This Week in Pictures: Telling Peedee’s Story to Its End

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

2011-06-30 - Peedee hearts HDM - 0007

Oh, man. I’ve been putting off writing this post for so long that I’m not quite sure where to start. I guess the beginning is as good a place as any?

Many of you know that my oldest furkid, Peedee, passed away right before Thanksgiving due to complications from cancer. He was first diagnosed in March 2014; a few weeks later, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor, along with a sizable portion of one lung. Nine months later, the cancer returned and he started chemo. It worked swimmingly until it didn’t. (That was always the case: we got bad news when we were expecting good, and good when we expected bad.) On May 20th – the two-year anniversary of Kaylee’s death, as it just so happened – the oncologist gave him 2-3 months to live. Probably closer to two. She was doubtful that he’d still be around to celebrate his 13th birthday at the end of August.

We immediately put him on CBD oil. I would have done it a year+ sooner, if only I’d known that you can buy it online, legally (or semi-legally) in all 50 states. It’s not quite as potent as the stuff you can get in medical or recreational marijuana states, but I still think it helped. Scratch that: I’m positive it helped. He outlasted the oncologist’s best-case scenario by three months, and had a really good quality of life right up until the last few days. In any case, it was better than doing nothing; just sitting back and watching him die. This topic deserves its own series of posts, but suffice it to say: this ordeal only strengthened my stance on legalization. It’s like my main beef with Hillary Clinton at this point. But I digress.

About the same time that Peedee was waging his 20-month battle with cancer, I discovered Cane’s Bucket List on facebook. Cane was a 6-year-old pibble whose people planned a whole “bucket list journey” for him after he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Simple goals like “pictures in front of the Dallas skyline” and “paw print art projects” soon gave way to some really amazing experiences when Cane checked off item #14, “be featured on NBC DFW.” Not only did he get to sit on Santa’s lap – Cane’s caregivers threw him his own damn Christmas party. Talk about shiny!

I wanted to do something similar for Peedee, but … by this time, he was old and a little fussy and set in his ways. Also, the phobia he’d developed of the car – thanks in no small part to all those unpleasant vet appointments – didn’t really help. So I came up with a slightly less ambitious bucket list (called the Peedee-Do List) and resolved to share pictures of our progress each week. Enter: This Week in Pictures. (I still don’t love the series title, but it’ll have to do.)

Our last post was on November 3rd. Peedee was still doing reasonably well then, but symptoms of his illness (labored breathing, a decline in endurance) had begun popping up and just couldn’t be ignored. I knew Peedee didn’t have much time left, and I wanted to spend as much of it as I could spoiling him. So I put the bucket list blogging on hold.

This week, I’ve spent a lot of time looking back on those old posts. It’s a bittersweet thing. We created so many happy memories together, but now they’re all I have of him. I wish I could go back and do it all over again. All the stress and worry and anticipatory grief? I’d relive it in a never-ending cycle, just to see him again.

After Peedee died, I was lost. I didn’t know what to do with myself. When Peedee relapsed, he became the center of our lives. Everything we did, we did with him in mind. Fostering, doctor’s appointments, traveling: we put it all on hold. Peedee went everywhere with us…and if he couldn’t come, we didn’t go. I don’t think I ever left him home alone, not once. Now that he’s gone, I’m adrift. Unmoored. Directionless.

It took months before I was able to go through those last batches of pictures. Nearly three, apparently, before I could bring myself to write this last This Week in Pictures post. Even if it’s really just for me, I feel like I have to. Tell the story to its end, that is. (Yes, I totally lifted that title from a book in my TBR pile.)

Peedee was a devoted friend, a loving older (and younger) brother, and a crazy smart dog with a big, mushy heart to match. If I needed comforting, I could always count on Peedee to give it, and generously. He felt timeless, as though he’d always been with me, and always would be. And he will, in a way: in pictures and memories and blog posts like this one. He lives in my heart, and in the tubes, and in the stars. In bubbles in a glass of champagne.

