Sunday, 17 March 2013

Update and Thank You

Woof! Woof!

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much lately. As the Missus mentioned in my previous posting, we have been dealing with a couple of ‘crises’. Unfortunately, I have been diagnosed as having Mast Cell Tumours.

Over the past few weeks, I have received a huge outpouring of supportive emails and messages on my blog and on my Facebook from you guys. I am very touched and would like to bark a big thanks to all of you for extending such wonderful friendship during this difficult time.

Despite my health condition, I’m actually doing fine! Dad has commented that I still behave like a crazy puppy: demanding lots of attention, long walkies and plenty of treats! I don’t feel ‘sick’ at all and my appetite remains ‘ravenous’!

So far, the Missus has found three Mast Cell Tumours on my body. The first one was found on my hind leg and the vet has operated to cut it away. I have one on my right shoulder blade and another right next to my paw pad.

In order for my humans to be absolutely sure that they had found all of the potential tumours, they had to shave my booti-ful locks off.

I feel so naked!

This is the site of the first tumour we found on my hind leg. You can see the scar tissue where the vet has operated.

This is a small tumour on my right shoulder blade.

And this is the third tumour near to my left front paw pad. The vets tell me that this is the ‘trickiest’ part to treat.

Here’s a picture showing where each of the tumours are in less detail.


OK. Now I shall leave you with a cute picture of me.

‘Bald’ is the new ‘Sexy’!

I’ll tell you a little about my treatment in my next blog.

Bye for now.

25 comments:

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Bald is the new sexy !!! You look adorable with your new look and we will be sending lots and lots of power of the paw your way.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so glad you're back and all is well in your corner of the world!! And I know just what everyone else does, is that your handsome good looks radiate from what's on the inside too, and I have a feeling that no one will notice that you're looking so 'Labby!! Before long your handsome gold coat will be back before you know it!!! Take care and know we're sending good thoughts and prayers in your corner of the world!!! :-)

My Life in Blog Years said...

So glad you are still feeling like your normal self - and yes bald is the new sexy! We wish you the best healing treatments Homer! Keep us updated with how things go.

George said...

Hi Homer, I'm glad you have turned a corner, we still have our paws crossed that things get better for you.
You are still hansome fur or not.
Your furiend George xxx

Angus said...

Homer we went through this three years ago with Wilf. The good news is that he soldiered on, untroubled, for years. With all the support and good wishes from the dogblog world I'm sure you'll be as right as rain !

Mitch and Molly said...

You look like a young pup with your shorter do, Homer!
Our paws remain crossed for you!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Angel Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

You still look beautiful to us, Homer. Hope you are feeling tip-top soon.

Daisy and her Mommy.

What Remains Now said...

Homer...You still have it in a big way. You look fabulous. I will be thinking of you often and sending healing prayers and wishes your way.

♥Mimi♥ said...

Sending oodles of love and support.

River said...

That was a great idea getting shaved but tough on the ego. Here are some of the things I've used for the MCT. Mostly my mom has used prednisone (5mg)/benedryl/pepcid. MCT is all about histamines--pepcid is an H2 blocker as well as antacid.

Specifically for the Cancer:
***JING TANG's Stasis Breaker, Max's Formula and Wei Qi Booster. The 3 prescribed Chinese Meds.

***We also added the K9 Immunity which helped boost his immune system. (if you buy the trio, it also contains the fish oil capsules, the K9 immunity which is composed of mushroom extracts...a very potent cancer cell killer and the transfer factor which acts like a immune booster.).

***Probiotics/Digestive enzymes. Bertie's Immune Blend sounds pretty good.

***The most important: Colostrum and the Detox Drops

***On occasion I would add Turmeric (which really targets stomach cancers but still good to use for any cancer).

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Homer, you're right. You are definitely sexy with your new do! We have paws crossed here in Oz for ya mate! Take care and hugs to you all. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

finnhoward said...

Oh Homer, naked is the new sexy indeed! Glad the tumors have been removed and that you are feeling ok. We have been thinking about you!

Popolynn said...

