Thursday, June 18, 2020

Veterinary Appreciation Day, Medical Updates and Thank you #VeterinaryLove #Trupanion

How things change. Usually this day is a joyous one for me to blog about but this year it sure isn't.

First, Happy Veterinary Appreciation Day to our Vet, Dr.Lewis (also known as "Dr.Smiley") and the entire staff at DePorre Veterinary Hospital. The love, caring and professionalism they have shown to my boys for 13+ years has been unsurpassed. My husband and I ARE and will ALWAYS be grateful.

This is an old collage but I love it,
so I'm using it again.


Veterinary Appreciation Day™ was created by Trupanion in 2015 (Trupanion happens to be the company we have pet insurance with but this is NOT a sponsored post, nor was I required to blog about it). This special day was founded to recognize veterinary professionals and the wonderful work they do. From the front desk to the exam room, veterinary teams offer compassion, advice and care for our furry family members. Veterinary Appreciation Day offers the animal-loving community the opportunity to come together on a single day to show their appreciation to the compassionate veterinary professionals dedicated to helping their pets live the happiest, healthiest lives possible."

The challenges of caring for our pets during the COVID-19 nightmare has been extra trying for all Veterinary practices. Every day these caring Angels have risked their lives for their love and concern for our pets and we are grateful! 

To DePorre Veterinary Hospital, Trupanion Pet Insurance, and ALL OF YOU....THANK YOU. (We sent a fruit tray to DePorre today to show our appreciation and bought the staff lunch approximately a month ago)there are tons of ways to show gratitude for your Vets!
Thank you Ann so much for this gorgeous graphic


Now, on to the bad part. A quick update:

Our beloved Dakota has cancer. It's on his heart. It all happened suddenly. He was diagnosed on June 8th. He is happy, eating super well and rest assured neither my husband, myself, or  our Vet will have him suffer. We will all know when it is time. We are cherishing each and every day we have left.

Thank you again Ann!


For Cody, he is having a biopsy of his intestines done on June 25th.  Dr.Lewis feels there is a strong chance it is NOT Lymphoma, but we will know for sure after the biopsy.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Trupanion as well. We have had pet insurance with them for years and I have never called them as much during those years as I have in the past two weeks! They are super efficient, professional and compassionate.(They have even put up with my crying on the phone).

A few of you have reached out to me via email and phone and I THANK YOU! I didn't (and still don't)_ want to post about what is going on because while some find blogging about things like this to be cathartic, I am not one of those people. Maybe down the road I will be, but definitely not now. I felt that all of you deserved an update for showing so much concern and love for my boys, THANK YOU!

I am grateful for both of my boys, whatever will be is in the hands of a power much greater than any of us. Life just completely sucks sometimes. Our beloved Dakota has the biggest heart I have ever seen on a dog and he doesn't deserve something as ugly as cancer sitting on it, and our crazy Cody, we hope with all of our might that he has a number of years left with us. I can't bear the thought of losing them both.

Enough sadness, we are enjoying taking slow, short walks with Dakota, Dakota is enjoying that he can eat whatever he wants and he is eating hamburger whenever he wants it and he is gobbling it up. I kiss that handsome face every day and tell him how much he is loved, and every night Cody sits with me on the couch and I pet him, kiss his crabby face (lol) and tell him how much I love him as well. 

Do me a favor ok? Kiss all of your babies from us!

Much love from Caren, Dakota and Cody






35 comments:

  1. I am so sorry about Dakota! I know he will have the best life for however long he has, with your care. And I am purring lots for good results from Cody's biopsy.

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  2. Oh no, we're so sorry to read about Dakota. Sending lotsa POTP and purrs for him and Cody.

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  3. Caren I won't go on and on but do want to send you a huge hug....it's SO HARD - I know. Focus on the wonderful time you've had with Dakota because it's been magic. Cody I hope does not have lymphoma and we will stay positive for BOTH OF YOUR BOYS. We love you all. That never stops no matter what.

    Love, Pam and Teddy

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  4. Oh no, we are so sorry to hear about Dakota. Mom totally understands as Katie had a heart murmur and a year later they found the tumor in her heart. She too had such a big heart. It is a good reminder to cherish every day with those you love because the future is never guaranteed. We send our love an prayers to you and Dakota. Fight on buddy! GBGV hugs.

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  5. My heart is breaking for what you're having to go through. Love them like crazy while you can. Sending hugs and kisses for all with healing thoughts. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  6. Caren, all our love and Light to you all. We're keeping Dakota and Cody in our thoughts and purrayers. I wish something could ease the burden of your heart, but I know it's a tough journey. God/dess bless.