On his last night, we told him stories.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #24: Halloween ed.!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-10-25 - Napping in the Sunroom - 0002 [flickr]

The weather was warm-ish, so we spent the afternoon napping (them) and reading (me) in the sunroom before we left for the movies. I suspect we’re going to have to close it up soon for the winter, so best enjoy it while we still can!

2015-10-25 - Napping in the Sunroom - 0011 [flickr]

2015-10-25 - Napping in the Sunroom - 0010 [flickr]

I’m really starting to build quite the collection of pictures of Mags paired with adult-type books: Mags and Bitch magazine; Mags & Other Monsters; Mags hearts Bitch Planet. Now: Mad Mags, Furry Road. I feel like maybe I should start a Mags + Books tumblr? Yay or nay? (I think you know where Mags stands on this.)

2015-10-25 - Going to the Drive-In - 0001 [flickr]

Going to the drive-in! We saw The Last Witch Hunter (predictably cheesy) and Sicario (a little weird, but good; ever since Edge of Tomorrow, I love me some Emily Blunt).

2015-10-25 - Going to the Drive-In - 0038 [flickr]

Peedee wants to know, what is the holdup on his french fries? (Yup, I share my fries with him. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING HE WANTS.)

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #23

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-10-18 - Walking By the Smithville Dam - 0007 [flickr]

2015-10-18 - Walking By the Smithville Dam - 0044 [flickr]

I’m kind of shocked that Shane keeps managing to find new trails for us to walk, but he does! Sunday we took Peedee, Rennie, Mags, and Ice Cream Star to a little patch of shoreline along Smithville Lake, right by the dam and across the way from Smith’s Fork Park. The trails wrap around the Army Corps of Engineers building (which is pretty rad looking) and then just kind of dead-end a mile or two down (I think! We never seem to reach the end, you see.) Between the gravel paths and ALL THE WATER!, it wasn’t exactly Mags’s favorite, but we made it work.

2015-10-18 - Walking By the Smithville Dam - 0049 [flickr]

2015-10-18 - Walking By the Smithville Dam - 0054 [flickr]

2015-10-18 - Walking By the Smithville Dam - 0064 [flickr]

2015-10-18 - Going to the Drive-In - 0014 [flickr]

Aaaand Sunday = movie night, natch. Crimson Peak was paired with Trainwreck, which the drive-in brought back for a few weeks. This seems to be a trend – resurrecting months-old movies – the logic of which I don’t quite get. Like, did we really need to revisit Pixels? And it’s not like there’s a shortage of new movies. Crimson Peak plus The Green Inferno, just saying… (I’m not much for torture porn, but this one’s got me intrigued.)

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Trainwreck the second time around (the fox even made a repeat appearance!), and would totally pee my pants at a second run of Mad Max.

2015-10-18 - Going to the Drive-In - 0025 [flickr]

We were all so beat from the walk that we passed out on the drive down. Except for Shane, who had to drive the van. Bless his heart.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #22: Rocky Horror Picture Show ed.!

Monday, October 19th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-10-11 - Ready for Rocky Horror - 0035 [flickr]

Sunday night was the Halloween-themed Retro Movie Night at the drive-in: Young Frankenstein and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! The dogs were so excited that they insisted on dressing up for a pre-show party. “You get toilet paper, and you get toilet paper, and you get toilet paper. EVERYBODY GETS TOILET PAPER!”

(Incidentally, the only thing that would make Rocky Horror better? Replace the German Shepherds with wiener dogs. Not only would the optics be hilarious, but what better dog to guard the Frank N. Furter Castle, hmmm?)

