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Colonel Mosby

The Three-Legged Adventures of Colonel Mosby

Colonel Mosby

Last Carbo Treatment

April 20th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Well, it’s amazing that we have reached the day that seemed impossibly far away a few months ago. Today, 4 months and 1 week to the day from Mosby’s amputation, Mosby received his 6th and final carbo treatment. If you followed Mosby’s saga at all, you’ll know that Mosby had a lot of struggles and setbacks early on, but things have been fairly smooth since he came off the Cipro between treatments 2 and 3, and treatments 3-5 were all a breeze. Hopefully this one will be as well. Mosby is currently relaxing beside me on the carpet … he came home to an empty house. Today the movers came and moved us out (although we’re camping on an air mattress (memory foam for the prince) here tonight). Tomorrow, good lord willing and the crick don’t rise, we close on the sale of this home and the purchase of our new home. So, Mosby has been pre-approved to attend both closings with us (one of the closing attorneys is a friend of a friend, and he jokingly said we would be required to bring Mosby’s ID), and our real estate agent said she will keep him cuddled.

Mosby received a certificate today, signed by his oncologist and all of the techs, and a “Cancer Fighter” bandana. I don’t feel celebratory, just relieved that it’s done, for his sake. Hopefully his recovery will go smoothly this time. His attitude lately has been so bright and happy – even with the pinched discs, and even with his remaining hind leg seeming weak. We can now look back at how he was before the amputation, and compare his demeanor then to now, and even with the things I mentioned, it’s like night and day. And I never thought I’d say that, with his setbacks and all. Now, knock on wood.

Tomorrow and Saturday night we’ll be camping out at the new house, and then Sunday our stuff will get moved in. We have the most important things with us, though – RUNNERS!! And Mosby’s bed and treats and meds. And Mosby. All the important things.

Without further ado, here are some of the latest pictures of our boy.

Mosby came to work with me last Friday for a few hours and got lots of love! He got bored, though … he can only do a couple hours at the office, even though my office neighbor brought in a bag of milkbones just for him. <3

Mosby checking out the landscaping at the new place!

A blurry Mosby and his certificate, which is an awful picture of him, but there you have it.

Mosby’s cancer fighter bandana.

Mosby loves the Panera patio, and so do we! Dog friendly = the best!

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April 6th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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It has been crazy around here. For one, my job has been insanely busy. I am a corporate attorney and the last two months have billed (not worked, billed) over 200 hours, which means I’ve actually worked more than that. Add to that the general activity surrounding Mosby (which has been much smoother lately, thank goodness) and the probably crazy decision that we decided to sell our house this spring. Yes, we are gluttons for punishment. We’ve had a bit of a battle with our potential purchasers over this and that, and add to that the fact that the new house isn’t even complete yet. And we’re supposed to close on both houses a week from today.

At this point you may get an idea of my general state of mind.

As of today we think we are closer to a resolution on our house and more confident that we can move forward, but this next week is going to be a blur of stress, packing, moving, etc. In the middle of this, we are trying to keep Mosby calm and happy. But I will be so much happier when we are finally moved and settled and Mosby can get used to the new place (fingers crossed we get to the new place), where, among other things, there aren’t stairs to the garage, so we won’t have to pull the car around to load him into the car. Plus, there is a bedroom on the first floor if he doesn’t want to go up the stairs.

Meanwhile, Mosby handled his 5th (of 6) chemos like a champ last week. This time they gave him a John Deere bandana.

Not sure how dignified this is, but it’s cute.

And yesterday we went to see the new (obviously not yet finished) house, and Mosby parked himself where he’ll spend time in the winters.

“Where is my bed? And the rug?”

So … wish us all luck these next few weeks. We are going to need it on many levels.


