The Rat Terrier Review: Waterworld

June 27th, 2015 8:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

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So remember how last week Peedee had his one-month follow-up x-ray? We finally heard back from the oncologist on Thursday, and her assessment is a little more guarded than our general vet’s. The tumor’s not much larger, which we already knew; but one of the (many) areas of cancerous cells looks a little more advanced. The fluid in his lungs seems to be holding steady, and there’s also a little calcium buildup around the tumor, which suggests that his immune system is trying its best to fight it off. The oncologist is still sticking with her original two- to three-month estimate, although now she’s leaning toward three months. Which means two now, since a month’s already gone by. BUT WHO’S COUNTING? (A: Me, that’s who.)

It’s not the worst news we could have gotten, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping (against my better judgment, natch) for a slightly more positive outlook. Cancer’s tricky, though; it’s always subject to change. The cancerous cells that haven’t yet amassed into tumors could prove more or less aggressive than the tumor – or each other. The tumor might not grow any larger, but the other cells could eventually pose a problem; there’s only so much room in his lung, you know? There’s just no telling how it might progress. All we can really do is take it week by week, I guess. Next x-ray is three weeks from now. Fingers, crossed. But cynically.

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On a brighter note, we started him on a few new supplements this week. In addition to the cannabis oil he’s been getting, Peedee’s now on Beta Glucan and Curcumin, both of which supposedly have cancer-fighting properties. Beta Glucan is also purportedly good for the immune system. Nutritional yeast is a good source; since I use it in the dogs’ food and peanut butter balls, I went with a mushroom-derived version of Beta Glucan when choosing the supplement. idk if there’s any difference, but a little variety can’t hurt.

Anyway, on to happier things. It’s still raining buckets in Missouri, hence the subtitle of this week’s Rat Terrier Review. We went on tons of walks, many of which necessitated my giant (and hot! like damn are those things suffocating!) rubber muckracking boots.

We went walking around town;

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(yes I am a major fucking dweeb, why do you ask?)

to the park, which was again closed due to flooding (we sneaked in and had it all to ourselves, is what I’m saying);

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found a new (!) mini-park;

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and visited the cemetery;

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and just this morning we took a trip out to Smithville Lake,

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where the bright sunshine convinced the normally hydrophobic Peedee to dip his feet (and belly and chest) in the crisp, cool waves.

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I was *this close* to taking my boots off and joining him.

We also went to the drive-in, where we suffered through Jurassic World and Pitch Perfect 2. Both were just meh, but when I say “suffered,” I mean the heat: it was so toasty in the van that the dogs actually let me rest ice packs right on their listless little bodies.

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My sis marveled that we must be running out of movies to see by now, which is close to true; but the flicks don’t really matter, since Peedee’s the real reason for all these outings. He really loves going, and his behavior improves with each trip. This time he only barked once: after the movies, when we were walking them in the pitch dark, at two kids who were running around the lot playing tag. You can hardly blame the guy, right?

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During a pit stop to get gas, we nearly lost Rennie to a biker gang.
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Also this week: watching Major Crimes and Orange is the New Black while binging on salt and vinegar popcorn and snuggling like whoah;

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more treat balls;

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and lots o’ dirty dishes.

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Jayne was sadly not feeling well – she didn’t eat for two whole days straight – but as of Thursday she’s been back to her old self.

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So, still hates the camera.

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