St. Francis of Assisi blessing

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I received my blessing this week!  The local paper was even there.  I have a very special bond with  father Mike.  He is also my neighbor and he has visited me many times during my recovery.

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Author: c1nicolei

Sarge has been the the love of my life since we rescued him in 2007. He was thought to be a carcass on the side of the road in our community park. As I walked over to look at the pitiful dead dog, I soon realized he was still breathing, barely. We rushed him to the vet and although severely malnourished and in a terrible state, with TLC he miraculously pulled through. Snap shot ahead to 6/2014, we decide to go outside to play fetch, he was so excited and full of energy, doing his typical bouncy boxer pelvic shuffle. He took a nasty tumble and the sounds that followed was nothing short of heart piercing. My heart stopped, because I knew it was bad, very bad. I am a PA, not a veterinarian, but I knew instantly the leg was broken badly. I splinted him and rushed him to the vet. What initially was going to be an orthopedic surgery to repair a broken radius and ulna, quickly turned into, "Your dog sustained a pathological cancer, we think he has osteosarcoma". I could not even hear what I was being told. How could this seemingly happy, healthy, FULL of life dog have CANCER?? The BX confirmed my worst fears. This whole process took over a week. In that time I researched every aspect of canine osteosarcoma I could find and I had already made up my mind, we were going to fight this, not for me, but I knew he was not done living!!! Making the decision to amputate was not one taken lightly. We ensured there were no macro mets and that his blood work looked stable. I also decided if we amputated we would also do chemo. Sarge had his leg amputated 2 days ago and I am amazed at his hour by hour improvement. We start chemo in 2 weeks. I will keep everyone updated and love reading stories on here that give me hope that he will be able to be a happy, pain free normal Sarge!!! This is when we joined TRIPAWDS! What a wonderful, reassuring supportive community! I love you TRIPAWDS!

7 thoughts on “St. Francis of Assisi blessing”

  1. Not a very religious person (sorry). But…I do believe in St Francis. My BFF bought me a statue for my birthday- I love it and what it stands for. It is in the front garden next to a bird feeder- hope that he keeps my pets safe and happy! Go Sarge!

  2. It was a very special time. I even teared up. Mike and his Wife Mary are very special to us. Mary heads the local rescue organization, Paws For Life, that I volunteer with. They have the biggest heart for animals and we love them so much. Laurie, I am with you, I am not very “religious” and do not follow a “denomination” but am very faithful. I have felt God hold me in his hands many times when things were falling apart around me. Could not do it alone without His strength and love. :o)

  3. Oh my DOG sweetest photo ever!

    St. Francis day is very special to us, since Jerry passed on 10/3. We knew it was because the next day he had to be with St. Francis to bless and welcome all of the animals in this world. A very big calling. We’re not religious either but there is something awesome and beautiful about a worldwide holiday that honors animals. Glad you guys got to be a part of it.

    1. It was so wonderful to see all the blessings take place. St. Francis was truly a saint for animals during his time on this earth. Sarge is doing so amazingly well right now, I sometimes allow myself to forget that he is still daily fighting this cancer. His next chemo is Wednesday and after that treatment, only ONE more!

  4. JERRY! I didn’t realize that…the day before St. Francis….of course you had to head out then…..makes sense!

    As usual, wasn’t able to see the video because of my stupid tablet…I just know it was wonderful!

    I’m just mush thinking that Sarge got his own personal blessing….now THAT is special!!!

    Hugs to all!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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