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#128630 - 01/29/11 02:35 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: Mary Jane]
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That picture shows everything we want for our dogs. A nice soft warm bed, a best friend, and love. It is amazing how well they get along. Hugs to Cheyenne and your family again today. I know how every day can be a small baby step and how much worry goes into caring for a sick senior.

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#128750 - 01/29/11 08:52 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: Tri-Shepherd]
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Registered: 05/10/10
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oh those sweet, sweet girls...
mom to seraphina blue and the cashman
miss jeni-take-a-ride
shangri la's great white caesar ("the c-monster")
voodoo lily (dsh)
cricket-the-bird (african grey parrot)RIP-2013
RIP hearthside's cinderfella (4/20/09)
RIP shep von bellefontaine (6/9/10)

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#129083 - 01/31/11 11:49 AM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: katieliz]
cainsmomma Offline

Registered: 03/04/10
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That is a great picture. Precious girls. Cain said, "Hubba Bubba".
Heidi - Border collie/Australian Shep mix
Cali - Lab,Hound, mix foster failure
At the brige waiting for their mom -
Jaxx - GSD
Tisha - GSD
Josh - GSD
Sammy - Shar-pei
Tyson - Boxer
Maggie - Minature Schnauzer 6/1998 - 1/2012
My Cain - WGSD 7/2000 - 6/2014

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#129676 - 02/01/11 09:16 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: cainsmomma]
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I've had a few telephone calls from the internist (can I say again...I LOVE HER). She had expressed alot of concerns about Cheyenne's breathing during one of our conversations....more so than the tumor. She even said at one point that she didn't think that tumor would kill her any time soon........until I told her how rapidly it was growing...which totally changed things up.

Because I was getting that concerned about her breathing vibe from the dr......because I was worrying so much about her breathing myself....I had actually thought...this surgery isn't going to happen...and quite frankly...a big part of me didn't want it to happen anymore. I was too scared.

Upon receiving the last of the films she needed to review...the internist called me today. She said no where does she see any signs of heart failure on any films. I told her...I think there were no films actually taken when my vet made that diagnosis....but that he was just going by presenting symptoms...couldn't breath...fluid in lungs. She said based on her review...she does not feel that she was ever in heart failure...nor does she need all the heart failure meds she is on (3 diff. ones x day) and I was told to discontinue them. I am thrilled she doesn't need these meds to sustain her...and also...financially speaking...whoa...they were so expensive!

I can't remember if I told you guys...but we took her off the bronchodilator last week per the specialist as well...and she's been fine...let's just say...I don't think it made a difference being on it vs. being off it.

So...then she starts to discuss the surgery. Said the major concern will be going in and coming out of anesthesia. The surgery part itself is not a concern as it is a very controlled situation. She said they will have a critical care team present...and she will also be present (the internist). She states she has a much better than 50/50 chance. She discussed with me the risks in not having the surgery...rupture...psepsis...and again she was very concerned about pyrometria...and said she would never want her going through these things. She said...if it were MY DOG...I WOULD DO IT. I think I need to take those words very seriously. I respect her very much.She has been wonderful and has taken so much time with this case...and with me....I think every call we had was about 1/2 hour. is on Tues...Feb. 7....and I am a mess with fear and worry. Please let this be the right thing...please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Cheyenne is looking to celebrate the New Year!

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#129677 - 02/01/11 09:25 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: myamom]
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Forgot to add - what is the on-going lung issue?
She said you can never know for certainty without a lung biopsy which is very invasive and expensive...and she said...we're just not going to do that. The most likely damage from her heartworm.
Cheyenne is looking to celebrate the New Year!

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#129678 - 02/01/11 09:29 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: myamom]
Wisc.Tiger_Val Offline
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Mary Ann, I will put my money down on Cheyenne. She had less than a 50/50 chance when you got her and look where she is today. If she makes it through the surgery she will have more time with you. Honestly if she wouldn't make it, you would know that you did everything you could for her.

But like I said I am putting my money down on Cheyenne to win. I like the numbers.. 2/7 2 x 7 = 14 Valentine's Day. 7 is my lucky number... So I am running with the 2 7's.
Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11

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#129681 - 02/01/11 09:31 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: myamom]
elisabeth Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/18/10
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Loc: Ontario
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So happy that Chey has a team that loves and cares about her!

Okay.. so Tuesday, the 7th... I will most definitely be sending healing, positive vibes/thoughts/prayers your way!

You are doing the best thing for her Mary Ann! Stay strong and know that we are all ears/eyes? if you ever need anything - even just to vent.
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G Wild Winds Zephyr "Zefra" BH, HIC, NTD, ITD, CGN, TT
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#129683 - 02/01/11 09:46 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: elisabeth]
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Registered: 02/12/10
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Mary Ann, I know how stressful this must be for you. And no one can guarantee anything. But if this surgeon wasn't 150% sure, she would not proceed with this. Chey is in the best of hands. I like Val's numbers - Feb. 7 is Chey's lucky day. Did she say how long the surgery would take? We'll be there every step of the way with you and worry just as if she was one of our own!! She is loved by so many and all that positive, healing energy WILL make a difference! Kind of like she's going to be getting Reiki from all over the world!!
Samson, GSD, 10/13/07
Annabel, Keeshond, 4/21/11
Petie, Toy Poodle, 5/5/07
Kitties: Meezer, Bob, Mia and Dewey

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#129688 - 02/01/11 09:53 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: Kris]
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I have to say....I made sure the Dr. knew she was famous and had many fans all over the know how they go that extra mile for movie stars and such...thought it couldn't
Cheyenne is looking to celebrate the New Year!

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#129699 - 02/01/11 10:04 PM Re: My new foster - Cheyenne [Re: myamom]
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Now...we need to find something about lucky
Cheyenne is looking to celebrate the New Year!

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