

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 4, 2013 03:42PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Sciencegal, benadryl is safe for dogs & is commonly used to alleviate allergy symptoms & also is used as a mild sedative. I have used it on Capone in the past, before I figured out what he was allergic to & never had any problems. The recommended dosage is 1mg per pound of body weight. I am fairly certain it would go a long way in helping manage fireworks anxiety!

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 4, 2013 11:55PM sciencegal wrote:

Thank you!! the fireworks are starting soon, I am going to try that. I have given it to him before. Much appreciated!

Jan

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 5, 2013 10:08AM sciencegal wrote:

Toto had the thundershirt on from 6 Pm last night and did much better when the fireworks started at 9 PM. No vomiting and no whites of the eyes showing, no hyperventilation. He stayed in bed between us with his good friend Lewie, received petting from us for four hours, and panted but had the tail up with occasional wagging.

This was night and day as compared to previous instances- I can definitely recommend the Thundershirt!!! It wraps them snugly "in a hug", to comfort- like swaddling a baby.
Hey some days I could use one of those!!!!

Slickchickie thanks so much for the benadryl recommendation- I tried it but he wouldnt take it down, I will try to find some childrens tablets that I could hide in a treat for next time. Probably New Years eve since we thankfully dont get many thunderstorms here in Cali.

Were everyone else's dogs okay through the fireworks? Poor little guys!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 5, 2013 10:58AM IngridJ wrote:

Sciencegal, I need the thundershirt on permanently....;)
Poor Lewie and Toto, glad they got through it... No fireworks here... Our latest equivalent to fireworks was probably the Grand Prix (in march), when the FA11 (think that's right), fighter jet does loops of the area above the track, very close to our house, poor Coco is always terrified. This year we were all in the car so she was fine... Ahh just thought was pre bc, (pre knowing about bc anyway), those golden days,,,,

Dx 3/22/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 5, 2013 02:36PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Sounds like Lewie, Toto & Coco all survived the fireworks! I'm so glad to hear that! Yay for no vomiting & no hyperventilation!

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Jul 5, 2013 06:23PM sciencegal wrote:

And I didnt vomit either, cleaning up the doggie puke-- Yay!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 6, 2013 12:18AM sciencegal wrote:

Slickchickie I could not see your avatar picture on my notepad that I usually use to post, but tonight I can see it on my "big computer". You are both beautiful. It is great to see Capone the wonderdog!

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 6, 2013 12:49AM bobogirl wrote:

Oooh, slickiechickie!  I love Capone so much!  I see you two on your avatar.  

I want to kiss him!  XXXX

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Jul 6, 2013 01:05AM sciencegal wrote:

I agree!! Capone si SOOOO huggable. What a brave good dog.

I haven't been able to get a picture into this box in spite of posting on my big laptop tonight, but here is a link to my little guys Toto (black) and Lewie (white). They arent heros like Capone, but they are sure a comfort to me!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/98499929@N04/9218107055/



My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 6, 2013 11:12AM farmerlucy wrote:

Anyone have any experience socializing a feral dog? We have a foster who was in a hoarding situation, kept in a tiny cage all the time and used for breeding.  She (Cindy Lou) is a beauty, and I know the beagle personality is in there somewhere, but she is terrified of everything. We've had her two months. She is not completely housetrained, she prefers to pee in her bed or on a rug. (Gross, I know.) She is making progress, but I can't correct her, only praise her when I witness the act outside. Also, she is so funny. She'll sleep between us all night, rolling and kicking like a little child, then as soon as we get up she is terrified of us again and will not come up to us. She does love her walks, and will take treats from our hand. Thoughts??

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 6, 2013 11:19AM bobogirl wrote:

Wow, Farmer Lucy.  It seems to me that you are doing everything right.  Praising and treating her when she does go potty outside.  Loving her up in bed at night. :)  Practicing hand-feeding her.  I just wish I could be there!  She suffered a lot in her life; she's mixed up.  Can you do those pee-pee pads on top of the rug she usually pees on?  Get her 'paper trained' in the house?  Put a pee-pee pad on her bed, then a washable blanky on top, to save you having to clean her bed so much?

I love your new baby already.  Love you for taking her in!  XXXX

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Jul 6, 2013 11:31AM sciencegal wrote:

Farmer Lucy you are a love for taking in the foster! My Lewie had been badly abused and blinded before I adopted him, he was emaciated and afraid of everything and especially men. It just took time for him to trust us. Since he is mostly blind he still "spooks" at things but is basically a super happy playful poodle mix who dotes on me- and I on him.

That is a great sign that she sleeps with you. Calm low voices and treats and praise are all I can advise. Exercise, time.

Mine were both already housebroken so I cant offer much there, but Bobogirl has some excellent tips. Good luck!!!! You are a wonderful woman.

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 6, 2013 02:25PM farmerlucy wrote:

Aw thanks ladies.

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 6, 2013 03:39PM slickchickie17 wrote:

Thanks for all of your sweet comments, chickies! I just put that pic up yesterday as my avatar, thought it was cute! All dogs are heroes in one way or another, that's why we love them so much!

Farmerlucydaisy: my parents had a foster that was extremely timid & had previously had almost no contact with people. It sounds like you are doing the right things, trying to build trust. Make sure nobody raises their voice anywhere near the dog & it is best if you have a quiet house in general. The most important element of potty training is having consistent scheduled times when they are taken out to relieve themselves. I'm not sure how much of this you already know, but hopefully this helps!

BRCA1, multifocal Dx 2/8/2013, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 6, 2013 09:23PM farmerlucy wrote:

Thanks Slick et al. I do think I need to be more deliberate about house training. We have a doggy door (plus three other doggies and a cat that use it.) Quiet house? Hmmm. Not so much. Two of the other three pups were failed fosters. I really suck at this foster business!! :)

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 6, 2013 09:44PM sciencegal wrote:

Oh I dont think giving a dog his or her forever home is "failing" at anything!!! maybe not the point of fostering, but it's all good.

:)

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 7, 2013 12:09AM - edited Jul 7, 2013 12:10AM by footprintsangel

I had someone tell me their snake (yellow and very big)

was a comfort animal, I have a Service dog named Faith

and she is my Life. God bless real comfort and service

animals. Have You seen the new purse dogs they bring in

the stores, Take care, thank for sharing Your comfort friends

I love my service dog.

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Jul 7, 2013 12:38AM sciencegal wrote:

Yay for Faith! Thank you for letting us know about her- what kind of dog is she?

I dont know what some of us would do without these wonderful and important friends.

Those little purse dogs are adorable but I would be so afraid they would get hurt! so tiny and fragile.

About the snake- maybe! My friend has a large bearded dragon, very sweet and placid, and it rides around on her shoulder- to her this lizard is very comforting. So we never know!!

Hugs

My friends saved my hair through chemo with Penguin Cold Caps. Thank you capping crew!! Now NED 5 years out. Hang in there! Dx 10/19/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 11/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/6/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/18/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2013 Breast Surgery 9/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 8, 2013 12:32AM footprintsangel wrote:

Faith is a golden husky and collie, She was found

in a cage in a trailor. She has alot of training on helping

and comforting my pain. We go out in the morning in

my wheelchair and she is so proud, I have coffee and

go in Fred Myers early cause the seniors live by their.

They are one of the everyone have a dog. But life is

wonderful with Faith I love reading about your wonderful

dogs.

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