2015-10-11 - Ready for Rocky Horror - 0029 [flickr]

2015-10-11 - Ready for Rocky Horror - 0074 [flickr]

2015-10-11 - Ready for Rocky Horror - 0023 [flickr]

2015-10-11 - Ready for Rocky Horror - 0045 [flickr]

2015-10-11 - Still Swimming - 0006 [flickr]

But first: swimming! This might be the latest we’ve managed to push into fall, but I’m pretty sure I say that every year.

2015-10-11 - Outside with the Dogs - 0074 [flickr]

Then some light sunbathing, because six hours crammed in a van with wet dogs will surely sap away some of the MAGIC OF THE MOVIES.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #21

Monday, October 12th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-10-04 - Going to the Drive-In - 0007 [flickr]

Movie night! This time around we saw The Martian (rad despite the residual disgust re: the recent spate of Damonsplaining). It was paired with The Scorch Trials, which we’d already seen and weren’t terribly excited to sit through again, so we skipped out after the main act. I actually got to bed at a decent hour, which quite pleased the old lady in me.

Incidentally, a) I missed the swinging penis and b) the filmmakers missed a most excellent opportunity to drop a Firefly reference: HE WANTS TO BE CALLED CAP’N TIGHTPANTS, NOT CAPTAIN BLONDE BEARD!

2015-10-04 - Going to the Drive-In - 0025 [flickr]

2015-10-04 - Going to the Drive-In - 0012 [flickr]

Funny story: I was still recovering from that awful poison ivy rash, and the pilled fabric on the ratty old hoodie I chose was making my arms itch something awful, so about fifteen minutes into the drive, I decided to turn it inside-out. (Much better!) Well, Peedee kept trying to raid the front pocket for tissue – which, post-switch, was on the inside of the sweater. He went to stick his snout in the pocket only to find that it no longer existed. Mind, blown!

 
— TUESDAY —

2015-10-06 - Peedee Pirate - 0002 [flickr]

I’m not sure what I was thinking with this combo,
other than “Hey, here are two pieces Peedee’s never worn before!”

2015-10-06 - Peedee Pirate - 0030 [flickr]

Much better.

2015-10-06 - Finnick - 0004 [flickr]

Finnick just kind of wandered into our photo shoot, so.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #20

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-09-27 - Going to the Drive-In - 0008 [flickr]

Movie night! We saw The Perfect Guy and The Visit (Shane narrowly escaped the Grease/Dirty Dancing retro combo), and even got a perfect view of the blood moon out of our passenger side window!

2015-09-27 - Going to the Drive-In - 0019 [flickr]

2015-09-27 - Going to the Drive-In - 0027 [flickr]

2015-09-27 - Going to the Drive-In - 0024 [flickr]

2015-09-27 - Going to the Drive-In - 0037 [flickr]

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #19

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-09-20 - Going to the Drive-In - 0002 [flickr]

Sunday night = movie night! We saw the YA combo: The Scorch Trials and Paper Towns.

2015-09-20 - Going to the Drive-In - 0025 [flickr]

2015-09-20 - Going to the Drive-In - 0043 [flickr]

2015-09-20 - Going to the Drive-In - 0038 [flickr]

2015-09-20 - Going to the Drive-In - 0035 [flickr]

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #18

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-09-13 - Lemmy - 0004 [flickr]

(In my very best Jerry Seinfeld voice) LEMMY!

2015-09-13 - Going to the Drive-in - 0003 [flickr]

Now that the drive-in is only open on weekends, Sunday night is our official Movie Night ™. Unless it rains, in which case Friday or Saturday night will suffice. This weekend the I-70 was doing a retro movie night ($10 per carload!), so we saw Top Gun and Jaws. Aaaand now I can’t get “Danger Zone” out of my head. On a happier note, there’s way more homoerotic stuff in that movie than I recall from my childhood viewings.