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  7. Purring for Dakota, and for Cody's upcoming biopsy.
    You do what you must for yourself and your furry babes, Caren...none of us would want you to do anything else.

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  8. Sending purrs and prayers for Dakota, hugs to all.

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  9. I'm sorry to hear about Dakota. That is very hard news. Sending you a hug. I'm sending Cody good thoughts, too, for his results.

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  10. Big hugs, Caren. I know this is very hard for you. ♥

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  11. Hugs and purrs for you and Dakota and Cody, Caren.

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  12. We are purring and praying for Dakota and for Cody. And We are sending you a Big Hug and pawpats too.

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  13. We are so sorry to hear about Dakota. Our hearts hurt for you.
    And dear Cody, we hope you are better soon.

    Sending healing vibes, love and purrs to you xx



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  14. So sorry about Dakota, Caren and Cody :( Will send Healing Pawkisses every day and Purraying real hard for the health of you both. Thank you for the update, we were thinking a lot of you. Extra Pawkisses for you all🐾😽💞

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  15. Purrs, hugs and love to Dakota, Cody and to you too Caren, we love you all.

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  16. I've been wondering about Dakota and Cody, so I appreciate the update. They are in great hands with you, your husband, and vet team. Raven can't spare many purrs, but we're sending some your way!

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  17. So many purrs and hugs to you and Dakota and Cody!

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  18. We are so sorry for the news about Dakota and are sending purrayers and POTP to both your babies, hoping for some good news for Cody. The thing about animals is they only know how they feel at the moment, and are not worried about what might be. We know you will take the best care of your boys and love them forever.

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  19. I am so sorry it is bad news for Dakota. I know you and your vets will give him the very best care. I hope you get much better news for Cody. I send my love to all of you.

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  20. I am so sorry that Dakota has cancer. I will be praying he has a lot more time with you despite this diagnosis. And I will be praying for Cody too. XO

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  21. We are so very sorry to hear the news about Dakota. We are sending loving and healing purrs and POTP. And we have our paws crossed that Cody gets a good report when he goes to the vet.

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  22. We are so sorry to hear this news about Dakota. Please just know that we love him, Cody, you and Lenny very much, and that we are purring and praying for you all. XO

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  23. Caren, you and your boys are in my thoughts every day. Thanks for the update. Sending you peace and prayers.

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  25. So much sadness, my heart aches for you all. Wishing you peace and strength in this trying time.
    We will be thinking of you with love.
    xxoo
    Maggie and the boys

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  26. Oh, love and hope for Dakota. And thank you to all good vets for helping us kitties and others get well and stay safe.

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  27. Oh, wow. That's just a lot to take in. We never got to talk! Bear has IBD. I've seen the stats that 50% of cases end up being lymphoma or turning into lymphoma. Our vet didn't seem eager to do a biopsy. We love Dakota, Cody, and you and we'll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  28. Caren, I'm so sorry to hear about Dakota. I'm sure you'll make the best of your time with Dakota and I hope you'll get good news about Cody's health. Sending you and your boys a big hug and prayers.

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  29. My sweet friends...dad had a pacemaker put in yesterday and has been very unwell for several weeks so please forgive me for being so late to this news. I knew your babies were both unwell but not the results. I don't know why life has to be so damn unfair at times. Loads of purrs and prayers for all of you, and tons of love too.

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    1. oh Melissa we are praying with all of our hearts that your Dad is going to be ok!!!! I am here if you need anything! xoxo

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  30. OMG....I had no idea Dakota had cancer on his heart and Cody was going to get a biopsy of his intestines. One thing would be plenty but both? How much can a peep take? We are supporting you Dakota and Cody with the POTP.

    We will make a habit of kissing goodnight to all our furries before bed. We don't find talking about unhappy events helpful at all...it just makes us cry louder.

    Hugs,

    Jean, Shoko, Tyebe and Budd

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    1. thank you sweet furiends!!!! Dakota is doing well...takes daily short walks, is still excited about food (specifically chicken).....Cody came through his surgery last Thursday like a champ...he's doing well and we are just waiting on his results. sending lots of love.

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  31. We are gutted after reading about Cody. *bows head* We haven't been online much and haven't been reading blogs so we didn't know he was sick. Please accept our apologies since TW would have reached out to you via PM. Fly free, my buddy.

    I'm so sorry about Dakota too. Sending healing purrz.

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  32. I am devastated to learn about the passing of your beloved Cody. He will always be special to us as his blog was one of the first we discovered and you gave me a warm welcome as a new blog back then. I'm sure Earl Grey was there to welcome him at the Bridge. Cody grew his wings way too soon, but he's flying freely and he will always be close to your heart. I'm incredibly sorry for your sweet boy, Dakota too. xx

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