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Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 03:15PM

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.

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May 23, 2018 08:51PM GmaFoley wrote:

You got it!! yup... The Mask of Zorro. I was invited back to see the horses anytime I want ;)

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 18, 2018 02:09AM susan3 wrote:

Bailey waits for the water to drink.

And he is seriously watching a dog show!

Live and love fully Dx 3/2001, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, 40/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 18, 2018 04:49PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Those are funny!! Thanks.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Sep 22, 2018 09:24PM M0mmyof3 wrote:

Can’t believe that my sweet furbaby Princess turned 4 this past Thursday. It still feels like she was the tiny kitten with almost no meow that I brought home yesterday

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Oct 1, 2018 06:45AM susan3 wrote:

my dear dog has been laying in bed with me all day, for I don't feel well. They are such a comfort.

Thank God for these wonderful caring animals!!!


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Oct 1, 2018 07:06AM footprintsangel wrote:

Mine too, They are humans with 4 legs, or better,

knows when we hurt.

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Oct 2, 2018 06:50AM JunieB wrote:

Susan3 - Your furbaby is such a cutie! Love the pic of her/him watching TV from your bed.

My little guy (Kirby) will turn 2 on October 12th. So hard to believe!


Surgery 7/28/1991 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 7/30/1991, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, 0/25 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/28/2014, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/21/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Oct 2, 2018 02:02PM GmaFoley wrote:

Little Flynn keeps on escaping from his home to come play with Dozer! And below is Dozer after his 2 hour playdate LOL.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 2, 2018 05:08PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Gma! Good to see you! I knew Dozer was a big boy but had forgotten how big. Yes, young’uns will wear a body out😂😂.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 12, 2018 10:22PM M0mmyof3 wrote:

A word of warning to those of us with pets that are sensitive to the chemicals in flea sprays or flea medications that go on the back of the neck, switch to a natural alternative such as a spray made from oils like peppermint and cloves. I had to do this with with our kitty Princess, since I found out she is highly sensitive to the regular stuff. Switching our dog Jackson over to the natural stuff too.

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Oct 15, 2018 11:09PM GmaFoley wrote:

Not sure but neighbor's dog, 3 acres away seems to love Dozer - let him come in the other day - They offered to let me have the little escape artist, but sure I would have the same issue.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 16, 2018 06:18AM JunieB wrote:

GmaFoley - Maybe not, if like you said the little guy loves Dozer, he might just want to stick around all the time to be with his buddy.

Surgery 7/28/1991 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 7/30/1991, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, 0/25 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/28/2014, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/21/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Oct 16, 2018 03:56PM GmaFoley wrote:

Little Flynn or Puppa depending on who you talk to. He answers to puppa. He spent all day here yesterday. He didn't go home until 5 in the afternoon. I think we need a sleepover this weekend, if he gets out so I can see how they do during the night.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 23, 2018 07:21PM GmaFoley wrote:

More fun on an unscheduled playdate.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 23, 2018 10:03PM Spookiesmom wrote:

looks like they are having fun 😍.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 9, 2018 12:36AM GmaFoley wrote:

Bummer - the neighbors found Flynn/Puppa a home. Dozer still goes outside and looks for him. We might have to get him a buddy.

Here is a picture of Dozer this week snuggled under my desk while I'm working.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 9, 2018 03:12AM M0mmyof3 wrote:

How sweet!


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Nov 9, 2018 03:30AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Poor Dozer. My 2 don’t play together and don’t seem lonely when the other is at groomer. I’ve heard multiple dogs can and do play. Mine are just weird.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Dec 21, 2018 02:06PM - edited Dec 21, 2018 02:07PM by GmaFoley

That is our old dog Tigger's toy (Tigger went to the rainbow bridge before we got Dozer). Dozer has been loving on the monkey toy since I gave it to him. I told him it was Tigger's and you have to be nice to it. Still lasting after 4 years. Every other toy he shreds within and hour of getting it.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2019 03:46AM - edited Jan 24, 2019 03:48AM by magiclight

My little Punk on the right passed his Canine Good Citizen as did his pal on the left. Punk also just passed his therapy dog exam. Good boy!!

Surgery 4/26/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Jan 24, 2019 02:22PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Yay for both of them❤️❤️ I was a wreck doing the CGC, the dogs usually sail right through. Extra cookies and hugs for them!!!

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 19, 2019 07:59PM magiclight wrote:

Been missing comfort dog stories. So here is my fix.

comfort dogs in court

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Mar 19, 2019 08:26PM GmaFoley wrote:

Dozer wasn't sure of what to do when Roseburg had their snowpocolypse - The snow ended up being 2 and half feet and after the first time, he sunk nose deep in it, he wouldn't go out in it - this was day 6 with no power, no heat - most of the trees had fallen, so it was safe to let him out again.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 19, 2019 09:01PM magiclight wrote:

gma...Did Dozer figure out how much fun it is to play in the snow?

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Mar 19, 2019 09:03PM Spookiesmom wrote:

it’s always funny the first time they encounter snow. Some of my dogs up north would try to shake it off their feet with each step. Others loved it from first sniff.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 19, 2019 09:06PM - edited Mar 19, 2019 09:08PM by magiclight

Not so much snow here, but still fun for both of us. Frolicking is the word that comes to mind. I don't get to do that often Happy

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Mar 19, 2019 10:06PM Spookiesmom wrote:

ooooo an apricot standard Poodle!!!! 😍😍 don’t see many! I had an apricot mpoo. His name was Rooney, Celtic for red head.

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Mar 19, 2019 11:50PM magiclight wrote:

Sooooo cute

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Mar 19, 2019 11:51PM GmaFoley wrote:

Dozer has liked snow in the past, but this time there was so much of it, he just came in the house and got under the covers LOL.

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 19, 2019 11:52PM - edited Mar 19, 2019 11:53PM by magiclight

gma...smart dog! Sleep now, play later.

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