2015-09-13 - Going to the Drive-in - 0015 [flickr]

2015-09-13 - Going to the Drive-in - 0017 [flickr]

2015-09-13 - Going to the Drive-in - 0031 [flickr]

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures #17

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-09-06 - Sleepy Jayne-Shy Jayne - 0010 [flickr]

2015-09-06 - Sleepy Jayne-Shy Jayne - 0015 [flickr]

2015-09-06 - Sleepy Jayne-Shy Jayne - 0020 [flickr]

Jayney, being uncharacteristically cute/characteristically camera-shy.

2015-09-06 - The Last of the B-Day Presents - 0092 [flickr]

She was chilling in the office, minding her own biz, so when it came time for Peedee to open the rest of his birthday presents, I just couldn’t find it in me to kick her out.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Birthday Blowout Bonanza!

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-08-30 - Misty Morning - Birthday Poo - 0012 [flickr]

It’s Peedee’s birthday! My baby is a teenager now!
Would it have been too much to stick a candle in that pile of birthday poop
he’s guarding this fine, foggy morning?

2015-08-30 - Morning Routine - 0001 [flickr]

Still not too old to sit on mom’s lap while she plows through the morning rountine.

2015-08-30 - Rennie in the Molasses Bow - 0006 [flickr]

Time to get started on Peedee’s birthday cake!
But first let’s put the bow from the gift jar of molasses
on Rennie and see what happens, mkay?

2015-08-30 - The Cake is Baked - 0008 [flickr]

The cake is baked and frosted and I am entirely too proud of how it came out. The recipe is from Emma’s K-9 Kitchen, with a peanut butter-flavored cake and carob frosting. Humans, it’s totally edible, if you’d like to partake with the dogs; just a little on the bland side (no sugar!), rather like a very granola-y muffin. The frosting, on the other hand, rocked my socks off, and I am seriously considering incorporating it into an ice cream. Vanilla Carob Swirl, anyone?

2015-08-30 - The Cake is Baked - 0010 [flickr]

Aaaaaand what we have from this angle is a penis. Okay then.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: The Dog from O.P.

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0043 [flickr]

We spent a little time driving around the largest park/trail system at Smithville Lake
(which I’ve previously just referred to as “Smithville Lake,” but it actually has a name, which is either “Little Platte Bauman Park” – according to the signage – or either “Camp Branch Bauman Park” or “Little Platte Park,” if you believe the various .gov websites. CONFUSING! Life sure was easier before I started trying to keep track.)
and were surprised to find a section of trails that we haven’t walked yet (!).

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0022 [flickr]

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0012 [flickr]

This trail loops around a second public swimming beach that also prohibits dogs (I am beginning to detect a very offensive pattern here). Luckily, there’s a boat launch right next door, so the dogs were able to get their bellies wet. I think they prefer the concrete ramp over both rocky shorelines (duh!) and sandy beaches (WTF!). It’s just down and in.

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0010 [flickr]

Shake Face, Part 2,192

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0044 [flickr]

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0052 [flickr]

2015-08-23 - Smithville Lake - 0053 [flickr]

The trail circles the lake, and we were able to find an access point near one of the frisbee golf stops. Score!
(Notice how Mags is always conspicuously absent from these aquatic-themed photos.)

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Peanut Butter Milestones

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-08-16 - Playing While Shane Vacuums - 0004 [flickr]

Other than it being my mom’s birthday, not a whole lot going on today. After a week off, Rennie and Mags resumed swimming; the light exercise helped to loosed up Mag’s joints. I think maybe we overdid the confinement by a day or two. Post-swim, we hung out in the bedroom while Shane vacuumed. Next best thing to leaving the house entirely. That sucker is loud, yo!

 
— MONDAY —

2015-08-17 - Good Morning! - 0007 [flickr]

Rise and shine, lazybones!