Oh Homer boy, you're still sexy as ever. I am just glad that you're doing ok. My Josie was found icy-cold with pale-white gums and tongue by my sister on the 1st night of CNY and we found out (from a biopsy we received much later) that she has splenic hemangiosarcoma. Her tumour was 7cm big and was removed instantly. Because she needs her spleen to filter and protect her from ticks, she's now staying indoors and so far she's looking good. Fingers crossed! I would introduce you to her but she's too old for you! Tummy rub sexy boy.

Sam said...

We can hear the girl pups cooing over you all the way here in AZ - you are right - bald is the new Sexy!

Sending hugs and love,

Sam

Jan Goth said...

Woof Homer,

It's Maddux from Canada sending you all the best woof wishes for a speedy recovery. I had heart surgery last year and also had to be shaved and I must say we retrievers are handsome with or without fur.

fyi - I also have food issues.

Best to you & your family,

Maddux (family calls me Mango)

Berts Blog said...

Gosh HOmer, we have been away for a while and didin't even know you was having problems. I am glad to hear that you are doing better and very glad to see how good you look shaved.

It is a for sure sign that our good looks and our beautiful coats are hiding yet another side of our handsomness.

Love
Bert

Lorenza said...

Homer!
You look very handsome!
Well... a little bit naked but soooo handsome!
My paws are crossed for you and all your family.
Take care
Kisess and hugs
Lorenza

paco milo maya freedom said...

ohhhhhhhhh sweety.... just read your last...bad...news.....
I'm so shocked.... sooooo sooooo sorry....pleaseee...if you need me I'm here for you!! would love chat with you!!! How is your mommy??...and how is Homie??? wish to be close to you....can't believe what you are going through.... i keep you in my prayers and thoughts.... hope to hear from you soon.....
Homie....you are gorgeous naked....always beautiful and sweet!!! Love love love youuuu my dear friends...be strong.... with love..... Simona...Paco....Milo....Maya....Freedom...Haura and Balzac!!!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Do woo need a shipment of Khyra Floooooofs?

Thanks SO much fur the update!

We knew woo khould khount on The Blog and FB furiends to help!

Hugz&Khysses Handsome Homer!

Khyra

NelsonandBoober said...

Hi Homer
Nelson here. I to have had a mass cell tumor removed from my side 2 years ago. It came back as a grade 1 level. Tell your mom to try not to worry. Sending you Power of the Paw and hugs.

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Homer,

You could never loose your good looks, even though you do look a bit like a lab, but if being shaved means that the vet finds all your lumps, and fixes you then it is a good thing.

I am guessing the new fur style is cooler for you in the Singapore heat, but did the Missus save your shaved fur to knit you a Golden Retriever jumper for when it gets cold? Our human looks at all the Golden fur Enzo and I leave lying around the house and sighs.

Please thank your Missus as your post has reminded her how important it is to regularly feel under our fur, and we have been enjoying the extra attention.

Wishing you all the best,

Love and woofs,
Riley

Sammie and Avalon said...

What an adorable "do"!!! We think you look like a puppy in the pic of you sleeping! So sorry you have to deal with these tumours but glad your pawrents found them... Also glad to hear you are doing well. Just glad to hear from you!!!
Hugs xxxxxxx
Sammie and Ava

Penny's Mumma said...

So good to hear from you, sweet boy!
We also used prevacid, in addition to chemotherapy,
also switched to Orijen food that was Fish only, no carbohydrates, because the dr. said the sugars in carbs feed tumor cells, and the fish had the anti-inflammatory omega fatty acids. also used ground tumeric, an anti-inflammatory, I added it to her food. I gave all her oral meds with peanut butter, which made that part easy.
Well wishes, prayers. such a dear one, you are

hugs too, xxooo
Karen

Penny's Mumma

Wild Dingo said...

OMD! Hommer! I didn't know! Woo got one thing right. Bald IS the new sexy! Juno says: hubba hubba baby! purr purr! woooo are woovable!

much love and healing vibes to woo!
xox
wild dingo, juno and loki

Roberta said...

Gosh I'm so sorry to hear this bad news... But you are strong and bold and surrounded by love, I'm sure everything will turn out all right. Lots and lots of love, you look adorable all bald! xxxx Roberta