Mosby Time

March 26th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I realized belatedly that I didn’t update the blog 2.5 weeks ago when, after a long talk with a wonderful surgeon, we decided not to do the surgery and instead to proceed with Mosby’s chemo schedule. There were just more “cons” than “pros” with the surgery scenario, so we are focusing on chemo for now, and we can and will reevaluate the sarcoma at each subsequent chemo visit and going forward. So two weeks ago last Thursday, Mosby had his fourth (!) chemo treatment. It was also three months since his amputation. Really unbelievable.

He handled that chemo even better than the last, and never lost his appetite. The next week, we went to see his PT vet, who x-rayed his spine. The good news is that there was no visible spread of the osteo. Unfortunately, he does have compressed disks in his lower back and neck, which explains a lot of his pain symptoms. We are staying on the methocarbamol and upped his gabapentin a little. The meds he’s on now seem to be a good mix, and he has been happy and full of personality.

This weekend, we finally took a trip we’ve been meaning to take for years. There is a cabin a little east of here on several acres, that’s dog friendly. This is our first time taking Mosby anywhere post-amputation, so we were a little anxious about how he’d handle the traveling and the new place (being a creature of habit, he’s not the biggest fan of leaving his nice comfortable home where everything is where it’s supposed to be). But he handled it great! We started cooking dinner as soon as we got to the cabin, and the routine of it settled Mosby right in. He even adjusted to using the bathroom in a strange place (which is difficult for him)! He slept through the night both nights, and enjoyed snoozing in front of the fire (and getting lots of treats). We took him for a couple of walks – not very long, but probably long for him – with lots of breaks to stop and smell the outdoors and the various critters. I think it is safe to say that Mosby enjoyed his weekend, and we certainly enjoyed our Mosby. <3

King of the Ridge.

What was that? Squirrels?

I love the smell of squirrels in the morning.

Can’t beat a warm fire.


Normal Days

March 5th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Things have been pretty quiet around here, which is nice. That may change this week, because on Thursday Mosby will be evaluated for surgery to remove/biopsy the sarcoma on his remaining hind leg. I still don’t really know how invasive or disruptive that is going to be. I know that it is going to be hard to get the deep margin. I know we need to do it, so at least we know what we’re dealing with. Mosby’s main problem these days, since his med switch has helped his back, is weakness in that remaining leg. So I am definitely nervous about this, but I know this is the right way to proceed, so I’m just going to keep moving forward and taking it one day at a time.

Today was a barn day! And Mosby’s favorite, Cindy Lou Hoo was there! We love her and would steal her if it didn’t mean taking her from her mom, who is also one of our favorites. It was a gorgeous day, although the wind was a bit chilly! Mosby had a good day but his leg is worn out, for sure.

My menagerie! Co-starring Cindy Lou, of course.

Tired Mosby and sweet Cindy.

Enjoying the sunshine.

Finally, here’s Mosby on our front porch while I was picking up limbs in the yard (he’s a huge help, obvs). He’s ready for summer and porch weather – so am I!!


Happy Boy

February 27th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The last week or so has been nice and quiet, which is a welcome change! Mosby has been in his daycare routine, has had a great appetite, and is just generally enjoying life. He has been having strength problems with his remaining hind leg, but at this point I’m willing to chalk it up to the fact that he got behind the curve in terms of fitness when he was sick, and once he started getting better we still treated him with kid gloves. So I’m hopeful that he’ll start getting stronger now. He is happy and does not seem to be in any discomfort. His med routine seems to be going well. He is on twice the gabipentin as before, plus the muscle relaxers and his normal meloxicam. His back seems much more comfortable than it was on the tramadol.

We went out to the barn today and let him go off leash and he loved it so much. He did a good part of his barn “routine,” making certain rounds, visiting people, etc. He’s tuckered out now, but happy, and tore into dinner. Yeah, about dinner. He still prefers that we spoon feed him. He has a great appetite, but if we present him with a bowl of food he just looks up at us like “what?” Ugh. And of course we indulge him.

I didn’t get any pics at the barn, but here he is on the front porch today, master of all he surveys!