2015-08-17 - Experimenting With My Cell - 0003 [flickr]

2015-08-17 - Experimenting With My Cell - 0011 [flickr]

2015-08-17 - Experimenting With My Cell - 0005 [flickr]

Experimenting with the special effects on my cell phone camera, which I have only just now discovered after three months or so. These are cartoon-mood-cartoon, I believe.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Typical YA Heroine

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-08-09 - Making Treats, Dodging Dogs - 0004 [flickr]

Making a batch of dog cookies while Peedee supervises oh so closely.

2015-08-10 - PB Oatmeal Carob Cookies - 0001 [flickr]

This time it was the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Emma’s K9 Kitchen. I added a handful of carob chips, so rolling the dough out so I could make cute lil’ bone-shaped biscuits was out of the question. The cookies were really easy to shape, though, and if you overbake them just a tad they have the same texture as biscuits, so it’s all good. This might be the dogs’ favorite flavor yet. Bonus points: they smell freaking amazing. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to try a nibble.

2015-08-10 - Beggars - 0003 [flickr]

Naturally I attracted quite an audience while getting my gourmet food photography on.

 
— MONDAY —

2015-08-10 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0009 [flickr]

Back to the Bonebender-Camp Branch trails, this time with Rennie in place of Jayne.

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Camp Branch

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

Mags’s preferred method of drying off after a swim. I always offer to towel dry her, but apparently that’s just not dramatic enough.

 
— MONDAY —

2015-08-03 - Walking Peedee & Rennie - 0006 [flickr]

2015-08-03 - Walking Peedee & Rennie - 0007 [flickr]

A quick late-morning walk in the park with Peedee and Rennie.

2015-08-03 - Going to the Drive-in - 0004 [flickr]

Holy shit you guys, I got all six animals in one shot! THAT’S THE MAGIC OF THE MOVIES. (We were popping corn and packing the van for a trip to the drive-in at the time.)

2015-08-03 - Going to the Drive-in - 0009 [flickr]

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: The Bee’s Knees

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-07-26 - Rennie, Mags & a Gecko - 0014 [flickr]

Mags, helping me test out a parasheet blanket I received for review.
She either really loves it or is rilly rilly hot. Or most likely both.

2015-07-26 - Dogs Outside - 0010 [flickr]

Mags, Finnick, and Rennie take turns rolling in … something.
It’s not poop, which is all I need to know.

 
— MONDAY —

2015-07-27 - Hand-Feeding Mags - 0009 [flickr]

Mags makes me feed her all her meals by hand, preferably while lying on her blanket in the office. I’m just a step or two away from chewing up her kibble and regurgitating it into her mouth, mama bird styley.

2015-07-27 - Hand-Feeding Mags - 0004 [flickr]

Aaaaand she’s such a slow eater that we tend to draw a crowd.

2015-07-27 - Hand-Feeding Mags - 0005 [flickr]


(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Cabin Fever

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-07-19 - Peedee Wants Popcorn - 0001 [flickr]

Chore day! As a reward we finished it off with salt & vinegar popcorn and an episode of Orange is the New Black. Peedee is captivated.

 
— MONDAY —

2015-07-20 - Walking at Cabin Fever Trails - 0002 [flickr]

We had a brief reprieve from the sweltering weather this week, so we crammed in as many walks as we could. First up: one end of the Cabin Fever Trailhead, which shares a parking area with the Anita B. Gorman Trailhead. If you remember, we walked it in two parts a few weeks ago. We could do that, on accounta it’s just two miles long; but seeing as this one’s six, we’ll probably never explore the middle section. At least not with these old squirts, anyway. Unless…Radio Flyer Wagon, anyone?

2015-07-20 - Walking at Cabin Fever Trails - 0004 [flickr]

“Don’t worry, mom. WE GOT THIS.”
(The flood must’ve been nearer the mid-way point, because we never found it.)

(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Heat Wave

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

— SATURDAY NIGHT —

2015-07-11 - Frogs & Dogs - 0010 [flickr]

This little guy has been hanging out on our patio come nightfall, looking for nomy insects to crunch on. Luckily, his presence only arouses mild curiosity in the dogs, much like a strange-smelling towel found in the park. (Yes, I have done that. With t-shirts too. And balls. And kids’ toys. Even a notebook shaped like a purse once. Collect ALL THE THINGS, basically.)

 

— SUNDAY —

2015-07-12 - Peanut Butter Balls - 0006 [flickr]

2015-07-12 - Peanut Butter Balls - 0016 [flickr]

2015-07-12 - Peanut Butter Balls - 0022 [flickr]

Sunday was the second day in a week-long heat wave, so we spent the day indoors, sprawled out under fans and next to heating (well, AC) vents. I let Mags, Peedee, and Rennie work on some stuffed Kongs – IN BED (gasp!) – since the blankets were already yucked up with their gross chicken-smelling toothpaste. (I try to buy plain or vanilla, but Pet Boulevard’s listings aren’t always clear.) Rennie really put her thighs into it.


(More below the fold…)

This Week in Pictures: Snails and Trails

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

— SUNDAY —

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0018 [flickr]

First thing after breakfast, Shane and I took Peedee and Rennie out on the rowboat. This was our first time taking two dogs at once, and Shane – who cannot swim – was, let’s say, a little nervous: hence the life jackets. Peedee’s never worn one before – in fact, the large size was still in its original packaging from 2+ years ago – and was both puzzled and annoyed once I got it on. For the first five minutes, I couldn’t even get him to walk in it – or else he didn’t think it possible. He just stood in the office staring at me expectantly. I thought I was going to have to carry him down to the pond. Which I did, eventually, but only a quarter of the way, after he tried wriggling out of the jacket entirely.

Rennie, on the other hand? An old pro.
——————————

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0043 [flickr]

RENNIE IS SO EXCITE HER HEAD’S ABOUTA ESSPLODE!
——————————

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0034 [flickr]

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0050 [flickr]

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0075 [flickr]

Peedee was way more chill this time around; whether he was just getting accustomed to being out on the water, or Rennie acted as a safety blanket of sorts, I can’t say. Probably a little bit of both. And it was a tad cooler outside, which couldn’t have hurt.
——————————

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0066 [flickr]

It almost doesn’t seem possible that so much tongue could fit in such a lil’ mouth.
——————————

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0055 [flickr]

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0051 [flickr]

I found this little guy hiding in the boat. Don’t worry, I stashed him in the stern (?) to keep him safe until we reached shore.
——————————

(More below the fold…)

The Rat Terrier Review: Fourth of July edition!

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

2015-07-03 - Smithville Lake - 0130 [flickr]

I can’t believe we’re five days into July already! The summer is just flying by. Luckily, we’ve managed to cram plenty of fun/new/memory-making things into it, heat and rain be damned.

Of course, we got plenty of walks in this week. Sunday morning we even explored a new trail: the Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods, which is so hidden and out-of-the-way that it doesn’t even have a parking lot, just a shoulder alongside the highway to park on.

2015-06-28 - Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods - 0001 [flickr]

Your sign says “welcome,” but your chained gate says “GTFO.”
——————————

Needless to say, we had the place all to ourselves. That’s the good part. The bad? Well, the trail’s very narrow and I was on high alert for poison ivy the whole time. That kind of sucked most of the joy out of it. Also, Shane managed to get us lost – after I was already headed the right way back to the car. Yeah.

2015-06-28 - Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods - 0010 [flickr]

Peedee was super-anxious the whole time, but Rennie and (especially, weirdly) Mags had a rad time. I think she likes the feel of soft, squishy earth on her tiny little feet.

(More below the fold…)

The Rat Terrier Review: Waterworld

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

2015-06-27 - Morning Walk at Smithville Lake - 0032 [1024x768 2 water paper]

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.

2015-06-20 - Watchdog Peedee - 0002 [flickr]

2015-06-25 - Peedee - 0003 [flickr]

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.

(More below the fold…)